Connecting with OEI and the 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.
- 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 Castaneda), who will then assist you via email, phone, or Zoom meeting.
Here are helpful links from 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 University: 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.
TLC May 2020 Workshop
The rapid transition to online teaching has been a catalyst for change and growth in our pedagogy and andragogy. The May workshop was an opportunity for faculty to take time to reflect on challenges, surprising successes, and lessons we may carry forward. The day began with a keynote and Q&A from Bernie Cantens, Associate Provost of Online Education and Innovation, outlining his vision for the office of Online Education and Innovation. A video of the keynote presentation can be found here. The second half of the workshop provided a space for facilitated discussion among faculty to reflect together on their work during this time of change.