We know that it will be a challenge to move all UC classes online, but the university and CECH have resources to help you do this. 

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CET&L) has a website devoted to helping you teach remotely. Their recommended steps to get started are:

  1. Communicate: If you have not done so already, let your students know how you will be teaching your class remotely. All courses this term had online shells created in both Blackboard or Canvas. You can easily use either course shell to move your on-campus class online – just remember to tell students where to find your class. If you don’t have a plan yet, it is fine to tell students that. Some students are getting concerned that they have not heard anything from their professors.
  2. Plan: Analyze what is needed to ensure that student meet the learning outcomes for the course. Do not feel like you need to recreate every assignment and lecture online. If a learning outcome is covered in multiple assignments, you can simplify things by only keeping one assignment that adequately measures that learning outcome. Be open to new ways to teach your course.  Keep in mind that how you taught on campus may not translate well to online. Attached is a brief document outlining tools to help you convert your course to online.
  3. Revise: Revise your course syllabus and schedule and communicate these changes to your students.

Please remember student wellness during this time. Students are nervous and worried. Please be flexible during this transition and recognize that student mental health may be impacted by this situation.

Options for Faculty (pdf)

How to get help in converting your class to online:

CET&L is hosting workshops all this week and after spring break both on-campus and virtually (recordings will also be available for later viewing).

Your school and OITLD Instructional Designers are available to help by phone and email.

School of Education: Nick McDonald or Learning Design

School of Criminal Justice: Shelley Paden

School of Human Services: Dani Peterson

School of Information Technology: Selena Ramanayake or Learning Design

Final considerations:

  • Student accommodations must still be met in online environments, but those accommodations may be different than what was needed on-campus. If you have questions regarding accommodations, contact the Accessibility Services Office: Uptown Campus Accessibility Resources 513-556-6823; email Accessibility Resources.
  • Microsoft Teams is a great way to have more informal communications with a group and may be a choice you are interested in looking into for your class. Your instructional designer can help you request a Team for your class or work group.
  • On campus computer labs will be open for students who do not have computer or Internet access. If you hear reports of students who return home and do not have computer/Internet access, let your instructional Designer know.  
  • UC is working to double its Internet bandwidth. We hope this will be able to accommodate the increased traffic, especially WebEx and video streaming traffic.
  • A wide variety of streaming videos are available through the UC Library and may be an easy way to supplement your course content.
  • UC Spring Break has been officially extended through March 25th. Be sure to adjust course deadlines to the new date (especially existing online classes). This should also give you a bit more breathing room as I know many faculty had plans already for spring break.
  • These are uncharted waters in CECH and we anticipate that the situation will continue to evolve. We will continue to send updates as they are available. 

While you're preparing your online materials, please keep in mind that you do NOT have to put everything you do in a live class online--rather, only convert the content and assessments that are critical to achieving your course learning outcomes (think "need-to-know" vs. "nice-to-know"). And while it might seem logical to swap out your lecture with a live streaming session, these types are sessions are challenging, both in terms of learner engagement and technology (i.e., students may be on a slow network and have trouble connecting).

In light of this, we recommend creating your own mini-lectures via Kaltura and to take advantage of online and library content. Check out the resources below for more information. If you do need to host a synchronous session, we've compiled some best practices to help you and your participants before going live. Finally, if you're new to online, don't forget to make your Blackboard or Canvas course available this Thursday!

Course Content Delivery Resources

Online Teaching Resources

For more help or to schedule a virtual one-on-one consultation, submit a ticket through the OITLD portal.

Updated: 3-26-20