Be sure to let your students know how you will communicate with them (you should also include this information on your syllabus). Will you use Canvas Announcements or Inbox? Email? Or some other method(s)? We can (and should) clearly state our communication policies to our students.
Record Your Lectures in Advance
Prepare a recorded lecture in advance using Zoom. Our teams are happy to work with faculty to provide advice about software, microphones, and camera settings as well as to how to deliver your video(s) online.
Host Your Class Online During Your Scheduled Class Time
Penn State offers Zoom video conferencing so you can meet with up to 500 people online simultaneously.
Provide “Before Class” Resources in Place of the Scheduled Class
Provide and assign online readings and/or lecture videos that address the material(s) you would have normally covered in a face-to-face class, and require students to review those prior to class. Then use class time to discuss the topics your readings and recordings covered.
Design Alternative Activities
Create a Canvas-based quiz or assignment or Kaltura video quiz to encourage student accountability for reviewing material that you provide online. You could also open a Canvas discussion forum to provide a platform where students can respond to questions and discuss course concepts.
Review Current Policies
Be sure to review University policies related to absences, emergencies, and class instruction. Most related policies are linked at the beginning of the Penn State Web Learning Contingency Planning for Undergraduate Education site.