As colleges and universities move to limit person-to-person contact at this time I have had several people on- and offline ask me about teaching remotely. There are a number of threads on Twitter that I've scanned but to be honest, I've been so busy trying to figure out what I'm planning to do that I decided to just type up some thoughts and hopefully people can chime in with their own comments.
I don't know for sure what our campus is doing yet, but from what I have heard, it seems that we will limit/forbid person-to-person contact and all courses will be delivered electronically. This impacts everyone differently, but labs seem to be disproportionately affected. I will discuss my approach to lab, lecture and office hours below. All of these were tested on MacBookPro running Catalina (10.15.3) and/or an iPad Air from 2013.
I have students submit spectra when they submit a report (IR and NMR typically), so I have several years’ worth of student data. I plan to have students interpret several Mo(arene)(CO)3 complexes to report trends of electron donation and CO stretching frequency. I also have data for a few MnBr(P-P)(P(OR)3)(CO)2 complexes (where P-P is one of several bidentate phosphines and P(OR)3 is one of several monodentate phosphites. Again, we can explore electronic effects on CO stretching frequency. I also will ask students to do Gaussian calculations on a molecule using WebMO and then write all of this up in a single 5 page report that includes more discussion and background instead of my more normal 2 page report that focus mostly on experimental reporting. Fun fact: you can try WebMO for free here. For what it's worth, there is some real student data for Evans method NMR calculations on VIPEr as well, but we've already completed that experiment for this year.
From what I've gathered reading my feeds, shorter videos are easier to manage, upload, download, and deal with. Students don't need good internet to access them, and I worry about broadband infrastructure MWF at 9-950 in the United States, to be honest. So, I have decided that I am going to produce short 5-10-minute videos that introduce or explain a topic or concept, and end it with a "now, think about this last point and answer this question," or have them start a VIPEr Learning Object individually. I haven't for sure decided what technology I will use but I spent several hours this morning testing various options. My favorite (and free) option is to use QuickTime to record a PowerPoint deck with my narration underneath. A quick google search this morning gave me what I needed to do this on my first try. QuickTime player comes with my Mac and I was able to do a "New Screen Recording" easily. I have also considered using Explain Everything. This is $25/year for academic license and my department chair uses it regularly; he offered to pay for it. There is a good tutorial and I recommend just playing with it. This is an iPad app.
For another option for Lecture, let me link to a YouTube video shared by one of my colleagues. He regularly livestreams his videos using YouTube for his large classes, and it seems easy but I decided that I didn't want to livestream or record a 50-minute lecture.
I have been a big fan of the LiveScribe pen since it first came out (thanks @Sheila Smith at UMD). It records audio while you write with a ball point pen on special paper. I have several pencasts on the VIPEr site for LGO and MO diagrams. The good part about this is that it exports PDFs that can be played on the livescribe site. The pens are about $100. Explain everything also works reasonably well though I have found that the recordings have a bit of a scratching noise from the stylus writing. Newer iPads with the Apple Pencil should have less noise. I also have Notability, and that does a good job with capturing pen strokes and audio, but you can't export the file and it would require the students purchase the app (5-10$).
The VIPEr leadership council uses Zoom regularly for our meetings, though I do not have access personally. We are on a Google campus and I tested Google Meet quickly this morning with a student. Use the Chrome browser for best functionality. I was able to easily access audio, video, and share my screen.
I hope that others can share their technology options in the comments. We can help each other through navigating the technology and make this difficult time a bit easier, perhaps.