Identifying needed Technology
What works for your teaching style and needs may not be the answer for everyone, but great news we live in an era where technology is available to fit most needs. So here is where you take a minute to figure out what would work best for you and don’t be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS.
Technology to think about:
- A Stable Internet Connection
- Computer (Desktop or Laptop)
- Mobile Devices (Not recommended for Teams Meetings)
- Stylus/Digital Pen
- Camera (detachable webcam or video camera)
- CD/DVD Drive
- Software (Sound editing, Video editing, Microsoft 365, Moodle, Skype,….)
- A Cloud Account (Google Drive or OneDrive)
- Microphone/Headphones (USB all-in-ones are preferred)
- Speakers (Not necessary, but recommended if you plan on moving around and using a wireless Microphone)
- The List Can Be Endless
Technology is an essential part of taking your classroom teaching to a virtual setting, but as Faculty and Staff you are a vital part to the virtual learning experience and success.
Standards and a Plan
By setting standards for yourself you ensure a good building block for those hoping to learn and participate in the discussion. The goal is to empower not only yourself, but those looking to you for guidance. Everyone should feel like they are included and engaged in every aspect of their education.
Steps to Take:
- Make an educational plan/goal for the course
- Give a timetable (leave room for flexibility)
- Provide safe and appropriate areas for communication
- List Clear Expectations
- Define Values and Standards
- Be willing to learn with your students
- Give yourself time to learn the technology and reach out with uncertainties
- Not everyone has access to the same technology or internet access as you
- Skill levels may vary (be understanding of those who express limitations)
- Always reevaluate your goals (keep the courses actual pace in mind)
- Remember Virtual Platforms can update overnight – be flexible with yourselves and your students
Find what works for you and then share that knowledge, because chances are your solution is the answer to someone else question.
Keep in mind that Virtual Learning is a necessary challenge that we all face in the current global climate. With the goal to ensure everyone’s equal access to the same high standards of education already set forth.
Virtual Outreach through the College
The College’s main focus for virtual outreach is through Moodle and Microsoft’s Teams. We encourage you to explore both and become familiar with their settings and available services. Both provide the users with unique and useful ways to interact with students. We also encourage the use of Teams as a platform for interaction among colleagues during this time and beyond.
Information and Educational Technology Documentation
- COVID-19 Recommendations
- Tips for Moving Instruction Online
- Guide to Working Remotely
- Teaching Software
- Teams Information