Instructional Continuity

INTRODUCTION

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

KEY CONSIDERATIONS

At a school like Trinity, where 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? 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, they are important for structuring an online learning experience. We believe that thinking of remote learning as a special type of flipped classroom will be most effective: use asynchronous methods to deliver content outside of class time and to prepare students for engaging more richly with the course during the scheduled class itself.

Two resources that will be helpful for remote teaching:

  • We have compiled an Online Learning Resource Guide for Faculty, which pulls together resources on how to think about online instruction as a method, key tools to help you through the process, and contact information for Research, Instruction, Technology staff who can help.
  • The Summer 2020 Design Studios, which included a series of recorded workshops and presentations on various aspects of remote teaching. 

STAFF CONTACTS

For assistance with planned remote delivery of classes, contact your instructional technologist or Amy Harrell. You can also email edutech@trincoll.edu with questions. 

DOCUMENTATION

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 dorm rooms or off campus

* ArcGIS
* Atlas.ti
* ChemDraw
* EViews
* SPSS
* STATA
* Mathematica- email cheryl.cape@trincoll.edu

Most of these applications are available via the Windows Virtual Desktop
which can be accessed from any computer or mobile device.

For more applications see the guide here.

 

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

 
Learn more about using upgraded classroom technology

See this database of room-by-room documentation.

 
Use remote proctoring software 

See our documentation on Respondus and Lockdown Browser