When you find yourself unable to teach in a regular face-to-face setting, consider the following factors and strategies:
Communication is Key
Determine schedule changes:
Students will need to learn from you what to do in situations that have led to campus closure. Ask your students to keep communication channels open and to access their iLearn course sites regularly. Additionally, using the communication tools such as messages and announcements tools within iLearn will allow for the constant flow of communication.
Marist College offers video web conferencing software for you to use to communicate, collaborate, and work with students. Learn all about Zoom here.
Synchronous vs. Asynchronous
Synchronous vs. Asynchronous?
Identifying Key Tools and Functions within ILearn
If you are new to using ILearn, you may appreciate some orientation to key ILearn tools and functions.
- Assignments: Instructors can create space for students to upload submissions, from informal reflections to formal written assignments and projects. Instructors can select the grading approach within the assignment. Assignments are best for instructors who wish for the students’ work to only be viewed and assessed by the instructor.
- Announcements: Instructors can send mass e-mails or messages to the whole class community via the Announcements tool. The benefit to using Announcements over e-mail is that instructors do not need to collect individual student e-mail addresses and that the messages are archived in the course ILearn site.
- Discussions: Instructors can create threaded, written discussions for instructors to engage in written (or audio/video) dialogue with each other and respond to written prompts.
- Resources: Instructors can post key course documents, like the syllabus, readings, assignment sheets, and activity descriptions in this space.
- Gradebook: Instructors can share assessment outcomes.
- Test and Quizzes: Tests and Quizzes
- Lessons: Instructors can organize course content into several chunks or groups of learning content. The pieces of information that students will access, including the syllabus, assignment sheets, activity descriptions, and outside links and resources, can be grouped together in the order that students might access those resources during a synchronous or asynchronous class session. Modules can give students access to readings, activity descriptions, outside links, and assignment submission links all in one place.
For more information about organizing iLearn course, please sign-up to attend one of our workshops.