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KEEP TEACHING is a resource for faculty to learn how to shift courses online.


While the current conditions present a unique opportunity to position the delivery of instruction online as a key component to teaching and learning continuity, we recognize that these conditions are not ideal for the development of quality online learning experiences for students and faculty. KEEP TEACHING AT Texas A&M is designed to encourage course instructors to determine priorities, limit complexity for both faculty and students, and access resources to assist along the way.

If you teach a class that has an interpreter, transcriptionist, or any other resource designed to assist a student with an accommodation, please contact Disability Resources to determine how best address this issue.​ See also Accessibility with ZOOM. 


This guide is recommended for faculty who do not fully utilize the tools in eCampus.



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Quick Start at a Glance for KEEP TEACHING

 
  1. Determine what learning activities you need to modify based on credit hour expectations


  2. Use the chart to view recommended technologies by learning activity


  3. Review steps for Keep Teaching with ZOOM and/or Keep Teaching with Google Classroom based on the learning activity you need to modify


  4. Continuously communicate with your students regarding your plan of action

 

If online teaching is new to you and you are needing to transition content online in response to an emergency situation, focus on the “Quick Start” box in each section below. You need not use every online tool suggested. Rather, determine what tool or combination of tools work best for you and your students.

 

 

Training & Virtual Support

Watch our trainings on demand and follow along with our presentation notes. 

 
 

Also Available

More Help As a reminder, if you have any questions or need assistance accessing any of the resources to KEEPTEACHING.TAMU.EDU, please contact Help Desk Central 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have any questions or need assistance teaching online with any of the resources, please contact the Office for Academic Innovation Service Desk.


Office for Academic Innovation Service Desk


EMAILaihelp.tamu.edu
PHONE: (979)458-3417

8:00am - 5:00pm CDT Monday - Friday. 


Weekend Support

Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
 
We are able to assist you through email or ZOOM, depending on your preference. If you would like a ZOOM consultation, please email us at aihelp@tamu.edu and we will email you with a ZOOM meeting link.

EMAILaihelp@tamu.edu
PHONE: (979) 458 - 3417


More Help

As a reminder, if you have any questions or need assistance accessing any of the resources to KEEPTEACHING.TAMU.EDU, please contact Help Desk Central 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have any questions or need assistance teaching online with any of the resources, please contact the Office for Academic Innovation Service Desk.


Office for Academic Innovation Service Desk


EMAILaihelp.tamu.edu
PHONE: (979)458-3417

8:00am - 5:00pm CDT Monday - Friday. 


Weekend Support

Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
 
We are able to assist you through email or ZOOM, depending on your preference. If you would like a ZOOM consultation, please email us at aihelp@tamu.edu and we will email you with a ZOOM meeting link.

EMAILaihelp@tamu.edu
PHONE: (979) 458 - 3417

Evaluate

If you are needing to transition content online, the first step you will need to take is to evaluate course activities and revise based on credit hour expectations. Modifications to learning activities will be determined by two key factors: (1) Where are you in the course; and (2) What learning activities you deem to be critical.

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Quick Start

 
If you are currently in a situation where you cannot teach students face-to-face, communicate with your students to let them know the course will continue in an online format; that you are currently in the process of evaluating the course priorities; and that they will receive more information and instructions from you shortly.  


See best practices for effective COMMUNICATION
 


For all 3-credit courses, please review credit hour expectations from the table below.


This information has been modified from the SACSCOC guidelines’ glossary of terms for Credit Hour in the Resource Manual (p. 164).
 

Tip: Update your syllabus to include details of how the course will change, including changes to assignments, due dates, grading rubric and contact information. If the syllabus changes, it must be made available to all students via email and posted in a place where students can access it.


 



Three Credit Hour Expectations

Week of the Semester Total Out of Class Student Work Hours Faculty Instruction Hours Remaining Out of Class Student Hours Remaining
0 0 45 90
1 6 42 84
2 12 39 78
3 18 36 72
4 24 33 66
5 30 30 60
6 36 27 54
7 42 24 48
8 48 21 42
9 54 18 36
10 60 15 30
11 66 12 24
12 72 9 18
13 78 6 12
14 84 3 6
15 90 0 0


One Credit Hour Expectations

Week of the Semester Total Out of Class Student Work Hours Faculty Instruction Hours Remaining Out of Class Student Hours Remaining
0 0 15 30
1 6 14 28
2 4 13 26
3 6 12 24
4 8 11 22
5 10 10 20
6 12 9 18
7 14 8 16
8 16 7 14
9 18 6 12
10 20 5 10
11 22 4 8
12 24 3 6
13 26 2 4
14 28 1 2
15 30 0 0
 

Consider learning activities alongside recommended technologies from the table below. 

 

Option 1: If you have your course in eCampus and are utilizing tools beyond Files, we recommend you continue to use eCampus for Discussions, Assignments, and Posting Grades.

 

Option 2: If you have your course in eCampus and you are not utilizing tools beyond Files, we recommend that you review the table below for technologies to support learning activities.

 

Option 3: If you do not have a course in eCampus, we recommend that you review the table below for technologies to support learning activities.
 

Learning Activity Delivery Method
Post Course Materials Google Classroom
Deliver Course Lectures ZOOM
Post and Submit Assignments Google Classroom
Administer Assessments Devise Alternative Quiz & Exam Delivery Format
Collaborate through Group ZOOM, Google Classroom
Hold Office Hours ZOOM

Teach

Now that you have determined course priorities, modified your syllabus, identified technologies that will facilitate revised learning activities, and communicated with your students, it is time to deliver Learning Activities in the digital learning environment.  Focus on providing timely feedback, clear organization and communication, and promoting interaction among students and between students and the course instructor when feasible. 

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Quick Start

 
Revise your syllabus as needed and make available to students. Then, review steps for Keep Teaching with ZOOM and/or Keep Teaching with Google Classroom based on the Learning Activity you need to modify so that you are able to achieve your desired outcome with the recommended technologies for each Learning Activity. 

 

Navigate to relevant Learning Activities for additional considerations and tips. 

 

Exam Options

We have developed two avenues to promote academic integrity when administering online exams: Live Online Proctoring with ZOOM and Proctoring with Respondus Tools in eCampus. Procedures for both proctoring options are provided below. We also encourage you to consider alternative assessment strategies if applicable. Please note that the options provided below are in lieu of paid live proctoring services

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Quick Start

 

To determine the best method for delivering exams for your course, you should consider: 
  • Question format type(s) for your exam
  • Whether you need to create your exam in eCampus
Then navigate to Live Online Proctoring with ZOOM or Proctoring with Respondus Tools in eCampus. With either of these proctoring options, you are encouraged to review recommendations to minimize academic dishonesty.

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Live Online Proctoring Using ZOOM

 

ZOOM is a tool that can assist in live proctoring exams. Below are best practices and recommended settings for using ZOOM to live proctor an exam. Please take note that best practices are based on One-Device and Two-Device options.

TIPS: For another comprehensive look at best practices used at Texas A&M, watch How to Proctor Exams in Zoom - A Texas A&M Faculty Panel Discussion on Best Practices

 




proctoring with respondus

 

Respondus Tools Available in eCampus 


Texas A&M has enabled Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor in eCampus for the Spring 2020 term.  

Examity and Proctor U Update 

Best Practices in Ensuring Academic Integrity when Creating and Exam in eCampus

 

Integrity

There are several recommended best practices available within eCampus that can assist with academic integrity. These best practices apply to creating an exam with or without the proctoring solutions provided above that do not require the use of proctoring.

  • Randomize Questions: Randomize the order of questions for every student so that no two students have the same exam order

  • Randomize Answers: Randomize the order of questions for every student so that no two students have the same answer choice order

  • Open Book Exam: Limit time allotted per question so that students do not have enough time to look up answers.  

  • Answer Availability: Make correct/incorrect answers available to students only after all exams are complete. 


TIP: The eCampus Test tool allows for random question and answer choice distribution to minimize cheating.

 

 

Additional Alternative Assessment Options

 

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  • Journaling or Self Reflection
  • Laboratory Report
  • Essay Sprints / One-Minute Essays
  • Papers
  • Peer Feedback and Evaluation
  • Portfolio
  • Presentation (via ZOOM)
  • Video Projects or Digital Storytelling


 

Communicate

Consistent, clear, reliable communication from course instructors is a critical element of successful online teaching, particularly in the event Keep Teaching at Texas A&M becomes necessary. Communication helps to maintain course community that you had in the classroom, establishes a sense of presence, and reinforces that Texas A&M’s commitment to keep teaching carries with it expectations that are not much different than your face-to-face expectations.  

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Quick Start

 
If you are currently in a situation where you cannot teach students face-to-face, be sure to set expectations with your students on the following communications protocol: 


Communication Frequency
How often the course instructor will send information out to student?

Communication Channel(s)  
Where students should expect to see communication from the course instructor?

Student Engagement
How students should engage with communication, including how they should contact the course instructor?

Course Instructor Response Times
How frequently students should expect to receive a response from the course instructor, including on weekdays and weekends?


 

TIP: Keep track of FAQs and establish a mechanism to send responses out to all students as a time-saver to you and to ensure students are receiving consistent information from you as the source.


 

 



Recommended ways to communicate with your students: 

 

Communication Needs Linked to Learning Activities:

 
Communication Needs Communication Method (Outside eCampus)
Participation and Deadlines TAMUDirect, Google Classroom, Zoom
Office Hours Zoom
Feedback Google Classroom, Zoom

Additional Resources

Getting Started with ZOOM

  ZOOM is offering Live Training with a focus on Teaching with Zoom. Look for the Zoom Meeting for Education.

 

UPDATE: - Set up Secure Zoom Meetings/Classes to Avoid "Zoombombing"

 

At least one ZOOM meeting at Texas A&M University was attended by a participant outside of the university. Here are steps to further secure our online learning environment: 

 

See Also:
How to Keep the Uninvited Guests Out of  Your Zoom Event​

Teaching with ZOOM

Getting started with ZOOM

Guide to Teaching with ZOOM


 

Getting Started with Google Classroom


Teaching with Google Classroom

Guide to Teaching with Google Classroom



Getting Started with eCampus


 

Teaching with eCampus

Guide to Teaching with eCampus


Getting Started with Live Online Proctoring

Online Proctoring at Texas A&M

Getting Started Proctoring with Zoom


(See also PDF download of Proctoring with Zoom)

Getting Started Proctoring in eCampus 


(See also PDF download of Proctoring with Respondus Tools)

Texas A&M has enabled Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor in eCampus for the Spring 2020 term.

Respondus Lockdown Browser is a tool that works in eCampus to prevent students from accessing other applications on their desktop/laptop, including other browsers and communications channels, during the exam.
Respondus Monitor is a tool used in conjunction with Respondus Lockdown Browser in eCampus to record students taking the exam using Artificial Intelligence. This algorithm flags any testing irregularities for review by the faculty member and/or TA.



Additional Online Resources


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Zoom Security Updates and Administrative Recommendations

Helpful Messages to Faculty

Help

We encouraged you to review keepteaching.tamu.edu before contacting any of the support channels listed below. 
 


Help Desk Central 


If you have any questions or need assistance accessing any of these resources to KEEP TEACHING AT Texas A&M, please contact Help Desk Central 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

EMAIL: helpdesk@tamu.edu 
PHONE: (979) 845 – 8300


Help Desk Central also offers CHAT support at hdc.tamu.edu via the yellow Start Chat Now! icon.

Please note that the Chat feature is only available 8:00 am – 11:59 pm.
 


Office for Academic Innovation 

 

If you have any questions or need assistance teaching online with any of these resources to KEEP TEACHING AT Texas A&M, please contact Office for Academic Innovation Service Desk:

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.


Weekend Support

Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
 
We are able to assist you through email or ZOOM, depending on your preference. If you would like a ZOOM consultation, please email us at aihelp@tamu.edu and we will email you with a ZOOM meeting link.

EMAILaihelp@tamu.edu
PHONE: (979) 458 - 3417

The Office for Academic Innovation will be working remotely and will not be available for walk-in support at our Heldenfels location. We are able to assist you through email or ZOOM, depending on your preference. If you would like a ZOOM consultation, please email us at aihelp@tamu.edu and we will email you with a ZOOM meeting link.