moving HE teaching Online:
Tips, resources and support
We’ve been overwhelmed by the help and support educators everywhere have been volunteering to get higher education online. We’re curating these resources in one place to make it easier for educators to get started.
If you are responsible for putting course materials online, there is a lot of useful guidance out there.
If you usually run in-person assessments and examinations, they may be tricky to deliver online. Many institutions are putting together specific guidance, but these general principles are useful.
Moving to teaching online gives great potential to move towards flipped learning, providing material in advance, and using teaching sessions to deepen understanding.
Students may not be used to studying entirely online. They might struggle to adapt to working from home, or might be struggling with worries or new responsibilities as a result of the Coronavirus.
Almost all of us were once students, but we haven’t all been students online. Luckily, guidance for students is plentiful. Lots of it is specific to one institution or one country, but there are some general resources you might want to point students towards.
A Student Toolkit for Remote Learning is a lengthy blog post by students, for students, giving great advice and linking to useful resources.
Lots of us will be running lectures, seminars or tutorials online. There is plenty of software to choose from, and a few minutes checking out some tips and tricks can help them run far more smoothly.
More than anything else, there are a huge number of articles and posts giving hints and tips for online teaching.
Although a lot of guidance is applicable to any subject, some fields have unique challenges.
You can spend a lot of money on training courses, but there are some very useful ones available for free, right now, which you can take in full or dip in and out of.
Learning to Teach Online is a free, six-week course from the University of New South Wales, delivered through Coursera:
Are you an educator? Have you ever wanted to understand more about how to design your class to make better use of educational technology – whether fully online or in blended contexts? Would you like to learn from those who have extensive practical experience with online technologies?
The Learning to Teach Online (LTTO) MOOC will help you develop a working understanding of successful online teaching strategies that you can apply in your own practice. The course is based upon the multi award winning open educational resource developed by Dr Simon McIntyre and Karin Watson.
Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology is a free three-week course looking at designing courses online:
This course is designed to help you create dynamic, interactive online courses through the use of multimedia tools, student collaboration opportunities, and formative assessment and feedback.
Each week we will focus on a particular topic:
1. Using multimedia for teaching and learning
2. Encouraging student collaboration
3. Formative assessment and feedback
Transforming Digital Learning: Learning Design Meets Service Design has already started, but you can join the three-week course now (or a future date), and it promises that you will “acquire a range of practical strategies to apply in your own work”:
How do we transform the future practice of digital learning?
The demand for digital learning (and the experts who can deliver it) continues to grow rapidly.
In this course you’ll examine what online learning is, who needs it, who creates it and why.
From the perspective of ‘teaching as a design science’, you’ll explore the design theories and practices that are transforming the future of digital learning and digital literacy.
The discussion forum can be a useful tool for online teaching, but it can be tricky to engage students on them, while replying to comments can take up too much of your time.
If you have the freedom to choose which software to use for video conferencing – ideal for tutorials – there is a wide selection, many available for free, and with different strengths.
While we’re all stuck inside, a virtual field trip sounds appealing, and there are plenty out there. While some are aimed more at school-age children, there’s a rich mix available.
With students now learning online, it is vitally important that the material is accessible to all of them, but in the rush to get things up, it’s easy to miss something.
Your institutions may already provide a great range of tools for teaching, but there are lots of very useful websites and pieces of software out there.
This list of tools for teaching online provides a simple summary of what each does, why you might want to use them, and whether there is any cost.
Ziatdinov’s list of free software is a lengthy list of options, though there is little information about each one.
If you want to caption videos, the University of Washington has a great guide: Captioning Your Own Video for Free.
Being stuck indoors for weeks on end can have a real impact on your health and wellbeing, but there is a lot of advice out there.
While all of us are seeing disruption to our usual routine, for those of use with children at home, there can be specific challenges.
This is a comprehensive guide to Teaching in the context of COVID-19. Definitely worth checking out and contributing to.
This is a co-authored and rapidly evolving resource – contributors include: Jacqueline Wernimont (Dartmouth, USA), Cathy N. Davidson (CUNY Grad Center, USA),
You can find Sean’s full guide here, which he encourages you to share with your students: “To succeed as schools pivot to online, students will need to be resourceful, and they may need to demand fairer treatment than they have ever demanded previously.”
As they are forced to leave campus, many students will lose student employment. This will likely mean they will have to find other employment in a hurry. That will interfere with class time, keeping up with assignments, and more. #PivotToOnline https://t.co/jQVSXPwFdg #digped
— Sean Michael Morris (@slamteacher) March 14, 2020
Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa is the author of eight books on mind, brain, and education science, and dozens of articles related to this nascent field. She is an Educational Researcher at the Harvard Extension School.
To support instructors needing to make a quick transition to utilising an online environment, ACUE are offering resources and recommendations that can be immediately put to use by instructors, to benefit both faculty and their students.
These resources are divided into six key topic areas for teaching remotely:
Jesse Stommel is an author, speaker, and teacher with a focus on education, critical digital pedagogy, and documentary film.
Check out this Twitter thread from Jesse, where he generously gives advice and ideas based on his experience and coming from a learner-centric perspective.
If you’re being asked to “move a class online,” models may be even more useful than “tips.”
Here’s a link to a course site for my fully online class last semester. It’s a simple approach with very little “tech.” Feel free to borrow any of the ideas here. https://t.co/mlRPb7ffI4
— Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer) March 10, 2020
Scott Galloway shared his tips for how to engage when teaching via live video.
👨🏻🏫👩🏽💻 Teaching is moving to online. Some tips from me:
1. When teaching via live video/Zoom, most important, you have to over-animate. Gestures are always good in public speaking — doubly so when teaching online. Voice, motions, intonation — amp everything up.
— Scott Galloway (@profgalloway) March 16, 2020