We know this is a challenging time for our higher education partners due to health concerns posed by COVID-19 (coronavirus). We also recognize that a lot is being asked of faculty, many making a quick transition online, so that students can continue to learn.
As always, the ACUE team remains committed to and focused on supporting our partners to ensure students success through quality instruction. We are well prepared to continue fully supporting our partners and delivering our programs virtually.
Helpful Things to Keep in Mind
- Because ACUE courses are online, we hope to create some welcome consistency to the rest of the year by continuing to support our faculty course-takers.
- Within each ACUE cohort, faculty can share concerns and collaborate on how they’re responding to students’ needs, and we’re encouraging course facilitators to open up this dialogue.
- We’re working to ensure faculty course-takers can still satisfy ACUE course requirements and earn their teaching certificate, even if they have fewer opportunities to implement recommended practices.
- Every current course module includes resources for online teaching. These practical approaches can assist faculty who are being asked, on short notice, to finish the semester online.
Preparing to Teach Remotely
Our ACUE team is closely monitoring the evolving outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and subsequent conversations across the news and social media. While we’re keeping a close eye on the adapting advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization, we’re also talking with our partners. We know that many instructors across the country are being asked to teach remotely, or online, in response to the health concerns posed by the coronavirus.
To support instructors needing to make a quick transition to utilizing an online environment, we’re offering a set of free resources — ACUE’s Online Teaching Resources — that can be immediately put to use to make that transition a smoother one for both instructors and their students.
The resources are divided into six key topic areas for teaching online:
- Welcoming students to the online environment
- Managing your online presence
- Organizing your online course
- Planning and facilitating quality discussions
- Recording effective microlectures
- Engaging students in readings and microlectures
We also welcome any questions you might have about the resources offered here or other instructional challenges you are facing in our discussion forum. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.
- Inside Higher Ed is maintaining a roundup of news updates related specifically to coronavirus.
- Educause rounds up campus responses, continuity plans, and alternative course material delivery methods on its COVID-19 coverage page.
- This crowd-sourced master list is currently tracking continuity plans for 250 institutions. Note: This source is not managed by ACUE.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education has a Facebook group focused on higher ed and coronavirus.
- ACUE has curated a Twitter list of accounts to follow, many of whom are adding to the ongoing discussion.
- NISOD has compiled a toolkit of relevant resources, including research papers, webinars and training opportunities.
- ACUE and Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health promotion and education for young adults, have partnered to release Creating a Culture of Caring: Practical Approaches for College and University Faculty to Support Student Wellbeing and Mental Health.
- For educators in medical disciplines, Osmosis has a round-up of additional resources.
Our academic and partnership teams are here to help.
Thank you for your continued collaboration, and please reach out to us with any specific needs or questions. You may contact your academic director or partnership director, or email us at email@example.com.
Online Courses for Faculty
Over the past few months, ACUE has been hard at work on a new Effective Online Teaching Practices course. Never did we think the course would have the urgency it does today, and ACUE feels a greater sense of responsibility than ever to help faculty succeed online. We are excited to share that this course is now complete, and available for faculty starting this June. Learn more.
As we monitor conversations across the news and social media, we’ve also seen an influx of resources available online. We recognize that combing through pages and pages of advice, resource links and chatter can be daunting. In an effort to make sense of the seemingly endless supply of resources, our team has begun to delve into, identify, and highlight some common themes and best practices.
ACUE Expert Voices
In addition to a set of free resources — ACUE’s Online Teaching Resources — developed to have immediate use and benefit for both instructors and students, our team has curated a selection of expert voices from around the nation.
Here’s some guidance from our ACUE-credentialed faculty and experts:
- Flower Darby’s Chronicle of Higher Education piece outlines tested and tried methods of being an effective online teacher.
- Michael Wesch provides his insights from transitioning to online education in “Teaching Without Walls.”
- Derek Bruff’s Resources for Just-in-Time Online Teaching recommends tools for video conferencing and screencasting.
- Judith Boettcher breaks down the purpose, structure, and assessment options for four different types of online discussions.
A few ACUE partner institution resources:
- WVU Teaching & Learning Commons not only outlines how its faculty can quickly move courses online, but prominently lists the contact info for the key offices responsible for support.
- “Request Support”: Santa Clara University’s Office of IT Support page lists contact info for specific issues or topics.
- ACUE partner institution Cal Poly Pomona walks through course preparation and student interaction, reminding faculty that students will look to them in times of crisis.
- ACUE institutional partner Sam Houston State University’s eCampus includes an instructional continuity video to walk faculty through the transition.
If your institution has online resources you think the ACUE community would benefit from, please leave us a comment at the bottom of this page, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Tech Tools
As faculty, administrators and students move to a remote learning and work environment, there are countless ways to connect across state lines or time zones. From learning management systems, online meeting and collaboration tools, or video capturing, the possibilities are endless—and it’s worth checking with your institution to determine your options.
It takes more than technology for great online teaching, and that’s where ACUE focuses our expertise. But, we know many of you are moving your courses online for the first time, or much more quickly than is typical.
Most institutions have recommendations for technology resources. If yours does not, the following selection represents a sampling of options for leveraging technology while building connectedness. ACUE does not specifically endorse any of these.
|Learning Management Systems||Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace,||Blackboard Basics for Emergencies (Texas Tech)
Keep Teaching with Canvas (Emory University)
Brightspace by D2L tutorials (Gordon State)
|Online Meeting Platforms||Zoom
|Using Zoom for Class Meetings in Canvas (Harvard University)
Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate (Northern Arizona University)
|Slack, Confluence, OneDrive||Slack Resource Guide for Teaching and Learning (University of Massachusetts)|
|Lecture/Video Capture||Panopto, Kaltura||Use Panopto to Pre-record and Upload Class Sessions (Harvard University)
Recording Your Screen and Webcam Using Kaltura Capture (Indiana University)