Resources to help.
Do you have to transition to online/virtual/synchronous class over the weekend? The first thing is don’t panic. The LMS (Learning Management System) you are working with usually has recognizable features. Take about 30 minutes and look over the platform. Find where to add Unit headings or modules. Explore the different options for building pages in your unit. You can add pages, discussions, assessments, and upload files. Find the email box and help button. All LMS systems have tutorials that will be helpful to you as you find your way around.
Next, get out a blank sheet of paper and think about your first week. Give time for conversation and setting ground rules for your new classroom setting. You might take a walk through the syllabus together and discuss how grading works, walk through content objectives, and even discuss classroom etiquette. These conversations are even more important because they set the tone for your virtual setting and can help you avoid headaches later,
Try to avoid simply uploading a ton of material in a module. Virtual learning can be very overwhelming for students if they feel like there is no direction through the material. You would never allow students to poke through your filing cabinet so why set up your course like an open drawer. Make sure there is a navigation path. Think of it like a game board. Set it up logically and make sure there are clear directions about what to do and what’s expected.
Here are a few generic titles for your first week of transition.
Welcome page – Home page – Try shooting a short welcome video for students. Use the MLL template to write your script.
How to make a Micro-Learning Lecture using Zoom or Teams
Write your script.
Set up a live meeting for just you.
Change your background and/or share your screen.
Record the meeting.
Read your script. (Pretend not to read your script)
Save and post the mp4. (Post on a page or in an announcement)
Do not let your mindset stand in the way of your product.
"Start with what you want to do
and then search out the perfect tool to support you." JL
Other Resources you may like:
FREE Super cool images and videos. - www.pixabay.com
FREE Great site for editing groovy images – www.Picmonkey.com
Responsive teleprompter app. - www.promptsmart.com
Audio that’s not cheesy - www.audioblocks.com
Zoom.us – Check out resources that will answer your questions.
Here's a "don't panic" video I made.
Try making a short "Don't Panic" video to send with as an announcement before your first session. In a calm and reassuring tone explain the situation to students. Include what to bring to the session and remind them that all's well.
Arnie Stewart was 59 years old before he learned to read and write. Improving his literacy level changed his entire life. For 6 years, we visited over 79 audiences speaking about the importance of asking for help. We handed out these Arnie Cards to students reminding them to never be afraid to ask for help. I am posting this card here for you to use with students.
Tell them the story of Arnie and Say, "Post this card in the chat, send this card as a message. When I see this, I will know you need help and I will be there for you."