Remote Teaching Resources

Office for Faculty Advancement Recommended Academic Remote Teaching Resources

MSU Online Teaching Preparation Checklist — intended to support faculty with expertise in face-to-face teaching as they re-develop their courses for online teaching.  The checklist is aligned with the MSU CANVAS Universal Guidelines, ITDS’ guidance on preparing for online, and with the most frequently cited Teaching and Learning principles (including evidence-based principles of learning).

General Guidelines

  • ITDS Guide for Online and Hybrid Learning – Montclair State’s ITDS team has a useful page with resources and guidelines on online instructional design.
  • 11 Things to Consider When Moving Your Courses Online – This resource from Connecticut College guides faculty through thinking about what is important when moving online (mindsets, practicality, what can and cannot be done quickly) and then reviews some teaching tools.
  • Moving Your Course Online – FAST – this is a checklist that identifies simple moves and tools when you have to adapt a course quickly.
  • Make a Plan for Emergency Online Teaching – assembled by Temple University, this set of guidelines and strategies is really comprehensive and includes step-by-step actions to move online.
  • Pepperdine’s Keep On Teaching – a valuable set of guidelines and tools for preparing to teach online – runs the spectrum from communicating with students, what to prepare, how to prepare, and tools for adaptation.
  • 9 Resources from Campus Technology – this is a list of advanced assignment designs for those looking to go a little further than the simple steps we begin with. From binge-worthy recorded lectures, to setting up virtual escape rooms, this is for the adventurer in design.

Inclusion and Accessibility

  • MSU’s Accessibility FAQs for how-to’s on a wide range of accessibility questions.
  • Mapping Access – strategies for simply and effectively designing for accessible learning.
  • Explore Access – disability community recommended tools for promoting disability and inclusion.
  • Humanizing Online Teaching – teaching practices for equity and social justice and our collective experiences of online and hybrid teaching. It is not centered on the technical aspects of online teaching but rather pedagogical practices that promote care for the whole student and class collective.
  • Universal Design for Learning – guidelines, lesson plans, and rubrics for designing for accessibility.
  • Creating Accessible Educational Resources – the National Center for AERs has a host of guidelines, resources for teaching and rubrics.
  • All Technology is Assistive — Sarah Hendren makes the case that designing for disabilities actually is a way to create better designs for everyone in this thoughtful essay on object design that has implications for teaching design.

Holding Synchronous Remote Course Meetings

Recording Lecture Videos

  • Panopto –  is an all-in-one video platform. It not only provides desktop lecture recording and automatic captioning services, but also offers pedagogical features to add learning interactions within a video.
  • VoiceThread –  create, share, and comment on images, PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.
  • Screencast-O-Matic –  record narrated presentations or demonstrations and produce the recordings as videos for your courses.
  • Recording Lectures Template – plan out your lecture for better student engagement and meeting learning objectives.

Online Reading Assignments and Annotations

  • Google Docs – create, format, and share documents with your students.
  • Perusall – a free online course collaboration and reading annotation platform. Upload readings, connect to your Canvas course, and have students comment and collaborate on reading analysis.
  • Hypothesis – hold discussions, read socially, organize your project, and take notes with your students.

Disciplinary-Specific Resources

Academic Social Media Communities

Follow the below Hashtags and Account on Twitter for additional resources and discussions.

Online Discussions

  • Canvas discussion boards – Discussions can be created as an assignment for grading purposes, or simply serve as a Q & A to answer students’ questions, or a forum for students to share information.
  • Assessing Online Discussion Boards – a Youtube video on grading and assessment options for online discussion boards.

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