Consider using this checklist to adapt in-person courses for online delivery in the event of learning disruptions. For more resources about quality online learning, check out our Blended and Online Learning Resources.
Describing online learning components in your course
The University of Calgary Registrar provides the following definitions for online course components. It may be useful to use these guidelines when determining how your course will be delivered during this period of remote teaching:
Synchronous means that a component is scheduled at specific times. Students must participate or engage at the scheduled time(s).
Asynchronous means that a component is not scheduled at a specific time; therefore, students may engage with the course material at a time that is convenient for them.
Hybrid means that some meetings for a component will be delivered synchronously, and some meetings will be delivered asynchronously. It could also mean reduced class times during the week or alternating weeks.
Preparing for online learning
Set up D2L communication tools and Zoom sessions to maintain presence and connection with students, such as creating a discussion topic dedicated to course questions and answers.
Organize weekly sections in your D2L shell with required course materials, activities, and lecture notes to help students stay on track.
Keep videos concise
Try to keep pre-recorded videos less than 15 minutes and provide opportunities for students to practice skills in the form of short active learning breaks.
Provide class recordings
If possible, record synchronous Zoom classes and upload the recordings, lesson summaries, and/or transcripts to D2L to support learning continuity for students who may not be able to attend class, as well as for those that may want to refer to materials following the learning session.
Work with teaching assistants
Collaborate with TAs to assign roles and responsibilities for communicating with students, monitoring Zoom chats, marking assignments, and other duties as agreed.