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 a web-based video conferencing platform (like Skype) that you may have previously used to interview job candidates. It's easy to set up and use once you are familiar with it. You can login and try it out anytime 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 a Zoom meeting. The Technology Services Helpdesk can assist you with Zoom setup questions.
Instructor Presents Information to Class
|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 Moodle if the file is small enough, or to YouTube or Ensemble Video for larger videos.||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
|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.
|Students present to the class||Zoom or FlipGrid allows students to record their own presentations and share them with the class via Moodle or an Ensemble Video library.||Any location|
Students and Instructors Interact about Course Content
|Students and instructors hold class with video conferencing||Video conferencing with Zoom allows for courses to meet virtually. Students’ video/audio can be activated to engage in discussion with the entire class. Other tools 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
|Instructor holds online office hours||Zoom allows for a simple one-on-one video-conference. Screen sharing could be used in Zoom for a student to show something on their computer screen.||Any location|
Where to Get Help
† This document is adapted from the University of Michigan’s Teaching Remotely guide.