Online Teaching & Other Resources

Resources for Online Teaching & Learning

Resources for online teaching: https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/resources-for-just-in-time-online-teaching/ 

Free projects and resources for teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Price-Range/Free. You can filter the resources by subject, including arts and music, learning level, etc.

List of companies offering free educational resources: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/. Resources’ subject categories, appropriate age ranges, and links are included.

Arts Education Partnership list of resources in the time of COVID-19: https://www.aep-arts.org/covid-19-resources/

Common Field has compiled a list for COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field. Some of these include teaching resources and other helpful tools and information for those in the arts field.

Additional extensive ongoing list of various COVID-19 related resources by a Drexel Psychology graduate student: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E-N2X7vGnWlOzkQdcu-ilkoqwjmHKyro77bEpCIOG6g/mobilebasic 

Tips for Using Zoom

For generalized Zoom support, including tutorials and videos, visit support.zoom.us

For extra support during COVID-19: https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/covid19.html 

Tips for online teaching

How to take attendance

  1. Sign into https://zoom.us/  
  2. Select Reports
  3. Click the Usage Report for a list of participants and minutes

(For Outlook 365 users) Enabling the Zoom for Outlook 365 Plugin in order to schedule meetings in Outlook: 

  1. Log in to your Outlook 365 account.
  2. Navigate to your Calendar and click the “New Event” button in the top left of the “New Event” page.
  3. Click the “…” button in the top right of the page
  4. Select “Get Add-ins”
  5. A Microsoft Add-ins window will open, select “Zoom” and install the add-in
  6. After it has installed a Zoom icon will appear in the top right of your calendar window, allowing for Zoom meetings to be scheduled in your Outlook 365.

How many people can join a Drexel Zoom Meeting?

  • Free account: Up to 100 participants. However, there is a 40-minute time limit for meetings with 3 or more participants.
  • See more details about what a free account includes: https://zoom.us/pricing 

Best Practices for Running a Successful Zoom Meeting

To run a successful virtual session, you should have: 

  • A desktop or laptop computer, a tablet or notebook or a cell phone
  • A reliable wired or wireless internet connection (cellular data not recommended) 
  • Webcam and microphone (if you intend to use both audio and video) 
  • A quiet room with a door you can close to reduce background noise 
  • A well-lit space with the light on your face, not behind your back
  • A headset, headphones or earbuds with a mic built-in so your audience can hear you clearly

Pedagogical Recommendations for Zoom

From a detailed Google doc, written by Jenae Cohn and Beth Seltzer — both academic-tech specialists at Stanford University.

  • Use slides and screen sharing within Zoom to make sure discussion questions are visible to students who may have a slow Internet connection or who may struggle to hear the audio for the initial question. (Look for “Share Screen” at the bottom of your Zoom call.)
    • On your first slide, display an agenda at the start of the class session so that students know what to expect of the shared time together.
  • Use the chat (bottom of your screen). See In-Meeting Chat.
    • Moderate discussion, i.e., “call on” a student with a comment to speak, to help them break into the conversation. 
    • You might use the chat to troubleshoot technical problems. For example, if a student is having trouble connecting via audio or video, the chat might be a space for you as the instructor or for fellow students to work together to problem-solve. This may, again, be an opportunity to assign a student to a special role, especially if you have students eager to help on the technical aspect of things. 
  • Rethink your classroom activities to make the class more interactive even if Zoom students don’t have ideal connections and aren’t able to hear and see everything perfectly.
    • Have students write and comment together on a shared Google Doc. 
    • Try using Poll Everywhere or Google Forms to collect student responses, and then share results with both in-person and online students. 

A Few Troubleshooting Tips: 

  • If your microphone is not working, use the phone number listed in the Zoom invitation when you set up a Zoom call. You can use your phone as the microphone and audio source for your call rather than your computer’s built-in microphone if necessary. 
  • If you have earbuds or a headphone set, wear them! Wearing earbuds or headphones will reduce the amount of noise that your computer will pick up during your quality, which will make it easier for your students to hear you. Similarly, you may want to advise your students to wear earbuds or headphones during the call. 
  • Advise students to mute their microphones if they are not speaking and unmute the microphones when they wish to speak. Students may be joining Zoom calls from all kinds of different locations, many of which may create background noise that could be distracting.
    • Encourage students to mute themselves if they’re not speaking to minimize unnecessary or distracting background noise. Using the “raise hand” feature or simply seeing the microphone unmuted will give the group a visual cue for when a student wishes to speak. 
  • Check the “chat” space for student questions and contributions. Some students may not have working microphones and, therefore, may be unable to contribute via voice. The chat room is a good place for students to contribute, ask questions, and be involved.
  • Check the Zoom Help Center 

Accessibility Suggestions: 

  • Automatic live captioning is not available in Zoom (automatic captions are visible if you record a Zoom session). You may wish to use Google Slides and enable the live captioning feature within Google Slides. If you share your screen using Google Slides, your voice will be captured and live captions will appear. See Present Slides with Captions (via Google Drive support) for more information.

For students who are blind or have low visibility, narrate the material that you’re displaying visually on the screen. Just as you might read materials aloud in class, read screen material that you share on-screen just in case students are not able to see essential text.