Teaching Online: Continuity Guide
TLED is assisting faculty make the transition to online teaching and learning for the remainder of the semester. Faculty may need to use alternative teaching methods and tools to continue class activities online. Although teaching methods and course activities can vary by subject, instructors may need to continue the following essential activities:
- Consistent communication with students
- Delivery of course content
- Engaging students through discussion boards, group work, etc.
- Providing assignments, tests and grades
Students will have access to support services, including free tutoring online.
Looking for more community during this transition? Join the Facebook group where Austin Community College faculty and staff are sharing insights, best practices, advice, successes and challenges, and research about converting to fully online instruction during COVID-19.
The Teaching & Learning Excellence Division (TLED) and the Office of Distance & Alternative Education (ODAE) provide comprehensive support in course design, technology tools for teaching, and other high-impact practices that contribute to our Guided Pathways model at Austin Community College (ACC). We are available for various types of consultations to provide just-in-time assistance and support for your teaching. Review our robust options by visiting:
Faculty Development Consultations
Have the basics of Blackboard down already but want to brainstorm with a faculty colleague about converting course activities to an online environment? Request a faculty development consultation.
- Finding discipline-specific streaming media to assign to students for “class” viewing
- Identifying discipline-specific web content with more “active” content such as virtual activities (tutorials, tours, etc.)
- Identifying substitute content for existing lectures, etc.
- Scheduling online information literacy sessions for classes
- Arranging for online appointments with students – either individually or in small groups
- Embedding links in faculty online websites, Blackboard shells, etc
- Matching library tutorials to general student learning outcomes
- Using online content from the Library’s web-based subscription resources
- Using our online pathfinders and guides designed specifically for ACC coursework
Department Peer Mentors
In addition to the professional development opportunities for faculty, we want to assign faculty mentors with experience in online course delivery to support faculty who have no such experience. Your department chair is developing a list of faculty who would like assistance from a mentor, and a list of qualified faculty who can serve as mentors. If you need or want mentoring to ease your transition to online teaching and learning, please make sure that your department chair is aware of that.
Mentors will have online teaching experience and, wherever possible, will have completed Quality Matters training. Faculty mentors will coach up to five colleagues. Faculty mentors will be paid $250 per faculty mentee or, in some cases that will require a greater commitment, may be assigned to co-teach a course. If you feel that you can serve as a mentor to some of your colleagues, please let your department chair know.
In general we expect the faculty mentors to do the following:
1) Serve as an available resource (via email, chat, phone, video conferencing), checking in at least once a week with mentees.
2) Add themselves to the Bb course sections for each mentee. This allows the mentor to troubleshoot and support the transition to a virtual teaching and learning environment.
3) Talk through with each mentee such topics as how to load course materials, use the grade book, use discussion board and email features to ensure faculty-to-student and student-to-student engagement.
4) Support transitions to learning assessments that work in a virtual environment and without the option of testing in ACC’s Testing Centers.
5) Offer suggestions and support for recording lectures for upload, using Google Meet, crafting assignments that reflect application of course concepts, etc.