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In order to help with the transition to online teaching and learning LITS' Educational and Scholarly Technology team (formerly Educational Technology Services) has pulled together a curated collection of information on using college-provided tools and platforms for online learning and pedagogical strategies for adapting face-to-face activities and resources to online formats.
This transition to online learning has been extremely abrupt. To minimize stress on you and your students, we strongly recommend using simple, familiar technologies whenever possible, including e-mail, OneDrive, and Moodle. Moodle in particular can provide a general structure for online classrooms, and can be used to facilitate asynchronous discussions, share videos or lectures or other materials, submit assignments, design quizzes, and share links and instructions for synchronous activities like face-to-face webinar meetings.
Please keep in mind that the majority of our students are no longer on campus, and will be completing coursework and participating in course activities in different timezones and without the extremely fast Internet connections we enjoy while on campus. You can make it easier for all students to participate equally by facilitating asynchronous learning activities and experiences, and minimizing your reliance on high-bandwidth, synchronized-only video meetings. Some examples of asynchronous activities include:
- Recording lectures, problem demonstrations, and assignment feedback with Voice-over PowerPoint presentations or Panopto for students to watch within a time window that accounts for multiple time zones -- e.g., between Monday 9am ET and Tuesday 9am.
- Moodle Forums or email threads where students can post and/or answer questions you've posted at different points within a similar time window
Learning is a social activity, and synchronous face-to-face meetings can be extremely valuable, but they work best for one-on-one and small-group meetings.
We recognize that the learning activities in courses such as performing arts, language learning, and lab sciences may not translate easily to the online environment. We are at the ready to think with faculty about meaningful alternatives to such course activities, and the Provost’s Office is also available for guidance and thought partnership.
Because we know that supporting student and faculty morale, managing assignment loads, and scaffolding online activities are some of the key topics that educators need to keep in mind, EST is also prepared to offer advice and suggestions regarding these issues, in addition to tech assistance.
Finally, we are committed to fostering a sense of community and an environment of support during these times. We aim to do so by increasing EST staff’s availability for:
- One-on-one consultations by email, or via phone/online - Set up an appointment
- Office hours (online) - View calendar
BMC librarians regularly provide online research consultation, and you and your students can continue to make appointments with them in the usual ways. We have access to an ever-increasing number of e-books, database, and journals. Please visit this page for a regularly updated list. We will do our best to purchase library materials you need in electronic format (use this form to request a purchase). We will continue InterLibrary Loan for digital requests, and will use digitized materials and consultations to support research in Special Collections. Librarians are available to consult 7 days a week via firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can make appointments via https://www.brynmawr.edu/lits/library-help.
We encourage you to return to this website, as we will continue to upload new material and guidelines that are sure to be useful for our faculty and students.