There are a number of technologies that you can use to engage in alternative methods of teaching courses or to make up for lost instructional time. The staff at the Center for Instructional Development would be happy to discuss different ways that you can use the technological tools effectively in your courses. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please send an email to email@example.com or call 678-466-4190.
Every scheduled course at Clayton State is provided with learning management space on GeorgiaView that you can utilize for instruction, assignments, and testing. Your lectures or instructional videos can be uploaded to this course web space and drop boxes can be used to collect assignments. Two of the features included in this system, discussions and chat, can be implemented quickly and will allow you the opportunity engage your students at a distance.
"The Discussions tool allows you to create topics relevant to the course where users enrolled in the course can post and reply to messages. You can ask questions, generate discussion, and encourage Students to share feedback and ideas" (Blackboard, 2009). More information on setting up a discussion board can be found in the GAView Tutorial List.
Chat and Whiteboard
"The Chat tool allows you to communicate in real time with other users in the course. You can use Chat to engage in real-time conversations with all users or selected users. You can also use the Chat tool's Whiteboard to draw objects, enter text, import images, and create slide shows that can be viewed in real time by other users" (Blackboard, 2009). Discussions can be set up as threaded, class blogs, or journals. More information on setting up a the chat and whiteboard tool can be found under GAView Tutorial List.
Clayton State has a site license with Horizon Wimba for web conferencing. Wimba supports audio, video, slide presentations (PowerPoint), whiteboard activities, chat and polling. In addition, any sessions can be recorded and archived for future use. To request a Wimba Virtual Classroom, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are comfortable recording your lecture material ahead of time, you have several lecture-capture options that will allow you to do so. The Center for Instructional Development has a laptop with Camtasia that you can use to record audio and video if you want to record lectures in advance. As an alternative, you can also create screencasts that combine a voice/video recording of anything on your computer screen (including PowerPoint presentations and videos) using a free programs available for Mac and Windows.