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Teaching and Learning in a Time of Transition Grants (TLTT Grants)

In light of the current dramatic change to online teaching, TLC wants to provide funds in support of your immediate needs as you rapidly transition. TLC is offering this money as one-time mini grants: “Teaching and Learning in a Time of Transition” Grants (TLTT Grants) of up to $200 per faculty member for immediate material needs, such as: webcams, headsets, white boards, upgrades to storage, subscriptions, journal access, or other resources. Please see this brief Google form to apply. We will accept applications on a rolling basis as long as funds are available. Once an application is accepted, we will follow up with instructions to receive payment. TLC will prioritize faculty’s most immediate needs during this challenging time of transition and thus reevaluate the deadline/process for future summer grant applications if there are funds left over after these “TLTT” Grants. Please let us know if you have questions, comments, concerns, or feedback. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your important work.

March 2020 Update:
Resources in Support of Online Teaching and Learning

In light of evolving national and international concerns about delivering a coherent academic program when unforeseen challenges arise, TLC is partnering with colleagues in IT, Instructional Design, and Student Success to provide faculty additional support in developing online teaching and learning. Other resources are available to faculty who need or want to integrate some participants virtually.  (Please note: You must be logged into your Moravian account in the browser and not just email.  If logged into a personal or other Gmail account, access may be blocked.)

Many colleges and universities are currently taking similar steps toward what is being called “Academic Continuity,” in order to provide consistent but adaptable learning experiences.  However, developing skill(s) in online teaching can enhance future teaching and learning offered at Moravian, regardless of weather events, viruses, and other potential disruptions in the face-to-face teaching that remains a hallmark of the Moravian experience.

The following is a brief outline of steps faculty can take to prepare. 

  1. Evaluate your syllabus: Consider how the core activities, assignments, and operations of your course could be managed in a fully online environment. What tools could you use? What would you definitely need?  What elements of your course would be most challenging to manage without in-person, on-the-ground time with a class? 
  2. Plan communications: The most important step is to maintain clear communication with your students, either via Canvas or email. It is important to create a plan for maintaining communication with your students without class meetings.  Too many communication pathways or too many messages can confuse and concern students.  Think about what communication you need to send, what information you need to have statically available on Canvas, etc.  Also, recognize that any official communication about a disruption would come to all members of the community through official channels.
  3. Transition to Canvas: Every course has a corresponding Canvas space that is available throughout the term and can be designed in many ways. This space can be utilized to share course materials and to set up the submission of assignments, quizzes, tests, and other assessment activities. Canvas is also one space available to set up text or video discussion forums, group projects, and other online interactions in place of classroom contact or office hours on campus.  Thinking through how to organize your course content on Canvas is a valuable early step.
  4. Videoconferencing options: Every faculty member has access to Zoom (videoconferencing platform). Login to your Zoom account. This platform has many features that allow for engaging online including webcam streaming, screen-sharing, chats, polling, breakout rooms, and recording. Zoom can be used to create hybrid live sessions - where some are in the room and others online; or full online sessions - where everyone joins from separate locations. Learn more about Zoom.
  5. Check your equipment: Your online experience will rely heavily on your equipment. That means your computer, webcam, and internet connection. Make sure your software is as up to date as possible and that all hardware is working properly. If you are not sure about your equipment, check with IT at http://cithelp.moravian.edu/. 

  • Mon March 30th, 3:45, Best Practices: Teaching Online with Zoom Breakout Rooms
    Bernie Cantens and Liz Tate
  • Thu April 2nd, 9:00-10:00, TLC Weekly Zoom Drop in, Open Conversation
    Ruth Malenda and Nicole Tabor
  • Tues April 7th 10:00-11:00, Hands-On Zoom Opportunities, Drop-in Session
    Katie P. Desiderio
  • Tues April 7th 11:45-1:00, Presentation, Innovative Pedagogy in the Online Space, April Theme
    Part of a year-long program on Online Teaching Excellence: Pedagogy and Andragogy in the Online Space, in Collaboration with the Instructional Design Team and David Wilkenfeld
    Collaboration with the Instructional Design Team and David Wilkenfeld, David Castaneda, Sarah Rentz, Liz Tate, Month-long Faculty Mentor for April: David Wilkenfeld
  • Thu April 9th, 9:00-10:00, TLC Weekly Zoom Drop in, Open Conversation
    Ruth Malenda and Nicole Tabor
  • Wed April 15th, 11:45 -1:00 Best Practices: Preparing for Online Final Exams
    Bernie Cantens and Liz Tate
  • Thu April 16th, 9:00-10:00, TLC Weekly Zoom Drop in, Open Conversation
    Ruth Malenda and Nicole Tabor 
  • Date TBA, PASS Implementation Workshop, Co-Sponsored with Academic Support 
    Anastasia Thevenin and Monica Jacobe
  • Fri April 17th 11:45-1:00, Discussion, Innovative Pedagogy in the Online Space, April Theme
    Part of a year-long program on Online Teaching Excellence: Pedagogy and Andragogy in the Online Space, in Collaboration with the Instructional Design Team and David Wilkenfeld
    Collaboration with the Instructional Design Team and David Wilkenfeld, David Castaneda, Sarah Rentz, Liz Tate, Month-long Faculty Mentor for April: David Wilkenfeld
  • Mon May 11th, 9:00-10:30, TLC May Workshop: "Teaching and Learning in a Time of Transition"
    Bernie Cantens, Keynote speaker
    Registration link:  https://moravian.zoom.us/meeting/register/v50vd-uhqzIjfAL1M3M69-qcNw6TlnxWwA

Bernie Cantens Office Hours

Bernie Cantens will hold open drop-in hours this week by Zoom, please contact him at cantensb@moravian.edu for the link. He will be available to discuss pedagogical practice for online teaching and learning. Bernie has taught online courses for Moravian College since 2011 and participated in a CIC Grant for online Teaching in the Humanities. He will be available to discuss pedagogy, evidence-based practice, online teaching and learning in the context of Moravian College's present and future in order to maintain academic continuity.

Instructional Design Team

The Instructional Design Team is committed to supporting you as you teach online. There are many support options available to you. The following outlines who to contact according to your needs:

  • If you are encountering problems with your device, login issues, or something is otherwise "not working", please contact the IT Help Desk. Their contact information can be found at: help.moravian.edu
  • Keep in mind that both Zoom and Canvas have built- in help features. Zoom guides can be accessed at support.zoom.us. Canvas has 24/7 live support that can be accessed by clicking the "Help" option in the left side navigation within Canvas. 
  • If you have a specific question related to using instructional technology ("how to's" with regards to using G Suite,YuJa, iPads, Respondus, Turnitin, Canvas, Zoom etc.)  you may contact Liz Tate directly at tatee@moravian.edu for assistance via email or phone, or to set up a 1:1 Zoom meeting for something more in depth. 
  • If you have a specific question related to best practices or design when incorporating technology into your course, please email idteam@moravian.edu. This will send an email to our instructional design team (Sarah Rentz and David Castaneda), who will then assist you via email, phone, or Zoom meeting. 

Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning

For the final month of our year-long series: "Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning" the April theme is: "Innovative Pedagogy in the Online Space" The presentations focus on excellence in online teaching with an emphasis on implementing sound pedagogical practices. Each month includes a presentation as well as an open discussion session focused around a monthly theme with a faculty mentor. Our April mentor is Dr. David Wilkenfeld, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Education, Rehabilitation Sciences. Recent changes and interruptions have made it clear that preparing for online or hybrid courses is a must not just for instructors who are planning on teaching online but for everyone. At these events, we will present on both learning design considerations and technical aspects of setting up spaces for active participation in online and hybrid courses. Please find the zoom links below:

  • Tues April 7th 11:45-1:00, Presentation, Innovative Pedagogy in the Online Space, April Theme
    Part of a year-long program on "Online Teaching Excellence: Pedagogy and Andragogy in the Online Space", in Collaboration with the Instructional Design Team and David Wilkenfeld
    Collaboration with the Instructional Design Team and David Wilkenfeld, David Castaneda, Sarah Rentz, Liz Tate, Month-long Faculty Mentor for April: David Wilkenfeld
  • Fri April 17th 11:45-1:00, Discussion, Innovative Pedagogy in the Online Space, April Theme​​​​​​
    Part of a year-long program on "Online Teaching Excellence: Pedagogy and Andragogy in the Online Space", in Collaboration with the Instructional Design Team and David Wilkenfeld
    Collaboration with the Instructional Design Team and David Wilkenfeld, David Castaneda, Sarah Rentz, Liz Tate, Month-long Faculty Mentor for April: David Wilkenfeld

For technology troubleshooting, please contact the IT help desk at help@moravian.edu or 610- 861-1500. You may also our educational technologist, Liz Tate at tatee@moravian.edu 

For Canvas-specific support for yourself especially beyond M-F 8-4:30 and for students almost always, contact Canvas support in Chat by clicking on Help in Canvas or by phone at 1-833-716-8411 (faculty) and 1-866-437-5895 (students).

For support in instructional design and transitioning to virtual learning environments, please contact the instructional design team at idteam@moravian.edu.

For support related to teaching and learning, please email the TLC team at teachlearn@moravian.edu

For peer learning support needs or for other questions about academically supporting your students virtually, please contact Director of Academic Advising and Support Services, Dr. Monica Jacobe, at jacobem@moravian.edu.

For support related to the teaching of writing online, please contact the Director of the Writing at Moravian program, Crystal Fodrey, at fodreyc@moravian.edu.

The following ten faculty members, representing various disciplines, have experience in online teaching and learning at Moravian College and have agreed to connect with you about online teaching pedagogy if/when questions arise in the coming weeks and you would like to reach out by email to these experienced faculty members:

Campus Connections:

Discussion and Shared Resource Space: A new discussion community from the online education and innovation team to share resources about online teaching and learning during a time of transition moderated by Dr. Bernie Cantens, Associate Provost of Online Education and Innovation: https://moravian.instructure.com/courses/11526/discussion_topics

The Instructional Design (ID) team has already developed some tools to help with a variety of aspects for online teaching. The instructional design team recorded this video on Rapid Transition to Online to help you in your academic continuity planning. You will be prompted to sign in via the college's Single Sign On (SSO) to view. They have also developed several Canvas courses about online teaching that can be accessed through these links:

Below please find a link for Moravian’s “Knowledge Base” regarding online teaching and learning:

https://moravian.service-now.com/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=KB0010141

Here are helpful links from Zoom:

Please find some additional points of entry here:

Articles: 

Resources for Online Teaching

Other Institutions:

  •  Stanford University: Teach Anywhere; Stanford's guide for temporarily moving classes online
  • Indiana University: Keep Teaching; Indiana University's suggestions for what to consider when quickly moving classes online
  • Vanderbilt University: Teaching in Times of Crisis; Tools and resources for moving online, as well as important considerations on the impacts on students and their learning
  • Harvard University: Teach Remotely; Best Practices: Online Pedagogy 

Tools:

Additional Resources:

Apple Resources

Apple Education Learning Series: On-Demand Instructional Videos & Live Virtual Conferences.

You can chat online, ask questions, and get help from these Apple Education support communities:

Virtual one-on-one coaching sessions with Apple Professional Learning Specialists are available for free to help educators hone their approach to online student learning and workflows. Send an email to appleprofessionallearning@apple.com to request your free virtual coaching session.

Find best practices for how to clean your Apple products here

The App Store has curated the Learn and Study From Home collection to help educators get the most out of their Apple products.