Published: July 22, 2020

Julia Staffel, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and Zak Kopeikin, lecturer and a recent graduate of our PhD program, have recently conducted four online workshops on hybrid and online teaching, sharing what they have learned about using technology for online teaching. The sessions are recorded and are available for anyone to consult and have been featured at the philosophy blog Daily Nous.

Staffel and Kopeikin write:

We designed these four teaching workshops with the intention to give people an efficient overview of the knowledge they might need to teach hybrid and online classes. We didn’t want to give a lot of basic teaching advice, but instead we assume that people already have ideas for what they want to cover and are familiar with designing lessons. We’re showing them how to use the relevant technology to make it happen. We also try to be mindful of people’s time, so we selected topics and applications that people can incorporate in their teaching without an enormous time commitment.

For each app or functionality we discuss, we give a short tutorial that discusses how to set it up and what it looks like from the student’s perspective. We also offer some ideas for how to use them in class and how some of these technologies can be used to reduce cheating. Of course there are many more possibilities out there, but we believe that we’re offering people who don’t want to spend a lot of time researching teaching technology a good overview of some common and useful tools for online teaching.

The sessions are:

Canvas for Online Teaching
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Topics: Labeling Strategies for your Canvas page - Giving students audio- and video-feedback (12:35) - Using discussion boards effectively (18:35) - Using to-do lists for students (30:39) - Scheduling office hours with Canvas calendar (38:10) - Canvas quizzes (47:10) - Recording name pronunciation (1:12:37) - Accessing Canvas support and tutorials (1:15:00)

Zoom for Synchronous Online Teaching
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Topics: Creating personal connections in online classes by using name games - An overview of Zoom settings and different ways of allowing students to speak up (6:10, 14:27) - Recording Zoom meetings (21:20) - Using Zoom’s polling function (33:45) - Using a tablet and stylus to draw on a Zoom whiteboard (45:50) - Using breakout rooms (57:50) - Taking attendance in Zoom (1:09:42)

Recording Content for Asynchronous Online Teaching
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Topics: Best practices for recorded lectures - Using different programs to record lectures - Zoom (4:47) - PP Slides with Voice over (12:50) - Audacity for audio (19:15) - Snag it (46:40) - Using Play Posit to embed quizzes in recorded lectures (52:23) - Recording in-person classes (1:13:25)

Further Apps, Methods, and Resources
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Topics: Using podcasts and videos (by others) as teaching tools - Podcasts (0:48) - Videos (10:30) - Using Perusall for jointly annotating text (18:15) - Using Piazza for communication with students (30:10) - Using Flipgrid for recording short video comments (49:10)

and can be accessed directly through the links above or through Professor Staffel's webpage at