Open letter from Assistant Dean, Joe TenBarge:
As we approach the Fall Semester it is beginning to feel like we’ve lived with COVID-19 most of our lives. But teaching online, like other social distancing, is still relatively new for most of us. LAITS continues to learn lessons about online tools and methods, and we will continue to update this site with what we have learned. You will see new tabs for ‘training’ and ‘language courses’, and some other recommendations have been added, updated, or changed as well.
In particular, since most students will be in Austin this fall with access to good technology, we feel that accessing synchronous (live, real-time) courses will be less difficult for students than it was last spring and this summer. There are still good reasons to use asynchronous (pre-recorded) materials, but the choice set has changed somewhat. A good mix for many courses may be some amount of well-planned, pre-produced materials that free time for more live interaction and discussion during scheduled class sessions.
But those choices, of course, are up to you. I hope the information in this website helps you in planning and teaching your course online. Please let us know if it does, if it doesn’t, or if you have suggestions to share.