Lectures

Planning Online & Hybrid lectures for Fall 2020

Updated August 24, 2020


For an overview of course prioritization, see Classroom Considerations.


Getting Started

  • When considering the mode of instruction, consider best practices for engaging students regardless of their physical location.  
  • Consider different sections (eg: Lectures + Discussion, Lecture + Lab, etc.) of a single course separately.
  • For courses with multiple sections and more than one lecturer, consider dividing lecture duties when providing online content.

Teaching Plan Modalities

In-Person: All

  • Requires that the classroom occupancy comply with  COVID guidelines.
  • Students and instructors attend the lecture in-person, following public health guidelines.
  • Instructors may wish to use the originally scheduled classroom, request a larger room,or additional rooms.

Online: All

Requires that instructors be explicit with regard to expectations of when and how students engage with the lecture.  

Synchronous lecture
  • Students attend the lecture remotely in real time, and the lecture is recorded for later review. 
  • Instructors may wish to conduct the lecture in a studio on campus, or from their home office.
  • The originally scheduled classroom should be released.
Asynchronous lecture
  • Students review a pre-recorded lecture remotely at their leisure.
  • Instructors may wish to conduct the lecture in a studio on campus, or from their home office.
  • Originally scheduled class time may be used for discussion, at the instructor’s discretion.
  • The originally scheduled classroom should be released.

Blend of online and in-person

Requires that instructors be explicit with regard to expectations of when and how students engage with the lecture.  

Rotating subsets of students for in-person instruction
  • A subset of students attend the lecture in-person as determined by the instructor (eg: Last names that start with A-H meet on Mondays, I-P on Wednesdays, and Q-Z on Fridays).
  • The rest of the students attend the lecture remotely, either synchronously or asynchronously.
  • Instructors may wish to use the originally scheduled classroom, request a larger room or additional sections.
Rotating days of in-person and remote instruction
  • Certain days of the week, students and instructors will meet in-person.
  • Others are reserved for remote instruction, either synchronously or asynchronously.
  • Instructors may wish to use the originally scheduled classroom, request a larger room or additional sections for in-person meetings, and release the rooms for remote days.

Lecture Recording & Live-Streaming

Whether you want to live-stream your lectures, record them – or both – CAEN, Nexus and ITS can help you weigh the pros and cons of the technologies available.

Nexus offers guidance and best practices for on- and off-campus recording and broadcasting and synchronous and asynchronous online content delivery.

  • Live-streaming (BlueJeans, Canvas Conferences, Google Meet, Zoom)
  • Remote recording (Kaltura, Zoom, BlueJeans, Camtasia)

CAEN and ITS can also help you navigate these, plus other on-campus and Canvas-integrated tools.