Resources Shortlist

Based on or recent experiences helping instructors navigate the transition to remote teaching, here’s what we’re currently recommending.

The Essentials

Accessibility and Remote InstructionIt’s very important to consider accessibility issues in remote instruction.  This webpage is a good starting point.  Related, this ITS quick tips PDF regarding Canvas accessibility and this Zoom accessibility checklist from CAI.

Recording Courses, Privacy and FERPA: Before you record a synchronous class session, review this material.  Includes sample syllabus statements about privacy and use of recorded class materials.   Not all synchronous class sessions lend themselves to recording.  Consider using collaborative notes or student generated take-aways as alternative mechanisms to help students access content if they are unable to attend.

Building Community in Remote Courses: Student feedback on their F2020 experience clearly highlights the importance of attending to community in remote courses.  

Teaching with Zoom:  If you will be teaching on Zoom, this is a good place to start to get a high-level overview of key issues and important capabilities.

Exams and Quizzes in Remote Courses: Assessing student learning in remote courses requires new considerations and alternative approaches.  You might find it helpful to view this LSA Faculty Panel discussing their adjustments to the reality of remote exams and assessments.

Workload Estimator: Student feedback from F2020 also raised issues of workload in remote courses.  As you are planning your courses, this estimator developed at Wake Forest University can help you envision the full workload your course is asking of students.

More recommended materials

Inclusive Teaching Principles and Practices: This page includes examples of reflection questions and course design and facilitation practices aligned with inclusive teaching principles. These practices and the principles they reflect are relevant to any discipline or teaching context, including remote or hybrid settings.

“Recording Techniques for Online Learning, Part 1: the Basics”  You may not be able to implement every one of their recommendations, but you can immediately benefit from the presenters’ ah-ha observations and inexpensive solutions for improving your online video presence.

Teaching Remotely with Film and Video: This document provides recommendations and best practices to support faculty who teach with films as they shift to an online teaching environment.

Teaching Remotely: This living website by LSA Learning and Teaching Consultants offers robust insight into the how-tos of getting started, instructional strategies, and resources for teaching remotely. This site is ideal for those who want comprehensive information regarding best practices and implementation of online and hybrid teaching approaches. We recommended using this resource because of its continually-evolving nature and the varied contributions from one of the University’s largest Learning and Teaching Consulting groups.

Still want more? Explore our extensive list of 90+ Self-Guided Tutorials  on a wide range of topics related to hybrid and online teaching.