Online Teaching Toolkit

CETL Online Teaching Toolkit

The CETL Online Teaching Toolkit is intended to aid faculty in transitioning in-residence class sessions to an online setting. While inclement weather, health concerns, or conference travel can cause faculty to cancel a class session, it is helpful to also plan for a situation in which faculty may be absent or the campus is closed for an elongated period and instruction needs to continue as smoothly as possible.

Doing so effectively involves more than simply posting materials online. There are several ways to keep learning active and encourage student engagement. You likely already use several of the strategies described, especially if you teach online.

Resources and tips for utilizing our learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L), can be found on the Distance Learning office's D2L Tutorials Page and Brightspace's D2L Essentials Page, and he HR Professional and Organizational Development Resources for Working from Home provides additional strategies and suggestions.

The CETL Online Teaching Toolkit includes the resources below: discussion forums, instructional pages, and synchronous online workshops. Navigate by by clicking the links directly below or from the Online Teaching Toolkit tab near the top of the site.

Note on Qualifications for Teaching Fall 2020 Online

For faculty seeking training in online teaching to be qualified, per the MOA, to teach Fall 2020 online, the training to complete is the upcoming Quality Matters (QM) 2-part training. ECC will pay for the cost of this training for any faculty needing it to qualify for online teaching. The QM trainings are likely to start mid-July. Distance Learning will send dates and registration information when dates are confirmed.

The resources in the CETL Online Toolkit are intended to support faculty with guidance and suggestions. Faculty seeking training for qualifications should complete the Quality Matters training.

*NOTE: For information on preventing unwanted participants in a Zoom session, see the Holding Real-Time Virtual Classes page.

ECC Faculty Questions & Suggestions

An online forum to post questions and to share practices you're using and resources you've found

A set of Frequently Asked Questions on the Fall 2020 campus re-opening plan

An archive of emails sent to faculty from the Vice President of TLSD

Strategies for designing an online course

Suggestions for communicating remotely

Technology information and suggestions for recording content

Information on technology platforms and practices for live online sessions

Tips for creating online discussions

Resources for collecting and grading assignments

Approaches to Holding Office Hours Online

Tips for writing texA collection of announcements from ECC student support offices and links to external resourcestual instructions

Videos created by ECC faculty to show teaching approaches, using technology, that they've had success with

NOTE: While online and hybrid courses may be familiar to you and to your students, switching to remote and online teaching due to campus closures is likely to create uncertainty for you as a teacher and for your students. As with regularly scheduled teaching, it’s important to try things out, acknowledge challenges, and continue to communicate with your students and with your colleagues.

If you have questions or would like additional resources, please contact Tyler Roeger, Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, at troeger@elgin.edu, or Tim Moore, Associate Dean for Instructional Improvement & Distance Learning, at tmoore@elgin.edu.

Past Workshops Materials and Recordings

Opening Day Fall 2020 TLSD Meeting

Designing for Accessibility

Facilitators: Pietrina Probst (Student Disability Services) and Tammy Ray (Distance Learning & Instructional Support) Maximizing the accessibility of course materials for all students should be a priority of all classes and becomes especially important when content is delivered online. This session will demonstrate practical steps to creating or revising electronic course materials to benefit all learners.
Webinar slides

Gathering and Responding to Student Feedback

Facilitator: Tyler Roeger (CETL), Gathering student feedback during a course is an important way to assess student experience and forefront students in the learning process. This session will focus on ways to methodically solicit and incorporate student feedback throughout a course.
Webinar slides

Leading Synchronous Online Class Lessons

Facilitators: Alison Douglas (English) and Colleen Stribling (English as a Second Language) This session will discuss strategies for designing and leading and facilitating synchronous online class sessions. The session will detail strategic approaches that might be used on any online platform and will explore particular features of using Zoom.
Webinar recording available here.

Library Support for Students and Faculty in These Times

Facilitator: Elizabeth Hultzman (Library) Description: This session will detail how the library and its services are operating fall 2020 and provide information on how the library can support online instruction and remain a consistent learning resource this fall. Come to learn about how the library can support faculty and students and bring any questions you have
Webinar slides

Preventing Cheating Through Assignment and Grade Design

Facilitators: Abby Bailey (Math) and Kellen Bolt (English) Maintaining academic integrity can be a major concern in teaching and can be exacerbated in online learning. This workshop will detail approaches to design (or redesigning) assignments and approaches to grading to prevent cheating.
Example Academic Integrity Policy StatementPreventing Cheating Cheat SheetSample Essay Prompt

CETL Summer 2020 Workshops

Creating Engaging Recorded Lectures- July 8

Facilitators: Chasity Gunn (English); Dan Kernler (Math)
Recording short lectures is one way to provide instruction in online courses. This synchronous workshop will feature suggestions for design lectures with student engagement in mind and will demonstrate some tools for recording audio or video go along with slides. Whether you are very confident with recording lectures already or are brand new to it, you are invited to participate.
Webinar recording available here. Note that the recording begins a few minutes into the workshop.
Webinar Slides.

Facilitating Asynchronous Active Learning- July 16

Facilitators: Ryan Kerr (English); Angelika Stachnik (Medical Imaging)
This synchronous workshop will focus on approaches to creating and facilitating asynchronous online discussions and supporting students in other asynchronous collaborative work. The goal is for all faculty in attendance to leave the session with ideas for facilitating discussion and the knowledge behind the types of discussions to use in different contexts.
A link to join this online session via Zoom will be sent to everyone registered prior to the session. The session will be recorded and made available to everyone at ECC via the CETL site following the initial date.
Webinar recording available here.
Webinar Slides.

Academic Integrity: Preventing and Responding to Cheating- July 22

Facilitators: Abby Bailey (Math); Kellen Bolt (English); John Long (Student Success & Judicial Affairs); Tyler Roeger (CETL)
Maintaining academic integrity can be a major concern in teaching and can be exacerbated in online teaching. This synchronous workshop focuses on ways to design or redesign assignments to prevent plagiarism and cheating. By considering the most common reasons that students cheat as well as assignment design rather than monitoring technology, this workshop takes a preventative and holistic approach. We will discuss assignment design approaches for various disciplines with the goal of all faculty leaving with ideas for how to design or redesign their own assignments.
A link to join this online session via Zoom will be sent to everyone registered prior to the session. The session will be recorded and made available to everyone at ECC via the CETL site following the initial date.
Webinar recording available here.
Webinar Slides.

Leading Synchronous Online Lessons- July 29

Facilitators: Tyler Roeger (CETL); Colleen Stribling (English as a Second Language)
This synchronous workshop will discuss strategies for leading and facilitating synchronous class sessions. The session will detail strategic approaches that might be used on any online platform and will detail particular technical features of using Zoom.
A link to join this online session via Zoom will be sent to everyone registered prior to the session. The session will be recorded and made available to everyone at ECC via the CETL site following the initial date.
Webinar recording available here.
Webinar slides.

ePortfolios as a Teaching Tool- August 5

Facilitators: Laurie Roberts (Career Services); Tyler Roeger (CETL)
Electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) are an approach to designing and collecting assignments that, among other benefits, encourages student self-reflection and emphasizes employability. This synchronous workshop will explore several of the benefits of using ePortfolios for any discipline or course level and will feature a panel of faculty who will discuss and show their experience with using ePortfolios in their courses and programs.
A link to join this online session via Zoom will be sent to everyone registered prior to the session. The session will be recorded and made available to everyone at ECC via the CETL site following the initial date.
Webinar slides.

Registering for Workshops

To register for CETL workshops, go to the accessECC Portal, and on the "Self-Service Menu" box, select "Continuing Ed Registration" -> "Continuing Ed Registration" -> "Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes." In the "Course Code Number" box, enter the specific course code provided in the semester CETL booklet or search "CFD" to bring up all courses. Select the workshops you'd like to register for and click "Submit." From there, follow the commands to finish registering. All courses are free of charge.

For joining synchronous workshops via Zoom, registered participants will receive information the day before the workshop. Space is limited, so all synchronous workshops will be recorded and recordings will be posted to this site.

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