The University of Iowa

The first step is to identify what learning objectives are essential to your course and what work students have already done. It won’t be possible to prioritize everything, but you can focus your adaptations to the course on the most crucial elements. For example, you may wish to combine assessments or avoid high-stakes exams during a disruption. 

How do I hold asynchronous discussions online? 

  • Students can interact via an ICON Discussion; it will be helpful to acknowledge the differences between online forums and in-person discussions and to be transparent about any changes in expectations or grading.     

I use Top Hat, clickers, in my class—will that approach still work? Will I need to rethink using those (getting students’ answers, showing them class responses, etc.)  

  • Top Hat responses could be shared through the screen share option while holding a live Zoom session, but there may be a delay of the display to students depending on your internet bandwidth. 
  • It may be better for students with unreliable internet access to assign Top Hat questions asynchronously as homework or review. You can share screenshots of the results with students in ICON or during an online class session. 

What if I frequently do in-class peer reviews?   

What about joint student projects? 

  • Students can meet virtually via Zoom (available to all users with HawkIDs) to share files and chat. 
  • Sharepoint and Microsoft Office 365 allow students to share files and collaborate.  
  • Instructors can set up Canvas groups in an ICON course site or a Wiki to provide space for students to collaborate. 

What if my students are supposed to be giving group or individual presentations?  

  • Students can present synchronously via Zoom.  
  • In an asynchronous course, group members could record a Zoom meeting for later viewing.  
  • If meeting synchronously is not an option, students can record their individual presentations or portions of a group presentation and post in ICON using the My Media link in the ICON course menu. Resources for setting that up are available in Kaltura.   

What if my students are involved with performance–based assignments, such as in dance or music? 

  • Revisit your learning objectives for the performance. Are there alternate ways to achieve this goal? Could musicians who were learning to perform in front of large auditorium audiences explore performing for large internet audiences?   
  • Students could still perform live via Zoom. All users can host meetings that automatically hold up to 300 participants. Larger online venues can be requested.  
  • Students may record a performance for submitting to ICON using the My Media (Kaltura) link in the ICON course menu. (The course instructor may then post the performance on ICON for the rest of the class to see.)