Faculty and Staff Resources
In response to the COVID-19 crisis we rapidly converted over 240 courses to be delivered remotely to students for the second half of the semester. This was a remarkable accomplishment and positively impacted the lives of over 2,000 students, who also had to rapidly adapt to a new mode of learning among the other life challenges they faced. This unprecedented crisis showed that we could teach effectively online and it has changed the mindsets to this end of many faculty, in our college and across the country. Moreover, this crisis has permanently changed how we will teach in higher education. We will see the first phase of this at scale in Fall 2020.
In Fall 2020 it is essential that all CEDC courses be of the highest quality and we will take great efforts to make sure this is the case, efforts beyond what we were able to do for the rapid Spring 2020 transition. Given the uncertainty of the campus environment, we must develop all courses so they can be delivered with a robust and high-quality “digital backbone” implemented through the Canvas learning management system. They all should be constructed so they can be delivered in a hybrid in-person/online active learning mode with the ability to flex to a substantial, if not completely, online delivery mode. In order to do this, CEDC will invest in training for both new pedagogy and the use of technology as well as provide resources for faculty to develop their offerings in this new delivery mode.
This website provides resources to help in preparing faculty to transition their fall courses from traditional, in-person courses to a hybrid, active-learning course.
Faculty should all use Canvas as their course content management platform. For those not familiar with Canvas, please refer to this link. The following resources are available to help faculty create high-quality Canvas sites.
Zoom is the primary video and web conferencing tool for CU Denver | Anschutz and should be used by all faculty to meet with students synchronously, record asynchronously, and provide an interactive environment for teaching and learning. Learn about the basics here.
TechSmith Relay creates a secure online storage space for videos and allows videos to easily be embedded into Canvas pages. It also provides easy-to-use recording and editing tools such as Captioning and Cropping. Learn more about the basics here.
Microsoft OneDrive is available to all CU Denver | Anschutz faculty, staff, and students for free and provides 1TB of cloud storage to each user. Files can easily be stored, shared, and distributed for individuals or groups.
While these tools are available, they each have their weaknesses including concerns about privacy and the equipment a student might need to make use of these tools. We encourage faculty to think carefully about how they might approach testing and the need for proctoring.
TechSmith SnagIt and Camtasia allow you to push your online teaching to even greater limits by providing additional features for capturing processes, annotating explanations, and creating visual instructions. You can record your screen and edit videos easily as well. Learn more about SnagIt here, and sign up for workshops here!
The following CEDC faculty and staff have agreed to be a resource for other teaching faculty on technology.
CEDC has partnered with the Learning Design & Technology department within the School of Education and Human Development to provide resources, advice, and expertise to faculty. Please reach out to them via email to schedule an appointment if you have any questions, comments, or ideas you would like to share.
The Office of Digital Education is providing 1-on-1 consultations with ODE Instructional Designers, Consultants, and Faculty Colleagues. These are by-appointment only in 30 minute increments. Sign up for a session here!
The OIT Service Desk is available to support technology that is centrally-managed within CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, including Canvas, Zoom, Techsmith Relay, Office 365, and more.
The CEDC IT Service Desk is available to support CEDC faculty, staff, and students with any technology needs, specifically those that are unique to the College of Engineering, Design and Computing.
In collaboration with the Learning Design & Technology Department within the School of Education and Human Development, CEDC is broadcasting a weekly list of recommended tools, media, and events for your discovery. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with problems, questions, or recommendations regarding these weekly updates.