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In the remote asynchronous instructional mode, students and faculty use communication and collaboration tools at no scheduled meeting time.
Place: Room is not assigned. Communication and collaboration tools provided (Canvas, Kaltura, or other).
Time: Days and times are not assigned.
LionPATH Code: CW – COVID Web
Webinars designed to provide critical information to faculty and staff about the remote asynchronous instructional mode.
Why It Works
- accounts for COVID-19-related scheduling challenges many students face (e.g., family, work requirements)
- no backup plan needed if the pandemic worsens
- can work for students regardless of time zone — offers a flexible schedule
- student engagement is possible through threaded discussion boards, email, and other technologies that aren’t time-bound
Policies, Guidelines, and Documents
- Flexible Instruction Teaching Guide - This self-paced guide provides important resources for a move to the remote teaching environment.
- Guidance for Continuity of Teaching during a Change in Normal Campus Operations Due to Weather and Other Local Emergencies (DOC) - This document offers guidance about how courses in each COVID teaching mode will proceed during a change in campus operations due to weather or other local emergency circumstances.
- Instructor Guide for Upcoming Semester Course Planning - This guide is intended to help instructors prepare courses for the upcoming semester, given physically distanced and/or remote environments.
- Instructor Guide to Fall 2020 (DOC) - This guide was developed to provide instructors with a compilation of resources to help prepare for the semester and has been updated to include information about transitioning to remote instruction.
- Learning Design and Instructor Development Recommendations (DOC) - Recommendations from the learning design and instructor development teams regarding modes of instruction for fall 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
Review the following frequently asked questions about remote asynchronous instruction. For additional information, read all frequently asked questions.
Remote Asynchronous Instruction
Be sure to check with your college or campus regarding locally mandated syllabus policies.
For this instructional mode, consider adding a brief description of how you will conduct class in this mode and your expectations for students’ participation. You might address questions like, should students be active in asynchronous discussion boards, should they pose questions to Q&A tools throughout the week, and will they need to respond to feedback that you provide them on individual assignments?
The Dutton e-Education website has examples of syllabi specifically for remote asynchronous courses.
If I require attendance as part of participation in the remote asynchronous course, can I subtract points if students don’t attend class?
Since students will be engaging and learning at different times, attendance will not be taken in remote asynchronous classes; if you want to document participation, consider the following options:
- Encourage participation by assigning students to comment on discussion boards.
- Create opportunities for peer to peer feedback on assignments.
Resources for Enhancing Your Teaching
The following instructional resources have been curated by educational developers and instructional designers and reviewed by faculty throughout the University. They are offered in the spirit of support for instructors who need to learn teaching in new modalities or who want to enhance their teaching effectiveness in familiar modalities.
These resources are for faculty who prefer to learn on their own, with a “give me the information and I’ll apply what works for me” approach.
- Teaching Guide for Faculty for Remote Asynchronous Instruction
- Remote Teaching and Assessment Strategies
- Faculty Self-Assessment for Online Teaching
- Best Practices for Online Teaching
- How to Manage Your Online Course
- Remote Teaching and Assessment Strategies
- Faculty to Faculty: What Works in Remote Teaching
These resources are for those who prefer to talk with colleagues or someone with expertise in learning or course design.
- Schedule a Consultation
- Tech Tutors and Tech TAs
- Engaging Students Series: Blending Asynchronous and Synchronous Teaching
- Talk with a University Librarian
- Faculty Instructional Consultants
“Explore Links and the Web” Resources
These resources are for instructors who prefer to do their own web research, exploring links and making conceptual and practical connections.
- Penn State Weblearning @ Penn State – Templates, Tools, and Resources
- Finding Open Educational Resources (OER)
- Open at Penn State
- Remote Resources for Penn State Library Users
- Accessibility at Penn State
“Do a Deeper Dive” Resources
These resources are for those who prefer a directed and structured learning experience, either self-guided and/or instructor-led.