Suggestions for Blended, Online & Emergency Remote Instruction
Relationship-rich experiences are the foundation of an Elon education, as they are at residential colleges and universities across the country. Interacting with faculty, staff and peers in an active and challenging community of learners – in and out of the classroom – is at the very heart of teaching and learning at Elon. Those relational experiences are what draw our students – and us – to be here.
The COVID-19 pandemic challenges faculty and staff to re-imagine where and how teaching and learning take place, but it does not shake our shared devotion to engaged, inclusive, rigorous and interactive education. Building on Elon’s model of “student- and learning-centered relationships” (Boldly Elon, Theme 1), all Fall 2020 courses will include regular, educationally purposeful faculty-student and student-student interactions, which may include creative uses of hybrid, blended, flipped and other pedagogies.
Flexible and resilient teaching is key to maintaining continuity in the midst of transformation. Disruptions, whether planned or unplanned, may require new forms of interactions between instructors, students, course content and instructional tools. The ability to adapt course structures and activities quickly in response to change is critical for student success.
This resource offers helpful strategies and tips to help instructors design activities for blended, online and emergency remote courses. Use the links on the right to review considerations for synchronous and asynchronous instruction, suggested technology tools, best practices for a success, campus support resources and more. Below you will find links to the latest news.
Recent updates related to blended, online and emergency remote learning at Elon.
Technology creates new learning spaces in Elon College courses
Sept 16, 2020
This summer, a small army of faculty and staff prepared technology and tools that create opportunities for students to connect with material and each other. Learn more about those tools and how Elon College instructors are using them.
Get Started with Zoom at Elon
Aug 11, 2020
New this week: Zoom and Moodle are now linked. With this update, instructors have the option to add recurring virtual class meetings to their courses for easy student access. Learn more and check out videos in this Elon TLT YouTube playlist for help adding Zoom to your course.
FREE Access to Adobe Creative Cloud
Aug 11, 2020
Adobe Creative Cloud offers faculty, staff and students convenient access to Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere and other programs directly on their devices, from any location. Learn more about features and download options.
Projecting and Protecting the Voice in the Physically Distanced Classroom
Aug 4, 2020
This fall, instructors will teach while wearing face coverings. It’s a challenge that’s causing many to wonder whether or not students will be able to hear them. Polly Cornelius, a Senior Lecturer in Music, explains in this guest post how instructors can project, protect and care for their voices while teaching in physically distanced classrooms and also offers tips.
Moodle Boasts Improved Look & Feel
Jul 28, 2020
In the latest, more visual update to the learning management system, accessibility and navigation enhancements are at the forefront with larger text throughout, custom image headers for course pages, simplified editing functionality and revamped course management settings. Explore new features and take a video tour.
Impact of COVID-19
Jun 8, 2020
Elon University faculty and staff continue to prepare for resumption of on-campus classes for fall 2020. The university’s Ready and Resilient website offers details about plans, a COVID-19 dashboard for tracking the number of cases on campus and other efforts. For more information and communications about the impact of the COVID-19 at Elon, visit the Ready and Resilient website.