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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Type of Learning
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.
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.
An audio, video, and screen capture tool that can be installed on a home computer to record short video segments (5 minutes or less).
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.
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.
Skype for Business
An IM tool that allows for video conferencing. Only available on Windows 10 VM.
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.
A quiz builder tool that enables faculty to build assessments in Word and easily upload into Canvas.
Online plagiarism tool incorporated into Canvas.
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:
Contact Sue Nugent in ISS at email@example.com for more information on how to incorporate existing content into Canvas modules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are not currently using Canvas for your classes, please contact Sue Nugent in ISS at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.