Technology and Training
For Hybrid Teaching and Learning
In support of de-densifying RISD’s studios, some courses will be taught in a hybrid mode, a combination of in-person and online class meetings and activities. RISD faculty and technology specialists are preparing for a range of technology to support hybrid teaching and learning including:
- Outfitting of select studio classrooms with audio and video equipment to facilitate simultaneous and synchronous in-person and online studio educational experiences. This scenario envisions studios outfitted with ambient audio and video so online students experience the full range of interactions, and large in-class projection so in-person students experience their online counterparts in real time.
- Asynchronous modules delivered via a common Learning Management System (LMS) platform to augment in-person coursework.
- Synchronous courses, studio reviews and shop tutorials with simultaneous in-person and online options.
- Online access to on-campus file rendering capabilities, CNC output services, and print/plot centers to support and enhance in-person material engagements and fabrication activities.
For Online Teaching and Learning
To provide space for the in-person educational experiences that are core to a RISD education, some courses will be offered fully online. This course delivery mode will be supported by the following technologies and processes:
- Expanded laptop and digital equipment loaner program.
- The introduction of a common LMS, Canvas, that will offer enhanced course management, delivery and ease of use across multiple online experiences. The shared digital space offered by a common LMS is especially valuable during the first week of the fall and spring semesters when all courses are offered online to support the required quarantine period.
Training and Workshops
The adoption and phase-in of the college-wide Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas is an essential component of our student experience, especially given the increased use of digital tools during the upcoming year. The integration of Canvas, and related support activities, are planned for the summer months in preparation for the upcoming academic year.
- Courses not currently supported by Digication will be migrated in part or whole to Canvas. Minimal migration will comprise syllabi, course schedules, course rosters, and first-week course materials. This creates a “one-stop” location for students to get essential course information and links and will offer a uniform and organized digital portal for during the first week of online coursework.
- Canvas LMS provides some essential tools but is not in itself a complete solution for faculty needs. The college will augment Canvas to the degree possible with a diverse set of tools and practices as required by individual departments and programs.
- Hosted by RISD’s Teaching and Learning Lab, in July and early August, faculty-oriented workshops will focus on the implementation of Canvas, problem-solving, and syllabi development. One-on-one consultations and Divisional Pedagogical Innovation graduate student assistantships will be available to support the use of the new LMS.
- Prior to the workshop series described above, beginning on June 16, RISD’s online teaching support team—nine faculty colleagues with varied experience in online pedagogy and online teaching platforms—will be offering workshops that address fundamental concepts in online pedagogy for faculty considering what tools and strategies they will need as they transition to hybrid and online teaching.
Centrally-supported Applications, Access and Printing
Mobile and web-based technologies play an important role in supporting and enhancing RISD’s public health standards on a de-densified campus. To support safe operations and service delivery, RISD is employing the following applications:
- Mobile health self-assessment screening apps (LiveSafe and/or MyRISD) to support the public health requirements of a de-densified campus.
- Other software and apps to enable online room reservations and scheduling (Series 25), mobile appointment scheduling and waiting list management, and mobile food ordering, payment and delivery programs.
- Centrally-supported software and license acquisition to reduce or eliminate reliance on physical computer labs.
- In addition, students will have remote access to 2D and 3D output facilities with online ordering and safe, on-campus delivery and pick-up.