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Virtual Teaching Tools from the IRIS Center

As more and more colleges and universities cancel in-person classes in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, faculty have been tasked with maintaining continuity and learning for their teacher candidates on short notice, offering precious little time considering the effort required to get virtual courses up and running. Complicating matters further, an article this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education notes that most college students are notcurrently enrolled in any distance-learning courses, a lack of experience that might cause some difficulties as they transition from face-to-face to virtual learning.
Fortunately, the IRIS Center is here to offer assistance. Our ready-made, user-friendly online resources—self-contained, self-paced units that can be dropped effortlessly into your virtual lessons—are all free and freely available on our user-friendly, barrier-free Website.
Through dozens of interactive online modules, case study units, course/PD activities, and more, IRIS resources cover everything from classroom behavior management to Universal Design for Learning, from instructional and testing accommodations to MTSS/RTI, and so much more.
Remember, too, that IRIS resources can be used in conjunction with one another, both to deepen learning as well as to create more complete and complex lesson plans. For example, you might begin by asking your candidates to work through our module on Functional Behavioral Assessment: Identifying the Reasons for Problem Behavior and Developing a Behavior Plan then go deeper using our case study units onDefining Behavior and Measuring Behavior. Finally, your candidates can practice everything they’ve learned by completing our ready-to-go course activities Behavior Assessment: Conduct an A-B-C Analysis, Behavior Assessment: Duration and Latency Recording, and Behavior Assessment: Frequency and Interval Recording, which contain not only classroom simulation videos but also pre-made recording forms.
And that’s just one possible use of our flexible, user-friendly resources. (See our Wrap-Around Content Map collection for more ways to extend and deepen learning using IRIS resources.) But don’t just take our word for it. Visit our IRIS Resource Locator today to explore everything we have to offer. If you have questions or require additional assistance, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. IRIS is here to help. Together, we got this.

 

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