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Not sure what to do first? Here are our recommendations for getting started:
Using Canvas or your MyMadison roster, email your students to let them know you may be working on how to move course delivery online. Timely initial communication will help reduce uncertainty and begin to cultivate the sense of connection that is critical to successful remote teaching. Don’t worry about having all the answers in your initial communication. Instead, let students know when they can expect to hear more information from you about how the course will unfold. Share any resources that you know you will be using.
Many students will be accessing the internet via their cell phones and/or via slower internet connections. Please keep this accessibility issue in mind.
Please refer students without internet access to our "Get Started" page for students, which lists several options for gaining internet access.
Keep class activities and students focused on making progress on essential learning objectives. Focus on course activities that align with learning objectives even if the activity format needs to change to accommodate remote teaching.
When possible, use asynchronous and low-tech course delivery options to make content more accessible and better accommodating to students experiencing disruption. Consider Canvas discussion boards and other remote forms of interactivity to foster peer learning.
Your Canvas site will likely be the central hub for remote teaching. Make sure files and submission pathways are easily accessible to students. You can create assignments and quizzes/exams with Canvas. Learn more about using Canvas via short video tutorials from LinkedIn Learning (JMU eID required).
We have created this site to provide in-depth information on services, support, and guides that can help you move course content online and enable students' continued learning. We offer information on:
This work, by Juhong Christie Liu, Kristen Shuyler, Aaron Noland, Eric Stauffer, Emily Blake, Ryan Winfree, and other JMU Libraries contributors, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Itis based on the "Flu-Proofing Teaching Resources" site co-developed by JMU Libraries and CFI, and draws from advice about remote teaching from other institutions.