The Slide Show “Guide to Moving Courses Online” created in Covid Pandemic trimes, by Meghan Perdue Digital Learning Fellow of MIT Open, provides strategies and tools for educators transitioning to online teaching. It emphasizes partnering with students for a smoother transition, supporting disadvantaged students, and strategically reducing teaching goals to manage the transition effectively. The guide outlines two primary modes of online teaching: asynchronous and synchronous.
In asynchronous classes, educators are advised to film lectures ahead of time and post them on a class platform, ensuring regular communication with students about lectures, assignments, and office hours. Various recording options like PowerPoint, QuickTime, and Zoom are discussed, along with best practices for filming and managing content.
For synchronous classes, the guide suggests using web conferencing tools like Zoom or Webex, maintaining regular class schedules, and recording sessions for students unable to attend live. Best practices for managing these classes include maintaining normalcy, clear communication, and consistent office hours.
The guide also covers the technical aspects of using Zoom for online classes, including managing participants, chat functions, screen sharing, and breakout rooms. It highlights the importance of practicing and testing all aspects of online teaching to ensure a smooth experience for both educators and students.
In summary, the guide offers a comprehensive roadmap for educators transitioning to online teaching, providing practical advice on teaching methods, technical tools, and best practices to facilitate effective online learning.