What Remote-Synchronous Instruction Means at the Mandel School
As of Friday, July 31st, the decision was communicated that most, if not all, MSSA and MNO courses will be delivered remotely in the 2020-21 academic year.
Remote-Synchronous Instruction Mode
Definition: Courses normally taught in-person, but due to emergency, 100% of the instructional contact hours will be delivered remotely, with the majority of contact hours delivered synchronously, via electronic communication or equivalent mechanisms with teaching staff physically separated from students. Students are expected to attend synchronous meetings at designated days and times.
Physical Space: Classrooms Available for Instructor Use
The option to reserve a classroom (without students in attendance) is being offered to any instructor who may feel they need to utilize the campus' Wi-Fi/ Internet, Classroom Technology, or a quiet space. If you would like to use a classroom for instruction, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Physical Space: Classroom Technology
The Mandel School classrooms are equipped with Zoom capability including built-in speaker/sound system and built-in video cameras, document cameras, and other software that might be helpful in your classroom instruction.
Training on Classroom Technology can be requested by emailing email@example.com.
In-Person, Traditional Instruction Mode
Definition: Courses in which the contact hours between faculty and students occur face-to-face and in-person.
It may be identified that the content of the course and the enrollment of students in the course would lend itself to an in-person, traditional experience. If your course is meeting in-person, you must adhere to the classroom capacity, social distancing, and mask wearing policies implemented at the University and Mandel School level.
Physical Space: In-Class Capacity and Social Distancing
The Mandel School classrooms are designed to fit 24 students, and with the physical distancing requirements our average in-class capacity is eight (8) students.
Seats will be spaced out to account for the six-feet social distancing requirements, and plexiglass shields have been added near the podium.
Expectations & Recommendations for Remote-Synchronous Instruction at the Mandel School
If copying over a Master Canvas Course for your section, you will want to clear the template from your Canvas course and wait to update the Canvas Template until the Master is copied over. Instructions for clearing the Canvas Template will come soon.
Set up your Zoom Meeting Information as soon as possible.
Use the new Zoom integration with Canvas to set up meetings within a Canvas course. Zoom meeting information and Zoom recordings can be found easily by students through the Canvas course with this integration.
Lead Instructors should create a Master Canvas Course with Modules/Course Material set up to include the Atrio Videos and copied over into each section instructor’s Canvas Course.
Uploading Atrio Videos to Canvas via Echo360
Create pre-recorded videos in 5 - 10 minute lecture segments for easier watching and re-visiting of specific topics. This will also cut down on errors or edits that may need to be cut out of recording.
The External Tool option in Modules is the best way to embed the video directly into a Module. The external tool option links the Echo360 integration directly into that segment, and as Instructor you can locate and choose the video you would like to link there.
Support Offered from the Mandel School
Learning Community topics and Zoom information will be sent out prior to the event by Scott Wilkes. Please search your inbox for the information. If you did not receive the communication, please contact Scott Wilkes.
- August 20 at 1:30 - 2:30 PM
- September 1 at 12:30 - 1:30 PM
- September 17 at 1:30 - 2:30 PM
- September 29 at 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Support Offered from the University
Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT)
This summer, TLT offered a 6-week Dual-Delivery Summer Camp. Though the live class is over, the Canvas Course Modules and Recorded Trainings are available for all instructors to review the material to prepare for fall. To gain access, complete the Dual Delivery Summer Camp Sign-Up Form.
Resources and Training
Teaching & Learning Technologies Resources
- Faculty Training Opportunities for Teaching Remotely
- Dual Delivery Supplemental Sessions
- Echo360 Overview (1 hour)
- Canvas Assessments (1 hour)
- Advanced Canvas Tips and Tricks (45 minutes)
- Google Docs Basics (45 minutes)
- Building Zoom Confidence (1 hour)
- Zoom Breakout Rooms (30 minutes)
- Collaborating in Canvas (1 hour)
- Transcript Correction in Echo360 and Zoom (40 minutes)
- Video Production Basics (45 minutes)
- Holding Engaging Zoom Meetings (1 hour)
- Tools for Communication (50 minutes)
- Integrations: Canvas, Zoom and Echo360 (1 hour)