Remote learning occurs when teachers and learners are separated by geographic distance and time zones. Synchronous and asynchronous digital tools (like Canvas, Zoom, and Panopto) are used to provide instruction remotely. While “online learning” and “remote learning” are often used interchangeably, we are using “remote learning” to indicate that these are learning experiences that were not designed to be online from the outset, but rather pushed into using online/digital tools to continue to reach students who are separated geographically from campus/faculty.
In times of unplanned disruption, the move to remote teaching is a stop-gap measure to make sure that learning continues during the disruption. These tips can help to make it a meaningful learning experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out to DLINQ if you have questions or would like help with next steps.
Questions to Consider
These questions provide a starting place for identifying your next steps in preparing your class for remote teaching. (Click the + to expand each section below.)
Want to take a deeper dive into the specifics of remote teaching? Many seasoned online educators are compiling large resource documents with additional suggestions, and you can find lots of excellent info in the following documents and websites.
Teaching Effectively in Times of Disruption – comprehensive guide from Stanford University, including ideas for student activities
Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start – by Michelle Miller in the Chronicle of Higher Ed
An Emergency Guide (of sorts) to Getting This Week’s Class Online in About an Hour or So – Dr. Matt Crosslin
Crowdsourcing Teaching Online with Care – Google Doc started by Dr. Maha Bali and Dr. Mia Zamora