Remote Teaching Notes from LEARN and LTC
We hope that your week is going well! We just wanted to share a few notes on our weekly webinar (Teaching Talk), a few quick tips related to inquiries coming into our offices, and different ways you can get help with your alternative teaching.
From talking with instructors around campus, we know that you may be thinking about how you might conduct your final course assessments in alternative delivery. So, that’s where we’ll be focusing this week’s Teaching Talk! Please join us on Friday, April 17, from 1 to 2 p.m. here: https://uww.webex.com/meet/webern to talk about course assessments, as well as any challenges you’ve encountered and strategies you’re using in alternative delivery! Participating instructors have enjoyed our last two sessions. Please note that we record and archive the sessions on our Remote Teaching website.
As you continue planning and facilitating your alternative delivery, here are a couple of quick tips:
- Keep it simple. Students may struggle with learning new concepts in this mode--especially if they are less experienced with different types of learning (e.g., blended and online). Think about ways to keep learning simple. When introducing new concepts, think about doing a short introductory video that helps give students a frame of reference for what they should be looking for when they read or watch the content you have assigned. Follow that up with an application activity (e.g., Canvas discussion or individualized activity) where you engage with feedback to support student learning. Please be mindful, however, that you aren’t adding a lot of extra work that the students wouldn’t have normally been doing for your class.
- Keep reaching out to students. In the Teaching Talk session last week, the group talked about how student anxiety is high. Instructors in the session shared that they were reaching back out to students to see how they were doing. One instructor shared that they thought different prompts could make a difference in responses. For example, students may respond less to a message that asks them to reach out if they need to whereas they might respond more to an activity that is a part of their work which asks them to reflect on what’s one thing they wished you knew.
As always, the LTC and LEARN are here to support you!
- The LTC is available to help you transition things you may have done face-to-face to alternate delivery, as well as help you with our different technology tools that support remote teaching and learning. The LTC is available Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. via phone (262-472-1004) and email (email@example.com).
- The LEARN Center is available to discuss options and new ideas for activities or assessments via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also reach the LEARN Center via phone (262-472-5134).
Heather Pelzel (LEARN Center Director)
Nicole Weber (Director of Learning Technology)