These resources, created or curated by the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation, are intended to help faculty maintain pedagogical continuity when teaching remotely. If you have any suggestions or questions, please contact us at: email@example.com.
- Make sure your course material is uploaded to the UCI Learning Management System, Canvas, and that your students are aware of your course space. This includes transitioning your paper-based exams online using Canvas Quizzes. If you need help with Canvas, click here.
- Know how to contact your students. Two easy ways are to send an announcement on Canvas, or use your ClassMail mailing list (click on "manage" on the right to view the mail list address). Tip: Have your students ensure that notifications are turned on for Canvas announcements. They can also add a mobile number or an additional email address, which may be useful to students that do not have access to UCI Gmail.
- Create a UCI Pro Zoom account. Zoom is a great tool you can use to either record your material (including PowerPoint slides), or hold live online classes for up to 300 participants. Use your account to take advantage of delivering your course online, hold small group discussions in the digital breakout rooms, or record video with desktop screen sharing. For more detail, please visit the TechPrep@ UCI website.
- Upload your instructional videos to YuJa, a YouTube-like media platform supported by UCI that integrates easily with Canvas and has automatic captioning.
- Include a syllabus statement explaining how to proceed in case of disruption:
In the event of an extended disruption to classroom functions, I will provide instruction and interaction via UC Irvine's online Canvas system.
- Communicate with your students right away. If you plan on facilitating class live online, post the dates, times, and Zoom meeting link as a Canvas Announcement. Involve any TAs and LAs in the discussion.
- Consider realistic goals for this modified instruction. Can you maintain your original syllabus and schedule? What about deadlines? Consider being flexible with assignment due dates. Most importantly, communicate your expectations to your students, as well as what they can expect from you.
- Keep the same course structure. If you did PowerPoint before with small group discussions, continue doing so. Familiarity will help with students transition to online learning.
- Decide how you will run the course. Will you record yourself using Zoom, then post the videos? Or will you hold class live using Zoom? If you are holding class live, all you need to do is provide your students with your Zoom meeting link and they can join. Be sure to mute students' audio to reduce background noise, allowing them to unmute when necessary.
- Keep uploaded material mobile-friendly. For example, if you use PowerPoints, consider saving them as accessible PDFs. For more information about accessibility, click here.
- Foster communication among students. Encourage them to use the discussion board on Canvas or to set up Zoom meetings themselves. Involve your TAs and LAs as much as you can.
- Consider virtual labs if you are teaching a lab course. For example, are there videos that exist for your labs? Can you simulate data so the students can analyze results? Check out your textbook publisher's website, or a website like MERLOT, for digital tools.
- Have students submit assignments through Canvas. To reduce work on the back end, consider requiring specific file names like [first name]_[last name]_[assignment title].docx.
- Assess student learning using Canvas quizzes. You can also consider offering an alternative assignment to either replace an exam or provide students a choice when it is appropriate.
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There are a number of options for conducting exams remotely, such as online proctoring, timed Canvas exams, and alternative assignments. For detailed information on these options, click here.
In the case of sudden disruption, we hope you find these tips helpful. For more information about moving specific courses, please contact the DTEI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources & Information
- Minimum Tools to Teach Remotely
- Remote Assessment Considerations
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