Considerations and Ideas
Rethink your tests and assignments
Does your class need to be “synchronous”?
Here are some caveats about synchronous teaching:
- Live meetings require high bandwidth, which students may not have at home.
- Consider differing time zones. If you plan to meet online with students during normal class hours, this could be challenging for students in another time zones.
- Platforms like Microsoft Teams are seeing unprecedented usage demands which may cause performance problems.
Why “asynchronous” may be better right now
Teaching asynchronously means that you prepare and post your course materials, communications, and assignments to Blackboard, and students can then access them at a time that’s convenient for them (by the due dates you assign). Class interactions can happen over a longer period of time, using tools like the Blackboard Discussion Board, for example.
Many online courses have been taught without video lectures. If making screencasts of your lectures feels daunting, you can provide text-based lectures or type commentary into the notes areas of your PowerPoints and share the files in Blackboard. Some ideas for assignments and teaching materials:
- Ideas for remote assignments In addition to ideas list on the CTL page, UVM’s Writing in the Discipline program has started a crowd-sourcing google doc, “Teaching with Compassion & Focus amid Disruption.”
- Ideas for remote student presentations
- See our list of video collections where you can search for documentaries or lectures by other scholars on topics relevant your learning goals, link them in blackboard, and create writing assignments about them.
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