Distance Teaching

Distance and online teaching

Remote Teaching Practice Sessions

The OOLD team is happy to stand in as practice students if you want to try out new technology or explore features in Zoom such as breakout rooms, polling, annotation, or connecting a phone camera.  Email Amy Kinch or Jasmine Laine to set up a time.

UM Online Training and Support

UMOnline training and support resources on Moodle shells, online course development, instructional designer office hours, and other support

IT Consultations on Classroom Technology

Meet with an IT specialist to walk through how classroom technology and software such as webcams, microphones, and lecture capture can be used to support your teaching. Contact Scott Christensen (x5322), Classroom Support Technician, David Opitz, Classroom Technician, or Adam Carroll, Presentation Equipment/Production Supervisor, in IT to set up an appointment.

Engaging Teaching Practices Course

This self-paced online resource offers an introduction to research on how students learn, clear guidelines for making your courses accessible to all students, and practical strategies for engaging students in both online and face-to-face classrooms. You can self-enroll in Engaging Teaching Practices and have the option to earn a Certificate of Completion for the course or to just review selected sections.

Translating in-person teaching online and blending asynchronous and synchronous teaching

Bennett Goldberg, Director of Northwestern's Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, presents a set of short videos on moving materials online, bringing the work of asynchronous students into face-to-face classes, possibilities for assignments, flipping the classrooms, and motivating student participation.

Welcoming students to your online environment

In this recorded webinar from ACUE, learn practices to effectively welcome students to your online course in ways that support them and let them know that you are committed to their continued success, including the usage of specific methods like video, Q&A and social forums, as well as  effective online communication techniques. 

Managing your online presence

One of the most important aspects—if not the most important aspect—of any student’s learning is you, the instructor. In this recorded ACUE webinar, learn how to more effectively be involved in discussions, respond to questions, provide feedback and encouragement, so students feel more supported and engaged in your course.

Organizing your online courses

Students can become confused, frustrated, or disengaged if they find it challenging to simply navigate a course learning environment. In this recorded ACUE webinar, Learn how to organize your course from the students’ point of view—using tools like creating a module roadmap, creating a predictable rhythm, and more.

Recording effective microlectures

Microlectures are short (6 minutes or less), instructor-produced videos that are designed using a structured format to provide effective explanations of a single key concept or specific skill set. In this recorded webinar from ACUE, learn how to use this format to help maintain student attention and allow students to reengage with the content when and if needed.

Learning to teach online or at a distance

A collection of LinkedIn Learning courses that can aid you in transitioning from traditional, in-person education to teaching online, at a distance, or in synchronous classes. Includes courses on flipping the classroom and electronic accessibility.

Strategies to Increase Student Engagement

Active Learning in remote classrooms

Professor Ginger Collins and Josh Herring, Learning Assistant Program Coordinator, demonstrate tips and tricks for hosting successful, active-learning discussions on Zoom including whole-class discussions, small group discussions, implementing and creating polls, using the chat function, using reactions, break-out rooms, annotating on the white board, sharing screens, sharing documents in and out of breakout rooms, and using Jigsaw.

Creating Community in an online setting

Professor Lauren Fern, Mathematical Sciences, discusses strategies to build rapport and develop community in an online course. Include collaborative structures in your course design to promote student-to-student interactions around the course content. Professor Fern discusses techniques such as establishing course norms, getting to know your students, making yourselves available to students, and suggestions for assignments to engage students in discussion. Providing multiple and flexible opportunities for engagement can create a safe, supportive, participant centered learning environment.

Learning Assistants and Remote Instruction

Josh Herring, Learning Assistant Coordinator, discusses how to effectively use learning assistants in remote instruction environments to help support active student engagement.

Planning and facilitating quality discussions

In this recorded webinar from ACUE, learn techniques to help students get the most out of online discussions. Learn and discuss with online teaching and learning experts how to provide rubrics, create reflection activities, provide strategic feedback and more (recommendations/ resources available).

Engaging students in readings and microlectures

There are a variety of ways to keep students engaged in the content and help them focus their attention on what is most important. In this recorded webinar from ACUE, learn how to use a variety of practices to assess how well they are learning and making key connections, such as using guiding questions, preparing online discussion forums, developing skeletal outlines and more (recommendations/resources available).

Trauma-informed Pedagogy

The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in serious disruptions in everyone’s lives. Traumatic experiences reduce our ability to focus, to learn, and to be productive. While this has always been true, it is an issue that has often been ignored by higher ed faculty. In this "Tea for Teaching" podcast episode, Karen Costa discusses how trauma-informed pedagogy can be used to help our students on their educational journey in stressful times.


Technology tools for distance teaching

How to Zoom

Find quick answers to specific Zoom questions and learn how to use Zoom more optimally. Watch short videos on topics such as: recording your meeting, using in-meeting polling, starting breakout rooms, using meeting controls, and many more. See also the Zoom Help Center.

Using iPads and Phones to supplement Zoom calls

Videos on how to use Ipads or phones as a document or supplemental cameras and connect them to Zoom.

Leading effective, productive, and engaging Zoom calls

Explore security tips, strategies for maximizing audience engagement and interaction, as well as how to minimize distractions and interruptions. Learn about sharing video and audio content and trading off screen sharing between the facilitator and others. Plus, discover how to make the most of breakout rooms and advanced features like his favorite hot keys, as well as livestreaming your Zoom calls to the web.

Google Docs Advanced Tips and Tricks

Provides a series of tips to boost productivity, including: adding fonts and auto-substituting text to working with images and translating documents. Learn how to download docs in different formats, including Word and PDF; tag colleagues in comments; and integrate with other Google Apps, such as Maps and Drawings.

Google Docs Essential Training

How to get around the web-based interface, create new documents, and add features such as footnotes, headers and footers, and page numbering. See how to make your documents more engaging by adding images, Google drawing objects, and tables. Then learn how to share docs with others—for real-time, simultaneous collaboration—and take your docs on the go with the Google Docs app for mobile devices.

Google Drive Essential Training

Goes into the differences between Drive and Docs, and shares how to organize, sync, and locate your Drive files. Demonstrates how to create and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentation slides, and drawings, and even how to create a form or survey directly in Google Drive. Plus, explore how to share your files and leverage the mobile app.

Technology tools for distance teaching

In this LinkedIn Learning collection, learn how to use  technology to enhance course design, lesson  planning, presentations, in-class activities, assessments, and student achievement and engagement. View quick videos about using tools like podcasting, Twitter, Quizlet, and Zoom.