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As reports of cases of the H1N1 flu virus increase around the country, Penn State recognizes that large numbers of faculty and students may be unable to teach or attend classes due to illness or because they are home-bound, caring for family members. ANGEL, Penn State's course management system (https://cms.psu.edu/default.asp), can be a vital resource for sustaining the continuity of your class during this time. ANGEL can assist instructors with delivering content to students, by fostering communication and discussion between instructors and students as well as student-to-student communication, and by providing a medium for assessment and feedback. Below are some steps instructors can take using ANGEL in order to continue teaching and learning activities with minimal disruption even if classroom attendance or traditional instruction is not possible.
Adding Robust Content to Your ANGEL Course
You can upload a wide variety of file types into ANGEL for students to download, including Web pages, text documents, spreadsheets, slide presentations, audio files, and more. Almost all file types are supported within ANGEL, although it is important...read more
Fostering Communication and Discussion
ANGEL has several kinds of communication tools to aid instructors with keeping the students informed as well as maintaining class discussion and interaction. These tools include Discussion Forums, Course Mail, Live Chat as well as Announcements and Polls...read more
Using ANGEL for Assessment and Feedback
ANGEL has a variety of ways to assess student work including the ability to grade all lesson content items and link them to the Gradebook. The most common assessment items include quizzes, drop boxes, and discussion forums...read more