How do I ensure my students do not feel isolated now that we may not be meeting in person?
Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. There are several different ways you can reach out to your students, some of which you may already be doing. Continue to email your class regularly. Do not stop using whatever system you are currently using. Use the announcement feature in your online class to give them the bits of housekeeping you usually share in class. Post an announcement at least once a week to keep everyone on track.
eCampus has a discussion tool that can be very useful. You can create a Course Discussion Forum that you and/or your TA can monitor so students can ask questions. Reply to any general question on the discussion forum so all your students can see your answer. This will save you time if multiple students have the same question.
How do I edit my Zoom recordings?
If you record your Zoom sessions locally, you will receive an .mp4 file that you can edit in any video editor. (Zoom cannot edit these files.) If you don’t have a video editor on your computer, try using MyMediasite’s. Once you upload the file and it finishes processing, select “Edit Video.” Then, drag your mouse to select sections to cut. Edit the start time on the left, or edit the end of the video on the right. Once you have highlighted everything to cut, select “Commit to Current” in the Commit menu at the top, and your edits will be saved. The “Commit Job” menu on the right will show you its progress. Once it is complete, it will update your video in the catalog automatically. There are no other steps you need to take to get your changes to your students.
If you want to break up your lecture into smaller pieces, or chunks, so students can view your lecture by topic, select “Commit to New.” Then you can create new, smaller videos based on the cuts you make without changing the original video. Be sure to add new, descriptive titles for each smaller video.
Please note: Chunking videos by topic can greatly help students living in rural areas, due to their slow and/or spotty internet connections.
How do I share my Zoom Cloud recordings with students inside a Canvas course?
To add Zoom Cloud recordings to the Zoom app within Canvas, go to the “Zoom” link in the course’s left-hand navigation. (You may be asked to click the link to launch ZOOM LTI Pro.) Once Zoom launches in a new window, click the three vertical dots menu next to “Schedule a New Meeting,” click “Import Meeting,” then enter the recording’s Meeting ID. (The Meeting ID can be found in the Zoom web application.)
As long as there are no previous recordings with an identical Meeting ID, the recording will be added to the available Cloud Recordings.
I use eCampus with small-enrollment classes, but how do I manage assignments with large classes?
Assignments for large classes are easily managed if you use the grading tool within eCampus. The grading tool allows you to mark-up students’ work, leave feedback, and assign points all in one location. See how to set up assignments and delegate graders in the eCampus help documents. This allows students to upload a PDF or Word file, and allows you to grade, or assign your TA to grade, without you having to download, print, pass around, or upload any files. Simply click the Needs Grading link under the Grade Center, and select an item to grade with or without the username hidden. Blackboard Help will show you screenshots and videos to help walk you through inline grading in your browser.
To further help you manage large classes, think about setting up groups in eCampus for assignments or discussions. That way, you are only grading one entry per group. Start by creating groups in eCampus, then create discussions inside each group, or give assignments to groups by selecting that option under Submission Details when you create an assignment.