Remote Learning Guidelines

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Remote learning is the alternate plan when in-person classes must shut down. This plan is different from regularly scheduled online classes. Teachers and leaders should decide the best way to meet local needs when remote learning is necessary. Consider these guidelines:

  • Give students weekday assignments per General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15.1.2. Online work should be centered on Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. Focus on student needs, learning, and conversion.
  • Review the Teaching Tips on this page.
  • Explain schedules and expectations to students, families, and priesthood leaders.
  • Note that Zoom, Canvas, and WISE are the only approved messaging tools for released-time seminary teachers. Other options may be open to stake seminary teachers. Institute teachers may continue to use their preferred approved communication channels and apps. (Refer to the Internet Communications section of the Policy Manual.)
  • Continue to record attendance in WISE. Mark students “present” when they take part in a videoconference or complete the day’s assignment.
  • Encourage students to make up missing work. Students need to complete 75 percent of assignments for course credit.
  • Give the online learning assessment at the proper time during the semester.
  • See the Adaptive Needs Instructions.

More detailed instructions are available here:

Things to avoid:

  • Canvas is the only approved learning management system. Teachers may not buy or use other systems.
  • Use of Google Classroom is not permitted.
  • Do not share student information on any public channel. (See the Information Security section of the Policy Manual.)

Terms to Understand

  • Videoconference - The use of a tool such as Zoom, Teams, WebEx, BigBlueButton, etc., to hold class remotely.
  • Messaging tools - Zoom, Canvas, WhatsApp, email, and WISE for one-way texts and emails to students.

Teaching Tips

Here are seven ideas for improving remote learning assignments and videoconferences:

  1. Stay true to the “Fundamentals of Gospel Teaching and Learning.”
  2. Use the seminary or institute course materials.
  3. Provide activities that help students identify principles in the scriptures.
  4. Invite students to write and share ways gospel principles apply to them.
  5. Hold weekly videoconferences.
  6. Give students time to share insights, ask questions, and interact with each other.
  7. Avoid lectures during videoconferences so that you can focus on the needs of learners.

Adaptive Needs Instructions

Remote learning presents unique challenges for our students with disabilities. Region directors should counsel with the adaptive needs coordinator on how to best serve students and their families. These guidelines may help:

  1. A remote-learning class should be made available to all who can take part.
  2. Teachers may adapt lessons for students who cannot participate in remote learning. Possible choices include:
    • Emailing a 5- to 10-minute lesson from the course material to the parents or caregivers.
    • Finding the simplest solution that can count for course credit. For example, students may watch a video about the scripture passages.

Credit: Award course credit for completion of any delivery method listed above.