KGI Faculty:

Featured below is a list of technological resources for conducting coursework remotely and online.   

If you want more information about particular tools or ideas presented here, contact helpdesk@kgi.edu or call IT at ext. 70387 or (909) 607-0387. 

Also, KGI has a full-time faculty member, George Bradford (George_Bradford@kgi.edu, 78709 or (909) 607-8709), available to help you with course designs, either synchronous or asynchronous in mode or a blended (hybrid) mode. 

Ways to Prepare and Coordinate Class, Activities, and Assignments

  • This list provides you some things to think about in order to be prepared—and to prepare your students—for remote classes.  

    • How will you communicate with your students: will you use e-mail, or the Announcements or Messages tools in Sakai? 
    • Make the course calendar and all relevant resources available digitally (the Syllabus and Resources tools in Sakai are good options for this.)  
    • Generally, it is a good habit to collect all the resources you wish to share in a single location: Sakai, Box.  (Students can sign up for a free Box account here.) 
    • Designate a centralized location where you will collect student submissions of assignments or other work. Sakai has several tools that work well for collecting student work. For unrestricted collection of documents from students, use the Sakai Dropbox tool. To set up assignments within Sakai, with set deadlines and/or set submission types, the Assignments and Tests & Quizzes tools both offer robust options.
    • If your class is largely discussion based, consider if would you want to arrange for a synchronous discussion using Zoom or if you want to organize online asynchronous discussion through Sakai Forums or other tools. 
    • If your class includes a lecture component, consider using Zoom to record your lecture so students can watch the content remotely. Zoom content can be uploaded to Box, then shared via a link to the Resources in a Sakai course site using the “Add Web Link” option.  (Add this link (https://www.box.com/pricing/individual) to Sakai with a note for students to sign up for a free Box account. Then instructors can share their Box folder with the email addresses that the students used to create their personal Box account). 
    • If class time usually includes activities to evaluate student learning, consider online quizzing, such as via the Tests & Quizzes tool in Sakai. The tool currently supports thirteen different question types, including short answer/essay and student audio response. Student lecture capture using Zoom might also provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they know and identify areas for questions. 
  • This list is meant to give you some ideas of how to plan for a class when you cannot meet with your students face-to-face. It is by no means comprehensive. If you have found particular techniques or approaches effective in fostering course continuity when you could not be on campus, please let us know so that we can add to this resource. 

    • You could meet synchronously with your students via Zoom for virtual office hours or a virtual class meeting.  
    • You could post your lecture notes, handouts, and/or slides to the Resources tool on Sakai, and add questions for reflection to guide students through the material. 
    • You could use the Forums tool within Sakai to foster an asynchronous discussion. For more guided discussion, you might consider asking students to write one-page response papers on a particular topic, post their response in a Sakai forum, blog or Wiki, and then you could ask each student to respond to at least one other student’s paper. 
  • Keep in mind that what is keeping you out of the classroom may also keep students from being able to participate in your efforts at continuity and staff from being able to assist you. Electricity and internet access may be uneven and there may be bigger issues that need attention. The design you employ for continuity can be mindful of this and, for example, make sure synchronous sessions are also recorded so that students who were not able to be there live can still benefit from listening later.