Teaching Resources for Fall 2021
Department of Mathematics, Purdue University
(Teaching Pit Crew, Aaron Yip, yipn@purdue.edu)


Teaching in a pandemic environment (Mathematical Community)

AMS Resources and Updates related to COVID-19
  • TPSE's Top Ten List: Recommended Practices for Every Online Instructor
  • Learning During the Pandemic: What we wish our professors and mentors knew
  • Writing Good Questions for the Internet Era (from AMS)
    Guide to Teaching Remotely (from the English Department, Purdue Univesity)

  • Teaching in a pandemic environment (Purdue University)

    Resources for Fall 2021 (absolutely all you need to know)
    Essential Protect Purdue Guidance (and frequently asked questions)

    Protect Purdue Plan / (Pledge)
    Compliance Plan: What to do in the presence of violations: Ask, Offer, Leave, Report

    Key dates for Fall 2021 from the Purdue 2021-2022 Academic Calendar
  • Classes begin Mon., Aug. 23, 2021
  • No classes Labor Day, Sept. 6
  • October Break, Mon. & Tues., Oct. 11-12
  • Thanksgiving vacation Nov. 24-27
  • Classes end Sat., Dec. 11
  • Final Exams Dec. 13-18
  • Commencement Sat., Dec. 18
  • Grades due by 5 p.m. Tues., Dec. 21

  • Updated news, websites and documents.

    Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty and Staff
    Dashboard of Protect Purdue (showing daily testing and positivity rate)
    Vaccine Information
    Protect Purdue Health Center

    Newsletters from Provost Office and Purdue Learning Technology
    Aug 9: Some information about Brightspace
    Aug 3: Teaching Resources and Syllabus Template
    July 30: Protect Purdue and Face Mask Policy

    Resources for Teaching

    Resources for Fall 2021 (absolutely all you need to know)

    Purdue Innovative Learning
    Tools and Services for Teaching Remotely
    Instructional Technology
    Purdue Syllabus Template

    Contacts for help:
  • yipn@purdue.edu (Aaron Yip, Department of Mathematics Teaching Pit Crew)
  • tlt@purdue.edu (Teaching and Learning Technologies, mostly for questions about technical support)
  • innovativelearningteam@purdue.edu (Innovative Learning, mostly for questions about teaching pedagogy)
  • urgent Boilercast needs only: call 49-42765

  • Platforms for Teaching

    Schematics:
    in a classroom environment
    online/off-campus

    Brightspace - default learning management system (LMS) in Purdue
    Log in
    Brightspace help page (Purdue) (very useful)
    Brightspace help page (Vanderbilt University)
    Video: Minimal Introduction to Brightspace
    Some basic functionalities:
  • Activate a course: make a course available to students
  • Merge sections
  • Add TA/Grader
  • Add/upload syllabus
  • Copy course from earlier semester
  • Add Course Modules and Contents
  • Create Assignments
  • Create and upload videos
  • Announcements and Emails
  • See student's view: click "Your Name" (upper right corner) and then "View as Learner".
    How to link external platforms (e.g. Gradescope, Piazza, Zoom, etc) to Brightspace:
  • In course homepage, click Content.
  • Create a new module (Add a module) with the name of the platform (or in any of the existing modules).
  • Then click Existing Activities.
  • Choose External Learning Tools.
  • Scroll and choose the platform.

    Gradescope
    Website for basic information
    Video: Linking BrightSpace to Gradescope and creation of homework in Gradescope
    Connect Gradescope to Brightspace, or in words:
  • In course homepage, click Content.
  • Ceate a new module (Add a module) called Gradescope (or in any of the existing modules).
  • Then click Existing Activities.
  • Choose External Learning Tools.
  • Choose Gradescope.
    How students submit homework
    How to create on online assignment in Gradescope

    Piazza: Purdue Piazza page
    (Paid Model for Piazza Q&A)
    How to link Piazza from Brightspace:
  • In course homepage, click Content.
  • Create a new module (Add a module) called Piazza (or in any of the existing modules).
  • Then click Existing Activities.
  • Choose External Learning Tools.
  • Choose Piazza.

    Miscellaneous:
    Campuswire: an alternative to Piazza.
    Shovel: an online college planner app. (Purdue students will have access.)

  • Giving Exams

    Academic Integrity (from a Purdue workshop, hosted by Office of Students Rights & Responsibilities (OSRR), Fall 2021)
    Guideline for writing exams (from a Purdue workshop, Spring 2021)
    Writing Good Questions for the Internet Era (from AMS)
    Video: Creating timed exams in Gradescope
    Instructional Technology (Digital Proctoring)
  • Examity
  • Respondus Lock Down Browser and Monitor

  • Making/Recording Lectures

    Instructional Technology
    Tools and Services for Teaching Remotely

    Documents created by Greg Buzzard for Spring 2020
    default (google doc / docx / pdf) and alternative (google doc / docx / pdf) practices.
    (The above documents contain lots of useful and practical information much of which is still applicable but beware that Blackboard is replaced by Brightspace.)

    Mediaspace: a good place to store videos.
    The recording done by Kaltura, Boilercast and Webex will automatically be uploaded to this location.
  • Go to: MediaSpace
  • Click Guest (upper right corner), and My Media or Log in to access.

    Kaltura - recording videos outside classrooms
    Website for basic information
    Video: How to Share and Download Videos from MediaSpace

    Boilercast - recording audio, computer screen, doc-cam (and webcam, if available) in classrooms.
    You can either request the recording in advance or do an "ad hoc" recording (see the videos below for some demo.)
    Website for basic information (including requesting Boilercast for your class)
  • To use pre-requested Boilercast recording, turn on the doc-cam and log in to the desktop.
    (This instruction sheet is available next to the desktop terminal.)

    Recording lectures in classroom using Kaltura and Boilercast
    Video: classroom setting and Kaltura/Boilercast capture
    Video: demo lecture using "ad hoc" Kaltura/Boilercast (without requesting Boilercast in advance)
  • Make sure you enter your Career Account name before you start or upon saving.
    Video: how to choose and change input sources (desktop, doc-cam, web-cam) for Boilercast capture.
    Publish or sharing your videos from MediaSpace

    Recording lectures off-campus and online
  • See the document above - alternative practices - created by Greg Buzzard for many practical methods and useful tips.

    Collective information and comparison between Zoom, Webex, and Microsoft Teams

    Zoom: Purdue educational license
    How to link Zoom from Brightspace:
  • In course homepage, click Content.
  • Create a new module (Add a module) called Zoom (or in any of the existing modules).
  • Then click Existing Activities.
  • Choose External Learning Tools.
  • Choose Zoom.

    Webex - for conference, recording lectures, and holding office hours
    Log in: faculty and staff and students
    Website for basic information / quick start / extra information from ITAP
    Video: recording in Webex, uploading to MediaSpace and publishing/sharing from MediaSpace

    Miscellaneous:
    Guide for OBS Studio
    Instructions on how to upload videos to YouTube
  • After that, you can either simply share the link of the YouTube or put the YouTube link in BrightSpace.
    To do the latter, following the sequence:
    Course Tool --> Kaltura Media (Gallery) --> Add New --> Choose YouTube.
    You will then be prompted to enter the YouTube link.