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Teaching Remotely

In the event that courses, academic, and administrative functions are disrupted by closures or illnesses, all ASU faculty should be thinking of their plans to have their course material online. Courses that are online offer convenience, flexibility and the resources are available anytime and anywhere.

Getting Started

Considerations for teaching online:

  • Faculty Playbook: This Faculty Playbook is designed to serve as a concise guide in addressing faculty needs for online course design, teaching and continuous improvement.
  • Internet: If you’re planning on teaching from home, make sure that your internet connection is strong enough to handle teaching online.
  • Hardware: Thankfully, most laptops have microphones and cameras already installed. If you don’t have these and need them to teach online, contact your department chair.
  • Files: Get your files in place. If you have materials you regularly use on a computer on campus, make sure you have access to those files from home.
  • Blackboard: Familiarize yourself with Blackboard best practices and Blackboard tools that can facilitate teaching.

For more information see the Technology Guide for Working Remotely.

Converting Classes to Online

Teaching remotely doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel. If you’re teaching a class in person, there’s a good chance you’ve already got all the raw materials you need to move a course online.

Teaching Tasks

Online Teaching Options

Communicating with students

Establish communications standards for your class with your students.

Sharing documents and files with students

Post your PowerPoint presentations, lecture notes, and/or other instructional materials in Blackboard.

In-class lectures

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a video-editing expert. The university already provides you access to lecture capture tools.

Class Discussions

In-class discussions contribute to student learning, and instructors often assess in class discussions for a grade.

Tests, Quizzes and Exams

Tests and quizzes can still be effective when given online.

Class Assignments

Collecting student work can be even easier online.

Pro-tip: don’t use email to collect work. While email is great for communication, it should not be used to collect student work.

Group Work

Other Considerations

  • Office Hours: Students and faculty alike know the importance of office hours. Moving your class online doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice this important resource for students. Blackboard Collaborate makes it easy to show up for your students.
  • Library and Research: Access to research materials is essential for student success. The good news is that your students are likely already using digital library resources. Other resources that you may want to explore from the library include:
  • Grades: If you choose to teach remotely, you can continue using your grading method of choice. But if you are using online assignments, you can connect those to the Grade Center.

Instructional Design Assistance

If you’re having trouble matching face-to-face assignments to online activities, reach out to your instructional designers. They are experts in digital pedagogy and can help you make sure you’re hitting those learning outcomes and objectives.

Additional Resources

We’ve compiled some timely resources including webinars for the self-starter to learn more about online teaching.

Course Support

If you are interested in receiving additional resources and being informed of training opportunities, please complete and submit the Online Teaching Support Form

Upcoming Training

Visit the Training Events page to attend a class or webinar. 

Upcoming Training

Helping Students

Much like faculty, the transition to learning online can be difficult. Share our Remote Rams guide with your students to help them get started with the basics.

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