Synchronous & Online: Dakota / Zoom Presentation Available

February 3, 2020

During spring 2019, the beginning Dakota class began experimenting with Zoom technology for course delivery. The course regularly met physically with students in Folwell Hall, and was shared via teleconferencing with a group of students at the Morris campus and a few individuals joining online. The experiment involved one virtual meeting per week via Zoom with all members of the class participating individually in Zoom. Very quickly, the virtual meeting replaced another classroom meeting each week, and by mid-semester the entire course was taking place via Zoom. Zoom class meetings continue to be the only means of instruction this year, both for beginning and intermediate Dakota classes. Enrollment has grown from an average of 6-10 students to 60 enrolled in beginning Dakota in the fall, with participants spread across five states and Canada.

On January 28, 2020, Joe Bendickson gave a Language Center presentation where he shared the process of transitioning to a fully online synchronous instructional environment and demonstrating how the environment works. By popular demand, his presentation is now available online.