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08/20/2020

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Michel

The readings are the same. We're all online, and the decision was made months ago, so everyone is forewarned. If it was a mid-semester shift, I'd consider some cutting of the readings.

What I've done, however, is change my assessments a bit (they're imposed top-down, so there's a limit to what I can change). In particular, I've reduced the number of essays to just one (the required number), and shifted a chunk of the other assignments to online quizzes and exams which can almost entirely be marked by the LMS.

Paul Carron

Much like Michel, the readings are the same, and the assignments are such that a sudden pivot to sudden online won't be onerous for me or the students. I have never used online quizzes before, but did so in the summer and think that it is really effective. I make them open book/pen note but timed, so basically if they read reasonably closely they should do well. I am assigning less formal writing, however, and using Packback, an AI-driven discussion board that will require much less of my time. Basically I am not giving the students much less overall, but I am making changes to lessen my grading load since teaching online takes a lot more front-end prep.

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