I hope that all of you are doing well, and not feeling too stressed about the move from your standard mode of instruction (whatever that may be) to this Brave New World of Remote Teaching! This week I’d like to introduce you to (or if you are already acquainted, perhaps remind you about the usefulness of) screencasting.
This is what I imagine that I look like every time I look at my email inbox lately – it seems to be totally out of control! It makes me feel like I am in a constant battle with the mythological hydra; every time I deal with one email, two more (or possibly ten more…) rise up to take its place.
This rapid uptick in the volume of emails is understandable given the looming crisis – we are now inundated with information from our discipline, Division, Department, College, District, and professional communities, not to mention our most important “constituents,” our students! But is it, perhaps, time to step back and ask ourselves whether email is the best mode of communication for everything?
I have been hoarding emails containing tips and resources for dealing with instruction in the era of COVID-19 for the past 2-3 weeks, thinking to compile a consolidated list of resources that I could share with all of you.
This week's entry is more about coping with the current state of cognitive chaos than it is about technology - but for you tech die-hards, there are definitely some useful resource links, courtesy of the CTLA.
Overwhelmed? Me too.
Uncertainty is like that, isn’t it? The not knowing what’s coming, or for how long, or exactly how not only you but everyone around you will cope with it makes planning for even the next 8 weeks seem like a daunting task, and it can be mentally exhausting. For the last week it seems like everyone has ideas on how best to shift teaching to the online environment, and what tools to use, and strategies to follow, but I’ve decided that the road to maintaining my sanity needs to be paved with some fundamentals, and when my sanity’s foundation is solid, I can worry about the add-ons.
OK, so the majority of this week’s Tech Tuesday Tip credit goes to Psychology Faculty Extraordinaire, Dr. Alisa Beyer – who, among other duties, moonlights as your CGCC representative on the District Maricopa Millions (Maricopa’s own OER initiative) team. She thought it might be useful to highlight OER this week, as it actually IS Open Education Week! https://www.openeducationweek.org/
You may recall an OER Google survey coming to your inbox last Fall, asking whether or not you used Open resources, if so, in what context, and if not, why not – Alisa shared those results with me, and I used the Adobe Spark Post app on my iPad (also available for Google devices, and as a web-based tool from your computer) to compile some of her results into this infographic:
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