Teaching Options to Minimize Weather Interruptions

For Lecture Classes:  Consider these options when planning for weather interruptions:

Place a specific class online—In place of the cancelled class, record and deliver the content (audio video, PowerPoint/Text-based content) from the cancelled lecture via web-based streaming technology (live or pre-recorded) to your students. In the next in-person class, use the time for more in-depth discussion, small group work, or problem-based activities.

  • Download and install Mediasite and record a your lecture
  • Use WebEX to set up a synchronous lecture – contact dl@uconn.edu (860-486-6540)

Create a “read, review, and discuss” lesson on HuskyCT—Design a lesson that will apply any time a weather-related interruption might occur:

  • Look at the original learning outcomes you had for your face-to-face course.
  • Provide text-based material in place of your traditional lecture.
  • Create quizzes for students to self check major concepts as they complete the readings.
  • Create a discussion board forum that allows students to discuss the topic in more depth with each other and with you asynchronously.  Be sure to give clear directions regarding your expectations for student participation and the quality of the posts. Even better, prepare a grading rubric with explicit and descriptive criteria aligned with your learning objectives so students fully understand what they need to produce in the discussion board to be successful.

For Discussion Classes

  • Create a discussion board forum in place of the discussion topic you would have facilitated for the day.
  • Be sure to give clear directions regarding your expectations for student participation and the quality of the posts. Even better, Prepare a grading rubric with explicit and descriptive criteria aligned with your learning objectives so students fully understand what they need to produce in the discussion board to be successful.
  • Provide additional materials if appropriate in HuskyCT so students have needed information to draw from as they discuss the assignment with their classmates.