OSU Resources for Teaching Remotely

Keep Teaching: (This link provides a wealth of OSU-specific guidance). During campus closures, faculty can leverage online technologies for remote teaching, particularly Canvas and Zoom. Under the circumstances, providing a consistent approach for students across the university will be greatly beneficial. This link also includes recent recorded Canvas and Zoom trainings. If you have questions, require assistance or have feedback, please contact the Service Desk.


Quick Checklist for Instructors

  1. Locate and build the Canvas site for your course
    We have created a Canvas course template that can be imported into an empty Canvas course to help get you started.
    If this is your first time using Canvas or you haven’t used it in a while, please review Using Canvas for the first time.
  2. Test your home connection and equipment
    • Ensure you have a reliable internet connection
    • Make sure your web browsers are up to date and your operating system is patched
    • Please consider having backup material available in Canvas in case the Zoom lecture is interrupted. Backup material could include power point slides, pre-recorded lecture segments, etc.
  3. Review the Using Zoom Guide and do a test Zoom session; include recording a session
  4. Plan for the following:
    • How will you deliver content or your course session(s)? Will these be live sessions or not.
    • Will there be any changes to assignments or assessments?
    • If you are including a time limit for quizzes in Canvas, how will you handle students’ technology problems? This is a great resource for internet options.
    • Will there be any changes to deadlines?
    • How will you use or not use tools that you already have planned for in the class? (e.g. homework tools, Breakout Rooms using Zoom)?
    • Plan to communicate regularly with students via Canvas.

Once you’re ready to communicate with students through Canvas:

  1. Publish your Canvas course. You cannot communicate with students through Canvas until your course is published.
  2. Post a Canvas course announcement that sets general expectations. For example:

Welcome to our Canvas course site for [COURSE CODE]. We will use this Canvas site for the following aspects of the course:

  • Course announcements
  • Collecting assignments
  • Grades and feedback
  • Discussions [DELETE if you will interact in another way]
  • Sharing course content [DELETE if you will share content in another way]

I look forward to working with you this term. Please email me at my OSU email if you have any questions.


Click these links for more advanced Zoom features such as Breakout Rooms for small group work, Recording Zoom meetings, or a myriad of FAQs.


Keep Working: During a temporary need for remote operations, this link provides tools and resources to equip you to keep working during any interruption to normal operations at OSU. If you have questions about these tools or require assistance, please contact the Service Desk or your local IT support group.


Resources compiled by faculty:

AAC&U Webinar: Safeguarding Quality, Equity, and Inclusion as Learning Moves Online – Mar 27, 10am

Special Issue from the Chronicle of Higher Ed on remote teaching and learning.

I Will Survive…Canvas and Zoom that is!




Advancing Teaching Excellence

The OSU Center for Teaching and Learning provides a forum for teaching and learning excellence through discussions and hands-on, interactive activities. The Center serves OSU campuses and beyond. The work of the CTL is based on current research and best practices for effective professional development.

Hybrid Learning – a wealth of resources on how to convert a class to hybrid!

6 Principles of University Teaching – PDF summarizing the six principles

Resources categorized by the Six Principles of University Teaching. Compiled by Kay Sagmiller (2014) these principles underlie effective teaching practices and are distilled from research across a variety of disciplines.


Teaching Self-Evaluation

Quality teaching for OSU

Faculty self-evaluation methods

Instructor evaluation

Faculty teaching self-assessment

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