Distance Teaching

If you and some or all of the students in your class are unable to meet together in the same place, you may find yourself needing to teach remotely. In order to preserve the synchronous nature of a class meeting together at a prearranged time, we recommend using Zoom to simulate that experience online.  Moodle is also a critical component for distributing and collecting materials in a remote teaching environment. Some suggestions are listed below for ways to continue to connect with students, organized by the type of activity that was planned. 

If you haven't already, establish a Moodle course as the primary location for your course materials and activities. Moodle can be used for a number of tasks such as announcements, assignments, discussions, document sharing, media delivery, and more.

Zoom is our preferred video conferencing platform. You can login by going to https://go.lawrence.edu/zoom.  Students will need to join your Zoom session which is typically done by sending them a code or a link, available once you've started or scheduled a Zoom meeting.  See this page for tips on setting up Zoom meetings for different situations. The Technology Services Helpdesk can assist you with Zoom setup questions.

Instructor Presents Information to Class

Activity Methods Location
Instructors present live to students Use Zoom to hold a live, synchronous video-conference. Students will need to use Zoom on their personal computer or mobile device. Any location
Instructors record the lecture and share it with students Use a lecture capture recorder to record your audio and whatever is displayed on the projector.  These videos automatically upload to Ensemble Video. Steitz 102, Steitz 202, and Wriston 224.
" Use Zoom to record your audio and the video from your webcam. Upload the video to Stream and share it with your class using these instructions. Any location
" Use screen recording software on your computer such as QuickTime Player (Mac only) or ScreenCast-O-Matic to record your audio and whatever is displayed on your computer and share the recording with the class using a method described above. Any location
" Use the Lightboard Studio to record a lecture in front of a “transparent whiteboard” and share the recording with the class using a method described above. Steitz 040


Students Present Information to Class

Activity Methods Location
Students interact with other students Moodle Forums allow students to discuss class material, a lecture video, or other prompt provided by the instructor.

The Moodle Workshop activity allows students to review and provide feedback on each other’s Moodle assignments.  This is somewhat complicated to set up if you've not used it before.  As an alternative, you might find the Moodle Forum to be an easier way for students to post documents/links for other students to view.
Any location
Students present to the class Zoom or FlipGrid allows students to record their own presentations and share them with the class via Moodle. Any location


Students and Instructors Interact about Course Content

Activity Methods Location
Students and instructors hold class with video conferencing Video conferencing with Zoom allows for courses to meet virtually. Additional tools in Zoom include chat and screen sharing. Any location
Students and instructors hold class discussion Moodle Forums allow students and instructors to hold a virtual class discussion from various remote locations (best for asynchronous discussion). Any location
" Moodle Chat allows students and instructors to hold a real-time class discussion from various remote locations (best for synchronous discussion). Any location


Instructor and Student Meet Individually

Activity Methods Location
Instructor holds online office hours Zoom works quite well for a simple one-on-one video-conference. Screen sharing can be used in Zoom for a student to show something on their computer screen. Any location


Where to Get Help

Contact the Technology Services Helpdesk for assistance with Zoom. All other questions (Moodle, lecture capture, Lightboard Studio, Stream, etc.) can be directed to Instructional Technology

† This document is adapted from the University of Michigan’s Teaching Remotely guide.