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Best Practices for Remote Teaching

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Suppose, hypothetically, that you suddenly have to teach from home for several weeks. Or rather, several students are suddenly quarantined at home and cannot attend class. It's relatively easy to make the shift to remote teaching if you know a few tips and best practices. In fact, you might even find that teaching remotely has some pedagogies that are near impossible to adopt in a F2F classroom. Our CEO, Maria Andersen, has been using remote teaching and synchronous online teaching for a decade, and will share some tips and best practices for making your remote classes run smoothly.

Suppose, hypothetically, that you suddenly have to teach from home for several weeks. Or rather, several students are suddenly quarantined at home and cannot attend class. It's relatively easy to make the shift to remote teaching if you know a few tips and best practices. In fact, you might even find that teaching remotely has some pedagogies that are near impossible to adopt in a F2F classroom. Our CEO, Maria Andersen, has been using remote teaching and synchronous online teaching for a decade, and will share some tips and best practices for making your remote classes run smoothly.

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Best Practices for Remote Teaching

  1. 1. Best Practices for Remote Teaching Dr. Maria Andersen, CEO, Coursetune Adjunct Faculty, Westminster College @busynessgirl, maria@coursetune.com
  2. 2. What a long, strange week we are having.
  3. 3. REMOTE is not ONLINE REMOTE CLASSES Mostly synchronous Meets at scheduled times Primarily utilizes virtual meetings Can be used anytime ONLINE CLASSES Mostly asynchronous Rarely meets at scheduled times Primarily utilizes an LMS (Canvas, Brightspace, Moodle, Blackboard) Requires careful curriculum and instructional design
  4. 4. The glass is half-empty because you drank the first half already. The glass is half-full because this is an opportunity to learn and try something new and for once your administration won’t tell you no!
  5. 5. Remote Teaching Should Be in Your Teaching Toolbelt
  6. 6. Move to new types of Assessment: Assessment is more than Tests
  7. 7. The Pressure Opportunity to Change
  8. 8. Remote Teaching is Similar to F2F Teaching You can see your students and they can see you You can have discussions You can "write on the board" Students can work in small groups You can use active learning techniques
  9. 9. But what if they don’t pay attention?
  10. 10. They might not have been paying attention.
  11. 11. Virtual Meeting Rooms - Preparation • Make sure you know how video and audio mute work • Make sure you know how to share your browser or desktop • Make sure you know how to stop sharing your browser or desktop • Find where the chat window is – private chat vs public chat • Clean up your desktop, browser tabs, and bookmark folders • Try features like “Raising Hands” or answering “Yes/No” questions from the teacher and student side
  12. 12. Practice sending a chat message Send a private chat to me: What school do you teach for? Then send a public chat to all: What is the strangest thing you’ve seen this week?
  13. 13. Virtual Meeting Rooms - Logistics Record Set meeting to auto-record (because you’ll forget) Mute Set students for “Mute on Entry” (to minimize noise) Waiting Set for waiting room or enter before host Notes Keep a paper class list by your computer to take notes Scene Check the scene behind you
  14. 14. Virtual Meeting Rooms – First Session • Setting expectations for all your sessions • Suggest (but don’t demand) students be on video • Set policies around getting full attention – “Stretch and watch” • Practice “Raising Hands” (if that is an option) • Practice unmuting to answer a question – “Where are you learning from today?” Goal: Everyone tries by the end of the session.
  15. 15. The chat panel has pedagogical superpowers ... if you know how to use it.
  16. 16. 3-2-1-Go Method
  17. 17. What gaffes have you experienced in a remote meeting? (select all that apply) A) Someone taking another call B) Someone using the bathroom C) Someone wearing “business mullet” D) Someone sending an obviously private chat to the whole group 3-2-1-GO TYPE YOUR ANSWER BUT DO NOT PRESS ENTER UNTIL I TELL YOU TO. PRACTICE
  18. 18. What is your biggest worry about remote teaching? Answer in the chat window. 3-2-1-GO TYPE YOUR ANSWER BUT DO NOT PRESS ENTER UNTIL I TELL YOU TO. LET’S TRY AGAIN!
  19. 19. What makes the 3-2-1-GO chat discussion better than F2F discussion? Answer in the chat window. 3-2-1-GO TYPE YOUR ANSWER BUT DO NOT PRESS ENTER UNTIL I TELL YOU TO. THE REALIZATION ...
  20. 20. Small Group Discussions: Think-Pair- Share
  21. 21. What is Think-Pair-Share (TPS)? THINK – Pose a question or problem for students to think about, jot down notes about, or solve on their own for 1-3 minutes. PAIR – Place students in small groups or pairs to discuss the similarities and differences in their answers and reach a consensus. SHARE – Ask selected groups or pairs to share with the class.
  22. 22. Many Virtual Meeting Platforms Have Breakout Group Options
  23. 23. Students can work together, you can move between groups, and students can ask for help
  24. 24. THINK: How will students be affected by the COVID-19 virus? ANOTHER OPTION: SYNCHRONOUS DOCUMENTS Jot down your own thoughts. You have 1 minute.
  25. 25. PAIR: How will students be affected by the COVID-19 virus? ANOTHER OPTION: SYNCHRONOUS DOCUMENTS Go to the designated Google Doc and work with your group to make a consolidated list with more detail. See Chat Window for Links: Last names A-F Last names G-M Last names N-S Last names T-Z
  26. 26. SHARE: How will students be affected by the COVID-19 virus? ANOTHER OPTION: SYNCHRONOUS DOCUMENTS Exit slides and share browser with documents in tabs.
  27. 27. Prepare the Docs Ahead of Time with links so that you can easily share in chat.
  28. 28. You can write “on the board” in real time I tried a LOT of options. USB tablets, PC tablets, iPads, synchronous smartphone apps. The simplest solution is to make a $99 investment in an IPEVO Ultra High Definition USB Document Camera. https://amzn.to/2U1VbbA LET ME DEMONSTRATE
  29. 29. Logistics for a Doc Camera 1. SHARE YOUR FULL SCREEN 2. GO TO THE DOC CAMERA APP AND MAKE IT FULL SCREEN
  30. 30. With a Document Camera You can show problems in a book Walk through completing a worksheet Share handwritten solutions Demonstrate experiments Use math manipulatives
  31. 31. How will students share handwritten work in discussions? • They will talk about what they wrote (isn’t that a win?) • They can hold a paper up to the camera to show classmates their work or a diagram
  32. 32. If you happen to have a PC tablet, try out Microsoft OneNote.
  33. 33. LMS tools for facilitating “what you do in the classroom” • Discussion Forums • Peer Review Assignments • Video Discussion Tools (add-ons) GET HELP FROM AN EXPERT OR THE PEDAGOGY AND EXECUTION WILL BE POOR
  34. 34. Let’s talk about Summative Assessment
  35. 35. Students need a way to turn in work just like they would in class. Many apps turn your phone into a scanner and convert photos to PDFs.
  36. 36. Students will need to have a low-stakes practice run (or two) Uploading Docs Using the CamScanner App https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KQ-ySs03Wo&t=22s
  37. 37. Proctoring Strategies Time-boxed: From download to submission is a set time. Consider open notebook assessments (anything they can write down will be allowed) Remember students might not be able to print (they will have to see their screen) Students handwrite and sign a short academic integrity statement at the beginning of their exam.
  38. 38. Don’t use Googleable Questions
  39. 39. Assessment Transformation GOOGLEABLE What is the vertex of the given function? NOT SO GOOGLEABLE List at ten properties of the given function.
  40. 40. Assessment Transformation GOOGLEABLE Define the word “integrity” NOT SO GOOGLEABLE Give an example from your own life that shows how someone without integrity might behave.
  41. 41. Assessment Transformation GOOGLEABLE Solve the problem ... NOT SO GOOGLEABLE The solution to the above problem is ... Now explain how to another student how you can solve it.
  42. 42. Assessment Transformation GOOGLEABLE What are the symptoms of COVID-19? NOT SO GOOGLEABLE Given these symptoms ..., is a patient more likely to have a cold, the flu, or COVID-19? Explain your reasoning.
  43. 43. But maybe can we rethink assessment just a little?
  44. 44. How deeply do students need to know the skill or information?
  45. 45. What are assessment alternatives to traditional tests? Answer in the chat window. 3-2-1-GO TYPE YOUR ANSWER BUT DO NOT PRESS ENTER UNTIL I TELL YOU TO.
  46. 46. Alternative Assessments • Make a 5-minute, 20-slide presentation • Draft a blog post for a chosen audience • Write a memo to persuade • Design an infographic • Make a TikTok to inform • Do a teaching demo for a topic Give the students some agency in choosing the topic or format. Provide a clear rubric for grading.
  47. 47. Recording Videos Drop any expectations that you’re going to somehow record all your lectures. Record short help videos where needed. Sound is very important It’s easier to cut than to splice Free TechSmith SnagIt through June https://discover.techsmith.com/remote-techsmith/
  48. 48. You can do this!
  49. 49. Questions? Dr. Maria Andersen, CEO, Coursetune Adjunct Faculty, Westminster College @busynessgirl, maria@coursetune.com

Editor's Notes

  • There are good reasons you already wanted to know how to teach remotely.
  • You probably already needed a way to bring students into class when they are away for sports events, at home because a car is broken down, ill and trying to keep others from getting sick, suffering from anxiety etc. Now is the time to finally take the time to learn to support all those students that miss classes when you are teaching F2F.
  • When was the last time you really thought deeply about assessment strategy. Many of you are worried about proctored tests. Does EVERYTHING need to be tested? We live in a world where computing technology and Smartphones has completely transformed the availability of information. Do you REALLY need to test EVERYTHING the same way?
  • Probably some of this was already on your list to think about, but we’re all so damned busy. You know as well as I do that we only get to the changes that we HAVE to do. Now is the time! You’re going to do it!
  • Guess what, many weren’t paying attention already.
  • Notes: It’s difficult to keep your own digital notes during a virtual session
  • These tools require additional training. We use them a lot in online classes, but don’t dive in unless you’ve learned some pedagogy.
  • You should already be doing this!
  • We live in a time when there is more information accessible at our fingertips than ever before.

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