Remote Learning

Rhodes College Guidelines for Remote Learning

Rhodes College Information Services and Instructional Technology team can provide resources for remote connectivity when classes must be held online. Your primary contact for these services and assistance is Lance Kimbrell, our Manager of Instructional Technology at kimbrell@rhodes.edu.

Live Classroom Sessions
Use videoconferencing to hold classes online or host online office hours.

Tools

  • Zoom 
    • Login with Rhodes credentials. If you don’t have the Zoom app installed, you will be prompted to install it to your computer.
    • Open the Zoom app and click Sign In, the click Sign In with SSO (Single Sign-on)
    • All Rhodes faculty, staff, and students have a Zoom licensed Pro account. You can each conduct sessions of unlimited duration with up to 300 people.
    • Click the green Share to share your desktop with your students.
    • Click the Record to record the live session to your computer and later post it to Moodle or Box for repeated viewing.
  • Microsoft Teams 
    • An alternate or backup for Zoom - similar conferencing and chatting tool available with Office 365.

Best Practices

  • Review the archived Faculty Development “Teach and Tech” session on using Zoom
  • Practice using Zoom on your own, with a faculty colleague or with a staff member before there is an urgent need to teach remotely. 
  • Be sure to email the Zoom URL to your students (generally in this format: https://rhodes.zoom.us/j/12345678)
  • Conduct a quick roll call once students have joined the meeting to a) verify who is attending and b) confirm that everyone can hear you and each other.
  • Allow for students to decline the use of their video, which will help to lessen technical requirements and improve bandwidth usage for your session.
  • For faculty members who want to appear on video but do not have built-in cameras in their computers/laptops, Rhodes Information Services has a limited number of videoconferencing cameras for loan. Please contact us at help@rhodes.edu
  • Learn more about scheduling meetings in Zoom
     

Virtual Labs
Connect to campus software and library databases, as if you were on campus, with access to these virtual desktops:

Tools 

  • General Use pool
  • Math, Programming, and Chemistry pool
  • Statistics pool
     

Recorded Lessons/Lectures

Tools

  • Zoom 
    • Use Zoom to record yourself and use screensharing to show/capture content
    • The recorded file is saved locally as .MP4 and can later be uploaded to a Moodle course or to Rhodes Box 

Best Practices

  • Email an announcement of expectations for watching and responding to the lecture.
  • Accompany segments with questions or prompts to be submitted as assignment or on a discussion board.
  • NOTE: While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that all videos and audio recordings on publicly available websites must be captioned and/or have a transcript, it is not required for private access on Moodle or Box. However, best practice would be for all college distributed content to be accessible with transcripts or captioning, especially since persons with accessibility needs are not always registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Please work with Melissa Butler for further details (butlerm@rhodes.edu )
     

Assignments and Assessments

Tools               

  • Moodle: Add an Assignment
    • On your course page, click Turn editing on (green pencil icon, top right).
    • Locate the Section where you want to add the assignment.
    • At the bottom-right of the Section, select + Add an activity or resource.
    • In the Activity Chooser, select Assignment and select Add.
    • Configure the assignment options.
  • Moodle: Build a Quiz 
  • Zoom – use Zoom for oral assessments
  • Box – to distribute PDF assessments

Best Practices

  • Email an announcement to students with assignment or quiz requirements.
  • Offer more than usual amounts of explanation and examples to be sure guidelines are clear.
  • Offer email as a backup for assignment submission.

Discussions

Replace a face-to-face class discussion with Moodle forum or blog options. This is an effective way to keep students on track and engaged with each other when classes need to be missed. These discussions add variety to class interaction and may bring out students who aren’t always as active in live face-to-face discussions.

Tools         

 

Best Practices

  • Email an announcement to students with expectations and resources needed to participate in the discussion.
  • Assign open-ended questions or prompts (offer options if a large class so the same topic isn’t covered ad nauseam)
  • Post clear guidelines and expectations for length and quality of initial responses and replies.
  • Give two due dates: 1) Initial Response & 2) Replies to classmates
  • Give a timeframe for the asynchronous discussion (between 2-4 days)
  • Participate in the discussion with probing questions and additional resources.
  • Write a summative post at the close of the discussion to highlight the class consensus and follow-up on muddy areas.

Campus Phones
Forward your desk phone calls to other numbers:

  1. Login to RingCentral online at https://login.ringcentral.com then click Single Sign-On to login with your Rhodes ID
  2. NOTE: On the Mac, do not use Safari. 
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Call Handling and Forwarding. 
  5. Download Ring Central app to answer calls on your mobile device.
  6. To learn more: https://support.ringcentral.com/s/article/9758?language=en_US 

Recommendations from the Chronicle of Higher Education

“Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and What to Start”

  1. Begin by going over your course assignments for the coming weeks.
  2. How will you give feedback on students’ progress?
  3. Then, move on to the in-classes experience online.
  4. Decide what to do about any high-stakes assessments/exams.
  5. Consider your course content – does some of it exist in other places digitally already?

Web Resources from Other Universities

Duke University “Keeping a Class Going During Emergencies”

New York Institute of Technology “Keep Teaching” site

University of Delaware – Course Continuity

Indiana University “Keep Teaching”