1.Update iLearn assessment information to reflect any changes you have made for online delivery.

  • Change the due dates on any quizzes or Turnitin submissions if they have changed due to the teaching pause
  • Create or update information sheets to outline the requirements for your updated assessments including:
    • Assessment criteria
    • How and when feedback will be provided
    • What support is available if they have any questions.

If you are still working on the final format of assessment, let your students know that this is not yet finalised, and reassure them that you will let them know as soon as it is.

For more information on updating your iLearn unit you can access the following support materials.

2. Be ready to update the Essential Student Information label when it is added to the top of your iLearn unit.
You will find the label shown in the video below has been added to your iLearn unit early next week by the Learning Innovation Hub team. You need to delete the attendance information that is not relevant for the delivery model you are using to teach your unit for the remainder of this session.

3. Record a short video or audio file to keep your students informed. Rather than providing everything only in written form, a quick audio-visual can convey the information in a more personal way to students to ensure that they feel supported during this transition.

The first time you create a video will probably take some time and you won’t make the perfect video on your first take. That’s OK and it will become easier the more times you try. Also, remember that you are not making a broadcast quality production, you are trying to make a resource that gets information across to students. The quality of the information you are transferring is more important than the production quality of the video.

4. Begin updating your Week 4 content to provide structure to students on how the unit will run for the remainder of the session.
A successful weekly template that has been used in the Education Department is structured as below:

  • Overview – A one paragraph summary of the content for this week, and/or a 2 minute video covering the expectations for the week. You can also include a statement like “By the end of this week you should be able to…”
  • Learning Materials – A description of and links to (if required) all the learning materials the student will require to complete their study for the week
  • Learning Activities – If you have any online activities these should be added here. ie. Formative quizzes, online lessons, link to a zoom session including time and date information etc.
  • Discussion – A dedicated discussion forum for that week that allows students a space to ask questions and interact with each other and the teaching staff focused only on the learning covered that week.

See below for an example of how the suggested structure can look in iLearn

For detailed instructions on how to replicate the above formatting click here. Recommended only if you are comfortable using the html editor in iLearn.

5. If you are planning to use Zoom as a replacement for tutorials, start practicing with colleagues.
Schedule any meetings you have using Zoom over the next few days to ensure you are comfortable using zoom before you begin teaching with it.

  • Start with just a simple meeting
  • Then try a screen-share
  • Try the interactive whiteboard
  • Then try using breakout rooms

See here for more information on using Zoom

Remember that this situation is new for everyone so not everything will go perfectly the first time. But each time you repeat something it will get easier. Support is available through the Faculty Learning and Teaching Teams and the Learning Innovation Hub. You can always receive support by emailing ilearn.help@mq.edu.au or lodging a OneHelp ticket.

Posted by Jeremy Hind

Jeremy is the Manager Application Services (Learning and Teaching).

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