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August Back to School Workshops ~~ August 3-7, 2020
USNA's 5th Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning: Faculty Development Workshops on Online Teaching
Join us May 11-15 on Google Hangouts Meet for over 20 workshops on Online Teaching with topics ranging from grading online to making synchronous classes interactive, editing Panopto videos to inclusivity, designing online classes to discussion boards, and much more!

Summary of Response to the Transition to Online Teaching Survey
General Information
Google Hangouts Meet
  • Google Hangouts Meet FAQs
  • Google Hangouts Meet  vs. Zoom
  • Google Hangouts Meet  Q & A Session Video Recording
  • Scheduling a Class Using Google Hangouts Meet
  • Google's Training Site
  • New Screen Share Feature with Video/Audio Playback 
    • You now have the option to present entire screen, a window, or a chrome tab. When you present a tab, it will be highlighted so you can clearly see which one you’re presenting. If you change your view to a new tab, a pop-up will ask if you want to switch to presenting the new tab or keep presenting the previous tab, making it easy to move between tabs and control what information you share with the meeting. 
    • You can now playback high quality video with audio via Chrome tab. Presenting a Chrome tab shares that tab's audio by default. This will correct issues when presenting slides with embedded videos or GIFs, or with animated transitions between slides.
  • Google Hangouts Meet Video Tutorials
  • Chrom Extensions for Google Meet: the following extensions only work with the Google Chrome Browser.
    • Chrome Extension Policy: Policy and processes were recently established to evaluate third party extensions and approve those that are risk acceptable.  It’s important that users understand the terms of service associated with approved third party extensions:
      • The Chrome browser is configuration controlled required software on all USNA enterprise workstations. It is required to be maintained current with patches and updates as they are published by Google.
      • Approved third party extensions are optional software that can be installed at user discretion. Third party extensions are not under configuration control and are approved on a customer self-supported basis.  Installation, configuration, troubleshooting, use and update are solely the responsibility of the end user.
      • Extensions might not function after updates are made to the Chrome browser.  The extension provider is responsible for restoring extension functionality if it breaks due to a browser update, and the user is responsible for updating the extensions they have opted to install and use.

    • Grid View: View all meeting participants at once. 
      • Without the extension, the expanded tiled layout of Google Meet will allow Web users simultaneously see up to 16 participants at once (Click on the three dots at the bottom right hand corner of the Meet window, and select “Change Layout>>Tiled”). 

    • Attendance Extension: Collect attendance in a Google Sheet from a Google Meet.
      • When in Meet select to view the people. Accept the permissions the first time. Close and reopen the people to capture attendance for the first time. Click the Attendance icon to open the Attendance Spreadsheet. Right click for further options. 
      • Video tutorial on using the Attendance Extension

    • Nod Extension: Collect realtime student feedback.
      • When running larger meetings in Google Meet, it can be difficult to gauge real-time feedback as you are speaking. Nod allows students to send real-time reactions via quick emoji reactions to presenters and speakers during meetings on Google Meet.

    • Dualless Extension: Dual monitor solution.
      • It splits your browser windows into two by just 2 clicks. The ratio can be adjusted according to your needs. You may have a browser window showing on the right that occupy 30% of your screen. Then the rest of space leave to Google Meet.
      • Click on the Dualless icon on the upper right-hand corner of your Chrome browser to access options.
      • Note that Dualless only works to split browser windows. For PowerPoint, you can present it in a resizable window by following the instructions below. 
        • Open PowerPoint and go to "Slide Show >> Set up Slide Show". 
        • For "Show type", choose "Browsed by an individual (window)" and click on "OK". 
        • Click "From Beginning" or "From Current Slide" to start the slide show.
        • Resize the window as needed. You can put the PowerPoint window side by side to the Google Meet window. 

    • Video Mirror Extension: Mirrors all videos on a page.
      • Mirror (flip horizontally) videos on any page (including YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, etc.)!
      • Usage: on a page with a video (or multiple videos), click the VideoMirror icon (it should be red). All videos on the page should become mirrored. Click again to undo.
        Video Mirror

    • Push to Talk Extension: Hold <space> to talk, release to go back to mute.
      • Mute on joining the meeting.
      • Mute/Unmute: quick push <space>.
        Push to talk

    • Breakout Room Extension by Robert Hudek: 
      • Main features
        • Single click to open all your Breakout Rooms in either Tile or Tab format
        • Single click to assign Participants to Breakout Rooms
        • Single click to Move between Breakout Rooms using a slider, automatically handles your Speaker/Mic/Video for the active room and the non-active rooms.
        • Single click to broadcast Audio and Video into All Rooms
        • Single click to download simple reports and/or copy to the clipboard
        • Single click to remove participants from room and close room when finished
        • Customize screen colors and gradients
        • One-time setup of meet links, Reuse over and over again
      • How to create and use Breakout Rooms in Google Meet and Zoom
      • How to use Breakout Room Extension to allow muting a Meet window
    • Mute Tab Extension: This extension allows you to mute individual tabs by a new context menu option or interacting with the extension icon.
Google Classroom
Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor
Google Jamboard - Digital Whiteboard
  • Google Jamboard allows you to create, collaborate, and bring your team’s ideas to life. Jamboard unlocks your team’s creative potential with real-time co-authoring. Experience unhindered productivity, whether your team is in the same room using multiple Jamboards, or across the world using the Jamboard app on mobile.
  • Use the following options to access and create a Jamboard session: 
    • Go to 
    • Go to Google Drive >> New >> More>> Google Jamboard
    • On your iPad or iPhone, download the Jamboard app
    • Note: If you get an error message that says "Cannot display Jam, please enable WebGL" when using Chrome to access Jamboard, please use Firefox instead. 
  • Jamboard Help
WACOM Tablet
Recommended Books and Articles
  • Israel Galindo, A Guide to Online Course Design and Instruction: A self-directed guide for creating an effective online course.

  • Joan Thormann & Isa Kaftal Zimmerman, The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses.

  • Judith V. Boettcher & Rita-Marie Conrad, The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips. 2nd Edition.

  • Elizabeth Stone. How to Overcome Classroom Zoom Fatigue

  • Marina Arshavskiy, Instructional Design for ELearning: Essential guide to creating successful eLearning courses.

  • Marjorie Vai & Kristen Sosulski, Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide (2nd Edition).

  • Online 2.0: How to Lead a Large-Scale Transformation of Virtual Learning, June, 2020. The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Robin M. Smith, Conquering the Content: A Blueprint for Online Course Design and Development (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning) 2nd Edition

  • Susan Ko & Steve Rossen. Teaching Online: A Practical Guide (4th edition).

  • Tina Stavredes, A Guide to Online Course Design: Strategies for Student Success.


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