How to Manage POGIL Online
A variety of circumstances could require you to take your class online with minimal notice. This page is still evolving, but is intended to be a resource for you during that time.
When you realize you have to move your class online quickly, consider the following right away:
STEP 1: Review your syllabus for points that should change: What will have to change in your syllabus (policies, due dates, assignments, etc.)? Since students will also be thrown off by the changes, they will appreciate details whenever you can provide them.
STEP 2: Pick tools and approaches familiar to you and your students: Try to rely on tools and workflows that are familiar to you and your students, and roll out new tools only when absolutely necessary. A closure may be taxing to everyone's mental and emotional energy; introducing a lot of new tools and approaches may leave even less energy and attention for learning.
STEP 3: Communicate with your students right away: Even if you don't have a plan in place yet, communicate with your students as soon as possible, informing them that changes are coming and what your expectations are for checking email or the platform you use for grading (Canvas, Blackboard, etc.), so you can get them more details soon. Create a detailed communication plan. Once you have more details about changes in the class, communicate them to students, along with more information about how they can contact you (email, online office hours, etc.). A useful communication plan also lets students know how soon they can expect a reply. They will have many questions.
Our friends at PEER Physics have compiled a list of Remote Collaborative Learning Tools at this link
Synchronous Options - (live online meeting space, can share screen, chat, etc)
**Keep in mind, live online meetings are only as good as the internet speed allows. On campus internet speeds are excellent but off campus, home, etc might be different. Do a speed test of your internet to gauge if a live synchronous meeting will work. The more people on your network, especially at home, the slower it will be.
There are a variety of Facebook groups that have been established to deal with the issue of online learning. Here are links to some of them:
Please send any others that you may be aware of to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will post them on this page.
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