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While some courses transfer easily to remote formats, not all courses designed originally for face-to-face delivery pivot as easily. The resources on this site will help you plan your course using educational technologies as effectively and efficiently as possible, keeping your focus on your instructional needs and the learning outcomes you set for students.



The Teaching Remotely section of this site, provides resources to allow you to do the following:

  • Create engaging remote learning activities using a variety of tools both in and outside of our LMS
  • Build courses using tools already supported at U of G to host course activities, and other tools that fit your needs
  • Implement all course assets, activities, and assessments without missing a step with a “Get Ready; Confirm Youre Ready; Keep Ready” approach 

My Teaching Scenario 

Not sure where to get started with moving to remote delivery? Consider how your face-to-face course is currently structured. Below are a few ideas on how to transfer your course(s) to a remote delivery format that take advantage of tools that are already available to instructors and teaching assistants at the University of Guelph. 

I predominantly use lectures in a medium to large course.
  1. Decide whether a synchronous or asynchronous approach is better for your class.
  2. Provide students access to lecture materials, videos and/or live sessions within a Content module.
  3. Consider regularly polling students to check their understanding of important course concepts. This could be adding a weekly quiz created in Quizzes or taking advantage of live polling in Virtual Classroom or Zoom.
  4. Provide students with opportunities to ask questions. This could involve setting up office hours or running a live Q&A session using Virtual Classroom or Zoom. 
I predominantly use a seminar style in my small to medium class or run a seminar for a larger course. 
  1. Provide students access to assigned readings or activities ahead of time within a Content module.
  2. Assess student preparedness for the live session. This could be a short quiz created in Quizzes or a Dropbox reflection assignment.
  3. Schedule your synchronous session in Virtual Classroom or Zoom. These should occur on a consistent date and time, similar to a face-to-face environment. Consider taking advantage of breakout rooms to allow students to converse in smaller groups or work on a group project before bringing the class back together as a whole. 
My class has traditionally had a lab component. 
  1. Consider what important skills gained in the lab can be transferred to an online environment.
  2. Explore available options for online labs and simulations.
  3. Have students submit their lab reports online using Dropbox or create an online bell ringer style assessment using the Interactive Video option in Video Assignments. 
My class has traditionally had a performance or studio component. 
  1. Consider what are the important learning outcomes you want students to demonstrate.
  2. Look at non-traditional ways that students can still share their work with you and fellow classmates. Would a filmed performance or studio walk using Video Assignments still allow students to demonstrate the necessary outcomes? 
I already use a flipped classroom approach in my teaching. 
A flipped classroom approach can continue to be used in remote delivery.  
Other Considerations for Moving to Remote Delivery 
Take advantage of and encourage students to participate in online Discussions. This versatile tool can be used to build connections with and between students, answer common questions students have about the course, function as a space for collaboration, and serve as an assessment tool.  

Additional Resources

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OpenEd Educational Technology Toolkit 

This OpenEd Toolkit of resources was developed to help you plan the finer details of your course and have resources readily available that you may want to include in your course.

Additional Resources

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  • Educational Technology Course Checklists - This “Get Ready; Confirm You’re Ready; Keep Ready” approach will help you keep track of all assets, activities and assessments that you might want to implement in your course.
  • Remote Delivery Course Planner - Use this resource to plan out your course at a high-level, week-by-week, filling out the first three columns; then use the Pedagogy tools and My Teaching Scenario resources to map out educational tools that match your instructional needs and student learning goals.
  • Match Your Pedagogy to Tools - Use this resource to match your teaching practice to available and recommended tools.
  • CourseLink Course Template - By registering into our pre-structured course template site, you will be granted instructor-copy permissions. This will let you copy the layout into your own course as a starting point, and let you modify it to fit your needs. Please note that you will need to log into CourseLink before accessing the template.
  • Flipped Classroom - An A-Z resource on the ins and outs of flipping your classroom.
  • Course Honour Code
  • Studio in a Box
  • Virtual Labs

Reach us for Further Consultation

Please complete our Consultation Request Form to set up a meeting with one of our Instructional Technology Specialists.