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Cambrian College Remote Teaching and Learning Guide

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Based on our current plan of Remote Teaching practice beginning Monday, March 23 through Sunday, April 5, the following guide provides recommendations.

Learning Continuity Planner (for Faculty)

Ideas, suggestions, and how-to videos to help you pivot to remote teaching.

Live Q & A Sessions (for Faculty)

Meet virtually with a member of the Hub team during a scheduled discussion time. Feel free to ask any questions at all – we can help direct your needs in any way possible. We are also available via email or at teaching@cambriancollege.ca (monitored Mon-Thur 8:30am-8:30pm, Fri 8:30am-4:30pm)

Remote Learning Guide (for Students)

The purpose of the Remote Learning Guide for Students is to provide students with a preliminary list of the types of technology they can expect as part of moving learning from in-person to remote (online and email options). If students have limited access, or no access to computers and regular Internet, they are encouraged to let their professor know immediately to discuss possible options. Professors may wish to refer students to their Program Coordinator or Student Success Advisor for additional information.

Information for Faculty: 

Get current information about expectations

It is important to make decisions based on accurate information. The College will provide current information about our response to the COVID-19 on the newly created COVID-19 communication page. Talk with your Chair or Dean about teaching and learning expectations within your program and courses.

Check your technology and materials

In order to teach from the college to remote students, or to teach remotely (off campus), you will need a computer and reliable internet access. If you do not have access to a computer at home, email HelpDesk@Cambriancollege.ca to inquire about a laptop loan if they have one.

Gather all the materials you will need for teaching, including printed resources and technology to take home if you cannot be on campus. Ensure you upload all the digital files you will need for teaching to your OneDrive in case you cannot access your computer desktop files or networked Cambrian files. Continued access to OneDrive (Learn more about OneDrive on the Hub Studio Page), myCambrian, and Moodle will be maintained whether on campus or at home.

Communicate with your students

Your students will be concerned about how this will affect their courses and grades. Communicate with them early to let them know that you are working on adapting your course to continue instruction, and that you will keep them updated as your plans are defined.

Think about how to continue instruction in your course 

The Hub team will be updating the teaching.cambriancollege.ca webpage on a regular basis to provide you with helpful resources. Please bookmark it and check in. 

A rapid shift to teach a course remotely will require compromises. If you traditionally teach a course by lecturing for three hours per week, you may need to make some adjustments for a Moodle-only environment:

  • Which portions of your course can be taught by sharing content with your students?
  • Which portions can be pre-recorded as video presentations to share?
  • Which portions need to be conducted in live webconference mode?
  • How will you need to shift your assessment strategies in a remote context?

Core Basics of Remote Teaching

Communication

  • Establish a communication channel with your students – Moodle Announcements, email, Zoom, phone, etc.
  • Invite students to let you know if they have problems accessing technology and encourage them to connect with your Program Coordinator and Student Success Advisor; we will not be failing students for lack of access
  • Let them know your plan for teaching, sharing content, and remaining assessments until the end of the winter semester (use the Academic Continuity Syllabus Template shared by your Chair or Dean)
  • Encourage them to message each other through Moodle to form study groups and support each other

Content

  • Focus on content and assessments that support the learning outcomes you have not yet covered
  • If you’re using a textbook, remind students which sections to read and practice
  • Use Moodle Announcements or email to share new content (PPTs, readings, practice problems, links to relevant and accurate videos or other supplemental resources)
  • Confirm the most important items for each week

Activities, Practice, Assessment

  • If you can, add formative (ungraded) practice options in Moodle
  • Consider reflection questions for each content type that reinforce the key points
  • Keeping to your established or revised assessment plan, build assessments using Moodle tools
  • If students are submitting files to you that you will be evaluating, consider using the Moodle Assignment activity to ensure you and your students retain an accurate record of what was submitted and for ease of grading

Students Scanning Assignments

It may be necessary at some point for students to scan assignments and send them by email using their mobile phone. Adobe (a very trusted name in software), has a free App (for Android or iOS) called Adobe Scan:

Accommodations

If you have questions about students in your courses that have accommodations through Clockwork, please connect with Glenn Crombie Centre staff.

Review your course syllabus for things that will have to change

  • Will a shift to a remote format require adjustments to the timing of topics or assessment activities?
  • If some assessment activities are difficult to translate effectively into online assessments, will you need to adjust your assessment strategy?
  • Will you need to drop some items from the syllabus?
  • How will you ensure students are learning the core parts of the course?

Review, revise, and share your syllabus with students.

Move your work into Moodle

A multi-staged approach may be helpful. You can start by uploading your content into your Moodle course shell. Once students have access to the content, think about which parts of the course need new alternate material. For example, you might develop short videos to explain key concepts that you would normally present during class.

Discuss expectations with your students

Confirm your contact information and describe to students how you will be communicating with them:

Let them know what to expect.

Getting Started with Zoom

Library Support

Learning Centre Staff Tutoring

Students can arrange staff tutoring in English, Math, and Science topics where tutors connect through Zoom. Students may also be able to arrange Peer Tutoring sessions using Zoom; this may depend on whether or not campus is fully open.

Options for Remote Teaching

Recommended practice for remote teaching and learning is that you use an asynchronous approach – where students are not required to be logged in to Moodle or Zoom at the same time as you. You will not know for certain the level of access that students have to devices and broadband Internet.

If you are not in one of our virtual classrooms and need to support students who may need to connect to your class remotely, consider bringing in your laptop to class and using the camera on your laptop to connect with them using Zoom.  For some students, this will provide them with a much needed connection into the classroom while they need to be away. 

If you prefer to record yourself and post videos (asynchronous teaching), ensure that you upload the files to Moodle for student access. You may also wish to hold optional synchronous office hours, recording and sharing those sessions will also help students who cannot attend live.

Additional Support

Moodle Basics

Using Zoom

Advice for Remote Teaching and Learning

Individual Support and Trouble-shooting

If you’re not certain who you need to contact please email teaching@cambriancollege.ca describe your challenge, and your request will be assigned

Computer issues, VPN, Virtual scheduling

Information Technology support (IT Helpdesk): helpdesk@cambriancollege.ca or by phone (705) 566-8101 x7370

The Cambrian College Remote Teaching and Learning Guide has been adapted from University of Calgary’s Teaching Continuity webpages

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