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ISMMS Shift to Remote Instruction: FAQs

In response to the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, ISMMS has made a temporary shift to online instruction. This is your guide to current info and updates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is synchronous instruction?
Synchronous instruction occurs when students and faculty meet at the same time via the same medium, but not necessarily in the same place.

What is asynchronous instruction?
Asynchronous instruction is a teaching method that uses online learning resources to facilitate information sharing outside the constraints of time and place.

What tools can I use to transform my synchronous sessions to online?
The Zoom video conferencing tool works best to transform in-person teaching to an online environment. 

I created a Zoom meeting. How do I share the details of it with my students?
There are two ways to share a Zoom meeting with your students:

  1. Copy the invitation link into an Outlook email or
  2. Create an announcement on Blackboard. 

Please refer to the Technology Guides section for more details.

I created a recording of my lecture. What is the most effective way to share it with the students?
Once it's ready, you will receive an email from Zoom with a link to your recording. This link will also be available for you under the recordings section of your Zoom account. Copy the recording link, paste it in an email and send to the students. Refer to the Technology Guides page for more details. 

Class attendance is important to me: How do I track it when we meet online on Zoom?
There are two ways to track attendance:

  1. Ask your students to write their names in Zoom's chat area in the beginning of the lecture or
  2. Create a Zoom report with student activity after the lecture is over.

Should I be recording every single lecture?
This decision is at your discretion as faculty. However, please keep in mind that you need to delete the online recordings after the course is over. You may save the recordings on your computer before removing them.