Teaching Online Summer Classes: Challenges for Students and Faculty

Webinar Highlights Include:
– Transitioning a regular semester class to an online summer class
18:20 – Assignment pacing for regular semester versus online summer classes
20:35 – Testing for online classes
28:50 – Post COVID-19 Testing
30:00 – Completion data from online classes
31:15 – Challenges with online learning, including proctored testing
31:35 – Ethical challenges with online proctored testing
39:00 through 1:04:00 – Attendee question and answer session, including the following topics: testing, honor pledges, other ways to support students during the pandemic, adjusted schedules for summer classes, and more.

Teaching online courses in the summer on varying accelerated schedules to an audience that is not necessarily on campus brings unique challenges. These challenges are now magnified due to COVID-19.

In this webinar, Dr. Olcay Akman of Illinois State University will discuss his experience designing an eight-week long summer course and how the instruction has evolved over almost two decades. He will share examples of what worked, what did not, his personal success stories and failures.

Dr. Akman will offer general tips that are applicable to any online course, accelerated schedule, or otherwise. Finally, he will discuss the changes he has implemented to accommodate the latest COVID-19 related restrictions.

About the Presenter:
Dr. Olcay Akman is a professor of Mathematics at Illinois State University. He is the director of the Intercollegiate Biomathematics Alliance, a consortium of universities collaborating and sharing resources in the pursuit of scholarship, teaching, and advanced research development. Dr. Akman is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the journals Letters in Biomathematics and Spora. He has been using Hawkes Learning since 1998. In fact, he is responsible for some of the features that are part of the current version of Hawkes.