Faculty Examples

This page is reserved for tips and suggestions from you. If you’ve found a way for your students to make progress in your course despite missed class meetings–whether due to illness, bad weather, travel, or other circumstances–we encourage you to share your ideas with your colleagues. Please email us a brief description of what you did along with some reflections on how well it worked, and we will post these to the Continuity web site.

Use of Zoom on the First (Virtual) Day of Class

This fall I had a conflict on the first day of classes and had to be away from campus, so I planned pretty early in the summer to hold the first day of class via Zoom. I never would have thought it would be a good tool to use in a situation where I didn't know any of the students, and the students didn't know one another, but it actually turned out to be a great way of starting the class off on a good foot.

Using Zoom for an Appalachian Lit class

I just finished using Zoom with my Appalachian Lit class (ENG 188-01). There was more participation in this one as I invited them to take a few minutes and find a passage that supported a statement I gave them: "The eastern Kentucky mountain character Gertie Nevils in The Dollmaker by H. Arnow sees buying the Tipton Farm as a paradise of possibilities. Find passages that demonstrate how she shows good use of land and resources that fit into the theme of sustainable farming that we have seen in this novel and prior texts."

Discussing Milton via Skype Chat

I was willing to try Skype chat because I know and trust the students in my graduate course. I knew, for example, that they would be understanding if the whole conversation turned out to be a total flop. To my surprise and delight, discussion turned out to be useful and illuminating.

Blogging through the Snowstorm

I now teach all my courses with an on-line component which amounts to a co-authored blog through WordPress. The course is a blend of the old and new, of course, but we blog together all semester long with I posting weekly class blogs and the students providing research blogs/comments. During the recent storm we did not miss a beat. Class kept meeting on-line as research blogs were posted and commented upon. We could have done even more if the forced recess had continued for another day or two. I also used the class e-mail function of Blackboard in this process.