Engage Students in Summer Courses

We invite you to use explore course preparation resources and leverage lessons learned from Spring remote teaching to prepare your summer courses to maximize student success!  Explore WIT Online Learning Hub Faculty Resources and the Academic Technology Toolkit create a consistent and engaging student experience by centralizing content, assignments, and assessments in Blackboard Learn. Use the Online Faculty Course Readiness Checklist to guide your preparations.

Lessons from Spring Remote Teaching:

  • Students consensus is to reproduce the on-campus experience of lectures and meetings as much as possible with live classes and virtual office hours.
      • Hold live lectures and office hours in Zoom, use raise your hand, chat, and breakout rooms.
  • Use asynchronous communication methodssuch as prerecorded lectures and email communication, to supplement to synchronous classes, not a replacement. 
      • Record Zoom lectures and post recordings in your Blackboard Course, here’s how
  • Students prefer lectures from the instructor themselves and not simply rely on lectures created by others that are available on YouTube, etc.  Create your own mini-lectures and make them interactive.
  • Create a clear and easy to understand organizational structure for course material, LIT can help! 
  • Communicate clear expectations for:
    • When can students connect live to instructors
    • When can students connect live with other students
    • What communication, deadlines, etc. are you using to keep students motivated. Have clear deadlines for assignments.
    • Engaging students who are in different time zones
    • Managing connectivity issues (lagging internet, technical challenges. Student tips and resources are on the Academic Resources Tab in Blackboard.

 Reach out to LIT at lit@wit.edu to consult with an instructional designer.