A Guide to Teaching Online
Traditional, in-person classes are different experiences for both students and professors than their online counterparts. Many college resources, such as our LMS and Microsoft 365, have updated and expanded their applications to support fully online classes. To support faculty in this time, please review the following tips and resources available to help your students adjust to the transition.
Engage with Your Students
This transition from in class to online is going to present a few challenges. One of them will be changes in how and when students can interact and ask questions. You can help ease the transition by setting up consistent ways to communicate with your students.
Use a Variety of Activities
We have the technology available to us to create collaborative and engaging classes online. You can blend traditional learning: readings, lectures (or slideshows with audio), with online content, like videos and activities.
D2L is the LMS that you and your students are already familiar with. D2L has been adding new features to assist with the transition to online learning. Through D2L, you have access to:
For more information on what D2L is providing, check out their guide on Changing From Classroom to Online Courses During the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
You can also take advantage of Microsoft Teams, a digital hub to create collaborative classrooms - provided to you and your students though Sault College's Microsoft 365 access. Once you add your students to a "Team" in Microsoft Teams, you can:
For help with using Microsoft Teams, please see the following articles and PDFs. (These can also be opened within the Teams application, under the "Help" section in the bottom left corner.)
Teaching and Learning Online is a new skill set for all of us. Providing continuous feedback allows students to identify which skills need to be improved and provides an opening to express concerns.
Make Content Mobile
With this difficult time, it's important to note that some of our students do not have a personal computer. Most cell phones can access "desktop" versions of websites, and D2L is built to view properly on any device, be it a smartphone, iPad or laptop.
Take advantage of the tools D2L gives you, and allow students to reach out if they're having difficulty completing learning modules due to technology.
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