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How to prepare for distance learning

Distance learning will require a change to the familiar work routine. Below you will find steps to help you adapt to the situation as quickly as possible and continue to teach.

Key tips

  1. Stay up to date. All the main news about quarantine closures and distance learning will appear on the HSE website home page and in newsletters.
  2. Get advice from your department. Each department may have different procedures for transitioning to distance learning.
  3. Review curricula for subjects you teach for the upcoming quarantine period. Determine what should be done during quarantine, what needs to be changed (deadlines / grading / rules for completing assignments, etc.), and what should be added (online discussions / online broadcast of lectures, etc.). Think about what tools you will use.
  4. Prepare students in advance for possible changes in the learning format. Inform them about the changes you intend to make to the curriculum and the tools and communication channels you plan to use.
  5. Make and send to students a list of assignments (a syllabus) for the week. This will help organize activities and assignments and help students remember important events and deadlines.
  6. For distance learning, use familiar technologies. Try to rely on what is best known to you and your students. Keep in mind that some tools (such as webcasts) will require a high-speed internet connection.
  7. Provide a permanent channel of communication with students. You can use e-mail, messenger apps, forums, etc. Tell students how soon they can expect a response from you on the selected communication channel.
  8. Do not limit communication with students to electronic correspondence and online learning materials. It is important not to lose contact with your students and keep them motivated. Use video conferencing, provide students with the opportunity for individual consultations (via Skype, phone, or messaging apps).

Remote communication with students

  1. Create a communication channel with students to prevent panic or misunderstanding.
  2. Notify students of changes or technical failures as early as possible, even if all details are not yet available. Let them know when they can expect more specific information.
  3. Use e-mail for the most important information, specifying the course dates, schedule, assignment requirements, which communication channels will be used and what for, and the time frame for feedback.
  4. Try to keep track of what questions students ask most often to put them in a separate file with recommendations.
  5. Make a follow-up info sheet with assignments and deadlines based on the results of classes.
  6. Verify that learning materials open on mobile devices. Many students can only use mobile devices for studying. If possible, send assigned reading in .pdf format