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Carolina Old Well and person with blue umbrella on a rainy dayChapel Hill and the surrounding areas will feel the effects of Hurricane Dorian this week, making it possible that you won’t be able to come to campus. If you cannot meet in person, you can still have class / meet online or make your materials digitally available!

Here are some options to consider:

  • Meet in a virtual classroom
  • Record your presentation over your slides and share them digitally
  • Schedule office hours and meet with students online
  • Have students watch videos and report their feedback via online assessments or a discussion board

All the tools mentioned in this blog post are available through Sakai opens in new window. You can add each tool opens in new window to your course site through Site Info > Manage Tools.

Meet Online in Zoom

Not being able to meet in person doesn’t have to prevent you from having class. You can set up a virtual classroom using Zoom opens in new window and share your slides or desktop with meeting attendees. You and your students can turn on your microphones and speakers or even enable video connections for a more interactive experience. If you have not already, you can easily create a UNC Zoom account opens in new window, create a Zoom meeting, and share the Zoom meeting link with your students!

Here are two quick 1-minute videos on creating and joining Zoom meetings:

You might also consider recording your whole lecture in Zoom and then sharing the recording with your students. See Zoom Support opens in new window if you have any questions.

If you want to schedule office hours to meet with students individually, consider the Sakai Sign-up opens in new window tool!

Record Your Presentation in VoiceThread

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Another way you can share your recorded presentation with your students is through VoiceThread opens in new window. You can quickly upload your PowerPoint slides as you’re creating a VoiceThread opens in new window and then narrate over the slides with an audio or video recording with comments opens in new window. Don’t forget to share your VoiceThread opens in new window with your class when you’re done!

Share Videos through Warpwire + Student Feedback

You might just have some videos you want your students to watch. If the videos are not already online but on your computer, you can easily upload the videos into Warpwire opens in new window. Warpwire will privately stream your media directly in your Sakai course site.

Perhaps you want to assess your students after watching the video. You can set up a discussion Forum opens in new window and have students post their thoughts and replies to other student posts, or you can quiz their knowledge using the Sakai Tests & Quizzes opens in new window tool — we recommend creating quizzes using Markup Text opens in new window!

We hope the hurricane impacts will be minimal but be sure to stay safe!

See Alert Carolina opens in new window for updates.

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