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Instructional Continuity Plan

Introduction

Lake Land College is closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and taking proactive measures to ensure the health of our students, faculty and staff. As such, all faculty and staff need to be prepared to move all coursework to an online environment by Monday, March 23rd.

Lake Land College has many resources available to help instructors develop and implement an online instructional plan. The following strategies and resources are designed to assist faculty throughout the transition from face-to-face courses to online delivery.

Faculty can receive training on the College’s Learning Management system Canvas and its features from ISS. The first session will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon, March 16, 2020 in LRC 060. This session will cover Canvas basics and address any questions instructors may have at that time.

We will update this page frequently, so please check back and if you have ideas, questions, resources, or considerations that are not included here, please e-mail Darci Cather – dcather@lakelandcollege.edu

Questions you may have:

1. How will I communicate with my students?

  • Announcements: Faculty can e-mail students via their roster in IRIS or the Hub.  Announcements can also be made in the announcement or messages functions within the Canvas Learning Management System. 
  • Lake Land College email: LLC email is the preferred manner of communication with students. Given that many students may or may not have participated in an online class before, you might find it helpful to provide students with netiquette or email guidelines specific to your course. This might include how you want subject lines to appear, titles of submitted documents, or even expected email response time. At the same time, remember to be cautious when handling confidential information. When teaching in an online environment, it is still best to communicate through the LMS as it provides students with a single point of contact for anything course related.
  • Canvas LMS: The College’s learning management system Canvas provides another mode of communication with students. Canvas messages is the recommended communication medium when dealing with any confidential information including student grades. Additionally, Canvas messages can be set up to forward to your regular email address so you can be notified when you have messages pending.
  • Canvas Teacher App: The College’s learning management system has a faculty app available for download.  This tool provides instructors some additional capabilities but it still not a 100% replacement for the desktop version.

2. How will I deliver my content to the students?

Canvas: Lake Land College’s course learning management system (Canvas) offers many resources to both faculty and students alike. Post materials that are imperative to student success in the learning management system (Canvas). This might include learning outcomes, syllabus, readings, lectures, assignments, assessments, etc. Canvas offers many advantages, as not only do many students already have a working familiarity with the system, but it also allows instructors to provide announcements, feedback, and even collaborative learning spaces. Lake Land College provides an Instructor Resources page where faculty can find the syllabus template, library resources, assessment resources, and request technical and software support, etc. Faculty can also access the FACULTY COMMONS from this site which contains many tutorials and guides to help instructors transition into an online environment. If you have not yet registered for the Faculty Commons, you will be prompted to do so using your Canvas user name and password, prior to entering the site as it is housed in Canvas. You may also access the Canvas Getting Started Guide.

Instructional Technology: In addition to the course learning management system, Lake Land College provides various resources and software that can support instruction. Consider your student population and accommodation needs with your use of tools. 

Tool

Description

Type of Learning

Camtasia

An audio, video, and screen capture recording tool that allows instructors to record longer segments. Tool also has the capability to create transcripts of the recording.

Asynchronous

Studio (Canvas Tool)

Incorporated into Canvas, this tool also allows for audio, video, and screen capture of longer segments. It also has the capability to create transcripts of the recording.

Asynchronous

Jing

An audio, video, and screen capture tool that can be installed on a home computer to record short video segments (5 minutes or less).

Asynchronous

Conferences (Canvas tool)

Video conferencing tool inside of Canvas that allows for live lecture (with screen sharing), demonstrations, or office hours. Does not have transcription capabilities.

Synchronous

Zoom

Video conferencing tool that will be integrated into Canvas in the next couple of weeks. Also, allows for live lecture with screen sharing, demonstrations, or office hours. Does not have transcription capabilities.

Synchronous

Skype for Business

An IM tool that allows for video conferencing. Only available on Windows 10 VM.

Synchronous

Conference Bridges

Audio conference call that enables students to call into one line for live chat, discussion, or advisement sessions. Will be available in the next couple weeks.

Synchronous

Respondus

A quiz builder tool that enables faculty to build assessments in Word and easily upload into Canvas.

N/A

Turnitin

Online plagiarism tool incorporated into Canvas.

N/A

 

As web cams are not currently available through the College’s VM, the College will have a limited number of laptops available for faculty use. Please contact your division chair if you plan on incorporating video conferencing into your courses and would need a laptop.

Library Resources: The Lake Land College Library has online pages already created in Canvas that can be linked into your existing course and serve as one more resource for your students. These modules include:

  1. Front Page of Module: College Success: How to Use the Library
  2. Lesson 1: Introduction to the Library Website & Summon (also includes Journals A to Z and the MLA & APA Help page)
  3. Lesson 2: Dive into Specific Databases (Gale Ebooks, ProQuest One Academic, Opposing Viewpoints and more)
  4. Lesson 3: Search the SHARE Catalog to find print books, DVDs and more (includes how to get a library card)

Contact Sue Nugent in ISS at snugent@lakelandcollege.edu for more information on how to incorporate existing content into Canvas modules.

3. How will I have my students complete the necessary learning objectives and learning activities?

Discussions: Students can continue to engage in the discourses they might otherwise have had in a traditional classroom setting through the discussion board option in Canvas. Through discussion boards, students can respond to their peers, collaborate to brainstorm and share ideas, and/or engage with various assigned texts.

Assignments: Assignments can easily be submitted through Canvas. Instructors have the ability to set availability periods and due dates for assignments. In the same manner, assignments can be assigned to all students or select groups of students. Additionally, faculty are notified when students have submitted assignments through a convenient “to do” panel that appears on the right hand side of the screen.

  • When creating your assignments, remember that students may not have access to specialized software or even internet at home. Thus, try to keep to software most students would have at home.
  • Also, communicate due dates for the materials, and in case of unexpected circumstances. Be flexible about late submissions.
  • Provide clear expectations for students about the assignment. The assignment option within Canvas allows you to create detailed instructions regarding your assignment and allows you to include a rubric as well if desired.

Lecture and Demonstrations: If you prefer to work out problems or demonstrate a key concept or skill being performed, you may record video and post it on the course site. Consider using video capture tools such as Camtasia, Jing, or the Studio feature in Canvas to record short video segments. Each of these are designed for asynchronous presentations.  If you prefer to do a synchronous presentation with your students, another great option is the Conference feature in Canvas. This will allow students to join your session and you may lecture and share your screen to walk students through the material. Also, be conscious of the length of the video, chunking them into shorter segments not only for the student’s sake but also your own. The ability to create video/audio is also available through 99% of cell phones and using Studio to put it in Canvas.

Peer Review Exercises/Group Projects: Many courses often encompass collaborative assignments such as peer review or group projects. Moving to an online environment will still allow for students to participate in such collaborative exercises. As you incorporate these activities into your online class, you may want to consider using the groups feature in Canvas which allows for the instructor to assign students into groups or for students to self-group to complete discussion boards, assignments, etc.

Lab-based classes and field work: Transitioning labs to an online format in many cases poses significant or impossible challenges. The fluid nature of the timing and length of any future closure also makes it difficult to plan accordingly. Therefore in order to minimize the time and effort of transitioning to an online teaching format, it is best we begin to prepare for those aspects that are easier to accomplish.

  1. Provide lecture material and notes through Canvas
  2. Prioritize importance of essential labs in your course.
  3. Inform and work with your DC on course specific requirements
  4. Decide which ones can be transitioned with available online resources e.g. OER, virtual labs, free publisher resources, worksheets analyzing given data and results etc.
  5. For those labs that cannot be delivered in any online format, spend initial class periods before closure completing the data collection or experiments
  6. For the labs that can be transitioned online, create assignments in Canvas and consider setting them as group assignments to replicate the class lab groups.
  7. A repository of online virtual labs can be found below to help. It is by no means comprehensive and many sites vary in quality. Instructors may have curate what is potentially useful and can be integrated into the course. A long term closure will most certainly lead to the need and use of online resources for labs.
  8. STEM OER Resources:
    1. Libretext for all STEM disciplines
    2. https://www.oercommons.org/
  1. Simulations for STEM
  2. http://chemcollective.org/home
  3. https://www.zygotebody.com/
  1. https://commons.und.edu/oers/

Alternative Approaches: Many instructors choose to supplement with alternative methods in traditional classes and many of these methods can also be incorporated into an online medium. For instance, if you already have instructional videos published on YouTube, these can simply link to the course page in Canvas without having to be re-recorded. Additionally, many instructors use a Twitter account and ask students to follow it, posting announcements or topics for students to discuss. Other approaches might include Google docs, Padlet, blogs, wikis, Poll anywhere, etc.

In moving to an online environment, again be conscious of your own time and constraints. If you are already using a particular medium and are familiar with it, it is possible to incorporate that format into the online environment. However, if you are not familiar with these various approaches, it may be a challenge to learn and incorporate additional approaches. Concentrate on employing online tools and solutions familiar to both you and your students.

4. How will I assess student learning?

Essays – For writing and other courses, essays can be moved to the online format and created either through the Assignment feature in Canvas or the Turnitin tool. Turnitin is an online plagiarism checker already incorporated into Canvas.

Exams – These can be particularly challenging when teaching in an online environment as the online environment will not allow for faculty to monitor an exam as they would in a traditional class. When designing your exams, consider the following strategies in order to maintain the integrity of the exam. For more information on how to maintain the integrity of exams and reduce information, see the Tips for Dealing with Cheating and Plagiarism page inside of the Faculty Commons.

  • Question Banks – Consider using question banks as they can shuffle questions and assign different questions to different students.
  • Open books/open notes – While traditional exams might not be open books or notes, when teaching online you will need to assume that they are. Consider how you might ask application or evaluation questions in order to move students to a deeper level of understanding.
  • Timed exams – Consider placing a time limit on exams similar to what you might in a traditional course. Similarly to a traditional class, time limits can help maintain the integrity of the assessment. If timing an exam, clearly communicate the length of the exam in advance to the students. At the same time, be conscious of time restrictions on students who may need accommodations. Faculty may find additional information and resources on the College’s Student Accommodations Faculty Resources
  • Consider your own time – as you move to the online environment, be conscious of your own time constraints in building out a class and in the type of assessments you are assigning. While timely student feedback is incredibly helpful for students, recognize your own constraints given your situation. Another option in providing feedback is to provide group feedback if you recognize common areas of improvement.

5. How will I continue to hold my office hours?

Office hours can also be moved online through tools such as the Conference feature in Canvas, Zoom, or an online video calling platform such as Skype.

6. What if I am not currently using Canvas?

If you are not currently using Canvas for your classes, please contact Sue Nugent in ISS at snugent@lakelandcollege.edu. The College already has a standard shell prepared that could be copied over into your course. Additionally, ISS can provide training and the support you need in order to successfully transition into the online environment. Each division will also have an identified instructor(s) who is available to answer additional questions about Canvas as you work through this process.

7. What if students do not have a computer at home? Are there other options for students?

View Portal: ALL students have access to their VM from anywhere they happen to be with whatever device they might own. Lake Land College’s View Portal provides instructions on how to connect remotely.

Canvas Student App: – The College’s learning management system Canvas has a student app available for download. While the mobile app will be challenging in terms simply in terms of screen size, it does allow much of the functionality the Canvas desktop version provides, allowing students to complete discussions, read or listen to lectures, send emails, and print documents. While the app is incredibly convenient of continuing engagement and connection, students must still submit assignments and take assessment through the traditional Canvas desktop version.

Chromebooks – LLC has a limited number of Chromebooks that will be made available to students that don’t have a computer available in any form at home. 

8. What if students do not have internet at home?

Lake Land College Library: All Lake Land College resources are currently available for students at this time. Students may come in to the campus to utilize a computer.

Community Resources: In the event, the College would completely close students should be encouraged to take advantage of community resources such as the local library if they need to access the internet.

Local Hotspots/WI-FI: While not ideal, students can also take advantage of the many local hotspots and free Wi-Fi available at many of the local restaurants, coffee shops, etc.

 

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