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Get Started with Remote Instruction

Welcome to Keep Teaching.

This site, created as a collaboration between UC San Diego’s Teaching + Learning Commons and Educational Technology Services, was established to support educators in offering student-centered, engaging, and inclusive courses. While this site was designed to assist educators with remote instruction, many of the strategies and resources support hybrid (a mix of remote and face-to-face) instruction as well.

Whatever your comfort level with remote instruction, know that the fundamentals of effective pedagogy – connecting with students, creating engaging learning experiences, offering regular feedback, and designing assessments that support learning – will remain the foundation of your remote teaching. The resources on this website are organized around those central goals.

At the same time, we recognize that students and instructors are contending with a world that is greatly changed – and that continues to change. Implementing flexibility where possible, communicating regularly with students about their needs, and prioritizing care for ourselves and our students will help ensure that our courses are positive and supportive learning experiences for all students.

 

How to Use this Site

Our “Get Started” page offers a succinct list of the most common topics that educators encounter in preparing for remote courses. On our “Teaching Strategies” page, you will find more detailed information on specific teaching strategies to enhance learning in your courses, organized by teaching topic.

The Teaching + Learning Commons and Educational Technology Services are here to support you in your teaching. If at any point you would like one-on-one assistance, please contact us for a consultation.


 

I WANT TO... FIRST STEPS

 

BUILD MY COURSE IN CANVAS

 

Start by planning and organizing the structure of your course - then, use Canvas to create learning modules that guide students through the course materials, activities, and assignments.

Once you've created your materials, ensure that your students will be able to access your course by going through the Canvas Course Launch Checklist.

 

 

COMMUNICATE WITH MY STUDENTS EARLY

 

After planning your course, be sure to introduce yourself and the modality of your course early in the course. Keep the channel of communication open from the start of the quarter by asking students to set up notifications in Canvas, and by regularly collecting student feedback. You can easily message your students using Canvas announcements

 

 

HOLD AND SHARE LECTURES

 

Record lectures to share with your students ahead of time, facilitate a live lecture via Zoom, or podcast your lecture from on campus.

Once you have your lecture materials, create, edit, and share your videos in Canvas.

 

 

ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION AND ENGAGEMENT 

 

Encourage participation in your courses by connecting early with students, and creating opportunities for active participation.

Give students the opportunity to engage by creating a welcoming community, supporting their well-being, and being flexible in your course.

 

 

COLLECT AND GRADE STUDENT WORK

 

Consider the appropriate format for your assessments, and include strategies that promote academic integrity.  

Once you're ready, build your Canvas quiz and provide timely feedback to your students.

 

 

 

SUPPORT MY STUDENTS

 

 

Create remote learning environments in which our students feel safe, connected, and supported by connecting students with resources for support, and building your course with equity and inclusion in mind.

 

 

READ THE LATEST POLICIES FOR REMOTE INSTRUCTION

 

See the latest updates related to COVID-19 for OSD accommodations, and educational continuity information for faculty and instructors.

 

Contact Us

EdTech Support

Get help using teaching and classroom management tools.

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Engaged Teaching Hub

Request a consultation with an education specialists for pedagogy support.

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Digital Learning Hub

Get support and opportunities for online teaching and learning.

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