Class doesn't have to stop if the professor isn't able to be there. Maybe you have a conference, family event, or want to be prepared for the inevitable snow/polar vortex day that will happen in Wisconsin. Here are some ideas.
Non-technological options:You could have the students...
- Work on a group project or big assignment & submit an update or draft
- Meet with a writing center tutor & submit a summary about the meeting
- Field experiences related to the class & submit a write-up
- Have them prepare something for the next class meeting such as a jigsaw activity in which they teach each other course concepts
- Make sure to include accountability so they do it.
But this blog is about technology!
- Often the same objectives from your face-to-face class can be met online via D2L
- You could also prepare an online "floating" module important to the class that can be done anytime
- You could use it for an unexpected absence as well, or just have an online week
- CETL/LTS Instructional Designers (April & Avonlea) can provide individual help and training
Ideas for content the students can absorb:
- They can read: Textbook, articles, websites, etc.
- They can watch videos online: YouTube, Google Videos, we can stream DVDs, etc.
- They can watch a video you made: Audio in PPT, Screencastomatic, YouTube Record Webcam
- Why and when to create instructional videos (another blog post)
- If you've never done this, connect with April or Avonlea for some tips
- #1 tip: keep your videos short - 10 mins or less
- They can do a combination of these things (very common)
Ideas for activities students can do online:
- Reading or video guides: answer questions while reading or watching to ensure they get main points. Submit to dropbox for grading or just check off.
- Quizzes: can create a pool of questions and randomize so students get different questions or allow them to take multiple times for mastery (don’t provide answers at first)
- Discussions - SO many options of how to do discussions!
- Tips: "Must post first" option in D2L discussion & grading (sorting by name, associating a grade item)
- Make sure to include grading criteria
- If you will not have time to grade, maybe use something automated like a quiz
- Students' technology skills are often overestimated
- Disability accessibility
- Filler activities such as having a guest speaker on a tangentially related topic
- Assigning busy work
- Meeting online via web conferencing at the same time you would have had class
- Technology problems are common & lack of visual cues and delay make it much less natural than f2f