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Online Course Examples: Coronavirus Emergency
Synchronous - Meets real-time, students and faculty required to be online at the same time.
Asynchronous - Students are not required to be online at the same time.
This page outlines a few typical, example online courses:
- There is no judgment about best options. The example "Efficient" course is a great, fast response to an emergency.
- While course components are bundled in the examples, they are meant to mix-and-match across any course.
- There is a brief section on synchronous components (be careful) and a starter list of self-paced components.
Online Course 1: Efficient
Online Course 2: Enhanced
Online Course 3: Elaborate
Online Course 4: Self-Paced
You could make your online course entirely or largely self-paced, where students complete a series of deliverables and you schedule periodic check-ins. Or you can mix and match self-paced components in a course where students progress together through the end of semester. For example:
- Read/view/listen to the following items. Summarize, reflect on, and/or analyze them by Date X.
- By the end of semester, read/view/listen to several things and, in addition, complete a major task or two (paper, project, presentation, recording, demonstration, etc.).
- Keep a weekly journal, log, or portfolio where you do X, Y, Z due by Date Q.
- Study X and complete Y quizzes by the end of semester.
- Finish X case studies by Date Q.
- Complete X problem sets by Date Q, possibly with personal reflection.
- Engage with X and Y problem-based learning scenarios, individually or as a student team, due Date Q.
Any example can be tweaked to involve group or partner work, such that self-paced tasks or a self-paced course can still entail collaboration.
Components that can be added to your course.
- Office hours via Zoom
- Real-time discussions via Zoom
- Real-time lectures and/or whiteboards via Zoom
Things to consider before implementing:
- Will all students have adequate technology and bandwidth?
- Will students be in multiple time zones?
- Will materials be equally accessible to all of your students?
Some Earlham faculty are considering a dual approach: Zoom for those students with technology and bandwidth, and self-paced options for students unable to connect synchronously.
Zoom Quick Start Guide for Teaching (Earlham)
Zoom Teaching Manual (Claremont McKenna)
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