We have been preparing for the possibility of transitioning to our Remote Learning Plan due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Over the past few weeks, school administration and department leaders began contingency planning and adapting courses and instruction for remote learning. Our Technology Team has worked closely with Blackbaud Learning Management System (On Campus) to ensure continuity and stability of services throughout this period. Faculty have already received guidance should they need to teach remotely.
Our faculty will use a blended asynchronous and synchronous online learning experience to provide a flexible framework for teachers to set instructional components. This will allow for students to choose when to complete the work. Our Blackbaud Learning Management System (On Campus) provides many of the classroom tools required for remote learning.
Our expectations for Remote Learning include:
Live Instruction — This new phase will require teachers to communicate live with students at least two times throughout the week. A schedule is planned to go out today. The three platforms that we are using are Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams. Our teachers will have an option, but for now it seems as if Zoom is the most popular.
Bulletin Boards — Teachers will use bulletin boards in remote learning situations to post general class information such as a welcome video, expectations (including, the syllabus and rubrics), and announcements.
Topics — Topics are where teachers will post information for specific learning units, chapters, or themes. A variety of content options are available, from photos and videos to embedded codes from third-party educational sources. Teachers are able to post an entire video series in Topics.
Assignments — Assignments provide a convenient and paperless method for students to complete coursework. Blackbaud’s LMS supports online submissions to collect student work. To stay organized, students (and their parents) can view their entire workload from all courses in the Assignment Center.
Assessments — Quizzes and exams to gauge student understanding may be administered through Assessments.
Course Roster — Through the Course Rosters, teachers will communicate with students to provide feedback and connect to make sure they’re staying on task.
Graded Discussions —Teachers will use Graded Discussions to open a discussion thread as an assignment for students to add comments and engage with each other. These discussions may be graded, but aren’t required.