Quick Start to Remote Teaching

Checklist for Teaching Remotely

Current Teaching PracticeOnline/Remote OptionsReady
Lectures• Record video presentations for your class using your chosen device: laptop, video camera, or phone
• Host a live online class using Webex
• Upload content to your UM Learn course
• Annotate or narrate lecture notes using PowerPoint
• Link to existing online content – UM Libraries, Publisher resources, or other online resources
• Use the UM Learn Discussions tool for class discussions
Hands-on activities (e.g. labs, tutorials, seminars, field trips, design labs)• Provide raw data for virtual data analysis
• Post online simulations, collections or demonstrations for discussion, critique, analysis
• Provide external media files or links for virtual analysis
• Have students submit video or digital recording of their presentations or performances
Group projects and group work• Break large classes into smaller online groups using UM Learn
• Provide options for students to meet virtually (e.g. Webex)
• Student video recording or digital sharing of projects or performances
• Structure peer feedback using the Discussions on UM Learn
Communications• Email your students using the UM Learn class list tool
• Post Announcements for all students in UM Learn
• Update your course outline, email it to your students, and upload it to your UM Learn course site
Tests, quizzes, and final exams• Use the UM Learn quiz tool
• Explore online assessments such as group projects, reflective writing, written or photo essays, research reports, critiques, simulations, scenarios or case study presentations, ePortfolios
Office hours• Hold virtual office hours using Webex
• Create a FAQ in the UM Learn Discussions tool
Assignments and feedback• Have students upload documents for grading using the UM Learn Assignments tool
• Set up the Grades tool in your UM Learn course site, and connect items to assignments
• Have students submit video or digital recordings of their performances, presentations, or projects
• Use rubrics to help grade assignments quickly – UM Learn has a rubric tool for assignments uploaded
• Provide digital (audio, video, or written) feedback on student assignments

Checklist PDF available for download here.

For more information or assistance with UM Learn and Webex, please call: 204-474-8600, or email: ServiceDesk@umanitoba.ca.

For assistance in teaching remotely, please email: TheCentre@umanitoba.ca.

Adapted from The Taylor Institute, University of Calgary, Teaching Remotely Checklist. Last updated: 2020-03-13

Teaching Remotely in a Hurry – Where Do I Start?

Take a look at your course and ask yourself the following questions:

What is my course content?

Can the students access all the course content easily via hyperlinks to the library, publisher resources, and/or uploaded content in the course?

Am I offering any assignments?

Can students find all the information and instructions they need online to complete their assignments? Have you posted the deadlines for the assignments and set up the Assignment submission tool so that they can submit them electronically? Have you set up your gradebook?

How will you replicate the inclass experience?

Do you present content (lecture), check for understanding and then get the students to work collaboratively on a project?  Check The Centre – Teaching Remotely Checklist for UM Learn tools to facilitate this experience online.

How do you give feedback to students?

Do you usually ask questions throughout the class to check for understanding? Do you usually give them low-stakes opportunities to for practice and feedback? Check The Centre – Teaching Remotely Checklist for UM Learn tools to facilitate this experience online.

How will you communicate all these requirements and changes to the students?

You will be communicating with students exclusively online via email, UM Learn announcements and discussions, or online video sessions. What are your expectations of students communicating with you? What expectations do they have of you? You may want to set office hours where you are available through Webex or by telephone.

Is my technology adequate for my needs?

You will need a computer and reliable internet access. You may need a headset with a microphone for high quality audio, and a webcam will be helpful will be helpful if you plan to share video of yourself during online meetings.

Did I follow the Academic Integrity guidelines?

Have you considered using an array of the UM Learn tools available to support and maintain academic integrity in your course? Have you considered implementing the academic integrity resources available to you? Check The Centre – Academic Integrity and The Centre – Promoting integrity in online courses.

Did I follow Copyright guidelines?

Review copyright considerations as you move your courses online. Consult the Rapidly Shifting your In-Person Course to Online: Copyright Considerations guideline, and if you are uncertain whether you can use a resource or require assistance obtaining permission to use materials, contact the Copyright Office at um.copyright@umanitoba.ca. The Copyright Office is here to help find ways for you to access the resources you require for online course delivery. 

Adapted from: Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start and Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning: Teaching Continuity

Teaching Continuity Considerations

  • Your students may know less about using UMLearn than you think. Consider including prompts and instructions to direct them in accessing tools like the Assignment submission tool and Discussion board.
  • Many students will be accessing the internet on their phones. They may have limited data, so bear this in mind when uploading video lectures.
  • Students may be sharing their technology (laptop, desktop) with household members. They may have less time to do their homework, not more.
  • Some students may be losing their jobs and others may be putting in longer shift hours. This may have an impact on their ability to complete their assignments.
  • Synchronous work may be very problematic for the above listed reasons and should be only be used where essential to the functioning of the course.
  • If you are going to include videos, keep them short and to the point. Do not spend too much time editing, as you are not designing a fully online course, you are teaching remotely during a course disruption period.

Adapted from: GoodAnything.com

Copyright

Review copyright considerations as you move your courses online. Consult the Rapidly Shifting your In-Person Course to Online: Copyright Considerations guideline, and if you are uncertain whether you can use a resource or require assistance obtaining permission to use materials, contact the Copyright Office at um.copyright@umanitoba.ca. The Copyright Office is here to help find ways for you to access the resources you require for online course delivery. 


Contact information

For more information or assistance with UM Learn and Webex, please call: 204-474-8600, or email: ServiceDesk@umanitoba.ca.

For assistance in teaching remotely, please email: TheCentre@umanitoba.ca.

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