What happens to my intellectual property in an online course? If this is for UVM faculty (not noncredit) then I will send them the link to UVM Intellectual Property policy.

How can I promote Academic Honesty: There are many alternatives to a traditional exam in an online format that can promote academic honesty. Please refer to these resources from UVM’s Center for Teaching and Learning:

Techniques for promoting academic honesty

A decision tree for assessing alternatives

Online synchronous lectures: Part of the flexibility of an online course is that students can learn on their own schedule. At the same time, being able to interact synchronously with instructors and peers is valuable for combating the social isolation that is possible in online courses, which has been shown to affect completion rates.

All UVM faculty, staff and students have access to Microsoft Teams. MS Teams provides the ability for synchronous communication as well as several other features. Consider the following when scheduling synchronous sessions:

  1. Consider the audience: Are you teaching undergraduates who will appreciate the structure of showing up for a virtual session at an appointed time? Or are you teaching working professionals who are balancing work, family and school.
  2. Consider the locations: Are students local or in disparate time zones?
  3. Consider learning styles: Some students are comfortable speaking up. Others may prefer to post a question to a discussion forum. How can you accommodate multiple learning styles?
  4. Keep it short—it’s harder to pay attention in an online meeting—how can you use breaks, shorter lectures, and a variety of presentation styles to keep students engaged.
  5. Consider multiple uses of synchronous sessions, such as live office hours with individual students or groups of students, or Q and A with the instructor or guest speaker about content that students have already reviewed, such as a pre-recorded lecture snippet.

In all cases, record any synchronous content for later viewing. Students do actually review these recordings and it allows them to focus more on listening rather than taking notes during synchronous sessions. See the following documentation about MS Teams for more information.