Teaching during times of potential disruption requires creative and flexible thinking about how instructors can support students in achieving essential core course learning objectives. The links on this page offer suggestions for instructors at the University of Colorado Denver that are looking to continue offering a student-centered learning experience in a remote or online learning environment.
While the process will no doubt feel unfamiliar and at times possibly frustrating, try as much as possible to be patient. There will always be hiccups, but times of disruption are, by their nature, disruptive, and everyone expects that. Be willing to switch tactics if something isn’t working. Above all, stay focused on making sure the students are comfortable, and keep a close eye on the course learning goals--while you might not be able to teach something exactly the way you imagined, as long as you’re still meeting the learning goals of the course, you’re doing fine.
There are two options - synchronous or ansynchronous - for instructors to facilitate class sessions remotely:
1. Synchronous: instructors and students gather at the same time and interact in “real time” with a very short or “near-real time”exchange between instructors and students.
2. Asynchronous: instructors prepare course materials for students in advance of students’ access.
Students may access the course materials at a time of their choosing and will interact with each over a longer period of time.
We recommend taking a look at the advantages and disadvantages of teaching synchronously or asynchronusly before making a choice about the teaching method that makes the most sense for your course. There are options for shifting your class to online and we also recommend reviewing those before temporarily migrating your courses to Zoom and Canvas.