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Planning for Fall 2020

Essentials for Successful Online Instruction

We condensed many of the ideas and best practices around online instruction discussed in our 6-week pedagogy course, "Bricks, Clicks, and Learning" to provide a basic set of guidelines to work from in considering virtual instruction for your courses.

Guide: Essentials for Successful Online Instruction

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Derek Bok Center for Teaching at Harvard - additional resources on remote instruction.


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Attendance Reminder for Fall 2020

Students will continue to be responsible for all coursework, though suitable accommodations will be available when necessary. Students who are sick should not attend class. They should contact their faculty member as well as the Student Health and Wellness Center for guidance. If a student is required to quarantine or isolate, they can work with faculty and their chairs to continue their work to stay on track with their coursework remotely. If severely ill, the student's department chair will work with Student Affairs to determine the best options for the student.

First Day of Class Online

The first day of class will set the overall tone for the rest of the semester even when online. 

Below are our top recommendations! Don't let class be just a "Syllabus Day." We recommend holding your first class synchronously on zoom. 

  1. Message in advance. If meeting with students via Zoom for the first, email them in advance and give them the day + time and link to your Zoom room.
  2. Log into zoom a little early so you are there to greet students when they enter.
  3. This first day, make sure to note students listed on your roster. If anyone is missing, make sure to let your department know.
  4. Review not only the syllabus, but also how you have organized your course in the Nest. Go through the layout and ask for questions.
  5. Review course expectations specifically so students are aware of how you plan to operate your class.
  6. Check-In with students, will they be taking your course remotely? Are they in a different country?
  7. Do a virtual ice-breaker to help build community and get the students interacting with you and each other.

At Home Demo Setup

Learn More About eLearning

1. Pushing Through the Perils of Teaching Online (8-27-12) - Prof Hacker - The guest blogger Doug Ward explains why his first foray into online-only teaching didn't work out so well and offers some practical strategies for success.

2. Teaching Tips For a UDL Friendly Classroom (12.13.16)

3. "3 Tips for Handling Discussions in Online Courses" (ProfHacker, 2015)

4. "7 Things You Should Know About Navigating the New Learning Ecosystem" (Educause)

5. Student Success Strategies (Blended learning Toolkit)

6. Difficult Online Students (Inside Higher Ed)

7. "Case Study: Tips for Blending Your Course" (Karen Teeley)

8. "How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course" (The Chronicle)

9. Reimagine Blended Learning (ISTE Infographic)

10. The College of 2020 (Chronicle)

11. What Is a MOOC?

12. ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology (2013)

13. "Lessons About Online Learning" (Inside Higher Ed, 2016)

14. "The Trouble With Online College" (NYTimes, 2013)

15. "Keeping an Eye on Online Test-Takers" (NYTimes, 2013)

16. "Online Education May Make Top Colleges More Elite, Speakers Say" (Chronicle)

17. "Walk Deliberately, Don't Run, Toward Online Education" (Chronicle)

18. Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation (eLearning Infographics)

19. The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge - Edited by Toru Iiyoshi and M. S. Vijay Kumar, Foreword by John Seely Brown.

Setting Up @ Home For Demos

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