Weather proof your courses

Weather related campus closings and class cancellations due to treacherous road conditions make it challenging to maintain the pace of learning in the Spring semester. When you or your students can’t be physically present in the classroom face-to-face, you can salvage the situation with variety of technological solutions.

In order to hold a formal class meeting at a distance Zoom is the most stable and easily available option that does not need prior planning. It allows multiple people to participate in a live web video or audio conference. Hosts can invite anyone, including people outside of the Brown community. Zoom can be used to hold class sessions, office hours, or host guest speakers when weather makes it difficult to reach campus. Zoom sessions can also be recorded and made available for later review. Learn how to get started with Zoom.

Asynchronous Class Sessions
You can also prepare your class sessions in advance for students to access at their convenience. Here are some of the options available for Brown faculty:

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Instructional video: beyond flipped classroom

In the past year we have seen  experimentation with instructional videos on the Brown campus, specifically for flipped classroom and lecturing at a distance. Flipped classroom, assigning video lectures outside of the classroom, is not the only way to use video for teaching and learning. Video, a medium that encourages passive viewing as a stand alone resource, works best when embedded in larger multimedia contexts in online courses or woven into classroom activities.  

This diagram presenting different genres of videos and the outcomes they support can inspire us to incorporate video for a variety of instructional purposes. Below we explore some genres and umbrella outcomes with examples of use in teaching.

Video For Teaching

(Schwartz & Hartman, 2007)

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Recent advancements in hardware and software have made digital media production more accessible to a broad range of people. For example, it is now relatively easy for anyone with a smartphone to record a high-quality video, edit it, and share it online with a worldwide audience. For educators, the growing democratization of media-based practices has the potential to transform both how instructors teach and how students learn.

In this post, we answer two pertinent questions related to creating and using digital media as a teaching and learning tool: Why should you consider using digital media in a course? What resources are available at Brown to help create digital course assets?’

Why use digital media and video in a course?

When used correctly, digital media and video can enhance the design of a course in several ways. It can…

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