Connect (IVC)

Same Time, Student Choice of Location

Connect classes are taught from a classroom to other classrooms around the state and surrounding region. Students come to a USU Regional Campus or Center or join from home via Zoom to participate in the class on a set day and time every week. This delivery format is a great option for live instruction when interaction with other students is beneficial. The more structured classroom environment can be helpful for students who don’t have a quiet place at home to attend a virtual class.

The Connect teaching modality will be available starting Summer 2023. IVC courses taught in Spring 2023 require students to attend at a USU campus or center unless accommodations are granted through either the Disability Resource Center or Office of Equity.

Key Principles for Success

  • Address students by name, when possible.
  • Look at the camera as often as you would look at a section of the classroom, if you were teaching in person.
  • Have online office hours or a Canvas discussion board where you regularly check for student questions and provide answers.
  • When asking questions during class, wait until students answer (it might take students a little longer to answer while they come up with an answer and turn on their microphones).
  • Videos may be played during class, but you will want to test any commercially prepared videos in advance as copyright protections may scramble the video when trying to broadcast it.
  • Use Canvas for materials distribution and homework collection. Physical objects (like kits or manipulatives) may be mailed to the Regional Campuses and Centers where students will be attending class.
  • You might choose to flip your classroom by having students watch videos or complete readings before class and spend class time working on projects or doing class presentations. See the Content Delivery section below for additional support information.
  • Leverage the time in class to have students work with each other, practice and demonstrate skills, and actively participate in class discussions. For group work, use Zoom breakout groups so students have an opportunity to work with various subsets of students within the class.
  • Encourage students to add a good headshot photo to Canvas. This will help you become familiar with what they look like so that you can more easily recognize them on camera. (They can refer to for assistance in doing so.) You might want to make this an assignment and give points for individuals who have added a photo.

Learning Foundations

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For USU's Zoom resources find the Zoom menu under "Teaching Software."