Preparing to Teach Online

3/13/2020

To help you prepare for the likelihood that most of our classes need to be conducted online once we return from Spring Break on the 30th, here are some resources available right now as well as a few others that will become available within the next two weeks:

What You Can Do Right Now:

  • Keep Using Canvas
      • You’re already using Canvas and THAT is one of your best, most flexible tools for online teaching. Use Announcements and email to stay in touch with your students. And use things like Discussions and Chat to engage and continue the conversation outside the classroom.
  • Keep Using Proctorio
      • Thankfully, most of you are already using Proctorio for remote proctoring of online exams and quizzes. If you’re not, consider adding it to your course as it will provide an additional layer of test security. If you want to learn more, click here to get started.

 

What’s Coming Soon:

  • Zoom
      1. Many of you have contacted me about Zoom and this situation is evolving rapidly. But, as of now (3/13/20), the University will soon make Zoom available to all faculty, students, and staff. An announcement (including information about how to create an account) is expected to go out next Monday (3/16).
      2. It’s also a good idea to begin familiarizing yourself with Zoom now because, in addition to Canvas, Zoom is the primary tool we are going to be recommending you use for online teaching.
      3. Also, many of you already have Zoom accounts through the School of Nursing. Those of you who do, please be patient. The School’s account is being incorporated into the university-wide account and this may take some time. At this time, I do not know when that is expected to be complete but will let you know as soon as I have more info.
  • Faculty Workshop
      1. With help from the Faculty Development Committee as well as the Faculty Innovation Center, I’m putting together resources for a faculty development workshop so we can begin working on your classes to help you transition to online teaching.
      2. The date and time are still TBD but I will be sending out an invitation soon. This workshop will be conducted online via Zoom, as well as in person (if possible). It will also be recorded and posted online for later viewing.
  • 1-on-1 Consultations
      1. Many of you are already working on your plan for the contingency that now appears to be a reality. As you continue working on your plan for teaching online, please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help with instructional technology, pedagogy, or anything else: https://sites.utexas.edu/son-edtech-design/contact/
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