Wesleyan Offering Wealth of Resources for Remote Teaching, Learning

Olivia DrakeSeptember 5, 20204min
Bonnie Solivan, academic technologist for Information Technology Services, led a Moodle training for faculty and instructional staff who are teaching remotely. A recording of the workshop, and several others, is available on Information Technology Services’s website.

Starting last March, Information Technology Services and the Center for Pedagogical Learning began offering a number of workshops to assist faculty in the transition to remote teaching. Wesleyan is using Zoom, a cloud-based video and online chat platform ideal for distance education, and Moodle, an open-source learning management system for the majority of online teachings.

Workshop topics include how to schedule and start a Zoom meeting, meeting controls, sharing a Zoom recording, managing Zoom breakout rooms, and using Moodle. The training workshop videos are online here.

In addition, this fall 30 faculty are participating in the newly established Remote Teaching Cohorts. There are currently nine groups of two to four faculty each.

As a member of the cohort, faculty are required to sit in on two remote class meetings of their cohort members’ classes before mid-October and take notes on what is working or not working. During two meetings (one in mid-October, and another in mid-November), the faculty will meet to discuss each other’s courses and offer suggestions.

In January 2021, cohort groups will submit a final report detailing the key findings of their remote pedagogy during the semester. Their anonymized results will be shared with all faculty.

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