Faculty - Converting to Online Courses
As Doane University continues to monitor and assess measures to mitigate, suppress, and delay the spread of COVID-19, we have decided that we will stop all in-person, face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the spring semester/term and convert all course delivery to online/virtual courses. As of right now, there is no planned extension of the academic calendar. The academic calendar for each college is located here: https://www.doane.edu/about-doane/offices/registrar/calendar .
All in-person, face-to-face classes for next week (Mon, March 16 – Sun, March 22) are cancelled at all campus locations (Crete, Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island) to allow time for planning and transition. All current online classes will continue uninterrupted. In planning to convert your course, keep in mind that not every option will work for every teaching environment and some experiential learning courses, such as those with labs, clinicals, and studios, may not easily be accommodated. Each faculty member is encouraged to talk with the supervisor of their respective course (department chair, program director, dean, campus director) for ideas and feedback.
Quick strategies to consider:
- Hold virtual class using Zoom. Continue to meet at your scheduled course time but instead of meeting in a classroom, everyone logs into zoom using a link that you provide to the students. This will allow for lecture/discussion. This will enable you to present material and have student interaction. All zoom sessions can also be recorded and posted for students. You can also use this approach to record a class session ahead of time and post the video for students.
- Use the existing blackboard shell connected to your course. All (ground and online) regular Doane courses have a course shell in Blackboard (our current learning management system): bb2.doane.edu/ You can post documents, upload video lectures, create assignments, administer tests and quizzes. Your Doane username and password gives you access to your blackboard course shells.
- Labs can be handled in various ways. Think about taking part of the lab online. Provide video demonstrations of techniques, online simulations, analysis of data, other pre- or post-lab work.
For more strategies and course transition information, please visit the COVID-19 Teaching Resources page. We’ve gathered resources for planning to move a class to online/virtual delivery. It is divided into strategies on how to:
- Communicate with students
- Distribute course materials and readings
- Deliver lectures
- Run lab activities
- Foster communication and collaboration among students
- Collect assignments
- Assess student learning
In addition to your course supervisor, the instructional design team (IDS), information technology staff, CETL (Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning), and the helpdesk are available to assist and answer your technology or online course transition questions. Currently we are planning to offer “office hours” for faculty to come to a campus location (or via zoom) and ask questions, brainstorm ideas, and get help with technology. Additional communications will be forthcoming. Please know that you can submit a help ticket at https://helpdesk.doane.edu/portal Multiple staff from IDS and IT monitor the ticketing system and it is your best approach for getting a quick response.
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Instructional Design Team
Please rely upon Doane's COVID-19 repository site for additional details on our university response: https://www.doane.edu/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
We are in extraordinary circumstances, so please show a generosity of spirit if things don’t go as expected. Thank you all, take good care.