Engage students with the content
Teaching remotely is more than just replicating your face-to-face classroom activities in the online environment. It involves deliberate adaptation and modification of how you deliver in-class activities and utilize informal feedback. Here are some things you can try:
- Choose tools you are comfortable with
- Test the tools out yourself first, and be prepared to walk your students through their use
- Mitigate the fact that not all students have equal access to technology by ensuring your course and activities are accessible.
- For feedback on real-time activities facilitated in Zoom or Microsoft Teams
- Moodle Discussion Forums Moodle quizzes can offer immediate feedback when they are self-grading.
- Moodle journals allow students to write entries for the instructor to comment on.
- Moodle assignments, Turnitin, and Crowdmark allow students to submit files that members of the teaching team can provide feedback on.
- Resources for Zoom
- Resources for Microsoft Teams
- Resources for Moodle Chat
- Resources for Moodle Discussion Forums
- Resources for Moodle Quizzes
- Resources for Moodle Assignments
- Resources for Turnitin Assignments in Moodle
- Resources for Crowdmark Assignments in Moodle
- Resources for Asynchronous Peer Feedback on Student Skill Videos
- Quality, timely feedback helps establish your presence in the course
- You can try different modes of feedback delivery, including written, audio/video, and automated (e.g. self-grading quizzes)
- Feedback can also be delivered at the individual or group level, for example leaving feedback on weekly discussion posts
Smartphone Accommodation Resource Toolbox (SmART): An online platform developed at York to support teaching and learning through the use of smartphone video production and interactive feedback tools
- See “Experiential Learning (Including Labs, Internships)” for both general and discipline specific examples, including but not limited to:
- Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) COVID-19 Resources
- Online Science lab options (Google Doc - see the Science section)
- Alternatives for labs
- Additional resources specific to: Geology; more Geology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Ecological Sciences; Physics; Business; Nursing; First Responders, Public Safety & Emergency Response (and more)
eCampusOntario H5P Studio: Interactive HTML5 content
- Think about the intention of your labs. Are they meant for interpreting experimental data, project-based research, or lab techniques and application to specific experimental situations? This may help you narrow your choices for selecting an appropriate learning activity.
- Be aware of issues surrounding student access to technology, as not all students will have equal access to the internet, computers, smart phones, physical space, etc.
- Under certain conditions of your own research protocols, you may be able to use human participant data that you collected for your own research purposes as an opportunity for your students to anaylze and interpret as part of an academic assignment. This is entirely dependent on the conditions of your approved ethics protocol, including but not limited to the clear articulation in your consent form that the data may be used in a variety of ways and is already in anonymized form. To avoid any ethical breaches, you are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Office of Research Ethics (firstname.lastname@example.org) for clarification regarding your specific protocol.
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