Some Tips for Week 1
In the transition to remote teaching, we encourage all faculty to view week 1 as a soft start that allows for adjustment to technology and modes of delivery. There will be unexpected one-time technical issues that faculty and students will be correcting for that are related to using the technology under “live conditions”. In addition, there is the potential recognizing the need to make structural changes, such as due dates for assignments, methods of communication and grading, and even grading policies.
The following suggestions are guidance that has been developed in consultation with the Academic Senate. It is not meant to be comprehensive. Instead, it is intended to provide a framework for making appropriate local decisions.
1) Do not have work in week one count toward a grade. It may be useful to provide grades to students for feedback and/or to test the grading process.
2) Making sure you are clear about how Zoom will work and what the fall back is if it unravels - is it email/canvas/etc. - discussing the privacy elements with Zoom
2) Utilize as much of the software you plan to throughout the quarter. For example, if you plan to have a paper later in the quarter for which you will utilize speed-grader in Canvas, have a short practice question that allows testing the student and faculty side of the process.
3) Consider including a statement in the original syllabus that the syllabus will be subject to changes at the end of week one after an evaluation of the course mechanics. Allow yourself the flexibility to alter due dates, course policies, grading policies, etc.
4) Have an end of week one quiz/survey to solicit student reactions to key elements of the course. Even if you elect not to change anything, acknowledging that your read their feedback and have reasons to keep things the same will go a long way during the current crisis. This will also help reinforce the general message of flexibility and the fact that we are all in this together.