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Teaching Remotely at Lake Forest College
In This Resource
(Click on the any of the areas below to learn more about specific resources)
- Tools to help you conduct your class remotely
- Gaining remote access to important network resources
- Installation files and online access to academic software
- Computer security best practices
- Whom to contact for help
Other Important Resources:
Moodle is a primary resource for sharing course content online. Taking advantage of this tool is a good way to provide remote student access to course materials and information.
The Moodle courses set up at the beginning of the term are automatically populated with the class rosters. If you have difficulty locating your course(s) in Moodle, contact the ITS Help Desk for assistance.
The following is a list of ways you can share various types of course materials with your students through Moodle. Each bullet below links to more detailed information.
- Post the course syllabus - See page 8 for “Upload and Display a File”
- Communicate easily with your students through email using the Quickmail Block
- Post class lectures using Panopto
- Provide course materials, including assignments, readings, and audio/visual materials
- Collect and grade completed assignments
- Manage quizzes and exams
- Post urgent messages
- Hold conferences (e.g., online office hours) and broadcast lectures live using Zoom
- Set up and manage groups and Forums
- Screen-cast tour of Lake Forest College Moodle
Tools to help you conduct your class at a distance
Facilitate classroom and other campus-based activities—such as lectures, student questions, discussion, homework submissions, and exams—with these technology tool options:
- Use Moodle, our primary resource, as detailed above.
Use Zoom through Moodle, or as a stand-alone tool, for video conferencing and video meetings. Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with both a local desktop client and a mobile app that allow users to meet online, with or without video.
Note: Please review the security best practices below.
- Documentation for Using Zoom in Moodle
Zoom and Security Best Practices
Online Video Tutorials:
- Meeting Controls for Faculty While Hosting Meetings
- Sharing Your Screen with Others
- Working with Breakout Rooms (Useful for Group Assignments and Interactions)
- Recording Meetings to Your Local Computer (Recording locally and copying to Panopto avoids long processing times of cloud recording)
- Recording Meetings to the Cloud (Recordings are automatically moved from Zoom to your My Folder in Panopto when recording in the cloud)
- Index of Zoom Video Tutorials
Record and share lectures with Panopto
Panopto lets instructors record and publish lectures and other class activities online. Students can then view (and review) the published materials using a Web browser or mobile device.
You can use Panopto to:
- Pre-record and then post video lectures
- Broadcast a live lecture (with a several-second delay)
Online Panopto References:
Quick Learning Remotely Reference Guides:
- Panopto Quick Start for Windows PC
- Panopto Quick Start for Mac OS
- Working with Panopto in Moodle
- Panopto FAQ for Faculty
Use Office 365 OneDrive
Office 365 provides remote access to your OneDrive documents, and allows you to collaborate in real-time using rich co-authoring functions. You can also give feedback on the activities your students are working on. It also provides this capability for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Finally, it allows you and your students to securely share documents with specific individuals or groups.
Engage your students with virtual whiteboard content using standard tablets like an iPad or Galaxy. For those who do not have one of these devices, we have a limited number of Huion Pen Tablets that can be loaned through the Center for Academic Success.
Remember computer security best practices
If you are using someone else’s computer or a public computer to access your email or Office 365 OneDrive:
- Make sure the computer is running antivirus. Accessing your Lake Forest College email from an unprotected computer puts your personal information at risk. The College’s antivirus is available on my.lakeforest (you must be logged in to access).
- Don’t allow the browser to remember your password.
- Sign out of your email when you are done and close all browser windows.
- Delete any downloaded file that contains FERPA, personally-identifiable, or sensitive data.
Gaining remote access to important network resources
You have access to the “V: drive” for shared content and the “U: drive” for individual network storage by connecting to the College network through VPN. We strongly advise you to move important shared information to OneDrive for purposes of remote access and sharing. However, there are some circumstances where data and research must be accessed on the Lake Forest College network.
Connect to the College network through OpenVPN
Faculty and Staff may install Virtual Private Network (VPN) software on their computers. By following this link, you can install the OpenVPN Client on your computer. Once connected, you can access the desired network storage by mapping a drive (Windows) or mounting the resource (Mac). See directions here.
Because remote desktop access requires your work computer to remain on when you are not at work, the better option is to store your materials online using Office 365 OneDrive. If there is a need to connect to your computer remotely, please contact the Help Desk for assistance.
Installation files and online access to academic software
While not all software licenses will work remotely, several department-specific software packages are available.
- Contact the Help Desk at email@example.com or 847-735-5544 with any teaching with technology questions related to the content of this page.
ITS is closely monitoring all incoming calls and emails to route questions to the right person. Please do not email individual staff members when initiating a request. By consolidating the flow of requests to the Help Desk, we will help ensure nothing gets lost in an individual’s inbox
- Contact Associate Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Office of Faculty Development Anna Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-735-6087 for help in considering the pedagogical questions raised by delivering content remotely.
Please see FAQs Regarding Flexible Teaching and Attendance during continued operations (COVID-19) (March 05, 2020) for more information regarding flexible attendance and alternative course delivery considerations.
- Contact Kara Fifield, Director of Disability Services, at email@example.com or 847-735-5167 to ensure all your students with disabilities are accommodated by your technology choices.