Remote vs. Online Teaching

While Ball State is more prepared than most in this challenging time because of our experience and recognized expertise in online teaching, teaching remotely is not the same as teaching online. Remote teaching is our instant response to an emergent health crisis and is being set up quickly. In contrast, online teaching involves the same planning, energy, and evidence-based practice that goes into teaching face-to-face.

Learn Best Practices in Remote Teaching

Assignments for Online Courses

One of the challenges of teaching remotely is communicating clearly about assignments. To help eliminate frequently asked questions that students will have, let this checklist (PDF) guide you in creating those assignments.

Summer Offerings

We have many options to help you prepare for this fall: A weeklong bootcamp devoted to multimodal teaching and learning, an introduction to HyFlex teaching, an online teaching refresher, technology and teaching consultations, and more.

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Watch our recorded webinars that address Ball State supported technologies, how to create quizzes and post grades in Canvas, create recorded lectures, and more.

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We invite you to share and discuss the techniques that have worked for your remote classroom in our “Continuity of Instruction” Canvas Community. Here instructors from across the University can connect to discuss ways to enhance your class, student interactions, and content delivery, just to name a few. Access the Community.

Remote Teaching Tips from Our Faculty

Use Canvas Quizzes for Weekly Check-ins

Molly developed her first online class for Summer 2020. She used a weekly check-in via Canvas quiz to fill the gap of in-person office hours.

"My online class filled out a four-question reflection at the beginning of each week, and this helped me catch misunderstandings about due dates, confusion about assignments, and individual personal issues students were facing. I was able to follow up with these students and work with them to stay on track in the class."

Molly Ferguson
Stephanie Ries

Sharing Inspirations to Start the Week

Stephanie Ries posts "Monday Inspirations" each week of classes. 

"Every Monday I post something to encourage my students. From taking time to meditate to encouraging them through adversity. Many students have commented these Monday inspirations have gotten them through the semester."

Use Student-Centered Communication Channels

When communicating with all of her students, Dr. Darolyn Jones utilizes channels they are familiar with, including Facebook.

"I have students create and post short videos with questions, responses to each other, and "just checking in" videos in our private Facebook group – it’s been fun," says Dr. Jones.

Darolyn Jones

One-on-One Check-Ins

Professor Kathryn Ludwig teaches ENG 103 Rhetoric and Writing, with 25 students per class. Professor Ludwig scheduled one-on-one check-ins with each student during the transition to remote teaching. 

Quick-Thinking Student Communication

When Dr. Guohe Zheng’s audio connection wasn’t working during his check-in with his Japanese 101 class, a quick-thinking student reminded him about their GroupMe.

“I use GroupMe regularly to confirm that everyone is fine, has Wi-Fi, and can concentrate on their classes. The communication takes place only on cell phones, avoiding [confusion] with an already crowded laptop screen,” says Dr. Zheng.

Guohe Zheng

Taking to Twitter to Connect

Teaching Assistant JJ Gramlich’s English 104 students set up a class Twitter account at the beginning of the semester communicate with one another.

“It's really come in handy. It's a great way for casual, low stakes, and frequent interaction,” says Gramlich.

Share Your Ideas on Authentic Assessment

There are many ways to assess for learning and understanding. Assessing students online while teaching remotely can be challenging. 

Have you rethought that multiple-choice exam and asked students to write a song, draw a diagram, make a video, or write a proposal? Share your ideas with us through Canvas.

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