Language Schools Remote Teaching Resources2020-06-17T05:46:49-07:00
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GETTING STARTED WITH REMOTE TEACHING

How do I access my Middlebury credentials? What are some general remote teaching strategies?
Online Teaching Strategy

IMMERSIVE LANGUAGE TEACHING ONLINE

How do I create meaningful language learning online?

TOOLS for REMOTE TEACHING

Canvas can be used for a number of tasks, such as announcements, assignments, discussions, content delivery, media delivery, collaborations, and more. If you or your students are unable to attend class in person, Canvas can provide a central location for your course materials and activities.

If you’re new to Canvas, here are some steps to get you started:

  • Create a Canvas site for your course, if you have not already created one. To do this, log into the Course Hub (courses.middlebury.edu) and add a Canvas site. When you add a Canvas site for your course through the Course Hub, your students are automatically enrolled in the Canvas site.
    • View the LS Summer 2020 Template course that we have set up as an example of how you might design a Canvas course site, guided by the good practices outlined in the Middlebury Online Course Design Rubric
    • You can also import the LS Summer 2020 Template course into your Canvas course to use as a starter template for developing your course site. NOTE: it’s important to import the template early in your course design process, as it may overwrite some existing course materials. To import the template course into your course:
      • go to the template (located in the Canvas Commons; you’ll need to be signed into Canvas with your Midd credentials to access)
      • Click the “Import/Download” button
      • Choose your course from the course list
      • click the “Import Into Course” button
  • Add a copy of your syllabus to Canvas and post an announcement for students about how you will use Canvas (and/or other tools) to continue offering your course.
  • Upload course materials, such as PDFs, videos, presentations, and more.
  • Create a discussion forum for conversation among students about course content.
  • Learn more about Canvas and, if you need help, contact DLINQ. Canvas tutorials are available here.

Need more help with Canvas? Middlebury has 24/7 Canvas support. For tech support/trouble shooting, please refer to Instructure’s 24/7 phone [+1-833-890-4166] and real-time chat support available via the Help tab (must be logged into Canvas).

Additional Resources

Zoom allows you to host live class sessions via videoconferencing. Go to https://middlebury.zoom.us/ to log into Zoom and create your Zoom room. Sign in using your Middlebury credentials (use the @middlebury.edu extension to your e-mail address) and click Meetings > Schedule a New Meeting to create a Zoom room and link that you and your students will use for class sessions. You can also find Zoom documentation on the ITS website.

You may host a class session entirely in Zoom, with you and all of your students joining via the Zoom link you created. Alternatively, you can join Zoom from your classroom and invite remote students to join the class via Zoom. Most classrooms have the equipment you will need to host a Zoom session (camera, computer, microphone), but if your classroom does not have the equipment you need, please contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@middlebury.edu.

Breakout rooms are a feature in Zoom that allows the Zoom host to assign groups of participants to their own space in which to meet and talk. Faculty and students are able to use breakout rooms, but you must first activate the feature in Zoom. To turn on breakout rooms, you need to go to your advanced zoom settings (on the web, at go/zoom/) and choose Settings > Meeting (tab) > In Meeting (Advanced). There you should see an option to turn on “Breakout room” with additional option to “Allow host to assign participants…”

Whether you are teaching entirely in Zoom or having some students join a classroom remotely, your approach to teaching will need to adjust to support the students who are joining via Zoom. We encourage you to visit DLINQ’s webpage on Zoom for insights and/or to consider scheduling a consultation on how to facilitate web-based class sessions via Zoom with DLINQ staff by sending an e-mail to dlinq@middlebury.edu.

NOTE: We urge you to recognize that conducting synchronous activities could mean that students who do not have access to high speed Internet and/or appropriate hardware will be left out of your classroom. Synchronous activities may also be challenging for students who have returned home to non-Eastern Time zones, and for students with disabilities who need accommodations related to audio and visual learning.

Additional Resources

Zoom Security

Middlebury ITS shared the following update April 7, 2020: Zoom recently announced that they will soon release a new software update which will add a Security option to the Zoom meeting controls bar of the in-meeting experience. See below for a screenshot example. This new feature allows meeting hosts to easily manage the security of their Zoom meetings, including the ability to quickly lock a Zoom meeting, enable the waiting room feature, and a number of other helpful options to keep your Zoom meetings safe and secure.
Security is very important to ITS and Middlebury. ITS continues to evaluate Zoom’s security posture and we have published an evolving list of guidelines and tips for safe use, as well as explanations of Zoom’s security options here: http://go.middlebury.edu/zoominfo

Zoom is, by default, integrated into all Middlebury Canvas courses. You should see a link in your Canvas course menu on the left. 

If you are planning to use Zoom for class meetings, we highly recommend scheduling those Zoom meetings within your Canvas course, rather than using the Zoom desktop app. The benefits to scheduling Zoom class meetings within your Canvas course are:

  • Your students will have access and reminders to join class meetings right from Canvas.
  • You don’t have to email or otherwise send meeting invitations, links, or passwords to students, which they might then lose.
  • Students don’t have to keep track of meeting links or passwords.
  • If you cloud record your Zoom meetings that you’ve scheduled within Canvas, you and your students will have direct access to those recordings right from Canvas.

To schedule a Zoom meeting from within Canvas:

  • Navigate to Zoom in your lefthand course menu. Note: depending on how you have your navigation menu ordered, Zoom may appear in a different place within the menu.

Screen capture of Zoom in Canvas

  • Click the “Schedule a New Meeting” button at the top right of the Zoom page.
  • Give the meeting a name, and choose the start date, the start time, and the time zone.
  • If the meeting will occur regularly, tick the “Recurring meeting” checkbox under the time zone field. Select the recurrence period (daily, weekly, monthly, no fixed time) and how often the meeting will repeat. If the meeting will be weekly, you can choose multiple days to repeat it.
  • Set the end date.
  • If you will be inviting a guest speaker to a specific class meeting, you may want to add them as an “Alternative Host” for that individual meeting. Doing so gives them hosting privileges for that meeting (so they can, for example, share their screen and control breakout rooms). Designating them as an alternative host also will generate an automated email to them that includes a link to the meeting.
  • Click “Save.”

To edit or delete a Zoom meeting from within Canvas:

  • Navigate to Zoom in your lefthand course menu.
  • Click on the meeting name from your list of meetings.
  • Scroll down and click “Edit this Meeting” or “Delete this Meeting.”
  • If editing, make the desired changes and then click “Save.”

Additional Notes: 

  • Zoom meetings that you schedule within Canvas are also accessible from your Zoom desktop app or on your Zoom web account. However, the same is not true in reverse. Meetings that you schedule from your desktop app or on the Zoom web account cannot be added or transferred to your Canvas Zoom.
  • You cannot pre-assign breakout rooms or enable language interpretation for a session from Zoom within Canvas. However, once you have scheduled your class Zoom meetings in Canvas, you can navigate to https://middlebury.zoom.us/ and edit your meetings from there to add any breakout room pre-assignments. Changes made via your Zoom web account will be reflected in your Canvas Zoom, as long as you originated those meetings in Canvas to begin with.
  • You can choose to hide the Zoom link for students, if you are not planning to use it. In your Canvas course, go to Settings > Navigation and move Zoom from the top bank of items to the bottom bank, and click “Save.”

While Zoom is useful for conducting live sessions, that may not be an option for your classes, especially if you have students who will be dispersed across multiple time zones, or if you have students who do not have access to high speed Internet at home. Please check out our blog post for more information on the benefits of asynchronous discussion, and suggestions for asynchronous activities that mirror your real-time activitites.

Asynchronous discussion boards allow you to have a conversation over an extended period of time. They are often text based, but can also include video, audio, and other media. Canvas includes discussion boards in its feature set (how to create a Canvas discussion board). Microsoft Office 365 Teams is another option for hosting chats and discussions (find out more about Teams).

When creating discussion board activities, consider what types of activities generate actual discussion (avoid no yes/no questions or questions that have only 1 right answer). We suggest creating posting deadlines to help provide structure to the discussion. Post-discussion, consider asking students to synthesize main takeaways or reflect on their learning.

Additional Resources

In addition to (or instead of) offering live sessions via Zoom, you can record videos and embed them in Canvas, or simply record and share them out directly using a tool like Panopto.

Additional Resources

Google Apps for Edu is a cloud-based productivity tool suite for creating, sharing, and storing different types of documents among classes, offices and departments, and colleagues, including slideshows, spreadsheets, documents, websites, and more.  (How to access Google Apps for Edu) Similarly, Microsoft Office 365 makes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office applications available via the cloud. (How to access Microsoft Office 365)

Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 also offer a file storage solution with a large quota. If you have files with a large file size, such as slides with lots of images, they may exceed the Canvas files storage quota. We recommend storing course files on Google Drive or Microsoft Office One Drive, and then embedding into Canvas from there, which will help to manage storage quota issues. (How to view Google Drive files in Canvas) (How to view One Drive files in Canvas)

Additional Resources

If the disruption to your course continues, you may need to create assignments and quizzes in Canvas to assess and grade students. Learn more about Assignments here. You can learn more about Quizzes in Canvas here.

Canvas also offers a Grade Book, which will allow you and your students to keep track of their grades. Heather Stafford (DLINQ Instructional Designer) wrote a helpful blog post about the Canvas Grade Book.

Additional Resources

WHO to CONTACT for HELP at MIDDLEBURY

DLINQ serves all of Middlebury, including the College in Middlebury, VT, the Institute in Monterey, CA, the Language Schools, Schools Abroad, the School of the Environment, and Bread Loaf School of English. By combining expertise in instructional design, pedagogical research, learning space design, animation and video production, and more, the team provides dynamic, strategic, and robust resources that are accessible to faculty, staff, and students across all of Middlebury’s programs. Click the button below to request a consultation with a member of our team.

Contact DLINQ for assistance with such things as remote teaching strategies, how to work with remote teaching tools and technologies, structuring remote teaching activities.

Request a DLINQ consult

Contact the ITS Heldesk for assistance with such things as logins, VPN, access to software and remote teaching equipment (order requests, installation, technical problems), system and application access status.

Helpdesk hours are subject to change. The Helpdesk Hours page will reflect these changes.

Helpdesk support is available via a ticket, email helpdesk@middlebury.edu, Zoom, or phone (802) 443-2200 VT and (831) 647-6656 CA. Please Zoom or call to schedule.

Visit the Middlebury ITS website for the latest updates and system status information.

If you are having upload/download or processing issues with online tools or software, we recommend checking the system status to see if it’s already a known issue before contacting the Helpdesk. ITS offers a system and performance dashboard on its homepage at https://www.middlebury.edu/office/information-technology-services#its-system-status

The Middlebury Libraries serve the College in Middlebury, VT, the Language Schools, Schools Abroad, the School of the Environment, and Bread Loaf School of English. Their books, articles, films, music, and primary sources support the curriculum, and their interlibrary loan service opens the door to other library collections around the world.

Contact a librarian for assistance with using the library, including locating, requesting and citing materials for your classes or your research.

Middlebury College Libraries, Vermont

To access a library-licensed resource from off campus, click on its link from a library web page. See Off-Campus Access to Library Resources.

The Middlebury Institute Library serves the Institute in Monterey, CA. Books, articles, films,  and primary sources are available online and in print to current Institute students, faculty, and staff. Interlibrary loan service increases access to library collections across the country.

Contact a librarian for assistance with using the library, including locating, requesting and citing materials for your classes or research.

Middlebury Institute Library, California

See Accessing Library Resources from Off Campus to get started.

See the DLINQ Remote Student Resources page for remote learning support and guidance for students.

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WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

Canvas Crash Course

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Zoom 101: Zoom Basics

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Zoom 102: Language Teaching in Zoom

June 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Asynchronous Language Learning

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Screencasting 101 with Panopto

June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Supporting Learner Engagement

June 12 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm EDT

Zoom 101: Zoom Basics

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Canvas Crash Course

June 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Zoom 102: Language Teaching in Zoom

June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Creating a Communication Plan

June 16 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm EDT

Asynchronous Language Learning

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Giving Feedback on Assignments

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT

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RESOURCES from ESSENTIALS of ONLINE TEACHING WORKSHOPS

Synchronous Discussions

Asynchronous Discussions

Discussions in Canvas
Google Drive

RISE Rubric

Asynchronous vs. Synchronous

  • DLINQ Blog post – an overview and suggestions about the differences, benefits, and challenges with both modes of communication

Designing Effective Discussion Questions

SpeedGrader in Canvas

Download/Upload Assignments in Canvas

Peer Review in Canvas

Rubrics & Checklists

Zoom Security Update

Middlebury ITS shared the following update April 7, 2020: Zoom recently announced that they will soon release a new software update which will add a Security option to the Zoom meeting controls bar of the in-meeting experience. See below for a screenshot example. This new feature allows meeting hosts to easily manage the security of their Zoom meetings, including the ability to quickly lock a Zoom meeting, enable the waiting room feature, and a number of other helpful options to keep your Zoom meetings safe and secure.
Security is very important to ITS and Middlebury. ITS continues to evaluate Zoom’s security posture and we have published an evolving list of guidelines and tips for safe use, as well as explanations of Zoom’s security options here: http://go.middlebury.edu/zoominfo

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