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Course Continuity: Online Course Examples

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.

Synchronous Add-ons

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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