Class Cancellation / Weather Emergency Preparation
If classes are cancelled and/or there is a weather emergency that prevents access to campus, there have a number of tools and resources available to engage students using Moodle!
Here are some available approaches to engage your students when classes are cancelled / weather emergency is declared:
Asynchronous delivery of lecture content, meaning students don’t all have to be online at the same time, VoiceThreads are like narrated slide presentations, and can be added as activities in any week or topic in your Moodle course. Directions are at the Moodle Beyond Basics VoiceThread guide.
You can embed YouTube videos (such as TED Talks or Khan Academy lectures) into your Moodle courses using the directions here: http://purchase.libguides.com/moodlebasics/embedvideos. You can also use the YouTube Anywhere plugin to the Moodle editor to securely upload video to your YouTube account and embed the video into your Moodle pages, assignment descriptions, forum discussions, etc, anywhere you are editing text in Moodle. Look for the YT tool on the Moodle editor expanded toolbar. When you select the tool, Moodle connects to your YouTube account and uploads video files or your own webcam recordings to your YT account in a private mode that can be embedded in your Moodle pages.
Live Classroom Sessions
Campus Technology Services (CTS) has purchased Zoom Pro accounts, and have them available for faculty to use to schedule online live sessions for their classes. With access to one of the Zoom Pro accounts, you can schedule your live class sessions, and provide the resulting links to your students through your Moodle course. It won’t be as tightly integrated into Moodle as the Collaborate Ultra solution, but it will be much more cost effective.
If you would like to use Zoom Pro for your classes, please submit a work order to the CTS Work Order Tracking system describing your planned usage.
If you have a Google account, you can set up a Google+ Hangout.
The Forum activity in Moodle will allow your class to hold an asynchronous discussion of course topics. Moodle supports a variety of discussion forum formats, depending on your instructional goals. Directions are at: http://purchase.libguides.com/moodlebasics/forums.
Streaming Library Resources
Purchase College Library subscribes to a variety of streaming video services including Digital Campus - Swank and VAST: Academic Video Online, which are both great sources of licensed video material geared toward academic use. Check out the Multimedia guide for more information.
Please contact us at TLTC@purchase.edu with any questions or concerns.