Cyber Day Preparedness for Faculty

All classes are being conducted 100% online for the Summer 2021 semester. On-campus classes are planned to resume for the Fall 2021 semester. Please see Coronavirus Information and Updates for latest information.

Cyber Day is a set of resources designed to help faculty keep learning momentum going in their classes if meeting with students face-to-face is not possible. To ensure that unexpected closings have minimal impact on the flow of student learning, Wilmington University has implemented Cyber Days. The Cyber Day concept is a teaching and learning approach which shifts the face-to-face direct instruction classroom experience to a dynamic guided online learning experience.

Training and Support Options

Canvas Training Options

  • Please email edtech@wilmu.edu if you need instructional technology support by appointment.
  • View the Workshop Calendar to view the Ed Tech monthly workshop calendar.
  • WilmU instructors may register for a Canvas workshop in the WilmU Learning Center. 
  • WilmU Faculty Candidates (Adjunct faculty in the onboarding/hiring process):
    • If you would like to take your Canvas training with an instructor, please view the calendar of all training events, by visiting the Faculty Workshop Calendar page
    • Choose the date and time that you wish to attend Canvas training, and email your choice to edtech@wilmu.edu.
    • Please wait for your WilmU email to be assigned before requesting additional training. 

Would you like to keep your course going using Zoom?

Zoom is the tool to host a webinar and meet your class online. To get training, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete this self-paced training in Canvas. 
  2. Click this link to register: 
  3. Once registered, accept the invitation and see this course on your Canvas Dashboard.

Technology Tools and Resources

Use the resources below to learn how to use the right technology tool to enhance student learning in the online classroom.

Communication

Canvas

Use communication tools built-in to the learning management system:

Zoom

Host a live/synchronous web conference to communicate in real-time with students remotely:

  • Get Started - To start zooming today, go to https://wilmu.zoom.us/ and click on sign in, and enter your WilmU credentials. This will authenticate your account and streamline your recordings to Kaltura.
  • Get Training - You can access Zoom self-paced training in the WilmU Learning Center, by signing in and clicking on ‘Catalog’, searching for Zoom, and clicking on ‘Start’ next to the course.
  • Special training: "Lights, Camera, Quarantine! Best Practices for Webcam Video at Home". With some minor thoughts given to audio, lighting, framing, and camera position you can vastly improve the online video experience for viewers!
  • Questions/Help - Find more information about Zoom, training, and resources.

CTE Tips

Cyber Day Course Planning Tips:

Course Materials

Canvas 

Post instructor created course materials:

Building course content
  •  such as a PowerPoint, PDF file, or link to an external site.
  • PowerPoint recording to narrate a lecture.

Kaltura

Create instructional video content:

Assessments in Canvas

Assignments

Measure student performance:

Gradebook

Grade assignments:

Tech Support Options


Online Teaching Tips: 

  • In addition to the tools highlighted on this page, faculty have access to over 20 educational technology tools.
  • Determine which class content is appropriate for online, and which content should be saved for face-to-face interaction.
  • Provide extensions of learning opportunities presented in class and new entry points for class content learning in the absence of face-to-face interaction.
  • Utilize innovative technologies to convert what would have taken place in class into engaging, interactive learning opportunities online.
  • Communicate with students via available technologies so that your class can stay on track.
  • Encourage students to learn how to use the Canvas tools by viewing the Canvas for Students videos. These videos show students how to navigate Canvas, communicate online, upload assignments, use discussion boards, and take online tests.
  • Encourage your students to download the Canvas Student app.
  • Encourage students to check their Wilmington University email often and set up their mobile device to get their WU email.
  • View the Online Faculty Resources to learn about the best practices for online teaching.

Make-up Class Request Forms

To ensure that unexpected closings have minimal impact on the flow of student learning the cyber day concept will replace the need to schedule make-up days. However, a course with special equipment or resources may be granted a classroom during reading week.  Submit a request by site using one of these forms:

If the site you teach at is not listed above, please request for room arrangements by contacting the appropriate site director.