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1. First steps

Learning and Applied Research recommends the following:

  • Keep your course site simple.
  • Focus on sharing pre-created course content, such as PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, weblinks. 
  • Communicate with your students.
  • Ensure you know where the "Collaborate" link is within your Moodle shell.
  • Visit the IT Help Desk to check your computer and obtain a camera/headset, if required.
  • Examine resources on Moodle Course Building
  • Participate in face-to-face workshops or Collaborate sessions on how to use online tools for course delivery
  • Contact Learning and Applied Research for support in designing and teaching remotely: learningandappliedresearch@okanagan.bc.ca
  • Download the assessment strategies pdf
  • Phone the Help Desk for support: 250-762-5445 local 4444.

 

2. 10 tips for transitioning to alternative (online) delivery

  1. Make it the best experience you can with the limited time you have available. Focus on adapting your course to be the best it can be at this moment in time.
  2. Recognize that delivering courses via Collaborate has many of the same features as face-to-face delivery. We encourage that you have: lesson plans; learning outcomes; meaningful and engaging learning experiences (tasks) for students aligned with outcomes; strategies that focus on course content scaffolded in ways similar to a face-to-face experience; students ask questions; communication with students indicating that this is a new experience for all and that it is a co-creating an environment that works for all.
  3. Keep your delivery and the use of tools simple and that will achieve your learning outcomes. Sign on 15 to 20 minutes before your on-line class begins, share an agenda with the students of how the class will be structured, and share tools that you will use. 
  4. Student interaction supports the learning community. Use the Discussions Forums in Moodle or the Chat Box and Break-Out sessions in Collaborate, have large and small group discussions, and advocate for students to answer one another’s questions. 
  5. Videos may support students in learning about specific procedures or skills. You may wish to provide video links on your Moodle site of open-sourced videos (You Tube). You may also choose to use the "Record Slide Show” feature in PowerPoint to create a movie with synchronized audio and slides.
  6. Recognize that alternative delivery may be challenging for students initially. We encourage you to continue to have active learning opportunities for students, be flexible in your teaching and learning methods and activities. Watch for small problems that students experience such as technology issues or adjusting to the change in delivery. Resist posting instructions in multiple places. Encourage students to become familiar with going to one place for the course communication.Take into consideration that some students may not have access to fast internet. 
  7. Consider if your assessments identified for the course require adjustment. Think about if your assessments remain relevant in the new learning environment. 
  8. Be accessible to all students. Identify to the students how you will communicate to them, how you wish for them to communicate to you, and the particular times of day that you will respond to them.  
  9. Connect with colleagues. Transitioning to alternative delivery methods is new for many colleagues.  We encourage you to establish specific check-in times with colleagues, celebrate your successes and share those successes with your colleagues. Connect with supports in the Learning and Applied Research Office and Information Technology Department.
  10. Remain calm and confident.

 

3. Moodle course building series

View the Moodle course building series: A series of screencasts taking you through set up and course building basics for Moodle.



4. Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a synchronous (real time) platform used to deliver instruction to an individual or class of students. This delivery model is quite multi-faceted, allowing participants to share resources, annotate documents, engage in breakout rooms and participate in discussions. Sessions are created within Moodle and students enter through a link housed within their course.
Guidelines

Following a few proactive steps can help the experience go smoothly.

  1. Ensure that the microphone and camera have been turned on in your Settings.
  2. Enter the meeting through your Chrome browser, if available to you.
  3. Ideally, wear a headset with a microphone. This is not mandatory, but it does enhance both sound quality and overall experience.
  4. During the session, feel free to turn off your microphone when you are not speaking to reduce background noise for the other participants.
  5. If you are experiencing difficulty, call the college’s IT help desk at 250-762-5445 local 4444.

Download the Blackboard tips pdf
View the Blackboard overview video