Office hours are still a required element of courses, even though we have moved to remote learning for this term.
How do you do this?
- You could set up synchronous office hours using a video conference tool like Zoom (see:Technological Considerations Section). Set up a regular time, provide the Zoom link to students, and make yourself available via Zoom during that time window. This could also be done using online discussion tools used synchronously.
Office hours are generally useful for answering questions that many students have, as opposed to dealing with individual student issues. These may be addressed by email, as you may already be doing in a face-to-face course.These may also be addressed via an individual appointment by phone or by video conference (Zoom) if you prefer not to use your personal phone number.
As indicated throughout this section, there are many ways to provide students with the ability to practice what they are learning and to get feedback. How you incorporate this into an online environment will really depend on which of these activities you choose to use. In the Technological Considerations Section, there are many tools that could be used to allow you to incorporate homework, quizzes, exams, and collaborative work into your course. Performances and presentations could be recorded using video recording or video conferencing tools. Group projects can be conducted using collaborative tools.