Resources

Here we provide some resources as you plan your classes

There a many options available for Student Technology Help & Support:

The list below may assist you with the transition from face-to-face to online.

You don't need to attempt all of these options, use tools and methods that work for you, your students, and support the learning goals of the course.

 

Communication

Function/Feature

Tech Tool

Synchronous or Asynchronous?

Share updates, changes, and other important information

D2L Announcements

Asynchronous

Communicate information and allow students to respond at any time

MavMail

Asynchronous

Share information in real time, have live discussions, hold remote office hours

Zoom

Synchronous

Have a written discussion or written peer review, with text, photos, videos

D2L Discussions, Make/share videos: MediaSpace

Asynchronous

 

CONTENT

Function/Feature

Tech Tool

Synchronous or Asynchronous?

Give live lectures

Zoom

Synchronous

Record a lecture for viewing at any time

MediaSpace or Zoom

Asynchronous

Share my syllabus and/or Word, Excel, or other files

 

D2L Content

Asynchronous

 

Assessment

Function/Feature

Tech Tool

Synchronous or Asynchronous?

Collect student papers online

D2L Assignments

Asynchronous

Give a quiz (exam)

D2L Quizzes, MediaSpace Video Quiz

Asynchronous

Provide feedback on student work

D2L Assignments; D2L Rubrics

Synchronous

 

Faculty and students should be prepared to discuss accommodation needs. The staff in Accessibility Resources at Minnesota State Mankato are available to answer questions about implementing accommodations. If you need assistance in creating accessible materials for your class (documents, videos, etc.), contact IT Solutions. Some helpful tips to guide you in this process include:

  • Text Contrast:
    Use black text on a white background to ensure that the text stands out on documents and the course page.
  • Text Styles: 
    Color alone will not help denote differences in emphasis and content meaning. Consider text styles to assist this denotation.
  • Heading Styles:
    Use built-in heading styles to help students identify content organization.
  • List Styles: 
    Use the built-in bullet or number styles for lists. Avoid creating your own bullet images/icons.

D2L Brightspace has mobile responsibe and accessible templates: Learn how to use them in your course.

  • Alternative Text: 
    Provide a brief text description to serve as an alternative for images, graphs, and charts that answers the question: Why is this image important? What is this image?
  • Closed Captioning: 
    Captioning your videos provides greater student comprehension of the material covered and provides access to media for individuals with hearing impairments in compliance with federal regulations.
    • As you create video content for virtual teaching, we recommend that you use Kaltura MediaSpace for captioning.
    • You may also reach out to Accessibility Resources to provide real-time captioning for Zoom. 
  • Link Text: 
    Use descriptive titles for text, titles, and headers when embedding links.
  • Tables: 
    Use simple tables when possible, with column and row headers.

We recommend utilizing the Quizzes tool of D2L for all exams and offering them asynchronously.