Many traditional classroom activities can be moved online with a little bit of work and help from technology already present at UD. It may also take some adjustment for both you and your students to become accustomed to participating in online learning activities. It won't be the same experience as in the face-to-face setting, but it'll at least keep your students engaged with the course material in a meaningful way.
While not comprehensive, the following list provides some potential online alternatives for common classroom activities:
In a hybrid learning or online learning environment, we recommend adding all course materials to Isidore so students have a one-stop-shop for everything they need for their classes. If you can, we recommend posting course resources within the Lessons tool, as demonstrated in this video.
It’s important to let students know where to find your course resources, stay consistent in your approach, and to notify them when new resources have been posted.
Whenever possible, it's ideal to share resources in PDF format. This approach ensures that students will be able to easily access them on phones or other mobile devices. See Microsoft's Knowledgebase for saving files in PDF format.
Instructors can create lecture videos through two different programs: Snagit or Zoom. Your lecture videos should be 10-12 minutes, as students are more likely to watch shorter videos. Longer lectures should be recorded in parts to keep down the length of the videos.
If you need to do any video editing, we recommend using Snagit instead of Zoom to record your videos.
Snagit allows you to record your voice and your screen, so you can talk through your PowerPoint slides or demonstrate a problem in Excel. You may optionally record your webcam as well.
Once you record your video in Snagit, upload the video to the Warpwire Video tool in Isidore. Then, add the video to the appropriate spot within your Weekly Lessons so students can watch it asynchronously. Here is a demonstration of this process.
Additional Snagit Resources
- Link: Download Snagit
- Video: Creating and Sharing Videos with Snagit and Warpwire
- Video: Techniques for Recording Videos
- Video: How to Set Up a DIY Teleprompter
Instructors can record lecture videos using the Zoom tool in their Isidore sites. To record a lecture in Zoom:
- Navigate to your Isidore site
- Click on the Zoom Meetings tool
- Schedule a meeting
- Start the meeting
- Press Record
- Begin your lecture
- Close Zoom when you are finished
- The recording will appear in the Cloud Recordings tab for both your and your students when it is finished processing.
Additional Zoom Resources
Discussions can occur either asynchronously or synchronously. We recommend using the Discussion Forums tool in Isidore for asynchronous discussions, while you can use Zoom to conduct synchronous discussions.
Asynchronous Discussion Forums
The "Forums" tool in Isidore can be used to facilitate online discussions in an asynchronous format (e.g. within a certain time frame, but not all at the exact same time). You can set up discussion topics and define prompts that you’d like students to respond to.
Outline clear expectations with your students about the required level of engagement in each online discussion. Do they simply need to respond to a prompt you create? Do you want them responding to each other? Will you grade these discussions?
Please watch the video on how to host and evaluate discussion forums in Isidore.
- Instructions: Using Forums in Isidore
- Article: Designing Effective Discussion Questions
- 9 Student Engagement Strategies for Online Discussion Forums
Synchronous Discussions on Zoom
Zoom can be used for hosting synchronous discussions. To facilitate an effective discussion on Zoom, provide clear expectations to your students on how they should communicate within the Zoom room. Here are some questions that might help you establish expectations for your class:
- Should students have their webcams on?
- Should students have headphones?
- Should students leave themselves muted unless they are speaking?
- Should students interrupt you with a question, or should they type questions into the Chat window?
- Will you have small group discussions within Zoom?
- Will students answer poll questions?