It's difficult to remember all the way back to January, when "COVID" wasn't a term in our everyday lexicon! It's been a long haul this semester, so WELL DONE, ALL OF YOU for getting yourself and your students through!!
This week I figured I would give a re-cap of all the Tech Tuesday Teaching Tips from Spring 2020, a semester none of us are likely to forget...
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!
"I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS TRAINING..."
Join VPAA Dr. Bill Guerriero and the CTLA Wednesday 4/29 for a 10AM webinar to get more information!
WebEx events don't require a password, but the following details are provided in case you have access issues:
"WHEN CAN I PARTICIPATE?"
There will be 10 different Base Camp training sessions this summer, with offerings starting in May and continuing in June, July, and August. NOTE: Due to popular demand, there is now one additional evening offering - it takes place during the week of July 13-16.
"HOW DO I REGISTER?"
Click on a link to enroll in one of the following sessions.
You will be taken to the ELC where you must log in, then find the "Enroll" button at the top right of the enrollment page.
SUMMER INSTRUCTORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE FIRST TWO SESSIONS:
QUESTIONS? Attend the information session at 10:00am Wednesday, April 29!
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:
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.