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March 18, 2020


Remote Teaching: More Questions Answered

So I’ve gotten a few more questions from faculty about moving content online. The questions are good questions indicating that they have the right idea about adding audio and video. After posting on Instagram about using my iPad in some of my videos, Mary wanted to know if I could record live using Notability in a Google Hangout. I don’t usually do it that way, but I was curious too, so I tried it. Notability is a notetaking app on the iPad. It works like a digital whiteboard if you have an Apple pencil. I use it to show students how to correct errors in their papers. I’ll pull up a document that has sentences double spaced and use my pen to show how you can add a comma and conjunction to a run-on sentence and make it a compound sentence, for example. I usually just do these alone and record the screen using the built-in recording feature on the iPad. I can also do the same thing using Explain Everything Whiteboard, but that is not free ($25).

Anyway, this method of recording videos is perfect for the instructor who likes to write on the board while teaching. I don’t do that often, but when I do students like it. Here’s an example of How to Write a Basic Essay that I created in Explain Everything. Now back to Mary’s question. Yes, you can log into a Google Hangout Meet session on your iPad, start presenting, open the Notability app and start writing. As I tried this, I was also logged into the webinar on my desktop and could easily see what was going on on the iPad. I might have to try this in my next webinar class.

iPad and computer screen
Presenting from Explain Everything on the iPad in a Google Hangouts Meet session.

Another media question I got today was about recording audio in a Canvas quiz. Yes, you can do that. Canvas is good at giving the ability to record audio and video either from within Canvas or uploading it from your computer. Most already know you can record audio and video in assignments and pages, but even I didn’t know about adding it to quiz questions. So when you’re setting up your quiz and you add a question, just click the “record/upload media” button on the menu bar. You can record right there in Canvas or you can upload a file recorded earlier on your computer. This is a good solution for a class that is learning pronunciation or a foreign language.

The rest of the questions I got today were about the extended delay for beginning face to face and hybrid courses. I think the messaging just confused everyone who worked their butts off to be ready for next week and now we have to delay. It’s really not fair to those who are teaching 8-week courses that were to start this week. Essentially they are not only moving the content online but now they have to teach it in 5 weeks. That’s crazy. We don’t even teach 5 week online courses in the summer in our department. My advice was to just start now if you’re ready. Students will do what you tell them if you help them. I have two hybrid courses that didn’t skip a beat. We are moving on as planned. They’re showing up to webinars, submitting work, and asking good questions. We’re going to get through this and finish on time.

  1. Lori Walk
    Mar 19 2020

    I agree with your last paragraph. My new eight-week hybrid students are asking for guidance and my continuing hybrid students want the connection.

    I had several new students drop yesterday because the online format isn’t a fit for their lives at this time. That totally makes sense.

    I’ll be surveying students to see what they think about an extra two weeks to do the coursework. I’ll also know more about my new students next week, so that will help me decide what they need.

    Thanks again for sharing!

  2. Lori Walk
    Mar 19 2020

    One more thought . . . Roxanna Dewey has posted a great announcement for her F2F students transitioning to online. She does a nice job of explaining how we’re being flexible.

    It’s found inside the Cengage Faculty Resources Canvas course. If you need access, let me know!

    • soul4real
      Mar 19 2020

      Cool. Thanks for reading, Lori. I’m just thankful I don’t have any F2F classes right now. I know that I wouldn’t have a difficult time transitioning, but those students aren’t ready for online learning. Half the online students aren’t ready. That’s what I spend most of my time on. Reinforcing online learning skills. I can’t imagine having to do that 24-7. Exhausting.

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