Dear Faculty,

As a result of Covid-19 and to ensure the safety of our students and faculty, we must move quickly to online modality. We acknowledge that both student and instructor may feel anxiety about moving into this new realm, but we will go through this journey together.

We ask that you enter this process with an open mind. As we try to address every possible scenario, we know that there will be some things that we might have missed, do not go as planned, or create frustration. This will challenge all of us, however, we are confident that together, we will make this a successful transition.

Please bookmark this page. We will provide updates as we continue on this journey.

Sincerely,
St. Augustine College

Digital Learning & Teaching – Tutoring Resources ENG –
Kathryn Webb – Library Director

Tutoring Platforms

https://nepris.com/home/v4 – Nepris is here to help teachers and students affected by school closures. Now through April we are opening our Live Virtual Industry Chats and Video Library to everyone to help students stay engaged.

https://nurturingwisdom.com/ – For online sessions, tutors meet with students using the video conferencing platform Zoom. Not only will they see each other, but they also get to interact through the screen with tools like screen sharing and annotating.

https://www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php – It’s an automated online math tutor, like a Google for math. Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and we show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. We cover 2nd grade through college.

https://www.omnicalculator.com/ – OMNI Calculator brings you hundreds of custom-built calculators. Our calculators take only seconds to use and give you precisely the numbers you need. Our goal is to solve all small math problems that people deal with on an everyday basis.

https://www.reddit.com/r/CovidTutoring/ – free online tutoring.

https://www.tutor.com/higher-education – Provide personalized support to students through 24/7 online tutoring, and gain access to reporting tools which allow administrators and instructors to identify student knowledge gaps.

https://higher-ed.tutorocean.com/ – tutoring platform free of charge during COVID-19.

Tutoring Platforms for Professor & Students

Most Universities have gone completely online with their tutoring services. Platforms such as; ZOOM, Go-To-Meeting, Google Hangouts, and Uber Conferences, are being used to help in maintaining an online presence for students who are in need of face-to-face tutor interaction.

https://www.avaya.com/blogs/archives/2020/03/avaya_spaces_cv/ – Our free Avaya Spaces offer provides a cloud meeting and team collaboration solution that enables people and organizations to connect and collaborate remotely – and goes beyond integrating chat, voice, video, online meetings and content sharing. It gives users all the meeting and team collaboration features needed, including voice and video conferencing for up to 200 participants.

https://lyryx.com/openstax-ally/ – For instructors (not already using Lyryx) needing to move their courses from face-to-face to online delivery, we are offering our online homework at no charge. This offer is valid for current courses (i.e. Winter/ Spring 2020) which end by June 30, 2020.

https://classroomscreen.com/ – whiteboard function. Use your webinar of choice for hands-on tutoring. An alternative would be to use https://screencast-o-matic.com / or https://www.techsmith.com/jing-tool.html to upload the tutoring session.

 

Resources to facilitate online tutoring

https://about.muse.jhu.edu/resources/freeresourcescovid19/ – In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform. With many higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment for the foreseeable future, we hope that easy access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, will help to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide.

https://www.grammarcheck.net/ – writing help.

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_hm_hb – offering free resources during the COVID-19 shutdown. This can be useful for both faculty and students who may have special ENG projects or need to get a hold of a certain resource.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/ – English dictionary.

There are two major online delivery methods:

Synchronous- all students attend the class in real-time.
Asynchronous- students can access course content when it is convenient to them.

Teaching using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods has been proven to yield high impact results, such as GoToMeeting + Canvas.

Synchronous Content Delivery Methods (Best for keeping the whole class together)

The following tools are just some of those that support real-time communication:

  • Streaming video platforms-  https://www.techsmith.com/blog/record-webinar/
  • Live chats, individually or course-wide via (GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Zoom)
  • Web conferencing tools via (GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Zoom)
  • Virtual Whiteboard to use with Web Conferencing https://limnu.com
  • Virtual office hours via (GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Zoom)
  • Telephone availability

Asynchronous Content Delivery Methods (Best for Independent Study)

  • Downloadable pre-recorded lectures (Canvas, YouTube)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint presentations with or without voice-over (Canvas)
  • Forums and discussion boards (Canvas)
  • Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and similar collaborative tools
  • Tools for off-hour support, like virtual tutoring centers and virtual resource centers (For example: URLS and files uploaded to Canvas as resources for students)
  • Email communication (SAC email)

The University of Illinois Springfield is a leader in online education. The UIS ION Professional eLearning Program provides professional development to support effective practice and innovation of online teaching.

Many institutions don’t have all the resources in place that they need. We want to help universities, colleges and schools through this crisis. The ION website provides tools that will help instructors transition to remote teaching. Under the Resources tab on the ION webpage, there are free tutorials for teachers to learn everything they need to be successful.

View these free tutorials on online teaching learning, instructional design, student assessment, and more.

Online Teaching in the wake of COVID-19

Student Engagement

Instruction Design/Go-To-Meeting/Other Platforms

Loom