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Teaching Online During the Fall

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As you begin the process of planning your fall course, please refer to the general recommendations below and Supporting Student Learning in Multiple Teaching Modalities to guide your course preparation and delivery.  
Refer to Hybrid Courses Explained to plan for, design, and implement a hybrid course.

1. Communicate your course modality to students early. Reach out to inform students how may feel apprehensive about how the fall courses will be conducted. Communicate (syllabus, announcements) how the course has been structured and how student participation has been organized based on the teaching modality. 

2. Seek to foster community among your learners. Achieving a balance between various types of activities asynchronously and synchronously within your core class structure will help ensure that students have varied opportunities for engaged learning, interaction, and reflection to support their learning experience. VITAL and UNIT team members can provide guidance regarding fostering community. Refer to Building Online Community of Inquiry and Building Community in the Zoom Classroom

3. Select two to three online tools/activities in your course that align with your learning goals and assignments and support engaged student learning and continue to use them throughout the semester.  Students need time and practice to become comfortable/confident using specific online tools.

4. Introduce students to resources for taking online classes (e.g., syllabus, as questions emerge), such as Preparing for Online Classes, Learning Remotely, and How to Contribute to Online Discussion Boards.  Highlight opportunities for academic coaching.  
 

Consultations and Trainings  

VITAL: Team members are available via email at vitalinfo@villanova.edu to schedule a date/time for a consultation. Consultations will focus on designing learning activities and assessments based on the selected modality in support of student learning. 

UNIT’s Instructional Technologies Division: Team members are available for individual consultation and training. Please email support@villanova.edu or visit this website for the contact for your college. Individuals can assist with translating your course ideas into the Learning Management System (LMS), building specific activities in the LMS (e.g., assessments) and providing application-specific training. Please note that Blackboard course templates are also available for use as a foundation in building your course – email support@villanova.edu to have one copied into your course shell.

Training Sessions: We continue to offer helpful programs, including general workshops on teaching online and using online technology as well as workshops on specific topics such as creating and conducting exams in an online environment. We encourage you to attend.

Preparing for Online Teaching: Virtual Program Series

Instructional Resources 


Please find below specific resources to guide your course design, including course design, online community, student engagement, assessment, and accessibility considerations.

Course Design - Multiple Teaching Modalities

Online Student Expectations and Flipped Classroom Model

Student Resources for Learning Online -  reference in your syllabus

Student Engagement and Creating Online Community of Learners
(Discussion Board, Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate)

Assessment of Student Learning

Syllabus Design

Accessibility Support

Technology Tools and Support