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Remote Teaching Options

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Teaching remotely can also be accomplished using a range of tools available at K-State:

There are three main structures you can choose from when moving content online:

  • Asynchronous — Asynchronous teaching strategies utilize various tools to allow you to communicate with students back-and-forth when real-time options are not available or convenient. Use tools like discussion boards or email to communicate with students at times that are convenient to you and the student.

  • A mix of synchronous and asynchronous — Use a combination of strategies to meet with students in real-time and asynchronously to achieve your learning objectives.

  • Synchronous — Synchronous teaching strategies occur in real-time and allow you to connect with students without any delay in communication. Use tools like Zoom to meet with students in real-time to deliver content, or offer a space for discussion. Keep in mind that during times of nationwide or international disruption to learning, many users may be attempting to engage with these tools simultaneously, which can cause challenges to the user experience. Having a back-up plan, such as using asynchronous tools, is recommended.

If you are teaching a course that currently has an online section, or that has been taught online previously, you may want to consider combining your face-to-face section with an existing online section. Alternatively, you may be able to leverage content from a current or previously offered online section by updating already-existing content.

Next steps
  • Inform your department head that you are choosing this option, and then communicate this choice to your students.
  • Student contact information, if needed, can be found in your Canvas course shell, which is already created for each course that you are offering this term.
  • You can email your students through the Inbox feature of Canvas.
  • You can also post course announcements as needed as another communication tool. It is recommended that you create a communication schedule for your students and share that schedule with them, along with any adjusted assignment dates, in a revised syllabus.
  • Upload important course documents to Canvas. Consider including documents such as your syllabus and course schedule, readings, assignments, and any other teaching materials that you want to share with students into Canvas.

To learn more about which Canvas tools might be a good fit for your course content and your students’ learning, visit this Get Started with Canvas resource. If you need teaching or pedagogical help, please contact Global Campus.

Low Tech/Email Correspondence

In courses that rely heavily on reading and writing, such as graduate-level courses, one option may be to engage in email correspondence with individual students to distribute readings and collect remaining assignments for the course. This option may be better for courses with lower enrollments, given the logistics and management of personal communication with individual students.

Next steps
  • Inform your department head that you are choosing this option, and then communicate this choice to your students.
  • Student contact information, if needed, can be found in your Canvas course shell, which is already created for each course that you are offering this term.
  • You can email your students through the Inbox feature of Canvas.
  • You can also post course announcements as needed as another communication tool. It is recommended that you create a communication schedule for your students and share that schedule with them, along with any adjusted assignment dates, in a revised syllabus.

Grade to Date

In this remote teaching option, you would review your course learning objectives and decide if students have submitted enough evidence of their learning that you can make a judgment call about their success in the course based on what they have already completed. In this situation, students would not be responsible for completing any additional assignments or attending any additional course meetings.

Next steps
  • Inform your department head that you are choosing this option, and then communicate this choice to your students.
  • Student contact information, if needed, can be found in your Canvas course shell, which is already created for each course that you are offering this term.
  • You can email your students through the Inbox feature of Canvas.
  • You can also post course announcements as needed as another communication tool.

Other Remote Teaching Options

If you think of another teaching option that is a better fit for your course or your students’ learning based on a disciplinary, accreditor, or another perspective, please discuss it with your department head.