Teaching Remotely Technical Resources

For Pedagogical Considerations please visit our Keep Teaching When Classes Can’t Meet page

Use Moodle or a course website to put materials online
Online Communication Options
Establish ways to conduct your class online
Set up remote access to key resources
How to get additional guidance and help

Use Moodle or a course website to put materials online

Having an online home for your class materials ensures students always have access to course content. Such access to your syllabus, course schedule, assignment instructions, and other instructional materials is highly valued by students. These sites can also be used to send and archive class communications which can make communicating with your students more efficient. Course pages in a Learning Management System such as Moodle and and Google Classroom also can be used to support a variety of online activities including:

Familiarity with these features in the event you need to teach fully online for a period of time.

Looking for an alternative to a class web page? Consider storing and sharing content in Google Drive. Create a folder in Google Drive and share it with your class Google Group email. Google Drive can be used for distributing documents and files, as well as hosting videos for viewing in Drive or embedding on an external page. You can copy the link to your shared content and post it on a web page or send it to your students via email.

Additional Online Teaching Resources

Looking for support with something else? Contact IT’s Educational Technology group through the Service Desk at itservice@lclark.edu or 503-768-7225.

Online Communication Options

There are several options for staying in touch with your students both in emergency situations and for routine communication during the term. Here are some tips:

Email

Make sure you can access your LC Gmail account on your phone or on the web. Gmail works well on smartphones, tablets, and in web browsers. If you are borrowing a computer, make sure to follow security best practices. See the LC Email Info page for information on your LC email account.

Class Google Group

A google group is created automatically for each class to make it easy to communicate via email and collaborate and share in G-Suite Apps. This is one of the most common ways faculty already communicate with students and a link to your group is available on Webadvisor class rosters.

Class Google Groups Helpsheet for Faculty

How-to Update Automatically Generated Google Groups

Moodle Announcements

Moodle courses have an announcement forum which is useful for posting information that you want to share with the entire class. Students cannot reply to posts. Students are sent an email notification copy of posts after 30 minutes. Be sure to let students know how often they should check for announcements as students have the ability to turn off or filter emails from Moodle.

Moodle Announcement forum help for faculty

Stream in Google Classroom

Create an announcement in Google Classroom by adding a post with no assignments. The post will appear on your Stream page in chronological order along with assignments, questions, and other posts. If you want, you can move an older post to the top. Students receive emails when you post to your stream; however, keep in mind that students can turn off these notifications. Be sure to let students know how frequently they should check for announcements.

Post announcements to Google Stream help for faculty

Set up Virtual Office Hours using Google Calendar Appointment Slots
Create Appointment Slots in Google Calendar and either send or embed a link to your students for them to sign up for individual meetings with you. Want to meet using video conferencing? Just add a conference link to your meeting!

Creating, Editing and Sharing Appointment Slots (video)
Appointment Slots (helpsheet)

Establish ways to conduct your class online

Meet using Zoom Videoconferencing

Zoom is a natural choice for teaching a class that will meet outside the class, requires a high level of interaction, has a large number or participants, or requires recording or other advanced features. Zoom can also be used if a faculty needs to teach remotely to stream video lectures directly to a class live. All classrooms are equipped for one-way communication. If two-way communication is required, check the capabilities of the classroom. Most do not have cameras and microphones. You can borrow a webcam mounted on a tripod to connect to the classroom computer or use a webcam equipped laptop. A student, given the proper instructions, could handle this setup. Information Technology is available to assist with initial set-up and training.

For more information, visit our Zoom Videoconferencing page.

Google Hangouts Meet

Google Hangouts Meet is a videoconferencing platform included as part of the G Suite for Education core services package. It is a web-based service that enables real-time audio and video communication for individuals and groups. While Zoom is comparatively more robust, Hangouts Meet is quick and easy solution for setting up video chats between users within our lclark.edu domain. Sessions may be added to any Google Calendar invitation by selecting Hangouts Meet from the “add conferencing” dropdown when creating a calendar event.

For more information, visit our Google Hangouts Meet page.

Make an Instructional Video

As an alternative to streaming live video, faculty could record short videos to be delivered as remote content. Videos could be hosted in Google Drive and either viewed directly or embedded externally on the web via Moodle. Students could watch the video at any time from a device with internet access.

Faculty would need a computer with a camera as well as some type of video editing software. Depending on the complexity of the video, QuickTime could be used for simple editing. More elaborate editing would require software such as iMovie, Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere (all available in the Resource Lab & editing suites).

Moodle

Using Moodle, courses may be facilitated entirely online, with content and assignments delivered via Moodle course shell. All courses have Moodle shells automatically created, and support documentation is available on our Moodle Resources page.

Google Classroom

Perhaps beneficial if your course relies heavily on document collaboration, particularly in G Suite. Anyone with an @lclark.edu address who has self-identified as a teacher when first accessing classroom can create a Google Classroom instance. Students can be invited via email, via google group membership, or can self-join using a code. Google Classroom help links are available on our Google Resources page.

Covid19 Special Access to Instructional Software

In response to the transition to online instruction, academic software normally accessed physically on campus has been made available for students and faculty to install on personally owned equipment. Software such as Adobe Creative Suite, SPSS and MatLab are just a few programs that have expanded access. If you have questions, please contact the Educational Technology team.

Set up remote access to key resources

How to get additional guidance and help

Technical Assistance

Helpsheets are available covering the basics and frequently asked questions for Moodle, Zoom, G-Suite, and other software tools.

As Lewis & Clark moves to remote work as part of our Covid19 response, there are many ways you can connect to the Educational Technology team which is scheduling remote workshops and individual appointments through the rest of the Spring 2020 term.

If you do run into technical difficulties, feel free to contact the IT Service Desk with questions and we will respond as promptly as possible. It is important we know what issues our users are running into so we can be as efficient as possible with our response.

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