UNM has suspended face-to-face instruction for the Spring and Summer semesters in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. During this period there will be no in-person classroom instruction on campus. The main goal is that students finish the semester successfully. Don’t expect perfection from yourself or your students.
UNM’s IT Academic Technologies department recommends that faculty who are transitioning online pre-record lectures rather than trying to do everything via a synchronous web conference.
Similarly, Vice Dean Carey requests that faculty be mindful when designing online classes that many of our students are caring for children or other family members and it will be a challenge for them to participate in scheduled, live remote-learning classes.
Another reason to record courses for on-demand viewing is that in many homes our students will be in competition for use of computers/devices as well as internet access with their family members who also need to work, attend classes, or do schoolwork remotely.
Step 1: Set up a website for your course using:
Step 2: Communicate with your students:
Abrupt changes in the middle of the semester can be very unsettling for students. Set an immediate positive and constructive tone.
Step 3: Review your existing course:
Define what you do in class at a goal-oriented level. Instead of saying "lecture," "quiz," or "discussion" think in terms such as presentation of content, checking for understanding, or collaborative project work. This reflection should help you decide what aspects of the in-class experience you want to simulate online.
Step 4: Communicate your plan to your students
Step 5: Technical Assistance