In this page, we describe the resources Bryn Mawr College is using to support your online teaching. If you have questions on what may be the best platforms to support your goals, you can schedule a consultation with the Educational and Scholarly Technology team or attend office hours.
OneDrive is Office 365’s cloud storage platform, providing a place in the cloud where you can store, share, and sync your work files. OneDrive allows you to work collaboratively with colleagues on Office documents and to sync them to Office apps on your computer. OneDrive provides a great option for student online file sharing and collaborative work.
Moodle offers many organizational tools for online learning. Students can submit assignments in any format (including digital files) and can even work with each other in groups online for collaborative projects. Forums in Moodle allow faculty and students to communicate in a discussion-board format, including posting media, so that conversations can continue online. Read more below about these features in Moodle, and explore our library of Moodle Tech Docs for more topics.
- Teaching Online during COVID-19 Moodle Course
- Assignments in Moodle (for Teachers)
- Upload a File in Moodle
- Forums in Moodle
- Groups in Moodle
PowerPoint has robust tools for turning your lecture into a recorded video presentation. Using the voice-over feature of PowerPoint enables you to narrate a slideshow that you would otherwise give in person, so that students can watch a video of that slideshow online in Moodle or Panopto. Voiceover videos created in PowerPoint save as .mp4 files, which are viewable on Windows and Mac devices. Creating a voice-over PowerPoint is a great option for presenting content to students online in an engaging format.
- Comprehensive Guide for Voice-over PowerPoints
- Record a Slideshow with Narration and Slide Timings
- Office 2016 for Mac (includes PowerPoint)
- Basic Tasks in PowerPoint for the Web
As of April 6, 2020, Bryn Mawr College is offering Zoom to its community. Just like Teams and Skype for Business, Zoom is a web-conferencing tool that enables collaborative virtual meetings. In addition to features already provided by our other platforms, Zoom allows users to manage large collaborative meetings and to hold meetings involving non-Bryn Mawr people. The College will continue to support all platforms, so users who have been working with Teams or Skype for Business for web-conferencing and find that those platforms meet their needs, do not have to switch to Zoom. To learn which platform best suits your needs, read Which web-conferencing service should I use? To get started with Zoom, read this article on how to get started.
Teams is a college-supported platform for connecting synchronously with students and other staff members and faculty. It is Microsoft’s Skype for Business replacement, which will go away on July 31st, 2021. The app is available for download in MacOs, Windows, Android, and iOS. Teams allows you to schedule meetings which are open to Bryn Mawr students and to other invitees. During meetings, you can share your presentation, use the chat feature for text-based conversation, and have students start one-on-one and small group chats with each other. With Teams, you can deliver your lectures live online during your scheduled class meeting time, if you wish.
Please note that faculty do not need to create a Team in order to use any of the features described above.
- Getting Started: What is Microsoft Teams
- Teaching Online with Teams
- Access Teams on your browser
- Download the Desktop Client
- Scheduling and Joining meetings
- Microsoft Extensive Step-by-Step Video training
- Sharing a whiteboard
- Switching from Skype for Business to Teams
Panopto, Bryn Mawr’s lecture capture system, enables instructors to quickly record classes or lectures and post the recordings for students to review. Recordings include the ability to post a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, as well as record yourself speaking for picture-in-picture viewing for students. Not only that, but Panopto also offers features that help make the recordings more interactive (e.g. creating quizzes or PDFs to insert). Panopto is a great choice for easily converting your prepared lecture into an online video, which will then be available to students through Moodle.
- Panopto Overview
- Adding the Panopto Block to a Moodle Course
- Upload a Video to Panopto
- Share and Embed Panopto Recordings in Moodle
- Recording Your Lecture: Outside the Classroom or Off-Campus
- Creating Assignment Folders for Students to Record/Upload Content to Panopto
In keeping with the spirit of universal design for learning, create accessible documents to benefit all users. An accessible document is readable and searchable. Content in a readable document is well organized using headings, clear font and spacing, and good contrast between text and background color. A searchable document contains text that can be read by text-to-speech programs (e.g., Read&Write and Natural Reader) or by screen readers (e.g., JAWS and NVDA) for blind/visually impaired readers.
Students who qualify for accommodations may need specific revisions, such as enlarged font or spacing on exams. For questions regarding accommodations to coursework for students who presented a letter of accommodation, please contact Deb Alder, Director of Access Services. For technical assistance in fulfilling the accommodations, contact Ellen Farr, Assistive Technology Specialist.
The best way to get in touch with anyone on the Educational and Scholarly Technology team is to email firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will receive a response within two business days.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with a member of the Educational and Scholarly Technology team, please use this calendar link to select a time to meet with us via phone, or online: