Recording Instruction and Communications for Distance Learners

By Dana Shreaves, Instructional Designer When instructors want to communicate with students at a distance, one option is to create video or audio recordings. Many faculty dislike seeing or hearing themselves recorded. Others are intimidated by the process of creating recordings. However, recordings can be…

Rethinking Assessment at a Distance

By Dana Shreaves, Instructional Designer Considering how to assess students at a distance may seem daunting. Many faculty have always relied on specific assessment practices and believe in-person assessment is the best way to assess student learning. However, the principles underlying good assessment practices are…

Engaging Students During Remote Learning

By Dana Shreaves, Instructional Designer Engaging students who are learning at a distance can be challenging for faculty, especially when faculty are accustomed to judging engagement face-to-face. During the PLUTO Institute for Online and Blended Learning, we recommend a number of strategies to engage students…

How to Create a Basic Online Lesson

By Dana Shreaves, Instructional Designer When on-campus class sessions cannot be held as scheduled, online lessons provide an alternative method for teaching. Online lessons created in Sakai can provide faculty and students with access to all the major components of a course, including instructional content,…

How to Conduct a Virtual Class Session

By Dana Shreaves, Instructional Designer When students or instructors cannot meet in the same physical location, virtual class sessions are one alternative to consider. Virtual meetings are intended for live communication, but some software allows meeting facilitators to record and share videos after a session…