Trailblazing Faculty Provide Resources for Teaching in these COVID Times
Department of Teaching & Learning
Every full time and part-time faculty member of this department is commended for their efforts with just a week’s notice to put their classes on-line and their unanimous success in doing so.
Dr. Sigmund Boloz – Ground Zero (Almost)
Dr. Boloz had never taught a class on-line. In two weeks, he attended ITS classes, met with techs and was blazing his own trail, not without challenges. In his words:
I had never even heard about Collaborate Ultra before the virus, apparently, neither had many of my students. So, I had to go from organized to hyper organized. Yet, Collaborate Ultra did not like my power point animations, so I had to do many modifications and remind my students about teacher flexibility. I had ITS on speed-dial and together with my students, we made it work. I created a Bb Learn file titled Videos to Watch Prior to Class, which included all the videos I might have shown in class. We shortened our normal class hours to compensate for the work done before class. I added a handouts section for each class where my students to print out ahead of time, so students could also do projects prior to class. During the formal class, we would discuss student efforts and insights. We became a real Flipped Classroom. Finally, with a few workarounds, we were able to break into small group discussions and back into the large group. We made it work and the results even impressed me.
Dr. Amy Boniface (our newest Ph.D.)
Dr. Boniface is a technology native and brings creative and innovative uses of technology to her students. In her words: In response to COVID-19 pandemic we moved our courses to an online platform and created virtual learning opportunities by incorporating video. Faculty recorded content lectures on Kaltura and offered zoom meetings. Students recorded themselves teaching lessons on video, conducted peer-reflections in the discussion forum, and even taught live zoom lessons with elementary students. Faculty and teacher candidates at PVCC have risen to the occasion and are embracing technology as a tool to communicate their learning, be creative, and embrace collaboration.
Dr. Gretchen McAllister
Dr. McAllister has been at NAU for over 20 years and she immediately started integrating technology into her face-to-face classes and has continued to embrace new opportunities of learning in the on-line environment. She developed and uses a virtual classroom with her students to explore issues of classroom management, student motivation, equity within classrooms and teacher decision making. Her transition to on-line classes for her face to face undergraduate classes was instantaneous. In her words: I have not done anything innovative for my class. I am one of the faculty who uses a full Bb Learn shell for my face to face classes.
All in the perspective.
Check out these community resources:
Student Resources: https://nau.edu/coe/community-resources-for-students/
and it includes resources for students across the state. You may send the link to students in your classes.
We also created a learning resource page for
Parents and Educators: https://nau.edu/coe/community-resources/. Please feel free to share the Community Resource pages widely with your partners and contacts in schools and the broader community as well.