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Terminology: Emergency Remote Instruction vs. Online Education

Emergency remote instruction occurs when a disruption such as the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates suddenly moving online a course designed for another format.  By contrast, online education refers to a course intentionally planned in advance for an online format by instructors, institutions, and students.  There are known best practices for preparing, structuring, and teaching online courses that may not be possible to execute in a time of disruption.  While instructors should maintain learning objectives and credit hours during this transition, kindness and connection are likewise important as instructors and students alike are contending with significant variation and challenge within their individual teaching and learning contexts in addition to the massive disruptions in the broader context.

Recommended reading: Charles Hodges, Stephanie Moore, Barb Lockee, Torrey Trust and Aaron Bond, “The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning

Where to Get Support

The Teaching Continuity Committee created the “Faculty Resources: Teaching During Times of Disruption” webpage to help Art, Sciences and Engineering instructors determine which office to contact for their support needs.

Technical Training

The central Teaching During Times of Disruption website contains how-to information for transitioning to remote instruction. AS&E IT has created additional Zoom video tutorials. Central IT also provides access and FAQ information for teaching and learning software.

Pedagogical Training

Instructors can access training opportunities both on the Teaching During Times of Disruption website and on the Teaching Continuity Committee spreadsheet.  One-on-one or departmental consultations can be requested from both CETL and AS&E Instructional Technology; see the "Where to Get Support" entry above.

In addition, CETL has vetted the following websites with useful pedagogical content, and recommends starting with the first two links:

QM Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist (Quality Matters)

  • This emergency remote instruction checklist tool is based on the Quality Matters standards for online education.  Instructors can use it to ensure that they have met immediate student needs, as well as consult the section for subsequent improvement steps.

Online Teaching Toolkit (Association of College and University Educators)

  • The Online Teaching Toolkit contains suggestions from several online education experts for steps that are possible to take during emergency remote instruction and are consistent with online education best practices.  It occupies a nice middle ground of resources that instructors will find helpful once they have re-launched their courses and met immediate needs.

Instructors may find this additional set of resources helpful in their transition to emergency remote instruction. 

COVID-19 Related Resources (Association of College and University Educators)

Moving Teaching Online (Online Learning Consortium)

COVID-19 IHE Resources (Educause)

Webinars: Quality Equity & Inclusion during the Covid Crisis (Association of American Colleges and Universities)

Teaching Effectively Online (CIRTL - Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning)

  • Teaching Effectively Online is a set of YouTube videos CIRTL created to provide instructors with evidence-based practices to move to remote instruction.

Online Resources for Science Laboratories (GoogleDocs Resource)

  • Online Resources for Science Laboratories is a spreadsheet listing resources that was crowd-sourced by members of the POD Network (teaching center association).

Pivoting from In-Person to Online Teaching: Tips and Discussion (Macmillan Learning)

  • Robert Lue (faculty director,Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and founding faculty director, HarvardX) discusses transitioning to remote instruction.  CETL recommends the first half, in which Lue walks through this process with particular attention to learning objectives and backwards design.

Finally, instructors may find these resources helpful as they plan for future online education.

Faculty Guide to Online Learning (University of Rochester)

  • The Faculty Guide to Online Learning walks instructors through the basic outlines of the University of Rochester's online education program and resources.

Helping you deliver on your online promise (Quality Matters)

  • Quality Matters is an online education standards organization to which UR belongs.  Centered on a quality standards rubric, it also houses a wide variety of professional development opportunities and materials, many but not all of them free.  Instructors can sign up for a free account.

Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All (DePaul University)

  • Daniel Stanford walks through different options for interactive instruction on two axes: high to low bandwith and high to low immediacy.

Effective Online Teaching : Foundations and Strategies for Student Success by Tina Stavredes

  • Effective Online Teaching provides a conceptual overview of online education.

Teaching Online: A Practical Guide by Susan Ko and Steve Rossen

  • Teaching Online is a practical how-to guide to online education.

Small Teaching Online : Applying Learning Science in Online Classes by Flower Darby and James Lang

  • Small Teaching Online covers course design, community creation, and student motivation.

Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology by Michelle D. Miller

  • Minds Online covers cognitive principles in relation to online education, including attention, memory, thinking, and motivation.

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty Liaison Greer Murphy is available to consult with instructors, and she has adapted teaching tips for remote instruction that are linked from the “Prevention” page of the Academic Honesty website. 

The University of California San Diego website has compiled “Ten Tips for Learning Remotely” to help students.

Office of Disability Resources Accessibility Information

The Office of Disability Resources has created a Faculty Guidance for Accommodating Students for Remote Instruction, as well as resources for Online Teaching.

Student Learning Resources

The central Learning During Times of Disruption website contains how-to information for transitioning to remote learning. 

Students can find additional learning support on the CETL Study Skills Guide to Mastering Remote Learning

AS&E student support offices are open and serving students remotely, including all CETL programs and Writing, Speaking and Argument Program services.  Check the websites of the relevant offices for further information.