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Instructional Technology Tools and Practices for Remote Teaching and Learning

The following ideas can guide us in the process and the technology we can use to support our students during a remote learning experience. Each of the experiences below can be supported through various web-based technology tools.  

Instructional Tools and Practices Topics:

Encourage and Support Student Engagement

OPTIONS HOW TO GET STARTED

Use the Sakai Statistics Tool to see student engagement

Statistics Tool Documentation View site usage statistics and user activity. Create custom reports for more detailed information. 

Use the Profile Tool in Sakai to put a face with a name

Profile Tool Documentation Add your own picture and invite students to add their picture to the profile tool. These pictures will carry over to Roster, blog, and other Sakai tools. 

Create a backchannel or student forum for communication.  

Methods could include Sakai Messages, email, phone, Group.me, text messages, Padlet, and more. Make sure it includes everyone. *Note not all tools listed will have real-time support available.

Check in with students individually to find out how they are doing

Methods could include Sakai Messages, email, phone, or text messaging

Create journals with the Sakai Blog Tool

Blog Tool Documentation (document from Loyola) Encourage student journaling, expression, reflection and communication. Blogs can be private to instructor or to the class.

Hold Class Virtually

OPTIONS HOW TO GET STARTED

Use ZOOM on your computer or mobile device 

Download and Install Zoom Client Set up your computer with webcam and microphone (recommended) or use the call-in phone number. Use Breakout Rooms and have a large class meet in smaller groups. Explore Duke's Zoom in Sakai Documentation and Tips and Tricks for Teachers Educating on Zoom 

For text-based discussion use the Sakai Chat Tool  

Sakai Chat Tool Documentation  Hold synchronous or asynchronous text-based Chats in Sakai. 

CREATE RECORDED LECTURES

OPTIONS HOW TO GET STARTED

Record your lecture with ZOOM

Start a Zoom meeting from Zoom application on your device or go to ithaca.zoom.us. Turn on Cloud Recording. The video will be saved for 120 days or until you delete it from your Zoom files. 

Use Personal Capture in Kaltura  

Visit Kaltura Personal Capture Recording or Kaltura Capture – End User's Course. Personal Capture is a simple capture utility that works within media.ithaca.edu or the Media Gallery in Sakai. Use this to record your desktop, webcam or both.

Use the Voicethread Tool in Sakai to create media rich instruction

Using Voicethread with Sakai video Login to Ithaca.voicethread.com or use the Voicethread Tool in Sakai for discussions using voice, text and video. Voicethead is supported with closed captioning services. Create audio and video recordings, hold a classroom chat.

Support Students' Oral and/or Poster Presentation

OPTIONS HOW TO GET STARTED

Make presentations asynchronous

Ask students to record their presentation using simple technology (such as a cell phone or their computer). Post to the Sakai Media Gallery. Or try using Voicethread, an easy tool to record slide based presentations with video, audio, or text.  Voicethread allows peers and instructor to give feedback. 

Shift to a written script instead of an oral presentation

If oral presentation skills aren't the core focus, ask students to submit a written script of their presentation to assess content knowledge and other skills like persuasive thinking. 

Modify Language Learning

OPTIONS HOW TO GET STARTED

Move synchronous, interactive conversations online 

Instructors can host a ZOOM meeting for the whole class and create breakout rooms within Zoom for smaller groups. Instructors can organize smaller groups of students to complete speaking assignments using their technology of choice to talk with other members of the group.

Use online media for discussion-based assessment 

Voicethread allows audio responses to be recorded in response to any document, image, audio, video. 

Use the text-based Sakai Forums Tool 

Forums Tool Documentation Create unlimited topics, moderate conversations and encourage group discussions. Forums supports text-based discussion and exercises.

Modify Laboratory Learning

OPTIONS HOW TO GET STARTED

Have students watch rather than perform experiments

Explore the POD Listserv Online Science Simulations and Laboratory resources 

Consider having lab SLO be data analysis rather than data collection

MERLOT also serves as a repository housing 90+ virtual labs

Hold Virtual Office Hours

OPTIONS HOW TO GET STARTED

Set up a ZOOM meeting for 1:1 or multiple students in your class

Download and Install Zoom Client Set up your computer with webcam and microphone (recommended) or use the call-in phone number. Sign into ithaca.zoom.us to schedule a meeting and send the student the invitation link. For a group meeting click on the ZOOM link in Sakai and schedule a meeting.