Option 4: Skip the Technology - Alternative Ways to Teach Remotely

 

Alternative Ways to Teach Remotely

Many courses do not use Canvas, UNTD’s Learning Management System or video components at all. If you are not sure the online environment meets you instructional needs or you are uncomfortable with the technical setup, this might be a good option, at least for the short-term.

 

Pedagogical Recommendations

  • Create and annotate your PowerPoints with notes and save as PDF and share this with students via email or print and send via US mail if needed. PDF is easier to access and read on mobile devices. Refer to How to Create Accessible Content.
  • Create transcripts of video or voice over presentations in Word and save as PDF and share this with students via email or print and send via US mail if needed. PDF is easier to access and read on mobile devices. Refer to How to Create Accessible Content.
  • Create text versions of lectures, assignment sheets, readings or documents and save as PDF and share this with students via email or print and send via US mail if needed. PDF is easier to access and read on mobile devices. Refer to How to Create Accessible Content.
  • Create class phone trees and allow students to partner up or work in groups. You could then schedule small, group phone calls to work with students and students could also us each other as class resources for information. This could be helpful for students that don’t have access to technology or internet. This could help to accommodate office hours.
  • Communicate with students via email or phone. Communicate with your students as soon as possible, informing them that changes are coming. Let them know what your expectations are for checking email, phone calls, etc. so you can get them more details when available.
  • Have students submit assignments via email. 
  • Share links to outside resources. Encourage students to watch videos, read articles, etc. Make use videos offer captioning and/transcripts for ADA/Accessibility requirements.

Also consider that students may not have access to a computer or internet and assignments may have to be delivered and/or submitted by US mail in extreme cases.

Accessibility Suggestions

Canvas has a built in Accessibility checker feature in the Rich Content Editor that will help you check that your content is accessible to student and to ensure that equal access and opportunity is provided to all student including those with diverse abilities to process information.

Office Hours

Set up virtual office hours to meet with students using your webcam, share your computer screen or collaborate using the whiteboard feature in Canvas Conference, Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

If you are more comfortable with web conferencing or students don’t have access to a computer or internet, you can also give students your phone number to call.