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Fall Plan and Blended Learning
If you are planning on using the discussion boards in your iCollege course you can respond to the posted discussion comments in class with your students and allow them to respond and revise their answers. You can also administer tests, quizzes, and assessments during the in-person class time. You may want to consider including a High Impact Practice (or HIP) in your course. Many Georgia State faculty use HIPs such as International Virtual Exchange, Reacting to the Past, POGIL (process oriented guided inquiry learning), PBL (problem-based learning), student research projects, or WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum) plus many others in their courses. HIPs work can be flipped allowing you to fold the “out of class” work into face to face class sessions.
As you can see, the only requirements for the blended learning model are having an online course that is enhanced by the elements of classroom instruction that best happen in face to face sessions and that support student growth and learning.
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Many publishers provide test banks that can be imported into iCollege.
Check with your publisher for “import-able” test banks and then contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request assistance with adding the test bank to iCollege.
- Create your own questions using online image databases and textbook image banks for questions that need images.
The current recommendation is to prioritize the use of recorded presentations over live, synchronous sessions via Webex.
The use of Webex can be considered if you are skilled at hosting Webex sessions and have a pedagogical need to deliver live lectures over recorded lectures.
Recorded lectures can be consumed by students on a variety of devices and internet connections.
- Using various online databases and/or textbooks image banks to create questions. The images can be labeled to create questions.
- For questions about using lab equipment--take pictures of the lab equipment as soon as possible and then include pictures and readings from the actual equipment on the virtual practical. While the students won't be able to manipulate the equipment but they can still discuss the use of the equipment and/or discuss set readings or manipulations.
- Consider replacing a question or assignment with a case study that can be completed either individually or in groups in iCollege.
- Panels/guest speakers can be included in your iCollege class using Webex. Webex meeting links can be sent to the panels/guests speakers and they can join the session without the need to login to iCollege.
- Panels/guest speakers can also be included in your course without using collaboration technologies.
- Give the panelists a questionnaire to complete and share the responses with the class via the iCollege Discussion Tool.
- Then have students submit questions via the iCollege Discussion Tool
- Share the questions with the panelists for them to answer offline.
- Then share all of the student questions and panelist answers using the iCollege Discussion Tool.
Many local Internet providers are offering no cost or low cost options for students who need to take their classes online and are lifting data caps. Some of these offers are being extended to faculty. Information on local options for Internet access can be found on this page.
Additionally, the content you upload into iCollege, for the most part, is available for viewing and interaction on smart devices, as well as on computers. If your students don’t have access to high-speed internet connections at home, they can consider using their smart device, if available. Recorded lectures, quizzes, etc., should work fine on their devices, when recorded using recommended procedures, although some content might not be perfectly displayed on smaller screens.
Many local Internet providers are offering no cost or low cost options for students who need to take their classes online and are lifting data caps. Some of these offers are being extended to faculty. You may want to contact your preferred provider for options. Information on local options for Internet access can be found on this page.
Webex provides a personal room, which acts as an online space that you can use to host meetings at any time you choose. To ensure your personal room cannot be interrupted when you are holding a meeting, you can set your settings to lock, so that anyone arriving to enter your online meeting room will see an online waiting room message until you choose to let them enter.
Set up your personal room to lock until you allow in a guest >
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The virtual private network (VPN) provides a way to securely connect from off campus to systems that limit access to the university's network. As the university is experiencing this period of online work, users have reported slowed access to systems through the VPN, particularly during peak work times.
The VPN has temporarily been expanded using additional connection addresses. The standard connection address for the VPN is secureaccess.gsu.edu. If experiencing an issue at the standard address, users can try inputting the following addresses in the connection address field of the Anyconnect VPN client to attempt a faster connection:
Additionally, the following software and software access systems no longer require the VPN for access – SPSS, STATA and vLab. In general, students should not need the VPN to reach resources for their online coursework. Note that WebEx, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, iCollege, and Office 365 Email are all available from off-campus via the web and do not require the VPN, as is the case with most online systems.
For the purposes of the instructions on this site, you may need the VPN to download and install software on a university-managed computer, access department and home drives from off-campus and when accessing the Self-Care Portal to forward your university telephone number to a land or cell number. You will only need the VPN for a short period to perform these tasks. When not actively in need of the VPN, please sign off in order to improve the service experience. Additionally, if you are doing process-intensive work and have the option, you may wish to try again during off-peak work hours.
A short list of items used university-wide that use the VPN is here. If you are having trouble reaching a resource from off-campus or have a question about which resources require the VPN, the IIT Service Desk can help identify whether a system requires the VPN.
We continue to expand the software available to the university as we undergo the transition to online coursework. Information on all available software can be found at the Software Download page.
Note that Adobe Creative Cloud is now available for Georgia State students to download and use from their personal devices. The free license has been extended to August 15, 2020 but Adobe will not extend it further. Instructions for Download >
Yes. Completely online courses and meetings may result in adjustments to accommodations or requests for new accommodations. Visit the Access & Accommodations Center (AACE) for additional information, or contact AACE with any questions or concerns about accommodations.
Please include information for your students in your communications regarding accessibility. Recommended syllabus statements on accommodations and special needs are included in this sample GSU syllabus.
Note: Before emailing students using the class roll in PAWS, your computer’s default mail client must be set to Microsoft Outlook.
Instructions for Windows | Instructions for Mac
If you are unable to set your default mail client, contact the IIT Service Desk.
To email students in PAWS:
- Log on to PAWS.
- Click on the View Class Roll link from the Faculty Menu.
- Select a term and Click Submit.
- Select the desired course from the drop-down box and Submit to view class roll.
- Click on Email Class link at the bottom of the class roll page to email students.
Note: Due to technical limitations, if the class has more than 50 students, there will be multiple “Email Class” links with up to 50 students for each link.
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