Whether an instructor is creating an online course temporarily in response to an emergency, or for long-term use, helpful resources will be posted here as they are identified. For direct assistance, please email IT Officer Kenneth Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning Your Online Course
- Be Ready to Temporarily Take Your Class Online (by Stanford TeachAnywhere)
- Inclusion, Equity, and Access While Teaching Remotely (by Rice University)
- Creating an Online Classroom (by Stanford Online High School)
- How to Make Your Online Pivot Less Brutal (by Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Teach From Home resource page (by Google)
- Class Planning questionnaire template (by Tandon School of Engineering)
Canvas is SCAC’s learning management system (LMS), used by classes for announcements, assignments, discussions, files, quizzes, grades.
- Login to Canvas at https://tocc.instructure.com. If you don’t know your login info, please contact email@example.com or send a text to 928-475-9328.
- If you’re unfamiliar with Canvas, check out these Easy Video Tutorials for Setting Up Course in Canvas (about 30 minutes of content).
Videoconferencing / Virtual Meeting Tools
Videoconferencing can be a good way to deliver a lecture or demonstrate a task remotely, host a class discussion, or participate in a study group activity. One challenge with videoconferencing is that you need a reliable and adequately fast Internet connection to enjoy a clear video chat. For some class activities, it may be advisable to consider a different communication format.
- Google Meet is a videoconferencing and screen sharing tool. If you first login to your TOCC Gmail account, then visit https://meet.google.com, it is free to use, doesn’t require any additional installation, and allows unlimited recording of your virtual meetings to your Google Drive! Google Meet also supports real-time closed captioning, so that speech is converted to text on the screen immediately (but please note that captions will not be included with the recordings.) Another benefit is that the entire TOCC user directory is already built-in, so inviting students to participate is very easy.
- Zoom is another popular videoconferencing and screen sharing tool. You can sign up for a free account, and in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the 40-minute time limit has been removed from the free account! Zoom also has other powerful features, such as a virtual whiteboard, the ability to request control of someone else’s computer, and free recording to your local computer. Check it out at https://zoom.us
Screencasting allows you to demonstrate steps and processes on the computer desktop, such as creating a tutorial on how to navigate a website or complete a specific task in a computer application. You can even use it to record a PowerPoint slideshow as you lecture on the content, and then link that video to be watched later. Click for additional creative screencasting ideas to use in your teaching.
Loom is a web service that you can use to create screencast videos. Upgrades to Loom Pro are free for education customers forever! Help guides for using Loom are located here: https://support.loom.com/hc/en-us
Screencastify is another well-known screencasting platform. Videos that are 5 minutes or shorter are free, but they are also offering an extended trial of their premium package. (You do not need to enter any payment information for this promotion, so there’s no chance of getting charged after the trial period for free unlimited video ends.) Help guides for using Screencastify are located here: https://help.screencastify.com
Here is how to sign up for the extended trial version of Screencastify for free:
- Visit https://screencastify.com with the Chrome web browser and click on My Account on the upper right of the page.
- Sign in with your TOCC Google account.
- Click the blue “Subscribe Now” button (page will say “Upgrade to Unlimited” and will show $49 per year).
- Click the gray “Redeem coupon” button below the total due.
- Enter coupon code CAST_COVID and click the red “OK” button.
- The Total Due will show $0 and you can click the blue “Activate Subscription” button and install the screencast extension on the Chrome browser.
Once you have created your screencasts, we recommend you choose to automatically save videos to your Google Drive. This would allow you to create a semester’s worth of content ahead of time and then still access those screencasts after the free trial ends.