Switch over to web-based teaching forms
Information and tips for teachers on how you can change to teaching in internet based learning format with short notice.
In case it becomes necessary for us to switch over to implementing our courses and porgrammes in web-based form, we have good resources for this at Linnaeus University. To a large extent and relatively quickly, you can replace lectures, laboratory experiments, seminars, and exercises with work via MyMoodle, Zoom, LnuPlay, and other services. However, this may require that you rethink certain things.
A live lecture can be replaced in many different ways (see below) but keep in mind that you should keep your additional work to a minimum and use simple means to ensure that the students do not lose pace and their contact with the course.
As a teacher, you publish reading instructions, study assignments and material on MyMoodle. You can record short presentations and explanations as videos in MyMoodle. You can also invite your students to discussions, question sessions, and seminars online via Zoom and discussion forums.
Help, this is completely new to me! What should I do?
On this page, you will hopefully find answers to your questions concerning how you can move as much as possible of your teaching to the web in the simplest way possible.
I have a lecture planned for tomorrow. What should I do about that?
If you have lectures planned in your timetable it can be a good idea to give them at the stated hour but change the form.
Does it have to be a live lecture? In a crisis situation and with short notice it might be good to consider other options.
First, consider the purpose of your lecture:
- Adapt the content
Can you provide reading instructions with questions for the the students to work with, that can give the same result?
- Overview of a topic or course literature
Let the students make a concept map that they upload to MyMoodle. In this way, you will quickly get an idea of their understanding. This does not need to be commented on. The fact that they make it is important for their process.
- Explain concepts
Record concept explanations or let the students work with their understanding via collaborative tools like, for instance, discussion forums in MyMoodle or the Google Suite which all students have access to.
Can it be enough to share a PowerPoint in the course room in MyMoodle, supplemented with instructions for a focused discussion in, for instance, a forum or via Zoom?
If you think that a lecture is necessary, record it as shorter videos with support in the form of questions and suggestions – remember to link it to a discussion forum or a self-correcting test in MyMoodle to include student activity.
In case a live lecture online is the best alternative, you can give the lecture via Zoom. Keep in mind that the Zoom resources in the Nordic countries may hit the roof with possible disruptions as a result, as many higher education institutions now quickly need to digitise their teaching to a large extent. This may result in disruptions to the systems, despite the fact that the technology has high capacity.
Share files via MyMoodle – how can I do that?
You can create a map in MyMoodle, or upload files directly to the course page and then attach them to, for instance, a discussion forum.
Discussion forums in MyMoodle – how does that work?
Different types of forums and how they work
Record a lecture – how do I do that?
You can use our digital tool Kaltura Capture to record a lecture. You can get started quickly.
Start a Zoom meeting with my students – how do I do that?
This is easier than you might think and very effective.
I have supervision sessions booked. How should I handle them?
In case you have supervision or other personal meetings booked there are a number of different solutions available that you can use.
You can use tools in MyMoodle to give asynchronous supervision where students send in their work, you comment, and send it back using an activity called ”Dialogue”. This is better than using email.
In case you need to meet and talk directly to a student or a group of students, you can use chat or video meeting.
Chat is available in MyMoodle as an activity that you and the students can use for synchronous text-based communication. If you would like to know more about how to add a chat to the course room, go to the course room and use Guides.
If you prefer to have a video meeting, you can use Zoom or Skype for Business.
Working with teaching forms in which students are more active
If you want your students to take a more active part in their studies:
- Use MyMoodle to share resources for self-study and group work – links to videos, articles, etc – linked to assignments
- Initiate distance collaborations via MyMoodle, Zoom, Skype, and Google Drive
- Link your lectures to an activity – an assignment, a self-correcting test, a discussion, etc.
When written examinations may and need to be replaced
You can, for instance, have the students send in an assignment, take an online test, or an oral examination.
- Use written assignment
- Examined via individual discussion post and response on others’ posts in the forum type ”Each person posts one discussion” or ”Q and A forum” where the reader asks a question (gives an assignment) where the students can read (and respond to) others’ answers after having sent in their own replies. Learn more about the forum types here.
- Create a self-correcting test where the students answer questions, and can also be given the opportunity to retake the test.
- Use oral examination via Zoom.
How to create a Test is described in detail in the built-in Guide in MyMoodle.
Click on the blue button ”Guides” in the lower right corner when you are in the course room. Then click on ”Activities and resources”-> ”Add test (Quiz)” and you will be guided through a step-by-step manual.
Can my students meet via Zoom, and how can I help them do this?
Students have the same access to Zoom as members of staff. That is to say, they can start meetings themselves, invite participants, share screens, and communicate via the chat function in Zoom.
Can I start the meeting for my students?
In Zoom, you cannot be administrator for more than one active meeting at a time. If you want your students to have their own Zoom meetings, you ask them to arrange these themselves. Here are instructions that they might need: https://serviceportalen.lnu.se/sv-se/article/1022330