Best Practices: These are a few best practices shared by your fellow instructors on the things that make remote teaching better.
- Keep lectures under 30 minutes.
- Save Zoom class meetings for discussion of the chapter and other activities to reinforce or discuss how to complete assignments.
- Use the waiting room for student groups to really talk amongst themselves.
- Complete tech training is a must!
- Send detailed “to-do” emails each week to students that included specific timings on lectures, office hours and zoom availability.
- Make sure that all Canvas material is clearly labeled each week.
- Ensure most to all students have the appropriate technology & access to resources.
- Demonstrate a collaborative culture. People tend to be more engaged when they feel like they are part of a team.
- Maintain as much flexibility as possible, while adhering to academic schedules and rigor.
- Develop more interactive assignments on Canvas to stimulate student engagement, i.e. video case studies, presentations via Zoom, and group assignments.
- Do not let yourself get overwhelmed; take breaks from the computer, and set boundaries to avoid burn out.
- Planning, preparing, and organization is the key to success.
- Team work and reinforcing concepts for learning through the different resources such as YouTube videos, & Ted Talks are great.
- Keep in regular contact with your students, emails, ZOOM, Announcements, and calls when necessary.
- Be upfront with expectations and adjust if you need to accommodate the students as much as possible.
These are unprecedented times. No one could imagine this times this year, we would all be working from home, practicing social distancing, not seeing our loved ones, losing jobs, etc. This section was created to help you regain your sense of self, learn to relax, take one day at a time, and to be mindful of it while you are practicing this. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Here are a few resources (articles, exercises, podcasts, & videos) that are helpful to claim your “Mindfulness”.
Get up & Exercise
Podcast & Videos
- Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley: a plethora of videos, articles, & podcasts
- Top Topics
- How Taking Photos Can Help You Find Meaning in Life
- How to Be Less Hard on Yourself
- How to Deal with Uncertainty
- Notice the Good in Your Life
- Remembering to Breathe
- Step Away from Anxiety
- The Science of Happiness
- What If…?
- Deep Sleep Music for Quarantine, Insomnia, Meditation, Sleep Music, Relax, Spa, Calm Music
- Relaxing Music for Quarantine, Meditation, Sleep Music, Healing, Relax, Study, Sleep, Spa, Zen
- Upbeat Pop Music
- Words of Encouragement
NOVA has converted all assessments to be unproctored. In order to create valuable assessments that upholds academic rigor. This section was created to assist instructors with creating “Authentic Assessments”. Authentic assessment is the measurement of intellectual accomplishments that are worthwhile, significant, and meaningful, as contrasted to multiple choice standardized tests. Examples and Links to articles that will assist with the different types of authentic assessments and strategies.
Types of Assessments:
- Performance tasks
- Exhibitions and demonstrations
- Teacher-created tests
- Self- and peer-evaluation