Instructional preparedness

Shifting courses to online delivery

With courses officially being transitioned to online delivery due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, Teaching & Learning Technologies is committed to providing support to faculty as they work to deliver their courses online. For those of you that already leverage WebCampus, this may not mean too much additional work. For those who might be new to WebCampus, know that resources are available to assist you.

Frequently asked questions for transitioning to remote instruction due to COVID-19

There are several options for how you could quickly transition the face-to-face aspects of your course. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Be ready to modify the ways you convey content, but also how you facilitate communication and engagement with your students.

Option 1: Teach your class live with Zoom

This option is probably the easiest transition to make, especially with small to medium size lecture classes. For large sections, using a TA as a moderator might be necessary to help address student questions. For this scenario the instructor would hold their class at their normally scheduled day and time but would use Zoom rather than meeting in the classroom.

Getting started with Zoom

Best practices & pedagogical considerations when teaching live with Zoom

Option 2: Pre-record your lectures

This option is good if you are not comfortable using Zoom to teach live or if there are challenges to teaching live during your normally scheduled day/time. This option may be more time consuming but could also result in materials that can be reused a later time. We recommend using Kaltura or Zoom to record your lectures and Kaltura to post the videos to WebCampus. In this scenario, we recommend chunking your content into topical videos that are 20 min or less in length.

Resources for Recording Your Lectures and Using Video in WebCampus

Resources for Recording a Voice-Over-PowerPoint Lecture

Option 3: Hybrid; teach some classes live and use recorded lectures for others

This option is a combination of the two approaches listed above. Some content may be better suited to one delivery method or the other above. Alternatively, scheduling conflicts may not allow you to hold all of your sessions live so you may need to record some content for those days.

Option 4: Asynchronous online instruction

You may also convey communicating course content via asynchronous instruction using WebCampus, in the form of written lecture notes, additional readings, viewings of existing external video such as documentaries, etc.

Managing your course elements online

Once you have figured out how you will conduct your class, you will still need to determine how you will handle things like distributing course materials, giving/collecting assignments and delivering quizzes/exams.

How will you share your course content and materials with your students?

All spring 2020 classes have course shells created in WebCampus, where you may create content pages, upload files, post videos, or link to external URLs. Please see TLT’s WebCampus Resources page for more information. You may also use Zoom to schedule synchronous class sessions in order to share course content.

How will you deal with assignments?

WebCampus has several options that will allow you to create and grade assignments online. If your students regularly submit written work in or outside of class, translating those assignment to online submission via WebCampus is an option. Please see the Canvas Guides How do I create an assignment? and How do I use SpeedGrader? for more information.

How will you deal with quizzes and tests?

You can use the WebCampus Quizzes tool to conduct and moderate exams and assessments, both graded and ungraded. Please see the Canvas Guide on Creating a Quiz for more information.

How do I integrate online discussions?

Online discuss forums provide a place where students can interact with the course content and one another in a way that can help foster learning and promote engagement. Please see the Canvas Guide How do I create a discussion as an instructor?.

Effective communication online

As with any class, communication is key. Letting your students know how they will receive information from you will ensure they are looking in the right place, and are kept abreast of any changes to your course. Options for communication include:

Office hours: You can leverage Zoom to hold “virtual” office hours. This time can be used in a similar fashion to how you leverage your current in-person office hours. You can leverage the screen sharing function to discuss specific items on your screen or your students’ screens.

Announcements: You can use the Announcements tool in WebCampus to communicate with the whole class at once. Be sure that your students know to expect communication from you via this tool so they set their WebCampus Notifications appropriately.

Email: You may also consider using your external email to communicate with students. If this is the route you choose to take, make sure your students have provided you with the email addresses they actually check regularly.

Assumptions you can use for planning

  • Essential infrastructure, such as power and telecommunications (i.e. phones, networking), will be maintained.
  • Teaching & Learning Technologies and the Instructional Design Team will continue to provide support ( idt@unr.edu)
  • TLT can provide remote consultation/training upon request ( idt@unr.edu)
  • Captioning requests will continue to be processed ( captions@unr.edu)

Resources available

The following resources are available to faculty to transition their courses:

TLT’s Instructional Design Team is here to assist with any questions. We can provide support and training remotely via Zoom sessions in the event of a closure or upon request.

  • Email: idt@unr.edu (during the event of a campus closure, please use our email address to contact us)
  • Phone: (775) 682-6798
  • Location: MIKC 411