Remote Learning Assessment Resources

There are multiple resources below for remote teaching that are regularly updated. In addition, there are related resources at the Bates Learning Assessment page “Teaching in a Pandemic” as well.

Remote Teaching Resources

Bates Resources

Colby, Bates & Bowdoin Pedagogy Matters conference was held in May with recordings through your Lyceum account in a “course” called Resources for Remote Teaching and Learning. A follow-up three-day workshop regarding course design was also offered in June, with recordings of common sessions available soon, link TBA.

Bates College ILS webpage on Teaching Remotely has MANY resources and can be your go-to source for Lyceum and Zoom – Video and Web Conferencing and using YouTube to share videos. They also have some insights and resources for planning and ideas for approaching online teaching.

Writing@Bates also has an amazing set of resources on remote teaching, from videos about writing assignments, syllabus design and “compressed-term” teaching to information about ARC remote support and materials from past workshops.

Bates Dean of Faculty has webpages dedicated to remote teaching as well as communications and policies. College-level announcements are found on the Bates COVID-19 webpage. Logistic and technical resources are available at the IT Helpdesk page.

External Resources

Google Docs can also be a valuable tool for interactive engagement with documents. Keep in mind that all people who share access to a document can change it at any time, even at the same time you are working on it! 

If you prefer an asynchronous (not simultaneous) method for exchanging revised documents, enabling the “Track Changes” option under “Review” in Microsoft Word can be valuable. See some tips from UMichigan on using these features, especially with thesis students.

The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed both have insightful articles. 

Group Work & Collaboration

There are some wonderful ways to collaborate and pull together the work of your students from afar, such as the Anthro Mini Lectures Project and the collective art tile shown on this page created separately by students at Crestwood School and compiled by their teachers.

Adaptation

You may not have to throw a whole idea out because of the remote context…try adaptations, such as verbal feedback via phone or chat instead of written comments on papers.

Revisit your learning goals. Some goals or objectives may be better off not assessed in the remote context, while others strengthened, and many can be adapted.

Managing Remoteness

This is not an easy time, for anyone. There are some good insights and tips to remind us that we are human and our capacity is not unlimited, so be compassionate (to others and yourself!). Here are some thoughts from the higher education world and beyond (maybe not quite as far away as the photo of Earth on this page, but it does give perspective!)…

Recover the Joy of Teaching – Chronicle of Higher Education – tips for remote teaching as well as reminding us of the stuff we’ve always loved about teaching

The Values We Hold are Paramount – Wheaton College – revisiting our core goals, especially as logistics and contexts change

The Balance Within – Esther Sternberg – avoiding burnout as an immune boosting strategy, from one of my favorite blogs, Brain Pickings

Abruptly Teaching Online – Inside Higher Ed – straightforward explanation of some basics, good starting and good reminder

Teaching Remotely – UMass Amherst – many technical, practical resources and links as well as examples

Coping with CoronavirusChronicle of Higher Education – collection of essays ranging from technical advice to emotional well-being

Stay Connected

Check in with your students in various ways, such as surveys, emails, chat sessions or even phone calls.

Maintain your own support networks: write letters to old friends, continue department meetings even if just to say hello, or have a conference call dinner party with colleagues (even if it ends up like this hilarious video).

Assessment in a Remote Teaching Environment

All kinds of assessment considerations and methods found in this comprehensive “Hitch-hiker’s Guide to Alternate Assessment” by Damien Gordon.
Online Exams & Quizzes

Some faculty have found success in adapting online exams to open-book with various strategies to enhance academic integrity. Online quizzes can also offer formative feedback and guide responsive curricula. Be familiar with various remote exam options while staying aware of the benefits and barriers of conducting online exams.

Grading

There is much debate about the best approach to grade remotely, but a key is to develop equitable practices for in-person and remote. Rubrics can be loaded into Lyceum for quicker, smoother online and in-person grading (how to do this here).

Accessibility

It is critical for faculty to create content accessible to all students in their courses, including students with special learning needs or essential accommodations. Bates Office of Accessible Education and Student Support has many resources to help faculty with remote teaching.

Academic Integrity

A climate of transparency and integrity builds a strong foundation for honesty and preventing cheating. However, the quick change to a remote context can highlight issues. Some suggested guidelines:

Reflection

Similar to connecting with students, asking for academic reflections or intellectual reflections offer an important way to develop relationships with students and reiterate learning goals of a course. Some quick ideas can be offered anonymously (or not) using the online platform Padlet.

Assessing student reflection is tricky. Consider the learning goal to determine if you will assess or just respond. Be transparent from the beginning for students so they know how to approach the reflection also.

Resources to Remind of Good Practice in Any Situation

Inclusive Language for Student Success (this focuses on a syllabus, but applicable to online materials or rubrics also) – UNC 

Microagressions to Microresistance – Boise State University

Growth Mindset (Carol Dweck) via Brain Pickings – key to remember that in teaching often it is not the struggling student who needs to develop a growth mindset, it is the teacher who needs to adopt a growth mindset about learners as well as adaptation of their own practice.