How'd your Spring 2020 semester "All Remote Instruction, All the Time" go? Was it the BEST EVER? Mine wasn't - I mean, it was okay, and I'm proud of getting my students and myself across the finish line, but I'm not confident that they got the learning experience that I would have liked them to have from my class.
Help is on its way for me (and, ultimately, for my students!) - the CGCC Office of the President has tasked the newly established Office of Online Learning, in conjunction with the CTLA, with offering a 4-day, 16-hour training that will provide ALL CGCC faculty with the essential tools and skills for teaching in ANY modality. Watch this brief intro video!
Students are starting to register for Fall 2020 - with all of the current uncertainty, they need YOUR guidance more than ever! What if we need to re-implement social distancing at some point during the Fall? What contingency plans are in place for this course if we once again need to switch over to a fully distance-delivered model?
Wouldn’t it be great if we could set their expectations about course structure and content in a more detailed way, so that we could increase their probability for success, and to give students confidence that you have a contingency plan to guide them through the course material, regardless of the circumstance?
I received the following question earlier today about one of last week's posts ("Pass/Fail, or Letter Grade?"), and I thought that it was a really important concern to address:
The answer, as with most things, is that there is a setting for this, as long as you know where to look!
I don't know about your students, but I do know that a lot of mine are going to want to OPT OUT of the "Pass/Fail" (P/Z) grade option that is the current default for most of our classes for Spring 2020, and OPT IN to the "earned letter grade" (A/B/C) option. I'll be using my old friend, Google Form, to collect that data from my students.
Did you know that you can find pretty much anything about using Canvas in the Canvas Guides? The Canvas Guides will always have the most up-to-date instructions to help you unlock ALL the features of Canvas, and truly make the most of the learning experience for your students.
Do you ever wonder if your students are paying attention to your Announcements? Are they reading through an entire assignment, or just skimming it? Do you have some items in your course modules that you suspect they skip altogether? One way to check, to reward students who are thorough, or to give all students the incentive to pay stricter attention to the course material, is the idea of using Easter eggs.
So normally you wouldn't hear from me for a few more days, but I received a question from an adjunct faculty member that (if I'm not mistaken) is of interest to a lot of you out there:
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