In order to most effectively share resources for the various Choral Music Education courses, the Center for Academic Technology has broken down the curriculum into the following tiers:
Tier 1 courses include classes that are rooted in theory and are trended more towards discussion and lectures. They are less difficult to convert to a digital format.
Tier 2 courses include classes that involve performance based evaluations.
Tier 3 courses are made up of elements that involve more intense instruction and evaluation. These courses are designed to help students focus on specific techniques necessary to their practices. These courses can be a mix of individual instruction and performance based classes.
Tier 4 courses include classes that involve educational courses with the concentration in basic music instruction.
Tier 1 courses include classes that are rooted in theory and are trended more towards discussion and lectures. Generally speaking, these courses are less difficult to convert to a digital format.
MT 101-102, MT 201-202, MT 111-112, MT 211-112, MH 305, MH 306-W, MH 307, MH 308-SJD, MH 412, MT 307
Some instructors may choose to have virtual meetings involving the whole class at a consistent time each week. Benefits to such synchronous meetings include increased classroom engagement, as well as increased opportunities for students to engage in real-time interaction with their professors. In addition to these beneficial features, there are some disadvantages to scheduling synchronous meetings. These include a rigid schedule that is not easily adaptable for the chaotic new world students have entered into and technical difficulties can occur more easily.
Zoom: Zoom is a web-based communication technology that supports audio/video conferencing, whiteboard annotation, and breakout rooms for small group collaboration. Meetings can be recorded locally (on your own computer) or to the Zoom cloud. Recording to the cloud is a better option for those with low disk space, but do note that cloud recordings are deleted after 14 days. Cloud recordings needed beyond that timeframe should be downloaded and moved to a different storage location, such as Panopto or Google Drive.
Hangouts: Hangouts is a unified communication system, similar to Zoom, that allows members to initiate and participate in text, voice or video chats. It can be used on both iOS and Android devices.
Teams: Microsoft Teams can be blended directly into your Canvas course and allows students to be able to meet similarly to Zoom.
Kahoot: Kahoot is a game-based learning platform that allows instructors to create games and quizzes that can be screenshared synchronously via Zoom or Teams. This is useful for spicing up any lecture.
PollEverywhere: PollEverywhere allows students to use their mobile phones or laptops to respond to polls synchronously or asynchronously. PollEverywhere is useful for gathering student feedback and has the potential to work well with larger class sizes.
Another way to conduct online courses is through asynchronous learning, which differs from synchronous learning in that it doesn't dictate real-time interaction between students and professors. Asynchronous learning is delivered via discussion forums, videos, emails, and messages where students will complete lessons on their own, though typically with a set of weekly or daily due dates. Similar to synchronous learning, asynchronous learning has both pros and cons. Synchronous learning is ideal for students who need a more flexible schedule and to avoid technical errors; however, students who lack motivation may discover that the low levels of interaction make completing work more difficult. Asynchronous learning and its success is largely dependent on the individual and their work ethic.
Panopto: Panopto is a software solution that allows the recording of audio/video content, as well as includes a web-based editor. It is useful for recording lectures that students can view on their own time, as well as for students to upload video submissions of their work directly to the course.
Canvas: Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system that Butler adopted in Spring 2019. It has many tools that could be useful for teaching an asynchronous class. Discussion boards allow professors and students to “discuss” a lecture, offer feedback to other students, and share audio/video. Instructors can also grade Canvas discussions.
FlipGrid: Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” to host video discussions. Teachers can post questions or prompts which are called “topics,” and then students can post video responses that appear in the tiled grid display. It is useful for sharing videos that could be a response to an acting prompt, and allowing students to comment on each other’s performance utilizing videos.
Similar to music history, music theory is more accessible for online learning than performance based courses. However, it can be difficult to get access to physical materials and resources. The below links are resources that would help users gain access to tools which might help in music theory education.
ME 101/102, ME 299, ME 325-C, MS 326-I, ME 425, ME 480, ED 242, ED 299, ED 425, ED 426, ED 492, ED 425, ED 426