Teaching Remotely

What do we do now?

Dear Faculty,

Where should you start when moving your face-to-face course to an online course? You need to adapt your in-class activities for an online environment. This page was developed to support faculty transition online. This is not a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update page - please click below to go directly to the CCAC website page for official updates. Faculty should use the resources below to continue to facilitate student success remotely. We do not know how long we will have to work remotely, but try to make the best of it and practice some flexibility with students.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Don't reinvent the wheel - research what other schools in your discipline are doing and use the suggestions.
  2. Keep Lectures - work with students via Zoom and lecture for 20 minutes before the discussion.
  3. Use the free tools we have - use Microsoft Dictation (YouTube Tutorial), Zoom, Youtube and PowerPoint.
  4. Don't overcompensate - every word presented in class is not and should not be purely academic. Therefore, don't make your recordings the entire course time.
  5. Use Discussion Boards - Blackboard discussion boards (YouTube Tutorial) will allow you to communicate about all aspects of the course.
  6. Use Announcements - providing a consistent source of course information that can be delivered to student emails facilitates classroom efficiency.
  7. Research Lab Concerns - use website tips that help faculty teach anywhere.
  8. Think Short - you are only converting part of your course - try not to project the worse case scenario. Remember, you are briefly working remotely.
  9. Hide Nonessential Links - If you don't have a purpose for them, hide Blackboard menu links to avoid confusion or create one page with all content and resources nicely chunked.
  10. Practice self-care - with all this anxiety, be well and take care of yourself and family.

How do I use this site?

Use this site for your needs

There are many things happening, but you still have control of your course. Build your course based on your comfort level.

  • Click on the underlined links for information about topics that interest you.
  • Visit the site often as additional information will be uploaded.
  • Watch the videos for an in-depth understanding of material.
  • Each day, a PowerPoint and Zoom recording will be added under each step icon.
  • Share this website with your colleagues.
  • Send suggestions to ctl@ccac.edu

How can I pull this off?

How Can I Use Technology to Foster the Emotional Processing of Course Content?

We can do it! Watch this Monday Morning Mentor archive to help understand how you can foster motivation and success in your students. make sure you grab your certificate!

CCAC ITS Support

CCAC ITS Department Training Spot

IT will be providing trainings for faculty and staff throughout the week. If you need help with Panopto, Zoom or other technology questions, IT is available. Faculty, no need to register.

Please click on the link below to join a Panopto Q and A session with Stacey Silvis:

IT Tutorial and Docs

Ground Zero

CCAC Blackboard Trainings (via Zoom):

If you have not worked with Blackboard, it's okay, but you will need some basic Blackboard Training. There is also BB training for students who need help getting started.

Training will be provided on the following dates (click on the underlined times to join):

  1. Friday, March 13 at 10: 00 am
  2. Monday, March 16 at 2:00 pm
  3. Tuesday, March 17 at 1: 00 pm & at 2:30pm & 4: 10 pm
  4. Wednesday, March 18 at 10am
  5. Thursday, March 19 at 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm
  6. Tuesday, March 24 at 9:00 am
  7. Wednesday, March 25 at 12:00 pm
  8. Thursday, March 26 at 2:00 pm

Prior to the meeting, you can test your internet connection and audio/video: https://ccac.zoom.us/test

Want to get a jump start? See the attached ‘How To’ instructions for Zoom. Find additional tutorials and resources as follows:

  1. Go to MyCCAC (within Quick Links)
  2. Click CCAC Learning Communities
  3. Search “Zoom”.

Virtual Campus Contact:

Please contact Dean Millie Rodriguez with any questions at mrodriguez@ccac.edu

Steps To Convert To Remote Learning

Step 1: How will you communicate?

Teaching remotely can be effective, once a consistent means of communication is established. It is important to use multiple means of communication including:

Step 2: When will you meet?

There are two ways to deliver your course: 1) asynchronous class (occurring independently but with specific due dates/times) or 2) synchronous (occurring at the same time). Decide what is best for your students based on the circumstances. Make sure your synchronous course time is according to the CCAC official course schedule.

Step 3: What material can I convert?

Please don't try to overcompensate for teaching remotely. Use what you have and don't reinvent the wheel.

Here are some tips to easily convert assignments:

  • Long Exams -convert to short weekly quizzes.
  • In- class Lectures - record Lectures using Zoom
  • Guest lecture – Don’t Cancel! Create a Zoom meeting link and send to students and lecturer.
  • Group Assignments – Use Blackboard Groups to allow students to collaborate.
  • Lab Options – consider using the pre – lab information as an assignment or virtual labs.
  • Student Presentations - Keep the Schedule! Students can easily present with one Zoom link. Think of Common Hour!

Step 4: Modify the Syllabus

Now that you have established communication and created your assignments, it is time to think about modifying your syllabus.

Here are some tips to modify your syllabus:

  • Review your syllabus and determine what changes need to be made.
  • Modify assignment deadlines and policies if necessary.
  • Create a 1 -2 page document that acts as a syllabus addendum.
  • Share the updated syllabus with your students immediately.

Step 5: How do I grade assignments?

Use the Blackboard resources to grade assignments.

Here are some tips for creating and grading assignments:

  • Create and grade Blackboard discussions.
  • Quickly develop automated graded Blackboard Quizzes.
  • Make sure that you maintain FERPA and other privacy rules when grading students' work.
  • Embed Blackboard resources for ensuring academic integrity including Respondus (Respondus daily webinars) and SafeAssign.

Step 6: Recognize Your Role

It is normal to stress and feel overwhelmed, but we are the leaders of our classroom. We have to manage our students and affirm their concerns. Convert your course and communicate your plans soon to help students acclimate to this unexpected change.

Here are some strength-based tips to expedite the process:

  • Breathe and remember that you have this position because you are competent.
  • Schedule a meeting with a colleague using Zoom and have a fun conversation.
  • Practice using Zoom tools screen sharing using camera, share screen, audio, live lecture, etc.
  • Use this situation to think about the benefits of online teaching.
  • Enroll a colleague in your Blackboard course so they can help troubleshoot content.
  • Have fun and add images and music to your videos.
  • Take this time to revise assignments or let your inner creativity shine.
  • Stay in touch with other faculty. Continue to log in for Common Hour.
  • Use the CTL Padlet (Click Below) to share assignments, tips ideas, videos or just discuss information.

How will the CTL help me?

The CTL is here to help. The CTL will continue to update this site and provide additional resources. All Zoom meetings will be recorded.

The CTL will hold Zoom meetings as follows:

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Additional Resources

CCAC Zoom Resources

CCAC Supportive Services

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CCAC Panoto Recources


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