Some thoughts from Educational Technology
So, the semester is now upon us and you find that you have a number of students that have chosen to be remote. How do you go about including them in class sessions? What if your room is not large enough to accommodate all the students in your class?
The most equitable way to run classes this Fall is to have a Teams meeting for every class session. This will allow remote students, whether on campus or not, to participate. Ideally, all students, even those present in the classroom, would be in the Teams meeting. In such a situation all students would be able to ask questions and participate in discussions and no students would be disadvantaged. You may choose to record these sessions so that students can review after class, but certainly do not have to record if sensitive discussions are being held.
Any other option we can imagine is not equitable to all students in the class. Certainly, you can record a class session without having a Teams meeting using one of the video cameras and make it available to remote students, but then they do not get to ask questions or participate in in-class discussions. You could record videos ahead of class and make them available to students and use the class session for discussion or collaborative work, but if there is no live Teams meeting then remote students again are disadvantaged.
Our understanding is that the expanding of the daily schedule should address most of the inequities associated with time zones, but we may need further thinking on how to most equitably involve such students.