This site https://teachingcontinuity.wustl.edu/ was developed for the spring transition, but still contains great info such as a Quick Start Guide and other resources for faculty and students. Reference additional resources below.

Recomendations for 2021

Strategies to Improve Learning (remote)

  1. To build community and casual conversation, come early and stay late at your zoom meetings, create optional in person meetings, and create smaller break out rooms to have casual conversations. 
  2. Enter all your due dates in the Canvas course so that items show up in students master calendar. Being able to see all due dates in one place helps students manage multiple due dates. 
  3. Use the Canvas module function to organize content into a chronological or topic format for quickly referencing and finding information. 
  4. Schedule all Zoom meetings through the Canvas integration so that each meeting automatically shows up in the Canvas calendar. (Instruction Link) 
  5. The Announcement function of Canvas provides a quick way to compartmentalize critical information about the class as opposed to using email. Announcements keep a clear record of the classes critical information. 
  6. Box is best for large files, but consider following a naming convention to improve finding folder content such as fl20_419_rivera_vonrohr_enrique. It has the semester, course, faculty, and students. You can add _elevation.pdf at the end if submitting a file.  Such a naming conventions help everyone find folders and files. 
  7. If you are creating a collaborative Figma board for continued use throughout the semester, consider a page or area that includes links to the Canvas course, your Zoom meeting link, and any other key resources related to the class. 
  8. Use a Wacom tablet when possible to draw on students work. It will improve clarity when marking up students work in various ways. 
  9. Remote learning has taken more time, at least this first go around. While this may seem counter intuitive, the complexity of navigating content and its delivery can be complex. Consider stating how long you anticipate activities should take to complete in your syllabi and seeking feedback from students to align.

Common Questions

What software is accessible from what countries?

Please review the “Overseas Technology Access” page at this link.

How to integrate library resources into Canvas?

A guide for helping faculty and instructors integrate library resources and librarians into a Canvas Course.

Who do I call for adding a TA to my course?

Please contact your registrar.

How can I learn more about Figma?

Check out the resources page at this link.

How can I learn more about Miro?

More at this link.

To sign up for the educational version go to this link.

Canvas Faculty Support

Faculty have various options for Canvas support and questions.

Audio Visual (AV) Models & Instructions

The Sam Fox School has many space types that require us to have multiple Audio Visual (AV) models. Spaces will be configured with the following models and instructions on the following page.

Video Production Support

Faculty have various options for production to create instructional videos that include (a) DIY instructions, (b) Kaltura Recording Studio, and (c) Instructional Video Support Services.

Technology Support

These are technical help contacts and methods you can use during the COVID-19 challenges we are experiencing.

Technical Resources

The following are online tools that can help during a prolonged disruption. The Sam Fox School strongly advocates for using Canvas, Microsoft Office, Box, and Zoom. These tools are part of the WashU IT ecosystem and thus have dedicated support resources for learning how to use the tools.

Getting Started

While many online experiences are designed for a seminar-type delivery, we must also consider how to create studio-like experiences in the context of the Sam Fox School pedagogy and culture. When moving a class to an online-only format consider the following.

Online Syllabi Guide

The following are a set of considerations and questions when redesigning your syllabi during a disruption. This is an opportunity to work with constraints and be creative about how to engage your students in a space not traditionally used for teaching and learning in the arts.

Best Practices

The following are suggested ways to accomplish key tasks and address common challenges when delivering content to students online.