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The following instructional resources and technological tips are organized in the form of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). For each question you will find a range of different resources that answer the question and offer interdisciplinary examples of assignments and activities one might adapt for their own classes.
- How do I transfer seminar-style teaching practices into an online environment?
- How do I create and maintain a sense of community in my online course?
- How do I keep students engaged when they are not gathering each week?
- How do I use writing for remote learning?
- How do I deliver an engaging online session?
- How do I share course content online?
- How do I structure low-tech assignments for remote teaching?
- How can I teach effectively using different online platforms?
- How do I teach remotely in the arts?
- How to I teach remotely in STEM?
- How do I teach remotely in the humanities?
1. How do I transfer seminar-style teaching practices into an online environment?
Seminars are often associated with intimate, in-person classes. What follows is a list of a range of different possible activities that one might use in an in person seminar, with approaches intended to offer options to replicating these activities online.
2. How do I create and maintain a sense of community in my online course?
It is extremely important that students, who might suddenly be learning in isolation, have the sense of being part of a class community. The activities that follow represent different approaches to building a learning community online that is sustained throughout the entirety of the course and hopefully beyond.
3. How do I keep students engaged when they are not gathering each week?
Engaging in online learning is a very different experience from in person, seminar-style classes. Many students might initially struggle to adjust. What follows are some suggestions for how to help students as they move online, and identify the kind of engagement (synchronous or asynchronous) that works best with the student’s new situation.
5. How do I deliver an engaging online session?
Online courses can use many of the same strategies that in person classes use to keep students engaged. Guest speakers can be invited to join via video conferencing synchronously. Students can also replicate the same formal structures (i.e. hand raising) of the in person classroom environment.
6. How do I share course content online?
Designing an online course is normally a detailed process that takes a lot of instructional design and planning. When shifting to online learning mid semester, many faculty opt to record or pre-record lectures (video or audio), and use online apps to replicate the classroom blackboard or whiteboard.
Video: Creative Assignments for Teaching Online
Bard's Center for Experimental Humanities:
EH's “Low-Tech Assignments” (for Teaching at a Distance during COVID-19)
Bard’s Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures Program (FLCL):
Guide for Online Language Teaching Solutions
Moving Online: What You Can Implement Now
Eight Tips for First-Time Online Learners
Survival Guide from VCUarts
Resources for Moving Dance-Based Pedagogy Online
Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak