Online Modalities

Moving a course you have been teaching in a face-face format to a virtual environment presents a challenging situation to both faculty and students. Some aspects of your course may remain unchanged. However, you may need to adjust to accommodate the new ways in which students will be interacting with you and with each other during the period of online instruction.

This guide is based on the use of online teaching and learning tools covered in the basic training provided by the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT). Note that in the period of online instruction, basic Blackboard tools, Panopto and Turnitin and Zoom will be supported by CLT and tech solutions office. Unfortunately, the University will be unable to support tools outside the scope of the basic tools training provided.

This is intended to be a simple guideline to strategies that will support faculty migrating from face-to-face to online. 

1. Lecture-type Class Modality: Lecturing using PowerPoint slides or other visuals on the screen.

Suggested Online Alternatives:

  • Send a Blackboard announcement or email communicating the task to your students

  • Record your lecture using Panopto lecture capture and post to Blackboard in the relevant folder. 

  • Create an assignment or activity to check understanding (possibly on Blackboard)

  • Set your deadline

  • Provide feedback and grade (Blackboard)

Check Video Production Guidelines

2. Seminar-style Class Modality: Facilitating in class discussions around assigned texts and media.

Suggested Online Alternatives:

3. Project/group-work Class Modality: Student-Student Interaction

Suggested Online Alternative:

  • Create groups of students on Blackboard and assign them separate discussion forums

  • Encourage students to collaborate on Blackboard and/or Google docs/slides

4. Questions and Answers about Assignments

Suggested Online Alternative

Create a discussion forum on Blackboard (this will allow students to see the responses to common questions)

5. Ungraded Formative Quizzes: To check students' understanding

Suggested Online Alternatives:

  • Send a Blackboard announcement or email communicating the task to your students

  • Share your quiz questions and ask students to complete by a deadline

  • After the deadline, share model answers with students in a separate document

  • Students will self grade to check their understanding

6. Student Presentations 

Suggested Online Alternatives: 

  • Ask students to pre-record videos, post them to an online discussion board on Blackboard, and respond to audience questions there. 

  • Meet using live video conferencing tools (e.g. Zoom) and students can share their screens while presenting. These sessions can also be recorded and shared on Blackboard later.

Check Video Production Guidelines (guidelines specific to student group presentations included)

7. Contingency Plan For Labs And Lab Components 

Missed labs will be covered through online/videotaped resources where applicable. Refer to your chair for department-specific directions

Important Note:

Due to Egypt's internet infrastructure being unevenly distributed, the University strategy is to ensure learning is equitably accessible to all students and recommends that faculty try as much as possible to use asynchronous tools. Real-time (synchronous) interaction requires high bandwidth and should be kept to a minimum (e.g. video conferencing especially in large groups). Asynchronous tools (e.g. email, online discussions) are superior in this situation as they allow students to access content, recordings at their own pace and allow more flexibility. If you choose to use videoconferencing (e.g. Zoom), where possible, record the videos to share with students who are not present. If you plan to use Zoom, refer to the guide here.