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Emergency Online Teaching: Part I

Are you abruptly teaching from home? Perhaps your school is on Covid lockdown or you, yourself, have been quarantined due to Covid-19 exposure? While we know schools have done their best to stand up learning management systems for online teachers and students, "what if you are just trying to survive?" This blog series is for you. This is part 1 of a series on the rapid transition to remote learning.



Turned upside down and now need to teach online?

#1 Student Need: Course Materials, of course!

Okay, so you don't have a learning management system. Maybe you do but you forgot how to use it? (Shhh...I won't tell!) Or maybe it's too complicated for students. Or, for you! The basics are this. Students will need to access course materials. submit assignments and receive feedback on their work. They also will need a way to send you questions, and they will need to know when and how you will respond. That can be accomplished fast and without a lot of work. (Hurray!)


There are many ways to allow students to access course materials. One idea is a Google drive that you share. this assumes you have a Gmail address. If not, make one!


Set up, upload your content, and share your Google Drive folder.



First, find your drive as in the image above. (Many people don't know how!) Then, find or make a folder like in image 2. Now, upload off the course content you want students to access. Finally, use the "share" to allow anyone on the internet to view. (Of course, be careful you don't allow them to edit!)


Now, send the class the copied link. Your students can now access the course content. Achieved!


Another idea would be to use DropBox. It's free and there are mobile apps to make it an on-the-go solution. The basic steps are outlined below!


Now that you have a stop-gap solution for proving your course content, visit again soon to learn about the next survival online teaching tip!

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