Work two weeks ahead—this makes it easier to plan and execute your course design while teaching and also allows you to make changes to your course on the fly as needed. It’s important to manage your workload and approach this change in a manageable way.
Make strategic changes to your course. Going online will present a significant learning curve for you and your students, so it’s not an ideal time to add assessments or change the course schedule. Similarly, students are already doing a lot of adapting, so this is not an appropriate time to force unnecessary change and adaptation on students.
The following campus resources are available to support your transition to Moving Instruction Online.
CLIC Instructional Support Team in the Jim Dan Hill Library
Technology Help Desk
Prompt responses are vital in an online course. Students are used to immediate texting responses, and while you should communicate with students according to your established schedule, it’s important to provide your input, reassurance, and guidance frequently.
Do not increase the amount of work assigned to students in an attempt to compensate for the difference in connection and engagement or lost course time. Instead, focus on the learning objectives of each assignment and adapt your approach as needed.
Establish a communication policy: Set expectations up front. Remember that student circumstances have changed; students may be taking on additional employment or providing care to a relative. Also, your communication policies may vary to reflect different meeting schedules or learning objectives.
Set reasonable and consistent deadlines: Be clear, concise, consistent, and upfront with deadlines. Ensure there’s no ambiguity around course deadlines. If you need assistance configuring deadlines in Canvas, please reference the Canvas Guides page linked below.
Review course policies: Communicate to students how on-campus policies, like how you handle late assignments, will adapt to your new online course format.
Be flexible: Adapt course expectations when necessary and focus on learning outcomes and assessment objectives.
Consider student circumstances: Students may become ill or need to care for someone that becomes ill. Think in advance about how to accommodate these situations.
Review existing attendance policies: Attendance policies may need to adapt to changing situations.
Seek Technology Support: If you need assistance using Canvas or designing your course, please seek assistance as soon as possible.
Scaffold your skills: Don’t try to learn everything at once. Build on what you know, increase your skills as you go.
Don’t reinvent the wheel: If there is something you want to implement or use in your class, reach out to email@example.com as there may be directions and resources developed to assist you.