Scaffolding Student Remote Learning
Recommendations to Scaffold KU Student Learning in Online/Remote Environments
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To support students as learners, instructors can recommend the following to their students:
- Log in to our Blackboard course site early, often, and daily. Things will likely be developing and evolving as we learn what works well and what doesn’t. The best thing we can all do to ensure success in teaching and learning is an open line of communication.
- Check your KU email frequently. In this course, we will communicate via email and Blackboard announcements that are pushed out to your KU email. Don’t trust the forward of your email and check junk email.
- Devices. You can access Blackboard and other tools you may need to stay connected using most web-enabled devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Most of the tools are browser-based, so all you will need is your device and an Internet connection. We do note recommend the Blackboard Mobile App for anything other than communication. If you are on a mobile device use a browser like Chrome or Safari for Blackboard.
- Find a quiet place to work. Yes, you can work from your bed but it might not be the most comfortable and it might mess with your sleep. Set up a workspace at a table or desk and cut down on external and other online distractions when you are in this space.
- Stick to a routine. There are many time management techniques; find one that works for you. There will likely be daily and weekly tasks for you to do plus longer-term target deadlines. Plan a daily weekly, and monthly schedule to manage all these various timescales. You may want to log all of your assignments on a calendar, then plot backward from due dates the time you will dedicate to meet those deadlines.
- Log your study hours. You should plan to engage in your coursework the same amount of time spent in class plus 2-3 hours of study per hour in class.
- Develop technological initiative and resilience. If your technology is failing you, contact email@example.com. If a link is broken, try your best to search for the article or website, or ask your course mates for help.
- Develop your communication skills: You will need to communicate in various different online formats (email, discussion boards, online seminars). Be professional and appropriate, but don’t be afraid to project your personality and show you are a real person.
- Stay connected. Moving our teaching and learning to a remote/digital environment is a new thing for many of us but it does not mean that we need to be disconnected. Be proactive about communicating with your course mates. Set up virtual study or reading group to work through the course material together.
- Don’t forget to take breaks. Get up and move around every hour. Build-in 5-minute phone breaks. Try the Pomodoro method for making it through your course work.
- Be patient with yourself. Things are changing quickly and it is natural to feel anxious with all of the uncertainty we are all facing in our day-to-day lives. If it takes you some time to adjust to your new schedule, that is OK. Give yourself some time and some patience to get things sorted out.
- Be patient with your instructors. We have all been asked to switch to a new online format last minute. Be patient if things do not go quite right at first. The best online teaching and learning takes time to develop. We’re in this together. Be patient and give grace and you will receive it in return.