It's All About the Teacher... Anywhere
Teaching in a classroom, remotely, or a blend of the two is still teaching, and students respond positively to good teaching regardless of the framework it happens in. "Modality [classroom, online, blended, remote] is not as important as what instructors do within the modality. When you control for the following teacher abilities—facilitation of learning; communication of ideas; respect and concern for students—you find these account for 97% of excellent ratings regardless of modality."
(Graham, 2020 citing Moskal, Dziuban, & Hartman, 2012 and Dziuban, Graham, Moskal, Norberg, & Sicilia, 2018)
Get Ready for Fall 2020
With BYU officially opening in the Fall, there will be a lot of adjustments and changes for faculty and students alike ( read the official statement here).
In addition to the Center for Teaching and Learning's ongoing webinars, BYU OIT is offering hour-long training throughout July and August to help professors prepare to use technology they may be unfamiliar with. The sessions cover blended classroom solutions, digital whiteboards, document cameras, and using Zoom.
Tips for Teaching Online
While getting started may feel intimidating, online teaching is not new. Learn about best practices from the following resources:
Good Practices for Online Learning Webinar -
Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start
How to Make Your Online Pivot Less Brutal
How to Be a Better Online Teacher: Advice Guide
What (Some) Students Are Saying about the Switch to Remote Teaching and Learning
Some colleges and departments are organizing resources that are specific to your needs, which we will begin posting here as we are notified.
Humanities Department Resources: https://remotehumanities.byu.edu/
Course Standards and Quality Checklists (adapted from BYU Online Standards)
Where to Get Help
Contacting the Teaching and Learning Consultant assigned to your college (below) is a great place to start. You also have access to a wide variety of free campus and online resources which you can link to from this site. Just click the links at the top of this page for detailed information.
Faculty who need hardware such as a laptop, webcam, annotation device, or other hardware resources should first check with their department CSRs to see if local resources are available for use. If department resources are not available, some limited supplies are available through the Office of Information Technology for checkout. Call 2-4000 to check availability and reserve hardware. If faculty are aware of students who do not have hardware to receive online instruction, they should instruct them to check out hardware from this same resource.
For any technical and software support needs, please contact OIT at 2-4000.