You can use myCourses and other RIT-supported online technologies to conduct learning, assessment, and course management activities when on-campus classrooms are unavailable to you and/or your students.
Enable students to communicate with you and each other asynchronously (anytime, anyplace) by creating one or more “threaded” discussion. For example, create one forum for general Q & A (like students raising their hand in a classroom), another for instructor- or student-generated questions about the readings, and one for each small group to facilitate their research and collaboration.
Gather homework assignments from individuals and groups, provide feedback on and mark-up of submissions, and return assignments to students. All submissions to Assignments are logged and organized by assignment and student.
Create a wide variety of questions for a quiz or survey: multiple choice, fill in the text, long text response, and more. Surveys can be set for anonymous responses.
Record and comment on student scores, track student grades, and calculate final grades. Publish scores and written or audio feedback to students to view or listen to securely online.
Conduct semi-synchronous (same time, different place) lecture-discussions though this web-based communication tool that allows faculty and students to quickly and easily share presentations, desktop materials, and other information over the Internet. Adobe Connect also permits real-time captioning for the benefit of all participants, including those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. All sessions can be recorded for later viewing and/or listening.
Create or leverage existing audio-visual materials to deliver instruction. Desktop tools such as Camtasia allow you to record your own narrated PowerPoints, software demonstrations, and other voice- and text-annotated course materials. You may also request that published video titles be purchased, captioned, and hosted on a secure RIT video server.
Communicating with Students Online
Determining at least two “back up” channels of communication, early on for you and your students is a good practice. Consider some of the following methods and tools as alternative communication options if you have not already implemented them in some way for your courses.
- Use the Annoucements or Classlist tools within myCourses--The myCourses Announcements and Classlist tools allow you to push out important news and updates in one step. The Annoucements tool, located on your course home page, is a central, highly visible location within myCourses for posting announcements. Through the Classlist, you can quickly draft and send email messages externally to each student's RIT email address.
- Create an email or phone distribution list*--At the start of the semester, ask if your students have a phone number and non-RIT email address they are comfortable sharing with you. This can be a secondary form of communication should standard RIT email not be accessible for a period of time.
*Before deciding on the use of phone numbers, non-RIT email addresses, and external social networking tools as communication methods, check for compliance with RIT policies related to student privacy.