- Students working together in such spaces as interactive work within Google docs/slides/sheets; Slack, Padlet, Flipgrid, Mindmeister and many other applications
- Students responding to instructor questions through the use of polling or quizzing software (TopHat, Qualtrics, PollEverywhere, Quizlet Live, Plicker)
- Interactive reading/annotation (e.g. with Perusall)
How Do I Teach In Person?
All things on this website are specific to the in-person environment during COVID.
Traditional in-person instruction will change with the requirements for physical distancing. This prevents the “heads-together” collaboration that is a hallmark of much learning that occurs in college classes. With students relatively far apart from one another it can be difficult even for students to hear one another in order to discuss the answers to a problem or other collaborative learning.
Kent State University provides access to tools and resources to help conduct classroom experiences with teaching recommendations, using new classroom technology, active learning techniques, and strategies for accommodating students attending an in-person course remotely.
Given what we know about the positive impacts of active learning on student achievement, it is important to consider alternative methods for student engagement during in-person instruction.
Monitor/Assess Student Understanding
Be mindful of different strategies to accommodate students who are attending in-person courses remotely.
- Test Equipment. Test out the equipment available in class to be sure you know how to share materials (screens, applications, files) while also streaming yourself and other things happening in the class.
- Develop a Routine. Develop a routine for including remote students—this may include pausing to check for questions or contributions from remote students. (You may want to actually put reminders into your presentations or ask other students to be the assistant of the day who will monitor hands raised, questions/comments in the chat window).
- Count on Tech Issues. Count on students being unable to connect synchronously 100 percent of the time. You may want to consider recording class sessions or providing alternative equitable ways for students to learn what they missed.
- Proctored Testing. Have a plan for testing for remote students. Learn more about proctored testing.
- Develop a Plan. Develop a plan for including remote students in all aspects of the class in an equitable manner. See below for specific examples.
Courses will be delivered in various ways, including completely online, partially online, or a combination where students are in a physical Kent State classroom while other students are attending the same class remotely (either in real-time or recorded). Here is a quick video that provides an overview of the technology in the classroom.
Each traditional / lecture-oriented instructional space will be equipped with the following:
Instructor Station Computer
While there will not be a standard model computer in all instructional spaces throughout the university, all instructor station computers will be less than four years old.
Lumens DC-125 High-Definition Portable Camera
This camera is on a flexible stand, so it can act as a document camera or a webcam, allowing instructors the flexibility of showing documents, objects, or themselves to their remote students.
Audio Technica ATR4650-USB Computer Microphone
Using Classroom Equipment
Used in combination with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra* (Blackboard Only) or Microsoft Teams (Canvas or Blackboard), this equipment will allow in-person instructors to do the following:
- Broadcast their class in real-time to students who cannot be physically present
- Record their class for later viewing by those who are not able to view it in real-time
*Please be sure that you are using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and not Blackboard Collaborate. Blackboard Collaborate will be decommissioned later this year.
Have A Student that has Tech Needs?
The University has provided funds for students in need of technology thru the emergency grant fund. Please direct students to the COVID-19 Emergency Resources page.