Growing numbers of colleges and universities are shuttering their doors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In turn, educators have had to respond by taking their courses online within a matter of days. Many of them lack experience teaching online and are now scrambling to figure out how to make remote classes work for their courses.
The good news: Online teaching and learning can be just as effective as an in-person classroom. We talked to several educators who were able to respond quickly to school shutdowns and move their classes online. They shared their tips and best practices on how to do so successfully.
Bobby Butler at the University of Houston keeps an open discussion thread during his lectures to engage with his students in real time. Paul Cooper at Yale University sees this change as a chance to improve as an educator. At the University of Washington, Nicole McNichols is using Top Hat to streamline the remote teaching and learning experience. Similarly, Eric Davis (seen in the video clip below) at Bellevue College is using a number of online platforms to keep learning active and engaging for his Gen Z students.