First things first: you can do this! You are not alone—we are in this together.
Welcome to the Remote Teaching Resources Hub, a collaborative effort between teams and individuals on campus who are working together to help you be successful as you transition your course to remote or online teaching.
Teaching during times of potential disruption requires creative and flexible thinking about how instructors can support students in achieving the learning outcomes of the course despite the disruption of regular classroom meetings and schedules. This website offers suggestions to faculty who seek to continue offering a student-centered learning experience in a remote or online learning environment.
The sudden jump into teaching remotely may feel unfamiliar and frustrating. There will always be hiccups and challenges. Times of disruption are, by their nature, disruptive and everyone expects that. Be willing to make mistakes and switch tactics if something isn't working. While you might not be able to teach something exactly the way you imagined, If you stay focused on your students—being responsive to their needs, understanding when they experience challenges, and compassionate for the difficult times we find ourselves in—then your students will have every opportunity for success, through your guidance and their tenacity.
Below, you’ll find services and resources to help you go remote or online. Please check in often!
Offering a fully in-person course through a digital environment while maintaining the approach to teaching and design initially established for the course. Remote teaching is about making the smallest amount of change to both course materials and the student experience to make it quickly viable in a digital environment.
Example: moving an in-person class to zoom using the same or a similar schedule and format, such as lecture.
Courses developed intentionally for digital learning environments. Online courses are offered primarily through asynchronous approaches, with occasional--often optional--synchronous (live) sessions available. Online teaching happens in courses that have been designed through online learning theories, pedagogies, and practices unique to online environments.
Example: a course designed, developed, and delivered exclusively through Canvas, with all course materials developed in advance.
If you aren’t sure where to start, stick with what is comfortable, and what will be least disruptive to you and your students. The guides below, particularly those on Zoom and Canvas, will help you get things going.
There are two options for instructors to facilitate class sessions remotely:
You may choose to engage students synchronously or asynchronously depending on your level of comfort, your students’ comfort, and what is best for your course.
You have many tools at your disposal to deliver your class synchronously or asynchronously. While synchronous tools can help you easily replicate what you do in the regular classroom, there might be content or activities that are better left in an asynchronous format, such as readings or discussions. Consider balancing your synchronous and asynchronous strategies as you move forward.
Also keep in mind that many students may not have computers or internet access. Rather, they may be compelled to access your course using their phones. In this case, video content may be inconsistent and choppy and may also carry with it data charges for the student.
When you need: Immediate assistance
Time Frame: 7:30am - 5pm, Monday – Friday
Call, chat or email the OIT service desk when you have access or enrollment questions or need help from a Canvas expert. The OIT service desk can either answer your question or direct you to someone who can!
Phone: 303-724-4357 or 4-HELP
When you need: After hours Canvas support
Time Frame: 24/7
Canvas specific support is available 24/7 by clicking on the help menu in Canvas. You can send an email, call, or chat anytime.
When you need: Just in time training and support
Time Frame: within 24 hours
The Academic Technology team is a division within the Office of Information Technology. We work with the OIT Service Desk to provide just in time support and training for a variety of applications including Canvas, Techsmith Knowmia, and others. In addition, our Academic Technology team can provide pedagogical recommendations and support for teaching with technology, regardless of the teaching modality.
When you need: Full service instructional design for online courses
Time Frame: varies depending on services
The Office of Digital Education partners with schools and colleges to deliver a high quality online education. Their team of experts partner with faculty through the full design and redesign of online curricular and courses. The Online Design and Development team is available to meet with faculty at both CU Denver and CU Anschutz (as a part of an extended agreement through June 2022).
In addition, ODE is working with specific programs on new online program development through a systemwide initiative.
When you need: Instructional coaching and conversations with faculty colleagues
Time Frame: within 14 days
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning can provide confidential, individual consultations to faculty concerning any teaching issue. They may assist with:
In order to best help you, please request a coaching session at least two weeks in advance.
Here is a list of quick tutorials on a variety of topics:
The OIT Service Desk is your main point of contact for technology related questions. If you need help with specific school, college or departmental resources, contact your local IT support person.