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Temporary Alternative Methods of Instruction

Using Email

The simplest (but most limited) solution is for you to use your Palomar email account to temporarily conduct your class remotely.

First Contact your Students

  • Here’s how you can get a list of all the Palomar email addresses for your class.
  • Let students know how you plan to communicate with them and how often. Tell students both how often you expect them to check their email and how quickly they can expect your response.

Conducting your Class

  • You may choose to attach your weekly lesson to an email to the entire class.  If it is simple enough, (e.g.  “this week read Chapter 10 and email me your paper at the end of the week”), you can put it in the body of the email. 
  • If you post new materials in a shared resource (e.g., Google Drive), be sure to let students know what you posted and where. 
  • Students will be able to ask questions to you directly via email but not so easily with other students because of privacy concerns.  Generally, never share a student’s email address with another student without their permission. Put email addresses in the Bcc line. 
  • Students may submit assignments via email attachments.

How to Get Started (Video Training)

Keep Track of Everything!

  • It is important to save all communications with students!  (Don’t delete anything!)
  • Keep all of the materials that you temporarily used so that, if there is a dispute from a student later, you will have materials needed to show how you conducted the class.

Remember FERPA!

  • Private Student Information (like GRADES!) must still be kept private.  You should never send a grade to a student via email unless they specifically ask you to. Always use the student’s Palomar email address.
  • Things that need to be kept private in your face-to-face class still need to be kept private.

Consider Using Zoom to Meet with your Students Online

  • If you can’t be in a lecture room, being in a virtual room is the next best thing
  • Zoom is very easy to use
  • It runs in a web browser and even on mobile phones
  • Zoom allows you to conduct a lecture in real time.  All of your students can be online at the same time and can talk (or chat) with one another and with you
  • You can share your screen with the class, and they can hear your voice.  (Note: You will need an inexpensive microphone.)
  • See our Zoom page.
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