There are a number of ways to adapt existing assignments for circumstances where you miss face-to-face meetings. For example:

  • In lieu of in-class discussion, you could use the discussion feature in Canvas.
  • For more guided discussion, you could ask students to write one-page response papers on a particular topic or short responses to question prompts. They could post their response in a Canvas discussion board. You could then ask each student to respond to at least one other student’s paper.
  • If you know in advance that you will miss class, you might record a video lecture or audio podcast. You could post this to Canvas, and assign students to review and comment on the material.
  • You could create a voice or video recording on a particular topic using VoiceThread. Then ask students to comment on the recording in VoiceThread.
  • Browse the Faculty Examples page for examples of how Georgetown faculty have used these strategies in designing and adapting assignments.
  • Create a short assessment in Canvas, or use a Google Form to check students’ understanding of an assigned reading.
  • If you or your students are unable to meet face-to-face to discuss drafts of written work, you can use Canvas to create a peer review assignment, which will allow each student to provide feedback on another student’s work.
CNDLS Office Hours

CNDLS provides virtual office hours for support with tools and tips for teaching online.

Hours of operation: Monday – Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. After hours, reach us at cndls@georgetown.eduN.B. CNDLS Office Hours are closed the week of Thanksgiving (November 23-27). 

For information on daily office hours offered by CETS, UIS and other partners, please visit the contact page.

Tip of the Week

As we near the end of the semester, many students will be preparing final presentations, individually or in groups. Take a look at our resources on oral presentations in a virtual learning environment for ideas that can help make virtual presentations during class as smooth as possible. If your final exam will be a traditional test and you’re looking for ideas on fostering academic integrity during test-taking, consider these “analog” techniques.

Reminder: Please update your course description and syllabus in GU360 to keep students informed as they make course decisions.

CNDLS Calendar

Visit the CNDLS calendar to learn about upcoming programs and workshops.