INTRODUCTION

This page is being developed in the context of the COVID-19 remote learning period and provides information for faculty on a variety of different resources and strategies to support remote instruction. Please note that it may change regularly.

  • Students should go to this guide, which is tailored for student needs and is also being updated regularly. 
  • Our latest news section is where we regularly post tips on a variety of tools faculty and students might use in the context of remote teaching and learning. 

KEY CONSIDERATIONS

At a school like Trinity, where nearly all instruction is planned for in-person class sessions, retrofitting classes for remote delivery is an exercise in expectations management: What learning outcomes are essential, and how can they be achieved online? How will faculty and students communicate, and how often? Such retrofitting becomes about satisficing solutions, rather than optimizing them. Planning ahead to the extent possible is enormously helpful. Testing some of the available tools can ease anxiety for faculty, students, and, well, everyone really.

An important consideration is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous methods. Synchronous methods, where everyone in the class is participating at the same time, are sometimes intuitively appealing, because they feel like a regular class. Asynchronous methods, by contrast, can feel more abstract, and require a bit more advance work. However, in the event of a disrupted schedule, asynchronous methods offer other benefits: Flexibility of schedule and availability, less stress on the network, more options for accessibility, accommodations for students in different time zones, and more. For these reasons, Research, Instruction, Technology strongly recommends asynchronous methods whenever possible.

Two resources that will be helpful as you transition to remote teaching:

STAFF CONTACTS

For assistance with planned remote delivery of classes, contact your instructional technologist or Jason Jones, or join us in our drop-in Zoom meeting from Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. You can also email edutech@trincoll.edu for faster support. In the current (spring 2020/Covid-19) moment, there’s also a regularly-updated post you might consult with little details and online resources.

DOCUMENTATION

We’ve now enabled a site license for Zoom video conferencing, so anyone with a trincoll.edu address can get it here: https://trincoll.zoom.us. The link in the table below is for documentation, which we are trying to improve for the Trinity context today.

I would like to . . . Supported Tool Related Trinity workshop video recordings
Record lectures for my students to watch on their own time (asychronous) * Record a narrated Powerpoint (no webcam video)
* Use Kaltura Capture in Moodle to record screen / audio / webcam video
* Upload audio-only to Moodle or embed it in a website (from a phone; with free software; as a digital story)
 
Lecture my students in real time (synchronous)

* Zoom video
* Teams video 

 
Lead discussions with my students on their own time (asynchronous) * Moodle discussion forums
* Blogs
* Teams channels or Teams class notebook
Moodle Assignments & Discussion Forums
Lead discussions with my students in real time (synchronous) * Zoom video 
* Teams video 
* Moodle text chat
* Teams text chat
 
Hold a basic audio (phone) conference *Zoom
*Teams or Skype for Business Audio Conference
 
Have video office hours with my students * Zoom video
* Teams video
 
Provide course content to my students * Moodle
* Teams
* OneDrive
* Email
* Websites/blogs
Intro to Moodle
Receive assignments (papers, projects, etc.) from my students * Moodle
* Teams
* Office365
Moodle Assignments & Discussion Forums
Assess my students with quizzes or exams * Moodle
* Video quiz in Moodle/Kaltura
Moodle Quizzes and exams
Give a student or students extra time on an assignment or quiz * Moodle  
Maintain an online gradebook * Moodle Moodle Gradebook workshop
Allow students to use specialized software from home

* Adobe Creative Suite
* SPSS
* STATA
* Matlab
*Mathematica- email cheryl.cape@trincoll.edu

 
Provide library content to students who may be off-campus

See this summary of online content that may be useful to you.

Electronic resources should be available off-campus

 

For examples of other schools’ suggested responses, see this crowd-sourced document moved to this still-crowd-sourced spreadsheet.

See our News section for documentation on other tools you may want to use. We continue to add posts regularly as issues arise.