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Changing Your Teaching Approach for Chromebooks

Chromebooks are not ideal computers for remote learning. As an instructor, you should consider adjusting your instructional design if your students use this device. Due to minimal computing power, Chromebooks function poorly, or not at all, with web conferencing tools, video, and other instructional technologies. 

Given the uncertainty, variety of technologies available to students, and the demands on web conferencing systems and WiFi, it is recommended that you adopt an asynchronous (any time) approach as much as possible. The best tools for doing this are in place already and available to you and your students.

Lecture Capture (Panopto): Record your lecture or several small segments and share them with your students in WebCampus. If you do not want to use Lecture Capture (Panopto), you can use YouTube. Students like recorded videos that they can watch repeatedly and at a time that works with their schedule. View Lecture Capture (Panopto) tutorials to help you get started.

WebCampus: The discussion board in WebCampus is a great place for conversations, debates, collaboration, and communication. Most of your students are already using this feature in other classes.

Google Hangouts Meet: If your students are unable to access WebEx, other video solutions may still work. You can host virtual group meetings or one-on-one video chats using Google Hangouts Meet (not integrated with WebCampus). The application allows you to share documents on your screen and record and share sessions for access later. Automatic live captioning is available for accessibility as well. Google temporarily granted UNLV accounts the ability to host meetings for up to 250 participants. The Google Meets for Educators page has more information.

Email: It is a useful way to communicate with your students.

Assessments: Some instructors may use a browser lockdown tool (like Respondus LockDown Browser) in the hopes of preventing cheating. In an online testing environment, this strategy will not work. Instructors should instead consider these assessment tips from the Office of Online Education.

By adopting asynchronous teaching techniques, you are helping your students succeed, while giving yourself more flexibility and lowering your frustration levels. 

You should check out the teaching remotely webpage for more resources.

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