In response to COVID-19, the Community College of Denver is offering a variety of course formats, including Remote Synchronous and Remote Asynchronous modalities. Detailed information can be found on the Spring 2021 Course Delivery Plans page.
Look for the latest updates, announcements on the D2L home page.
The TLC team is here for you. Look on this website for upcoming webinars, professional development opportunities, and tutorials and videos.
The three primary tools to use for Remote Teaching are D2L, Webex, and YuJa. Your online course is housed in the D2L learning management system platform. Webex is your synchronous communication tool, and YuJa is a video creation platform for you and your students to create and share videos in your D2L course.
Desire 2 Learn (D2L) is our learning management system where the online courses reside. Each course has a template, or shell, where faculty can upload their teaching materials. Your students will be enrolled in the course when they register for classes.
The shell has several parts to it where faculty and students interact with the content and each other, where you and your students can have discussions, upload assignments, and take quizzes/exams, and where you can post announcements and post grades.
How do I access my D2L course?
Webex is our online meeting platform. Webex allows you to engage in live online conversations with your students using audio, video, screen share, whiteboard, and chat features. Visit the WebEx homepage and log-in with your S-Number and network password. From there, you can download the essential software application and create future meeting links.
YuJa is our platform for faculty and students to create and upload voiceover PowerPoints, record mini-lectures, videos to be shared as a link or embedded into D2L. YuJa is available through your D2L course, found under the Extras Tab. Tutorials are available on the Yuja Videos and Guides for Faculty page.
Mairi-Jane Fox teaches international students synchronously, introduces transitioning classes to a synchronous tech-delivered classroom during this pandemic. She uses Zoom but these tools are mostly available to you in Webex. She recommends structure, thoughtful use of technology, staying calm, and connected to your students.
You can still use email and other tools you are already using. Don’t assume students are on email all the time – or at all. Explicitly establish a shared expectation about when and where students should check for announcements or other communications. You may also create a Q&A Forum within the Discussion Forum.
Reviewing your syllabus through the lens of remote teaching is a critical first step. Will the students be able to meet the objectives given the current assignments? It is ideal to not change the syllabus, as it is what the students registered for. If you are unsure about how to meet your current objectives in this new mode of delivery, reach out to the TLC team or visit other resources on this website.
You can continue to meet at your scheduled class time. Clear communication about attendance and participation levels is important. Use WebEx to meet synchronously with your class. Post your WebEx room link in the syllabus, post it in an announcement and on your Instructor Information widget in D2L.
Clarify the use of video, having to turn on the camera, and if audio-only is okay. Encourage students to arrive early to test their equipment and connection.
How do I improve my presence in my online class?
These are some simple practices available to promote instructor presence in an online course.
How do I keep my students engaged with the course?
What should I do to ease my students’ transition to remote learning?
Provide a way for students to share their experiences of the first few online sessions. Have your first "meeting" in WebEx set as an informal, non-graded meeting so that you and your students can try out the technology and work out any technical problems without stress or fear. Consider adding a discussion board thread for students to share experiences during the disruption.
What do I do about my exams? What if a closed-book exam?
Online exams can be created in D2L. If yours is a closed book exam, you may be interested in using the lockdown browser option. You may also add an academic integrity question/statement at the beginning of an exam requiring students to indicate that they agree to the terms and conditions of the exam. In addition, you can set a time limit for taking the exam.
Does accessibility apply to Teaching and Learning Remotely?
Yes. Regardless of how our learning is being presented, we want to make sure it is accessible to everyone. If you are currently teaching in the classroom, your content and handouts should be accessible to all students.
How do students complete courses that require in-person presentations?
Using WebEx, students can share their screens and present their work just as they would do in the classroom.
Where do I go for support?
Contact the TLC team for support at TLC@ccd.edu