Academic Technology Resources for Teaching Continuity

Last Updated: 05/27/2020

This guide provides instructors and teaching assistants alternative methods and tools to allow them to continue class activities, at a distance, when classroom instruction is disrupted due to an emergency

General Guidance

  • We recommend using Canvas and other university-supported technologies to preserve academic continuity if classroom instruction is temporarily suspended. If you aren’t already using Canvas and need to create a course, the instructions in the Canvas - Create a Course tutorial will show you how. The sections below highlight specific features of Canvas that will help you continue your teaching, online.
  • Arts & Sciences Support of Education Through Technology (ASSETT) has prepared guidance for transitioning to remote teaching. Visit Preparing for Remote Instruction in Eight Simple Steps for more.
  • Not sure where to start with online teaching? This Online Teaching Boot Camp (developed by Dr. Karen Gebhardt, Director of the Online Economics Program) covers best practices for remote teaching and basic functionality for Canvas and Zoom. It includes sample assignments, quizzes, discussions, and modules. It’s a Canvas course that you can use as a guide as you rethink your course for remote teaching. Please note: You will be prompted to enroll in the course.
  • Please consult Disability Services’ Faculty Accommodation Resources for Remote Learning for support with providing student accommodations in Zoom and Canvas.
  • The Digital Accessibility Office has created a guide to accessibility with remote teaching with best practices for all instructors.
  • To provide a cohesive unified experience to our campus community, it is highly recommended that you utilize the campus’ supported tools. CU Boulder needs a familiar and streamlined approach during this stressful time and a proliferation of a variety of tools, without sufficient support, will further disrupt the task at hand.

Help & Support

Communicating with Students

Let students know which communication tools will be used in your course, for what purpose, and when they should expect to hear back from you and/or their peers. Review the Using Announcements and Inbox to Communicate with Students in Canvas page for general guidance on how to use the communication tools in Canvas.

Post Announcements in Canvas

Email Students

Chat with the Entire Class using Canvas

Delivering Course Content

There are a number of ways you can deliver course content at a distance. Choose the method that most aligns with your learning objectives.

Share Course Materials in Canvas Modules

Conduct or Record a Lecture with Zoom

Record a Lecture with Classroom Capture

Encouraging Student Participation and Discussions

Foster Engagement with Canvas Discussions

Facilitate Conversations Using VoiceThread

Conduct Group Work

Continuing to use iClicker

Replicate or Replace Learning in Labs

CU Boulder’s diverse lab environments facilitate learning activities that may be difficult to replicate remotely. With some flexibility, though, instructors can use a number of online or virtual resources to adapt their course material.

  • Consider video demonstrations or online simulations of lab activities for students to observe.
    • PhET - CU Boulder’s free interactive math and science simulations
    • JoVE - A journal dedicated to publishing videos of scientific experiments. CU Boulder’s library maintains a subscription. To access JoVE with your CU Boulder IdentiKey username and password: 1. Click “Log In”, 2. Click “Continue with Shibboleth”, 3. Select University of Colorado Boulder from the institution list, and 4. Click Go to Login. Enter your CU Boulder credentials to log-in.
    • HHMI Biointeractive - The Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s collection of biology videos and interactive media
    • MERLOT - Curated online learning and support materials for a wide variety of disciplines
    • Colleagues within your field or department may know of other discipline-specific resources
  • If part of the lab activity’s purpose is generating data, distribute a previous semester’s data for students to work with.
  • For more lab-specific resources, check the guides created by Indiana University and Princeton University.

Administering Assignments, Tests, Exams and Grades

Collect Assignment Submissions in Canvas

Securely Share Grades & Feedback in Canvas

Facilitate Quizzes or Exams in Canvas

Assess What Students Learn from Videos with PlayPosit

Remotely Proctor Exams with Proctorio

Remotely Proctor Exams with Examity

Hosting Office Hours Online

To keep your online office hours organized, use the Scheduler appointment groups in the Canvas Calendar to create blocks of time where students can sign up for specified appointment slots (e.g., 15 or 30 minutes). Zoom web conferencing can be used for conducting online office hours. See the Conduct or Record a Lecture section for more information about using Zoom.

Tips for hosting office hours using Zoom

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