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Remote Asynchronous Instruction

Fall 2021

At this point, classes will be scheduled using the University’s standard (non-COVID) modes of instruction. Visit the Instructional Modes page to learn more about the fall 2021 plans and find related frequently asked questions.

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

Webinars designed to provide critical information to faculty and staff about the remote asynchronous instructional mode.

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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

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Policies, Guidelines, and Documents

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Frequently Asked Questions

Review the following frequently asked questions about remote asynchronous instruction. For additional information, read all frequently asked questions.

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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.

On-Demand Resources

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.

Collaborative Resources

These resources are for those who prefer to talk with colleagues or someone with expertise in learning or course design.

“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.

“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.

  • Free OL Courses at wcfd.psu.eduThe OL series from World Campus Online Faculty Development includes over 17 self-directed and instructor-led courses ranging from 2 hours to 5 weeks on a variety of topics related to online teaching, pedagogy, Canvas, and course design.
  • IT Learning and DevelopmentTechnology training for Canvas, Zoom, Kaltura and more

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