Teaching from a Distance
Recommendations to Continue Class if You or Your Students Cannot Come to Campus
These free technologies are recommended to keep your classes going in the event thats tudents or you miss class due to illness or emergency.
ATS is prepared to assist you in learning and using these technologies, but please plan ahead of when you actually may need them. Contact Nancy Evans for assistance with any of these technologies. All are free.
Post your lecture notes. Appoint a student to take notes in class and you can post them in WebCT. You could also create use a wiki or Google Docs where the student can enter notes, and other students in class can contribute as needed to augment the notes taken.
Create an audio file of your lecture free using Audacity.
Create a Slideshow with Narration free using myBrainshark.
Class Discussion in WebCT. Post questions and hold discussions in WebCT. Students can respond to you and to each other's postings to create a dialogue.
Use Screen-Capture Software to record your computer desktop as you present material in class or while your class interacts online. Jing and ScreenToaster are available for free and allow voiceover. ScreenToaster does not require downloading a program.
Create a Class Blog for Student Interaction. Use an online blogging software such as Blogger.
Collaborative Work. Create a wiki or Google Docs for students to share work and work collaboratively.
Assignments Online in WebCT. Use WebCT to create a virtual space where students get assignments which they an email to you.
Lab Classes. Plan alternate activities resembling the planned lab exercises. Find online lab kits for students to complete. Some can be found in Empire State College's Math and Science Literacy for Civic Engagement.
Quizzes and Tests in WebCT. Create online quizzes and tests in WebCT that all students can take. You can control when quizzes and tests are available.
Grading in WebCT. Use WebCT's Gradebook to post course grades that students can access anytime.
Provide oral feedback by recording your comments in Audacity or use VoiceThread for both the assignment and for your feedback.
Virtual Office Hours. Use Meebo - which interfaces with almost any text-messenging program - Skype, or WebCT Chat to hold online office hours if you are able. This enables students to ask questions and get clarification on work they missed while out sick and starting to recuperate.
Announcements. Use Email and Calendar in WebCT to post updates regarding when you will be online or other information regarding the course.
Videoconferencing. Dimdim is free onlione videoconferencing and supports video, audio, chat, and a whiteboard. You can share text, slides, and images within the whiteboard space, and students can also contribute content to it.