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Tips for Teaching Remotely

Remember students who don't have reliable internet access, or don't have exclusive use of their home computer. 

  • If you hold synchronous sessions, record them so they can be accessed by students who were unable to connect in real time, or students who require an accommodation.
  • If you post recorded lectures, provide transcripts or notes, so that students can access the content even if they can't reliably stream videos.

Be mindful of the potential burden to students of synchronous Zoom classes. 

Students' schedules are unsettled, they are home with family members, and their work demands might have shifted, too. They might not have a private space to do work, or enough computers at home for everyone to be doing their work at once. 

  • Don't require synchronous sessions-- we've heard from students whose faculty have scheduled Zoom classes at the same time, thus posing a real conflict to students who cannot participate in both classes. 
  • Offer multiple options for participation in class. If a student cannot attend a Zoom meeting, can they send in responses or questions via email? Can participation in Google Hangout office hours make up for Zoom sessions missed? 

Make sure content is accessible

  • Use text rather than images of text, to ensure that your content is accessible to anyone using a screen reader.
  • If you send images to your students, include descriptions.
  • If you use video chat such as Zoom, ask OSDDS for assistance in creating a transcript or offering closed captioning throughout the session.

Interact with students to keep them engaged.

  • Use the text chat in Zoom sessions, or link to a poll to keep students engaged. 
  • Hold open office hours via Zoom, chat, or WebEx. Even reaching out via email can help your students stay connected. 

Let students know:

  • How often and how you'll communicate with them.
  • Your expectation regarding participation, whether in Moodle or during Zoom sessions.
  • Timelines, deadlines, and other changes to the syllabus.


  • FERPA guidelines apply to the virtual classroom just as they apply to the IRL classroom. 
  • Do not share student academic records, grades, or personal information with other students or with third parties. 
  • Recording Zoom class sessions is permissible (since many students will need to access these recordings for accessibility purposes) under the following conditions:
    1. Only the faculty member/host should be recording.
    2. Disable the recording option for guests in your settings.
    3. The recording should only be made available to the students in the class. 
    4. If you want to make the recordings publicly available, please consult the registrar about obtaining student consent.

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