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Special Online Teaching Edition

 March 19, 2020

In This Issue

Testing Tips
Broadcasting Rooms
Getting Help

Copyright Guidance
Zoom and Canvas Guides
Just for Fun

 Testing Tips

  1. Allow OPEN BOOK (and see #12). 

  2. MAKE CHEATING IRRELEVANT by designing test items that are not multiple choice, true / false, etc. If you can, write items that require higher order thinking skills (such as short answer or essay questions). Check out these 101 Exam Writing Tips.

  3. REARRANGE your grading plan to eliminate exams. Could a project or a paper meet the objectives instead?

  4. Don’t forget to PROVIDE ACCOMMODATIONS for those students who need them. Contact the Office of Learning Resources for assistance.

  5. EMPHASIZE ACADEMIC INTEGRITY. You might consider having each student acknowledge that they have (re-read) the code in a separate Canvas assignment, in an email to you, or in a quick Google Form (be sure to save a copy of this form to your drive before sharing with students!)

  6. LIMIT AVAILABILITY of the exam so that it’s only “open” to students at a certain time. See the quiz options available in Canvas.

  7. Have SYNCHRONOUS EXAMS by using Zoom to record your students as they take the exam. (It goes without saying that student video would need to be on for this option.)

  8. Use QUESTION POOLS to randomly pick questions on a student’s exam. See the quiz options available in Canvas.

  9. RANDOMIZE ANSWERS for questions if you use multiple choice. See the quiz options available in Canvas.

  10. Make sure the FILES LINK in your Canvas course is not accessible to students. See how to manage course navigation.

  11. Have a TIME LIMIT on your questions - especially multiple choice. (We recommend 45-60 seconds per item.) See the quiz options available in Canvas.

  12. DISPLAY ONE QUESTION at a time. See the quiz options available in Canvas.

  13. DESIGNATE QUESTIONS AS ONE-TIME ONLY. In other words, do not allow students to go back and revisit questions. This is especially important if you put time restrictions on them in an open book exam as it requires them to decide what they do or do not know. It also helps students because they know exactly how much time remains on their exam. See the quiz options available in Canvas.

  14. WAIT TO SHARE ANSWERS until everyone has completed the exam.

Contributed by Richie Crim

Broadcasting Rooms

CTLT has two recording/broadcasting rooms available. Should you need a tech-friendly space to broadcast your course live or pre-record lecture material, we have the space for you.

Where are the rooms located?

The rooms (313 and 314) are located on the Winchester Campus, Smith Library, 3rd Floor.

What hours are they available?

Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm

How do I reserve a room?

Email with your request and we will reply to confirm. 

Getting Help

Stay tuned: more workshops coming soon! 

The Transformative Teaching & Learning team is teleworking. We are very much *here* to help as you continue your transition to online teaching. 

Please contact us over email, phone, Zoom, or Google Hangout. 

If you have questions about Canvas, contact George Hoffman: | (540) 665-4774 |

If you have questions about Zoom, Panopto, or Google Tools, contact Robin Brugger: | (540) 678-4494 |

If you have questions about teaching, assessment, or instructional design, contact Karrin Lukacs: | (540) 665-4698 |

If you are not sure where your question belongs, contact Hilary Sortor: | (540) 542-6537|

Outside of regular business hours, we will respond to you as soon as we can.

We appreciate your patience -- and all that you are doing to help students succeed!

 Copyright Guidance for Teaching Remotely

Do you have questions about fair use in remote teaching? See this statement from Library Copyright specialists from around the US for guidance. 

"This Statement is meant to provide clarity for U.S. colleges and universities about how copyright law applies to the many facets of remote teaching and research in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak."

Read the full statement here

Zoom and Canvas - Searchable Guides

Both Zoom and Canvas have detailed support pages. These are useful if you have a specific question in mind, in which case you can search the guide by key word. 

Zoom Help Center
Canvas Instructor Guide
Professor playing a guitar
Need a break? Watch Michael Bruening's
"I Will Survive, Coronavirus version for teachers going online"
Thanks to Mohammad Obeid and Anne Marchant for sharing!
Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology
(540) 542-6537
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