Resources for Online Instruction
ONLINE TEACHING IN THE TIME OF CORONA: HUMANIZING THE TECHNOLOGY
In the current unprecedented situation, the FLOAT Division is prepared and ready to ensure that teaching and learning at Community College of Philadelphia will continue with the least possible disruption. The main tools in our arsenal are the Canvas online learning system and Zoom video conferencing.
The FLOAT Division offers training on these tools to make the necessary transition as smooth as possible. Training is available to you through webinars and telephone and email contact. For information about training, go to COVID-19: Prepare to Teach Online , send an email to , or contact any member of the FLOAT division directly.
But beyond the essential training, equally important are the intangibles that you know best: how to connect with your students and create a positive and welcoming learning environment that transforms people’s lives. You will need to translate these qualities in unfamiliar and unconventional circumstances. Here are some useful guidelines:
Distill your teaching down to its most important components. What actually happens in your classroom? Lectures? Discussions? Assignments? Assessments? Make a list of the things you absolutely must do, and eliminate anything that is not essential. It won’t be “business as usual,” but you will be able to do what you need to do. We will teach you how to do these things in the electronic classroom.
Communicate! Your students are accustomed to seeing and interacting with you in the classroom. The electronic teaching tools will be new to some of your students as well as to you. Fortunately, Canvas and Zoom have multiple communication tools that let your students know that you are there for them, and that you will get through any challenges together. You can do whatever you need to do in your electronic classroom, but you must communicate it clearly, and maintain ongoing contact with your students. We will show you how.
Be compassionate. In times such as this, the human touch becomes even more important than ever. Some of us may be more severely impacted than others in our ability to teach or learn. We won’t be able to shake hands or give hugs, or even be in the same place at the same time. But no mere virus can diminish our ability to express our care and concern for each other. Beyond the academic essentials, you can build your compassionate presence into everything you do online with words of caring, support, and encouragement.
In a world that was already not lacking for challenges, we are now being tested by this health emergency. We are stronger than this disease. We will overcome it by remaining true to our mission. The FLOAT Division is by your side every step of the way.
The Online Teaching Survival Guide outlines the tools you need and when to use them.
Canvas Resources and Guides
Zoom: Video Conferencing, ScreenSharing
Zoom - Login Page (Click on Sign in then use your CCP login)
Setup Zoom in Canvas (How to make Zoom available in your Canvas course)
Automatically transcribe Cloud recordings - for accessibility
Privacy settings - how to manage your meetings to prevent disruptive users