Online Teaching

ONLINE TEACHING CONTACTS AND RESOURCES


For questions not addressed in the FAQs, these resources contain a wealth of information on the subject(s):


What advice does the Office of Disability Services have for conducting virtual advising appointments? How do you enable captioning on the various virtual platforms?

Added August 4, 2021

Both BlueJeans and Microsoft Teams now have closed captioning capability.

  • For BlueJeans, both the meeting host and the student need to enable captions via their settings (click on “Settings,” scroll down, then click on “Closed Captions”).
  • For Microsoft Teams, the meeting host needs to navigate to meeting controls and click on “More Options,” then click on “Turn on Live Captions.”

 

Will faculty members have the discretion to choose the specific hybrid mode for their class? Can they determine how often it should meet?

Yes, faculty members should choose the hybrid mode that is most appropriate to the pedagogical needs of the course. Instructors will also need to assess the capacity of the assigned classroom space. 

There is not a policy requiring a minimum number of in-person meetings for a hybrid course. However, faculty should seek to engage the students in a few meaningful in-person meetings throughout the term. 

The exact number and timing should be determined by the instructor in accordance with significant events in their syllabus. The faculty member has flexibility to choose when those touchpoints are most effective for the course.


 

Where can I get help preparing my course for hybrid teaching?

Please review the Hybrid Teaching Guide, available on the Provost’s website, for detailed guides, tools, and resources.


 

What is the policy if students want to record part of their classes? 

Faculty/instructors may prohibit students from making their own recordings unless required as an Institute-required accommodation. Faculty/instructors may allow recordings but prohibit sharing. Suggested syllabus language is available on the Office of the Provost website.


 

How are we approaching closed captioning for courses with students who have hearing difficulties?

Updated August 4, 2021

Both BlueJeans and Microsoft Teams now have closed captioning capability.

  • For BlueJeans, both the meeting host and the student need to enable captions via their settings (click on “Settings,” scroll down, then click on “Closed Captions”).
  • For Microsoft Teams, the meeting host needs to navigate to meeting controls and click on “More Options,” then click on “Turn on Live Captions.”

The Office of Disability Services can also do real-time captioning as needed but needs some notice to make arrangements. 


 

How accessible is Canvas?

While Canvas, Georgia Tech’s learning management system, does contain accessibility features, it is important to ensure that the resources/documents shared with students through Canvas are also accessible. For more information on how faculty can create accessible courses, please see Maintaining Accessibility When Teaching Remotely.


 

How can I allow more time on a test or allow a student to take a test multiple times?

The Quiz tool within Canvas allows accommodations (e.g., extended time, multiple attempts, etc). The following links provide a step-by-step guide on how to set up each accommodation in Canvas: 


 

If I create a recording, how can I ensure that it is accessible?

Faculty can use Kaltura Personal Capture, which is integrated into Canvas, or Camtasia to record desktop activity, video, and audio to prepare instructional materials.

These recordings should be delivered using Media Gallery (Kaltura) inside Canvas. This delivery mechanism will provide machine-level (automated) captions for the delivery of media.

The accuracy of these captions depends on the clarity of speech as well as the content matter. Faculty/TAs can edit these captions. Professional captioning services are available and can be very costly.


 

How can I conduct accessible real-time (synchronous) sessions?

BlueJeans and Microsoft Teams provide automated captioning in synchronous sessions. These automated captions are 70-85% accurate, depending on clarity of speech as well as the content matter. If a session is recorded and downloaded, the video can be published through the Media Gallery (Kaltura) in Canvas, which will provide machine-level (automated) captions.


 

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