Even if you are planning for in-person instruction, you will still likely face situations where you will need to reach students in quarantine or other situations of remote participation. Without a plan and support, this can be a daunting task.
Here are a few quick tips and resources to help you succeed in flexible teaching scenarios. For more detailed guidance on in-person and remote course design and instruction, see the Implementation Guides.
- Test your classroom technology
- Ability to share PowerPoint slides locally in the classroom and via Zoom
- Zoom settings
- Provide students with participation guidelines and think about how you will encourage and equitably assess participation from both remote and in-person students. Be sure that all students have equal opportunity to engage and that participation grades are appropriate for all situations.
- Designate a student volunteer or TA in advance to monitor chats, call out online questions, and describe activity occurring outside the scope of vision to remote students.
- Think about whether some activities will need to be revised for remote students. If there are in-class activities (i.e., small group discussions, demonstrations, presentations) have a plan for how remote students will participate or provide alternate assignments that accomplish the same learning objectives.
- Consider creating polls to engage both in-person and remote students in lectures.
- Start off with an activity that encourages remote students to engage right away, preferably with cameras on.
- Run Zoom on the classroom computer and share your screen when showing slides so remote students can see your presented content.
- Turn on live automated transcripts/closed captions for Zoom meetings to help everyone understand the audio.
- Mute all participants upon entry; ensure you’re not muted. To prevent audio feedback problems, make sure that students in the classroom do not to join the Zoom session.
- Set reminders for yourself throughout the class session to check in with remote students and give them an opportunity to ask questions or call out technical issues. If you have a TA or student volunteer keeping an eye on Zoom chat, check in with them periodically.
- Be sure that questions and comments from in-person students can be heard or repeat them back to the class if the student commenting is too far from a microphone.
- Remind all students in the class to keep an eye on the Zoom participant(s) and encourage them to alert you to any technical issues.
- Use your course’s Sakai site to share course resources such as hand-outs.
- Record your class sessions and post the recordings to Sakai.
More Resources for Planning and Teaching
- Technology Checklist: Educational Technology Checklist
- One-on-one assistance: schedule a Teaching Consultation
- Step by Step Guide to Recording with Zoom
- Class Session Recording Options: Recording Class Sessions
- Accessibility: Guidance for Remote Participation or Online Course Delivery Requests
- Peer Learning: Conversations on Teaching weekly sessions, Remote Teaching Field Notes
- Syllabus Language: Syllabus Guidelines
- Recording Classes – Privacy and Appropriate Use Recommendations
- In-person Courses: Including Students Who Cannot Attend. 9.3.21 Workshop Recording and Resources list (includes workshop slides)