In the case of a campus closure and we are tasked with rapidly moving online, here are some tips and resources for your transition. Much of this content is kindly curated from the #digped community, #covidcampus and #pivottoonline twitter chats; attributions below.
Reconnecting. Courses cannot easily shift instructional mode mid-stream. In the case of a campus closure, we will ask faculty and students to reconnect via Canvas and Zoom on their usual class days/times. Students will anticipate a Zoom link/meeting with their instructor at that time, and further instructions for how the class will proceed.
Getting Set. We prepared a basic Canvas template with placeholders for your Zoom link and student support resources built-in. You can find it in the Canvas Commons by searching for Covid CU Denver, or click here.
Be multimodal. Give your students multiple ways of learning and connecting, e.g. readings, videos, imagery, podcasts, discussion forums, and etc. Understand and accept that students may not have a robust personal infrastructure at home. Thus, you will need to incorporate asynchronous points of connection into your teaching.
Improvise. Be honest about what this transition means for you and for students. The rest of the school year will not be the same. You will need to improvise and be patient. Students will need to improvise and be patient.
Rethink grading. Normal rules of rigor, attendance, and participation need to be revisited. Asynchronous work is harder than synchronous work (most people find working remotely difficult). Assessment should reflect that.
Look for simple solutions. Don't complicate remote teaching with unnecessary tools or expectations. Use reliable, familiar tools (email, text messages, Zoom, etc.) so that people can remain the core of your work.
Be responsive. Many students may not have internet access at home. They may not have computers at home. Find out what they need, what they can do, and work with them. This means more work for you, but it's the only way to be equitable.
Be mobile-friendly. Be sure that any digital tools or assignments you have, work via a smartphone. More students will have access to cell phones than they will computers. Ensuring that students have points of entry, no matter their hardware limitations, is necessary.
Be forgiving. Everyone in this situation will make mistakes. Be okay with that. Digital learning and digital pedagogy are tricky for even the most proficient online teachers.
If in doubt, ask for help. There is an enormous community of digital educators on Twitter offering tips and guidance - look to #digped to find support. Likewise, you may contact CU Online directly or email firstname.lastname@example.org for 1:1 guidance, training, and support.
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