Teaching and Learning During the Pandemic
This page is a one-stop guide to all critical information concerning the UNH campus response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Guidance for Covid Instruction
It includes important resources to share with students. Be sure to check these resources frequently, as the information may change as the pandemic situation requires.
Also included are general suggestions for adapting or redesigning your courses, as necessary, and a list of the various technologies available to support your transition.
For more specific guidance and resources on transitioning to new teaching modalities.
Hybrid (”Flipped Classroom”) HyFlex (Concurrent) Online Courses Online Labs STEM Courses Studio and Performance (Online)
Resources to Share with Students
COVID-19 Updates and Safety Guidelines
Check for COVID-19 plans, helpful resources and answers, updated information and expectations around public health and safety protocols. Includes Updates and Announcements and Frequently Asked Questions.
Student Instruction During Covid-19
Contains answers for frequently asked questions that you can share with your students.
Remote Support for Academic Software
The Academic Technology Support Center
Having trouble connecting to an assigned reading (library or publisher resource)? If you or your students are having trouble connecting to an online resource, please refer to the library’s technical support page for help.
The Library’s Covid-19 page provides updates and resources during the pandemic.
IT Knowledge Base articles
Tips for Being a Successful Online Learner
Online Student Collaboration Tools
Best practices for taking online exams for students
Adapting or Redesigning Your Course
A transition from on campus teaching to online, remote, or hybrid instruction is not as simple as using videos and live meetings to replace everything. You will need to take a hard look at your learning objectives, consider paring course content down so that it closely aligns with critical objectives, then match aligned technologies and activities. Good course planning and design can save time when you teach remotely.
Your students may be challenged by adapting to remote learning, in addition to the stresses of being removed from campus and being socially isolated.
Consider using a survey to identify any gaps in technology, in addition to checking in on your student's coping with the situation. You can build a survey in Canvas, or, see this copyable survey built on Google Forms.
You may also consider creating an open discussion board in your course for discussion of non-course related topics, to give students a place to "chat" and reduce their feeling of isolation.
Attendance policies should be relaxed during this remote teaching period. Students may be in a different time zone, and/or have family obligations during this difficult time. Additionally, some students may have shared access to devices, or inconsistent access to the internet. It is recommended that instructors focus on students meeting learning goals, rather than live attendance at Zoom lectures. Record and post your lectures so that students can view at a later time, and consider short, low-stakes quizzes with at least a 24-hour availability window in myCourses as a replacement for attendance.
You may find this module planner helpful as you begin the process of transitioning to online delivery:
UNH Online Course Worksheet
Consider Adjusting Your Syllabus to help put students at ease.
Technologies to Support Your Transition
The following technologies are available for the indicated uses:
Communicate with Students
Canvas (myCourses) Messaging
Video Lecture, Office Hours
Kaltura (record short lectures)
Canvas (myCourses) Files
Zoom (live collaboration)
Assignments and Grades
Canvas (myCourses) Assignments, Quizzes, and Gradebook
ACUE Online Teaching Toolkit
(The Association of College and University Educators -- ACUE)
Resources and recommendations for immediate use in making a quick transition to the online environment. These resources are divided into six key topic areas for teaching remotely:
- Welcoming students to the online environment
- Managing your online presence
- Organizing your online course
- Planning and facilitating quality discussions
- Recording effective micro lectures
Engaging students in readings and micro lectures
Moving Online Now: How to keep teaching during coronavirus
This collection of short articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education has some good ideas on how to get started, how to get organized, and how to communicate with your students.