Planning for Instructional Continuity

1. Communicate with your Lead Faculty, Director, Coordinator, or Associate Dean to learn about whether or not your program has a specific plan, especially for courses that are hands-on (i.e., labs, clinicals, welding, etc.).

2. If you’re certified and have experience teaching online, but would like a refresher,  complete the following online course (it is in your D2L)
      – Teaching Online with D2L (for a refresher)

   If you are not certified and have not previously taught online at LCC, you will be assigned to the  Emergency Teaching Online Essentials (ETOE) training, created by eLearning. ETOE is a two-hour, online mini-course designed to help faculty who are not experienced with online teaching navigate D2L and the online environment. ETOE will not replace LCC’s Teaching Online Certification (TOC) course.

3. You may be assigned a mentor if you do not have online teaching experience.

4. Log into your D2L course shell(s) – every course already has a D2L shell created by eLearning.

5. Check your access to technology from off-campus using your personal devices. For example, can you use a personal desktop, laptop and/or mobile device such as a phone or iPad to access LCC systems remotely? This is a good opportunity to make sure that all your operating systems are up-to-date and compatible with any software you might use. Additionally, installing and mapping the college’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) is advised.

6. Be aware of help resources and materials available for D2L. The eLearning Department has created a Resources for Teaching Remotely website that lists how to receive eLearning assistance while teaching remotely as well as resources and tools available in D2L that are tailored to the delivery of content online, including WebEx for meetings and Kaltura for videos. Additionally, a Resources for Learning Remotely website has been created to assist Students who may not be familiar with D2L with making the transition to remote learning by including how to receive eLearning assistance while learning remotely as well as resources and tools available in D2L that are tailored to online learning.

7. Consider realistic goals for this modified instruction. Can you maintain your original syllabus and schedule? What about deadlines? Consider being flexible with assignment due dates. Most importantly, communicate your expectations to your students, as well as what they can expect from you.

8. Keep the same course structure if possible. If you’ve used PowerPoint before with small group discussions, continue doing so. Familiarity will help with students’ transition to online learning.

9. Decide how you will run the course. Will you record yourself using your phone, computer, or other means, then post the videos? Or will you hold class live using WebEx? If you are holding class live, all you need to do is set up a WebEx conference in D2L for students to join. Be sure to mute students’ audio to reduce background noise, allowing them to un-mute when necessary.

10. If you currently conduct your courses or deliver course information on a platform other than D2L, such as WordPress, Google Hangouts, or regular email, continue to in that fashion. Communicate with your students to make sure they know how to find course materials.

Important phone numbers you may need:

eLearning 517-4831839

CTE 517-483-1680

Your Department front desk/Supervisor

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March 11, 2020