The Teaching and learning center
November opportunities to develop teaching
- TLC November Workshops:
- Monday, November 2nd, 1:00-2:00 Discussion for First and Second Year Faculty: End of the Semester Opportunities and Challenges with “Newish” faculty: Kin Cheung, Tristan Gleeson, Dietlinde Heilmayr, Josh Lord, and Colleen Payton
- Wednesday, November 4th, 2:00-3:00 Continuing the Conversations About Teaching Online Fall 2020: Checking in about Final Exams, Co-sponsored with OEI- Sarah Rentz, Liz Tate, and David Castañeda
- Tuesday, November 10th, 2:00-3:00 Introduction to Quality Matters, Co-sponsored with OEI- Sarah Rentz and Bernie Cantens
- Thursday, November 12th at 9:30-10:30 Reports from TLC Summer Grant Recipients Part II
- Santo Marabella: Doing Good with Climate Change
- Faith Okpotor: Course Improvement: Constructivist and Connectivist Approaches to Online Learning in Uncertain Times
- Friday, November 20th at 12:15-1:15 Reports from TLC Summer Grant Recipients Part III Link: https://moravian.zoom.us/j/
- Mark Harris: Keeping Students Engaged In an Online Course
- Michelle Schmidt: Exploring Service Learning Options in Pandemic Times
- Canvas Resources:
- For Canvas Shells: OEI has created a Student Resources Blueprint Module. This module was created using the Quality Matters Rubric and best practices, and it includes links to technical support services, academic support services, accessibility policies and services, and other essential student resources such as Reeves Library, Health Center, Student Life, Writing Center, and Counseling Center. These services are essential to help our students succeed in your courses and in their career paths. The module is created by providing students with direct links to the corresponding offices, avoiding the need for future updates or maintenance. The direct links also make it easy and efficient for students to navigate our “campus” online and to access the resources that are available for them to succeed. This module will appear in every faculty member's Canvas shell.
- Student Technology Course: Similar to the Faculty Technology Resource course that is on all faculty Canvas dashboards, all students have access on their dashboard to a course that contains the following: Where to get technology help, the single sign-on page, instructions for using their Macbook and iPad, Canvas and Top 10 Tips, Google Suite, Momentum, Notability, Qualtrics, Respondus LockDown Browser, YuJa and Zoom.
- “Improving My Online Course” There is no such thing as a perfect online course just as there is no such thing as a perfect in-person course. All courses are continuously improving each time they are taught. Online and hybrid courses can always be improved by making them more student friendly, accessible and effective. Moravian’s Online Education and Innovation instructional designers will be available for one-on-one coaching sessions to address specific needs for your Fall 2020 online or hybrid courses. To sign up for a session, please sign up here.
- We have consolidated our instructional resources into one Canvas Shell: Moravian Online Education and Innovation Resources. Here you will find
- extensive information on the following:
- Moving online fundamentals
- Getting started with canvas
- Syllabus (How to upload your syllabus to Canvas)
- Assessment and Measurement
- Student Orientation
- Accessibility and Usability
- Zoom and Video Conferencing
- Course Technology
- We know there are many unknowns about what this fall will bring, but we are here to support you. If you have any questions please contact Bernie Cantens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Instructional Technology Sessions: Click to find a list of Instructional Technology Recorded Sessions that are in the Welcome module in the Faculty Technology Resources Course.
- Apple workshops: 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 email@example.com to request a virtual coaching session. As you explore features of Apple Pencil, there are a couple of apps that will be helpful for you to have downloaded in advance. These apps are:
- Tayasui Sketches School
- 5 Tips To Alleviate “Zoom Fatigue” During Your Classes And Meetings, an article by our colleague David Castañeda, Instructional Designer. Reach out to him to let him know if these tips were helpful and/or if you want to discuss facilitation strategies for your online and hybrid classes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Conference Opportunity: “The Mount Aloysius Conference on College Teaching aims to bring high school and higher education faculty together to foster discourse on student learning, pedagogical approaches and academic, athletic and social engagement” (from Provost Kosso.)
- Online Discussion Thread: shared ideas with one another on the online discussion threads
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This will send an email to our instructional design team (Sarah Rentz and David Castañeda), who will then assist you via email, phone, or Zoom meeting.
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 email@example.com.
For support related to teaching and learning, please email the TLC team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
For support related to the teaching of writing online, please contact the Director of the Writing at Moravian program, Crystal Fodrey, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Craig Atwood, Seminary, email@example.com
- Sandy Bardsley, History, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bernie Cantens, Philosophy, email@example.com
- Katie P. Desiderio, Economics and Business, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cecilia Fox, Biological Sciences, email@example.com
- Mike Fraboni, Mathematics, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kathy Gray, Nursing and Public Health, email@example.com
- Jennifer Ostrowski, Rehabilitation Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lakeisha Thorpe, Graduate Studies, email@example.com
- Debra Torok, Music, firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Best Practices in Online Course Design
- Accessibility for digital content
- Facilitating Online Courses
- Faculty Technology Resources Repository
- Assessment in Online and Hybrid Courses
Below please find a link for Moravian’s “Knowledge Base” regarding online teaching and learning:
Here are helpful links from Zoom:
- Comprehensive Guide to Educating Through Zoom
- Tips and Tricks for Teachers Educating on Zoom
- Tips and Tricks for Administrators and Staff
- Student Tips for Participating in Online Learning
- Live Training, Recorded Training, and Zoom Meetings for Education Training
Please find some additional points of entry here:
- Chronicle of Higher Ed: Going Online in a Hurry; Basic questions to consider when moving your class online
- Inside Higher Ed: 7 Best Practices for COVID-19-Necessitated Online Meetings; A guide to facilitating online conversations
- Mapping Access: Accessible Teaching in the time of COVID-19; Considering accessibility for a variety of different course formats
- eLearning Industry: The Power of Discussion: Activating Learning Online (And In Person); Article written by Moravian's ID team about including of discussion spaces and other social interaction activities
Resources for Online Teaching
- Quality Matters: Certification of quality online teaching
- Association of College and University Educators toolkit. Some targeted ideas (microlectures, planning discussions) and some overarching (managing online presence, organizing your online course)
- This article is entitled "Students' use of asynchronous discussions for academic discourse socialization."
- This article addresses how to think about combining synchronous and asynchronous coursework effectively.
- Different way to think about approaching online learning, particularly in a context when normal curricular plans have been disrupted.
- This article explores the learning outcomes from projects that have students create documentaries.
- Ideas for distance learning in studio art courses.
- A link is provided on this site for resources for higher education during COVID-19.
- While not specifically about online, this is a good reminder about designing good discussions in general and setting the guidelines and expectations even in the online space
- Rubrics for evaluating online courses that may be useful resource as "self diagnostics" once faculty get a little more comfortable teaching online.
- Articles that Address How What is Happening Outside the Classroom Affects Learning. This article discusses the impact of these changes on the well being of students.
- This article considers the effect of anxiety and stress on learning. An important reminder to consider the wellbeing of our students at this time.
- This site gives guidelines for discussing traumatic events with students, which may be valuable to guide in class discussions about the current situation.
- Resources for Faculty as They Quickly Shift to Online Teaching
Shared by Chris Jones; book with information about feeling at home in your home office, working efficiently at home, and the work-life balance, when work is in your home.
- Some important reminders for faculty “This chapter examines the emotional experience of teachers who are designing courses for digital learning environments. Recommendations for gaining confidence and coping with the emotional stress of rethinking a course for online learning are addressed.”
- Webinar series on best practices in moving courses online offered by ACUE (Association of College and University Educators), in collaboration with CIC (Council of Independent Colleges), AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities), ACE (American Council on Education), Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and NASH (National Association of System Heads). Free to faculty, but requires registration.
- 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
- HASTA: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory; Social Network for sharing tools, research, insights, pedagogy, methods, and projects in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and sciences
- Bringing Your Course Online: Resources compiled by the MLA, March 2020
- Merlot Materials: Science and Technology; Collection of videos, simulations, and activities for a variety of STEM fields
- PhET: Interactive Simulations for Science and Math; Simulations and associated assignments for a variety of STEM fields along with articles and information about integrating these into courses
- Student Matcher: tool to create virtual student groups
- Moravian College: Academic Code of Conduct
- Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy
- Hybrid Pedagogy: An open-access journal of learning, teaching, and technology
- Chronicle of Higher Ed: Articles about coping with Coronavirus
Apple Education Learning Series: On-Demand Instructional Videos.
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 email@example.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.