Snow Days, Sick Days: How to Incorporate Online Content into your Courses

New England has seen its share of snow days this season, resulting in scheduling disruptions and missed classes. Here are just a few ideas for making up lost face-to-face class time with fun and impactful online learning activities:

Record a lecture

Using only screen-capture software and a microphone, you can record a class lecture and PowerPoint for a missed class day and post it to ECLearn.

If you want to build your online lecture quickly and easily, ATIG has tutorials for both Screencast-O-Matic and Jing. If you’d prefer more complex tools, including embedded quizzes, check out Camtasia for Mac and PC.

Moderate an Online Discussion

Web-based discussions are a great way encourage participation, even if members of your class can’t be in the same place at the same time. Learn about how easy it can be to set up discussions in ECLearn here.

ECLearn features a synchronous (live) discussion tool called Conferences. Invite your entire class to participate, or meet with smaller groups.  Present your slides, share a whiteboard and more.  You can even record your presentation.  Find out more in ECLearn’s documentation.

Encourage Collaboration

ECLearn offers web-based groups and online collaboration tools too.  You’ll also find plenty of worthwhile free collaboration tools outside of ECLearn.

Google Drive provides a shared file system for collaborative editing in text documents, spreadsheets, and more. Another free Google product called Hangouts is an easy way to hold a video conference including a screen-sharing feature with as many participants as you’d like.

Popplet is a great visual brainstorming tool, helping groups would through ideas and plan complex projects together.


For even more ideas, check out our Blended Learning Essentials course – contact ATIG. We are here to help implementing your ideas!

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