Teaching Remotely During the Summer

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As you begin the process of planning your summer course, please refer to the general recommendations below to guide your course conversion.  

1. Focus on selecting two to three online tools/activities in your online course that align with your learning goals and support engaged student learning. 
You do not have to create a blockbuster film to offer students an engaging online experience. 

2. Seek to foster community among your learners. 500 Internal Server Error

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Building Online Community of Inquiry

3. Communicate with your students early and often. Consider posting an introductory course video, a brief personal introduction and using the Blackboard “Announcements” feature to alert students of upcoming assignments and deadlines. We also recommend that you consider setting aside time each week for virtual “Zoom” office hours with students to connect with you personally on questions and concerns related to your course and/or to receive feedback on their performance.

Note. If live sessions are an integral part of your course, you are required to make key instructional materials available to students if they cannot participate in live online sessions. This may include:
- Recorded Zoom/Blackboard Collaborate sessions
- Recorded video with summary of key information/concepts
- Comprehensive slides/handouts
- Instructional materials to supplement the above

Consultations and Trainings  

VITAL: Team members are available via email at vitalinfo@villanova.edu or through consultation via Zoom to schedule a date/time for a consultation as you plan your summer course offering. Consultations will focus on organizing course materials for online delivery and converting in-person learning activities and assessments into an online modality in support of student learning online.  Faculty will provide course syllabus and materials to help prepare for the course conversion. Please contact VITAL ideally by April 24th for course conversion assistance. VITAL staff are available for support during the summer. 

UNIT’s Instructional Technologies Division: Team members are available for individual consultation and training. Please email support@villanova.edu or visit this website for the contact for your college. Individuals can assist with translating your course ideas into the Learning Management System (LMS), building specific activities in the LMS (i.e. discussion boards and assessments) as well as providing specific training on various applications. Please note that Blackboard course templates are also available for use as a foundation in building your course – email support@villanova.edu to have one copied into your course shell. The UNIT team is available for assistance throughout the summer.

Training Sessions: We will offer many helpful programs scheduled over the next few weeks, including general workshops on teaching online and using online technology as well as workshops on specific topics such as creating and conducting exams in an online environment.  We encourage you to attend.

Preparing for Remote Summer Teaching: Virtual Program Series