3 Low-Tech Ways to Approach Emergency Remote Teaching
1. Discussion Boards in iLearn
Discussion boards are a great, low-tech way to connect with your students and foster engagement. Consider requiring students to post about your course material (perhaps citing/quoting two references from the required text they found most interesting) and requiring them to respond to two other classmates' posts. This will get an actual conversation going, all focused around your required material.
2. Give students prompt feedback via iLearn
Your assignments and discussions are spaces where students are practicing with the concepts you've presented. Make sure they get specific, meaningful, and prompt feedback. Consider making all work due on the same day and time for the rest of the quarter. When you create Assignments in iLearn, use a consistent time (like Sunday night at 11:59 pm) for all weekly assignments/discussion posts to be due. Students who now have extra care/work responsibilities and different environments than they expected may need the weekend to get everything done.
3. Post your required readings/links in iLearn and use the Internet for further exploration
Focus on getting any necessary materials available to your students via iLearn. Instead of trying to recreate your in-person classroom with lecture videos/hosted Zoom sessions, think about the Internet as your classroom. Where can you send students for great information? Students can explore and share what they learned. Remember, like you, your students are also worried and have plenty to focus on right now!
FOR STUDENTS: Ultimately, remember that your students, though they are now accessible only online, are still human. The best thing you can do is model flexibility, understanding, and adaptability. Listen for them asking for help. They may be anxious and tired.
FOR YOU: Release yourself from your high expectations, because that’s the best way to help your students learn. If you are rapidly researching the pedagogy of online learning or just now discovering that there are some awesome tools out there to support students online, take a break. Start with low-tech, asynchronous tools. The important thing is to CONNECT REGULARLY. Attend one of our iLearn webinars or view a recording of a previous webinar.