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Online Library Instruction in a Time of Remote Teaching and Learning

August 31, 2020
“Meme: who’s really behind this!” A Journal of the Plague Year.
https://covid-19archive.org/s/archive/item/9097.

This past summer an Online Instruction Task Force was formed by the Research Services and Scholarly Engagement Department of Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University. Recently its members offered a professional development workshop entitled “Zoom for Instruction.” Topics covered included Zoom Breakout Rooms, Polling & Surveys, and the Webinar Interface.

Here are just some of the resources the Online Instruction Task Force recommended:

ZOOM
• 8 Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching:
https://www.chronicle.com/article/8-Ways-to-Be-More-Inclusive-in/248460
Primarily geared towards course-scale instruction, but includes some tips that could apply to our teaching, too.
• Harden Your Zoom Settings to Protect Your Privacy and Avoid Trolls (EFF):
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/harden-your-zoom-settings-protect-your-privacy-and-avoid-trolls
A lot of these are settings that Villanova auto-enables and that have become common sense, but this is a nice summary.
• Video Conferencing with Zoom: Online Course Tips & Ideas (Learning Solutions):
https://learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/video-conferencing-with-zoom-online-course-tips-ideas
Includes ideas for activities and assessments, as well as Zoom pointers.
• Teaching Remotely With Zoom: FAQ and Instructions (Harvard):
https://hls.harvard.edu/dept/communications/teaching-remotely-with-zoom-faq-and-instructions/
A nice FAQ with some specific scenarios.
• Tips and Tricks for Teachers Educating on Zoom (Zoom):
https://zoom.us/docs/doc/Tips%20and%20Tricks%20for%20Teachers%20Educating%20on%20Zoom.pdf
Mostly basic stuff that a lot of us know at this point, but links to documentation on various useful features.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND BEST PRACTICES
• Best Practices: Online Pedagogy (Harvard): https://teachremotely.harvard.edu/best-practices
• Effective Teaching Online (Inside Higher Ed):
https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/07/12/7-guidelines-effective-teaching-online
• Virtual Information Literacy (Ashley Lierman, Rowan University, TCLC presentation): https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1wq69tjVYunTKHS6KA4iwEqYlPZi77FWF/

ACCESSIBILITY
• Accessible Teaching in the Time of Covid-19:
https://www.mapping-access.com/blog-1/2020/3/10/accessible-teaching-in-the-time-of-covid-19
• Disabled People Use the Internet!: Building and Maintaining Inclusive Library Spaces Online (presentation from The Exchange 2020 Virtual Conference): https://cedi.unc.edu/the-exchange-2020-virtual-conference/

TRAUMA-INFORMED TEACHING
• The Single Most Essential Requirement for Designing a Fall Online Course:
https://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2020/05/11/single-most-essential-requirement-designing-fall-online-course
• Trauma-Informed Teaching & Learning Online: Principles and Practices During a Global Health Crisis (Columbia School of Social Work):
https://academiccommons.columbia.edu/doi/10.7916/d8-gc9d-na95

For more information contact Deborah Bishov, Social Sciences & Instructional Design Librarian, deborah.bishov@villanova.edu.

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