Keep Teaching: Checklist for Temporary Remote Teaching

Keep Teaching Resources During Online Delivery

During the COVID-19 pandemic, most Western classes are not meeting face-to-face. The guidelines below are designed to help you and your students continue academic work.

This resource is intended for anyone with a teaching role at Western.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

ATUS, CIIA, OCE, and Western Libraries offer many learning opportunities throughout the year.  Please view the following resources below or look for email announcements sent at the beginning of each quarter.

KEY CONCERNS

  1. Class Recordings: Is a consent form needed?

  2. How do I keep my live class sessions in Zoom secure?

    • Set your Zoom meeting with “Only authenticated users can join” and select either:
      • Must be signed in with an @wwu.edu account - prompts users to login with their WWU account
      • Must be signed in with any Zoom account - prompts users to login with any Zoom account; good for when outside guests will be part of the session
    • Check your settings: Settings to Keep Your Zoom Session Secure
    • Limit personally identifiable information: How to Participate in Zoom Privately
  3. How can I improve my internet, home computer system, and home office?

  4. Are there any mid-point surveys I can use?

KEY CONSIDERATIONS

  1. Communicate intentions with students.

    • Let students how you will be delivering your course, how they can contact you, where to look for assignments, readings, and feedback, and how you will communicate with them.
    • Ask students to check their notification preferences.
    • Ask students if they have the appropriate technology to access your class.
      • Computer: Not all students will have regular access to a computer. Students and faculty who do not have access to a laptop may check one out for an extended loan period through ATUS Equipment Loan (request via online form).
      • Mobile Device: Considering many students will be using mobile devices, ensure your material is mobile-friendly via the Mobile App Design Course Evaluation Checklist.
      • Internet Connectivity: Students may be able to gain internet access on campus, in the dorms, at home, or a publicly available hotspot. Some internet service providers will be offering free and reduced internet for the next few months. 
    • Ask students if they have a situation that makes it difficult for them to participate at a distance or meet the class schedule.
  2. Get prepared technologically.

    When developing a class for online delivery, it will serve you and your students well to be experienced with the strategies and tools. Be sure to explore the resources and reach out to the ATUS, CIIA, and OCE instructional designers & technologists for assistance.

  3. Get prepared strategically.

Instructional Library Resources to Support Multiple Academic Literacies

Western Libraries offers a range of resources and services to support your teaching success. Have a question that is not listed below? Contact your Subject Team and we will help you find an answer to your question. For the latest access information, see: Fall 2021 Update - Western Libraries Building Hours

  •       Do you normally use print materials (e.g. books, journals) or other media (e.g. films) within your classes? We can gain access to online materials by purchasing online versions of books, licensing films, or providing access to book chapters. Contact your Subject Team and someone will reach out to assist as soon as possible.  
  •       Teaching synchronously (real-time) and interested in a workshop for your students? We can host a range of workshops via Zoom for you and your students. Our workshops range from enhancing one’s research and writing skills (e.g. Finding & Using Sources, Revising & Editing) to being a successful online learner (e.g. time management, test-taking, goal-setting). See: Research & Writing Workshop Series
  •      Teaching asynchronously and looking for ways to support and advance your research and writing assignments? The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio provides a number of videos and other tutorialsavailable online. We will continue to build on these resources during the next few weeks. Interested in a resource that is not currently available? Contact your Subject Team and we will work to locate or create a potential resource that would meet the needs of your class. 
  •       Looking for additional resources to help your students prepare for their research and writing or their math or science courses online? Share the Keep Learning page which highlights resources for students available from various areas including Western Libraries.  

Ask Us! FAQsAdditionally, you can search for and ask questions related to all Libraries services. You can find answers to common COVID-19-related questions here.

See also:

Learning Opportunities

Access/Recordings

Join self-enroll ATUS-CIIA Canvas course for descriptions, access links, and recordings. Workshops to be announced during fall term.

Testing Zoom

To test your ability to access Zoom and test your audio and video sources, try this test link any time: https://zoom.us/test For additional details, see Zoom's Testing Computer or Device Audio page.

Testing Internet Speed

To test your your internet connection speed click the GO button on this site: https://www.speedtest.net For additional details, see Zoom's Testing Computer or Device Audio page.