When the weather prevents you from getting to campus, consider some of the alternative methods below to connect with students and colleagues during severe weather.
Virtually connecting or communicating with your students or colleagues is a great way to continue conversations and projects that poor weather attempted to interrupt.
Connect with your students via videoconferencing technology
Creating a virtual classroom session or meeting room is simple with Zoom!
Zoom is a free software program, accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Just download the program and install it on your own device.
Users can setup their own free accounts using their Centre email account.
The free version allows a max of 40 minute meetings, whereas the pro version includes unlimited minutes for meetings. If you need to upgrade to a pro account, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steps to Connect:
If you realize you are in need of a webcam to connect with your students/colleagues from home, reserve a webcam here! We have a limited number of webcams available for checkout, so reservations will be on a first come, first served basis. Please keep in mind that if you are unable to get to campus to teach your classes, it is probable that CTL staff will not be able to safely travel to campus either. Therefore, we recommend that you plan ahead and check out equipment if you think the weather may prohibit you from getting to campus.
Use Moodle to host an online class discussion
Moodle has several modules that allow interactive discussion that can be used in lieu of holding an actual class session when severe weather prohibits travel to campus.
Creating discussion forums in Moodle allows students to:
Setting up a Moodle Forum is a fairly easy process. Click HERE for instructions.
Technology Equipment Availability
The Center for Teaching and Learning has a variety of technology equipment available for checkout free of charge. Some of these technologies include laptops, tablets, webcams and cameras. Since we have a limited number of each item, we recommend you check out the online reservation system to see what's available. Just login with your Centre username and password. Use the blue arrow to choose your equipment category.
Equipment can be checked out and returned during our normal business hours 8am - 12pm and 1pm - 4:30pm Mon-Fri. In case of severe weather, CTL staff may not be able to safely travel to campus; therefore, it is important to consider checking out any equipment you may need for your class prior to the severe weather emergency.
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