When you need to move your course temporarily online due to unexpected circumstances, the following tools can be used to keep your class running, even if you are unable to meet in person.
If you are planning to move your course online for a future semester, please contact Design Help to set up an appointment to discuss development with an instructional designer.
Staying in touch with your students is vital throughout any significant change in the schedule or administration of your class(es) — especially as a result of a crisis impacting all or part of campus. When a major disruption occurs, please inform your students about any changes in schedules, assignments, procedures or broader course expectations. Early and frequent communication can ease student anxiety and save you from becoming overwhelmed with individual questions. It is best to have a plan in place on how you will continue to run your course if, for an indefinite period, you are not able to teach your course through traditional means.
Generally, there are two approaches to remote teaching and learning: synchronous and asynchronous.
Synchronous is where the participants can hear, see and/or interact with each other at the same time and place. This would be most similar to a live, “in-person” class experience. This approach would usually be accomplished via a conferencing tool (e.g. Webex, Skype for Business, etc.) at a specific time. Good planning is necessary for the best results but it does not require much production time as there are no videos or audios to edit.
Asynchronous is where learning does not take place at a set time and place. This approach is predicated on instructors creating and/or distributing content (e.g. recorded video lecture, voice-overs on PowerPoints, or even just handouts, etc.) ahead of time and supplementing it with additional elements (e.g. email, discussion boards, texts, assignments, etc.) to achieve class interaction but in a nonparallel fashion.
Academic Advising Stay connected with your advisees, check in to see how they are doing and help them prepare for fall 2020. Advisement and Transition is available to support you and your students. Starfish can easily help you schedule appointments. Review our resources on advising remotely.
Review your courses that fall into one of the following categories of online delivery:
Currently online — Delivered 100% online, generally using the LMS and/or some form of conferencing technology. These courses can continue as-is.
Hybrid or blended — Combination of face-to-face and online instruction, generally using the LMS. These courses can move to 100% online.
Not online this semester — Online content available. These courses can likely be moved online by copying a previous course.
Not online/never been taught online — A course shell is available for these courses, for providing content to students. A campus‐wide synchronous conferencing tool, WebEx, is available to maintain the current schedule of campus class meeting dates/times.
While we attempt to put our materials online to meet the current challenge, it is important to remember maintaining the security of our environment and data is very important. SUNY Cortland has negotiated various contracts with vendors, when doing so we include specific language to protect student privacy and your intellectual rights. In particular, any software which collects data and involves students must adhere to FERPA regulations. When looking to meet with our students over video, we have several offerings such as WebEx, Skype and Microsoft Teams. Any software outside of these does not contain language to protect our students nor your intellectual property. For instance, in using a tool like Google Hangouts or Zoom, we can not guarantee those entities would not use your material for promotion or share them with other users of the system without your consent. Please be careful when agreeing to any terms of service, as you may be giving away rights you did not intend to. If you need assistance please contact the Helpdesk.