Tips for delivering courses using the Internet/Online and Blended modalities
Choose a delivery method to explore:
In Internet/Online asynchronous delivery, interaction, learning and dialogue does not require any in-person meeting. Students can usually access learning at their convenience.
MSU supports Brightspace for Internet/Online Asynchronous delivery
Learn more about Internet/Online asynchronous delivery:
- Transitioning Your Face-to-Face Course to Online Quickly: Bob Peterson from Land Resources and Environmental Sciences gives an example of how he transitioned a face-to-face course to an online one easily.
- Library resources for course content
- Posting course materials and readings
- Organizing content for online learning
Communicating with Students
Assignments and Student Presentations
Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Frank Harris III and Dr. Luke Wood, "Employing Equity-Minded and Culturally-Affirming Teaching and Learning Practices in Virtual Learning Communities" (video, 1 hour 25 min) (below)
Dr. Frank Harris III and Dr. Luke Wood, "Addressing Racial Bias and Microaggressions in Online Environments" (video, 1 hour 7 min) (below)
View the recorded webinar, Experiential Learning in the Online Classroom, from the Student Opportunity Center.
What is Lecture Capture?
Lecture capture describes any technology that records live instruction, (including screen capture, audio from mic and webcam video) and makes it available digitally for later viewing/listening.
MSU uses TechSmith for lecture capture. With TechSmith, faculty can record screens and narrate over a PowerPoint, document, image or website using a device’s microphone. Information for using TechSmith produced recordings can be edited and uploaded to a Brightspace/D2L course for your students to view.
- Recording Lectures using TechSmith Relay to Help Make the Transition Online, Center for Faculty Excellence, Mar 17, 2020 (WebEx recording, 1 hr 8 min)
Brock LaMeres, Computer and Electrical Engineering, explains how to get started using lecture capture in the following video.
Tips and Best Practices
To create effective recorded lectures for your student’s online learning, follow these tips and best practices:
- Length: Provide short mini-lectures that are 5-15 minutes long. Aim for bite sized chunks of information that target 1-2 pieces of content at a time. Students are less likely to watch a 45+ minute recording online. Longer lectures can be broken up into parts where new topics or concepts are introduced, i.e. Part I – Concept A, Part II Concept B.
- Composition: Avoid including large amounts of text on a screen that students will have to read while listening to audio. Audio narration over images and few key words or bullet points is more effective when it comes to learning through recorded lectures.
- Tone: Try to communicate in an informal, personalizing way. Research suggests students are less likely to pay attention when a more formal, robotic tone is used.
Adding a TechSmith Recording to a Brightspace Course
For assistance with TechSmith, contact Colin Smith at MSU Academic Technology and Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-994-1978.
Tools for Making Digital Course Materials
Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Studio
The TLT Studio is available to all faculty who are interested in developing additional digital course materials. The TLT Studio offers access to a small lecture capture recording suite that provides a contained space and computing and recording equipment for the development of video and audio content through TechSmith and other tools.
Additionally the TLT Studio hosts the Learning Glass where instructors can create high-quality videos that record directly to a personal USB storage device with a single button push. Visit the TLT Studio website for example videos made with the Learning Glass.
For assistance with the TLT Studio, contact Colin Smith at MSU Academic Technology and Outreach at email@example.com or 406-994-1978.
Teaching from Home
In Internet/Online synchronous delivery, students and faculty work together in real time through web-based communication technology. It is sometimes called virtual delivery.
Learn more about Internet/Online synchronous delivery:
Tips and Strategies
- Schedule synchronous live sessions during the days and times when you would have met for the course.
- Record the session and post a link for students who can’t make it.
- Run a test session to make sure that WebEx or Microsoft Teams runs properly on your computer and to become familiar with its tools and features.
- Learn how to run a test call in Microsoft Teams (video, 2:19 min)
- Connectivity problems can happen. If students are experiencing difficulties, let them know it's okay and they should rejoin as they are able.
- Use a microphone or headset. The audio quality using these tools is typically better than than your computer’s built-in options.
- Control background noise. Ask your students to stay muted unless they are going to speak. Encourage use of earbuds or headphones and refrain from typing unless they are muted. Instructors also have the ability to mute all participants. NOTE: Due to campus-based emergency circumstances, students may not always be able to find quiet space and control interruptions by roommates, spouses, children and pets.
- Consider using WebEx’s Chat feature or keeping the video feed off. This frees Internet bandwidth, allowing students to listen without worrying about their appearance.
- For synchronous (real-time) online sessions, be aware that you’re often being invited into a student’s home. Please practice respect and understanding.
Microsoft Teams in the Classroom
- Microsoft Teams in Classroom: Resources for using Microsoft Teams in the educational environment
For either WebEx or Microsoft Teams, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In blended delivery, in-person and some virtual or online elements are combined.
To learn more about the Internet/Online asynchronous or synchronous modalities in blended delivery, click on the appropriate tab above.
Resources for Design and Facilitation
- Design and Facilitation of Blended Courses - Resources from the Center for Faculty Excellence
Share Lectures Beyond the Classroom
- The Classroom Lecture Technologies page shows you how to connect your MSU classroom to web conferencing and how to record your lecture there with Techsmith.
- "Faculty will use the MSU-supported learning management system Brightspace (D2L) to post their course syllabi and will use the announcements tool as the primary means to communicate with students about the course" (MSU Roadmap: Academic Affairs)
- "Faculty will include in the syllabus plans for how the semester will proceed if there is a transition to remote delivery." (MSU Roadmap: Academic Affairs)
- Every instructor should be ready to switch to remote delivery if required by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, local, state or federal authorities. Faculty will ensure that students know how to access and use the tools and technologies that will allow for an easier transition to remote learning if necessary during the semester. (MSU Roadmap: Academic Affairs)
Social Distancing in the Classroom
- Find information about social distancing in MSU classrooms in the MSU Roadmap: Academic Affairs
- Can Active Learning Co-Exist With Physically Distanced Classrooms? from Inside Higher Ed.
- A Dry Run at a Socially Distanced Classroom from Inside Higher Ed.
- An experiment in the socially-distanced classroom from Janet Davis' "Counting from Zero" blog at Whitman College.
Enhanced Cleaning Protocols
- Additional sanitization supplies will be delivered to academic and other departments
- Classrooms, labs and other instructional spaces will be cleaned daily
- Door knobs and handles in classroom, labs and other instructional spaces will be cleaned daily
From the MSU Roadmap: Academic Affairs
In hyflex delivery, students can choose whether to attend in the classroom or online. Learn more about the HyFlex model.
Experiential Learning in Hyflex Delivery
View the recorded webinar, Experiential Learning in the HyFlex Classroom, from the Student Opportunity Center.