Technology Tips for Incorporating Remote Students in Face-to-Face (F2F) Class

Fall 2020 is anticipated to present challenges and opportunities.  At some point, faculty teaching classes on campus may find themselves in a position to need to facilitate incorporating students to participate remotely, perhaps with short notice.   In doing so, replicating the classroom environment may be tricky but integrating students intentionally and effectively is definitely possible! Get students involved in taking responsibility for their shared learning environments.  Faculty can't do it all. There are going to be new things coming at all of us and we will have to work together.  Asking students to take roles to support the learning environment can promote agency in their learning.  
 
Below are some tips that the Digital Learning Team has assembled to offer strategies to leverage our technology resources.  As our learning community navigates the semester, this list will grow; faculty are encouraged to share their tips as well.  
 
What are the general considerations, tools, and tips to help manage students in multiple locations?
  • Ask/Assign students to assist with class management.  Students can take turns:
    • monitoring the Zoom or Canvas chat for remote contributions
    • watching for "raised hands" in Zoom
    • process watcher for audio or visual needs - are you or other students forgetting to step up to the webcam? A student could be assigned to advocate for these needs, since we know we might all slip! See audio and webcam connection tips. 
    • bringing a remote student to the face-to-face class by opening up Zoom on their laptop and placing it nearby
  • Portable tabletop tripods and stands are available for borrowing from the Help Desk - you may find you prefer to have a remote student on-screen via a mobile device. 
  • Zoom in the face-to-face classroom can be done however, multiple students in the same room in the same meetings can cause microphones and sound to interfere with each other. Consider utilizing additional space, or asking students to bring headphones with built-in microphones.
  • Designate a space for students to ask questions between sessions that can be addressed in later videos/zoom sessions/office hours.  Canvas and Box Notes are both great for this purpose.
How do I share physical and digital resources with students?
How do I facilitate participation for all students?
  • Utilize the webcam mic to capture student participation - depending upon room and class size, face-to-face students may need to be advised to approach webcam mic to contribute to discussion; all assigned classrooms will have webcams; developing a routine of repeating back all student questions can also help
  • Multiple chat options are available. Both Zoom and Canvas have chat tools; Zoom's also has a "hand-raising" feature.  Consider delegating one or more students to monitor these features in a hybrid setting.
  • Consider synchronous note taking Box Notes for quick collaboration among multiple participants is a great example.  
  • Box Notes could be launched daily to encourage student contributions - recommend asking students to put their first name in parenthesis to indicate accountability
How do I conduct assessments and check student understanding in the hybrid environment?
  • Use a polling/assessment tool such as Canvas quizzes or Baseline SRS to do a mid-class check-in; probably even more important to do "muddiest point" at close of each class or something similar
  • Consider using Box Notes or chat features (Zoom, Canvas) for opening engagement questions or closing KWL checks on understanding.  
  • Setup a Box folder or a space in Canvas (built in recording functionality)  where students can upload quick responses to unit objectives - depending on technology available, these could be typed, audio (recorded with phones or Audacity), or video (Zoom, QuickTime) based.  
What are the general considerations, tools, and tips to help manage students in multiple locations?
  • Ask/Assign students to assist with class management.  Students can take turns:
    • monitoring the Zoom or Canvas chat for remote contributions
    • watching for "raised hands" in Zoom
    • process watcher for audio or visual needs - are you or other students forgetting to step up to the webcam microphone?  A student could be assigned to advocate for these needs, since we know we might all slip! See audio and webcam connection tips. 
    • bringing a remote student to the F2F class by opening up Zoom on their laptop and placing it nearby
  • Portable tabletop tripods and stands are available for borrowing from the Help Desk - you may find you prefer to have a remote student on-screen via a mobile device. 
  • Zoom in the face-to-face classroom can be done however, multiple students in the same room in the same meetings can cause microphones and sound to interfere with each other. Consider utilizing additional space, or asking students to bring headphones with built-in microphones.
  • Designate a space for students to ask questions between sessions that can be addressed in later videos/zoom sessions/office hours.  Canvas and Box Notes are both great for this purpose.

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Thu 8/6/20 1:44 PM
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