Remote at the Ready: How pre-built assets can be used for rapid virtual course and event development

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Brief Abstract

To rapidly transition to remote learning, we assembled a course containing pre-built example assignments and assets. By importing these resources, even inexperienced faculty could quickly convert courses and events to a remote format. In this session, we will share details of our plan, assets, and benefits of the format.

Presenters

Cynthia Schanke, M.S.I.T. is the Assistant Director of Online Learning at Elizabethtown College in central Pennsylvania. She has over 20 years of experience in instructional design, web design, graphic design, and web-based training. Cynthia specializes in online course development and faculty training. She is also an adjunct professor, teaching courses in web design at both Elizabethtown College and Harrisburg Area Community College.
Dr. Linda Macaulay is the Assistant Director of Instructional Technology at Elizabethtown College (PA). She has over 15 years of experience teaching in online, blended, and traditional higher education programs. Before coming to the college, she taught graduate and undergraduate educational technology courses and was also an elementary teacher for eleven years. Her background in leadership for change, technology, and learning theory provides a broad base of knowledge to support faculty as they work to enhance their face-to-face, blended, and online courses with innovative teaching strategies and technology. She states that she is a "teacher first, techie second" because it is good teaching and course design that makes all the difference for student success. She lives in Landisville, PA with her son and pets and enjoys listening to Kenny Roger's music and spending time with her family to unplug and recharge. Look for her around the OLC Conference buzzing about in her red mobility scooter!

Extended Abstract

When all of our classes transitioned to online and remote learning due to COVID-19, our instructional design team needed to think fast in order to help faculty with very little online experience execute their class assignments. We assembled a course containing multiple example assignments, complete with instructions for students, instructional technology recommendations, rubrics and a teacher guide. Faculty could then rapidly develop their courses by copying the examples  into their courses and modifying them as needed.

One of the most requested example assignments was for online group and individual presentations. Students had varying skill levels and technology available to them at home, so we needed to provide several easy-to-use options. We used Zoom, Screencast-o-Matic, VidGrid and YouTube to ensure students had options to not only record their presentations and submit them seamlessly, but also caption them for accessibility. In this session, we will share details of our plan and assets we distributed to faculty. 

These resources allowed us to still hold our Spring Scolarship and Creative Arts Day: https://www.etown.edu/programs/scad/ virtually, which included an Occupational Therapy Symposium that draws practitioners in the area to attend as well as students and faculty. 

While COVID-19 forced us to move these presentation events virtually, we realized several improvements due to the new model of presentation. This session will detail some of the "wins" that the virtual format afforded that will likely continue even when SCAD can be a day-long in-person event in the future.