Emergency Closure Instructional Continuity
There are many reasons why you may need to move your course quickly from face to face instruction to another online modality. Should this need arrise consider the following first:
- Re-examine students' essential learning needs. What are the knowledge, skills, and abilities your students need to master? These
learning outcomes are likely already well-established in your courses. However, moving
online may lead you to reconsider which of these outcomes are essential for students
to successfully progress through your program and be prepared for the workforce, further
training, or graduate study.
- Think about how your assessments may need to change. To help with this challenge, Dr. Alison Barton, a CTE faculty fellow has developed
some video tutorials, Getting Auto Graded Exams of Integrity Up Online in a Hurry and Putting Written Response Exams Online in a Hurry can help you get started thinking about assessment.
- Determine your remote delivery strategy. Will you continue to hold class synchronously using zoom? Or will you choose to add
asynchronous content to your D2L site? Or will you use these tools in combination?
In synchronous teaching, instructors and students interact in real time using a video
conferencing platform. ETSU's video conferencing platform is zoom. Instructors can
interact with up to 400 student users using zoom. Asynchronous teaching requires instructors
to curate and prepare materials that students may access at a time of their choosing.
You can learn more about the benefits and challenges of synchronous and asynchronous teaching here. When in doubt, we suggest you adopt an asynchronous format. Asynchronous materials
provide students with the maximum flexibility in a tumultuous time. If you do require
your students to meet synchronously, use the days/times that were previously established
when students were meeting face to face.
- Learn to use tools available through ETSU. ATS offers a number of resources that will help you learn to use the tools available
for maximizing learning online. D2L and Zoom are the primary tools that can help you move instruction online quickly. You may also
want to be aware of tools that are available for free to you and your students during the move to online learning. This site also lists
internet service providers who are making internet available for a limited time.
- Use digital materials when possible. If you need help integrating library tools and resources into D2L please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or Travis Clamon. Travis can be reached by phone at 423-439-6575.
- Be mindful of accomodations in the online environment for students with disabilities. Mary Little, director of disability services has prepared an information sheet regarding frequently awarded accomodations.
- Determine how students will collaborate with one another and communicate with you. Will you use discussion boards? Will you use small group rooms in zoom?
- Help your students prepare to move online. Consider hosting an orientation to help students acclimate to your new course. Prepare
a new version of the syllabus to help students navigate the course content.
- Be aware of student circumstances. Some students will not have access to high spped internet or laptop/desktop computers.
Some students will be accessing course materials using only mobile devices. Many of
your students are parents. Because of school closings, these students may have more
limited time for their studies. In addition, some of your students may become ill.
Consider adopting course policies that are flexible enough to allow students to heal
and attend to medical needs.
- Take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself includes staying home and resting when you are sick, washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering your cough with your eldbow or sleeve, and not touching your nose and mouth.
You may also want to read this advice guide from the Chronicle about how to be a better online teacher.
- Re-examine students' essential learning needs. What are the knowledge, skills, and abilities your students need to master? These learning outcomes are likely already well-established in your courses. However, moving online may lead you to reconsider which of these outcomes are essential for students to successfully progress through your program and be prepared for the workforce, further training, or graduate study.
D2L and Zoom
D2L is the university’s Learning Management System hosted in the cloud. It can be used by instructors to post and distribute course content such as syllabi and handouts; to communicate with students via discussion boards, announcements, and email messages; to collect student work and assignments; to assess student learning through quizzes and online assignments; and to grade assignments. A D2L site exists for every course at ETSU which the instructor may need to populate with instructional material. For a quick start using D2L, please reference this site.
Zoom is a videoconference and audioconference software hosted in the cloud that enables communication across many mobile devices, desktop computers and video-enabled classrooms. Zoom allows for face-to-face interaction, and even breakout rooms for small group discussions. For example, it is possible for a faculty member to host a class discussion using only a cell phone equipped with a camera. For guidance, please use this website. You should also download Zoom to your cell phone for use, if necessary. Faculty should consider recording any Zoom sessions and make them available for students who do not have adequate broadband access.
Live Training & Other Technology Services
For more solutions and support, visit the Academic Technology Services website.
ATS has scheduled a number of sessions for the week of March 16th. You can access the schedule for these sessions and register online here!
Not sure how to start? See the Emergency Online Transitions infographic!