Teach Anywhere

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As universities and colleges across the country shift classes online, we are seeing a surge in open resources supporting this online teaching. At the University of Oklahoma, we drew on the open resources developed by Indiana University, Stanford, and several other schools to build our own version of “Teach Anywhere.

The main site, built largely by Adam Croom and Aaron Biggs, provides contingency support. You can find information there about OU’s response plan for COVID-19 along with technical guidance for faculty to continue teaching even while classrooms are closed. Here’s a preview of some of those resources:

Video Series

To further support faculty in the shift into online teaching, I’ve been working with Keegan Long-Wheeler to put together a series of videos and workshops on Canvas and Zoom. The support documentation from both companies is very good, but we wanted to provide OU with contextualized guides to setting up both systems for their classes.

We are building out six videos. This video series walks faculty through Canvas from start to finish. I will post the links as we get them back from captioning:

Introduction to Canvas

Communication in Canvas

Organizing Material in Canvas

Teaching Online with Zoom

Workshops

In addition to the videos, Keegan and I will be teaching workshops on online teaching over the next few weeks. With the Norman campus closed, we will be leading all of these sessions on Zoom. The “Teach Anywhere Workshops” will walk faculty through pedagogical tips for teaching online along with technical tips for using Canvas and Zoom. The “Teach Anywhere with Zoom” workshops will focus more narrowly on Zoom and pedagogy.

Teach Anywhere Workshop

Teach Anywhere with Zoom

Teach Anywhere with Zoom (Online)

Further Resources

As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of great resources that have come together over the last week or so. Many schools have built guides that are contextualized for their faculty, and there are also general tips and information. Some of the best and most important resources have focused on accessibility:

Accessibility

Twitter threads from experienced online teachers

Resource Collections

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