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UD Online Teaching Resources

New! Our department now has a designated Instructional Designer, Lauren Kelley laurenmk@udel.edu, to help us design and organize our online teaching content.

Faculty Commons

Faculty Commons is an excellent resource for problems you may be having with Canvas, UD Capture or Zoom. Their virtual help desk is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Click the box on the right and you will enter their zoom room right away. A staff member will ask your name, college and what your problem is. They will put you in a Zoom breakout room with an expert in your issue. Then the expert will assist you. It really is a great system and should only take a few minutes for them to help you resolve the problem.

If you would rather contact Faculty Commons via email, this webpage gives several email options to better direct your specific issue to the correct person.


There are great online teaching resources available here at UD to help you create or refresh your online course(s).  The most effective way to learn how to build high quality online courses, or improve the one that you have already built, is to sign up for one of the Faculty Commons’ training programs.  Here’s a rundown of what is available in ascending order of the time required for each training.  Keep in mind though that sometimes the quickest way to build an online course is to sign up for one of the longer training programs since you learn with your peers and you get customized guidance from Faculty Commons partners.  See the new Teaching Online section on the Faculty Commons’ website for many more resources to help you teach online.

  1. UD Online Faculty Resource Center (UD Online – PCS) - The site can be explored at instructors’ leisure.

The UD Online Faculty Resources Center is a site for faculty who are interested in developing an online course, currently teaching a course online or are just curious about online learning. It provides access to a variety of resources about online learning, Canvas, UD technology services, software programs, and rubrics, among other things. Resources will be continually added as new technology and services become available.

Available: Open Access / Self Directed. Contact udonline-design@udel.edu to be added to the Canvas site.

  1. Getting Started with Online Teaching (UD Online – PCS)

Getting Started with Online Teaching is a short, self-paced course in Canvas that tours the competencies required to be successful in teaching online. Participants will understand the scope of skills necessary to create and teach a high-quality online course, including course design, communication, time management, and technical competencies. The course is open to both credit and noncredit instructors teaching at UD.

Available: Open enrollment. Contact udonline-design@udel.edu to enroll.

  1. Delivering Learning Experiences Online (IT-ATS) [NOTE from Angie-I took this course several years ago and found it to be very useful. I highly recommend enrolling in it. It allows you to experience an online class as a student.]

Delivering Learning Experiences Online (DLEO) is an online course designed to assist faculty and teaching assistants who are transitioning to teaching online. This course is an opportunity to fully participate as a student in an online course while also learning about best practices in teaching online. The activities and assignments in the course will help participants develop their own online course.

This offering of DLEO is specially tailored and scheduled to suit those teaching online this summer. The modules are focused on the essentials while preserving the activities and coaching that faculty appreciate most. Participants are encouraged to attend the weekly scheduled Zoom sessions, although the course can be completed entirely self-paced.

  1. Teaching Online Together: A Faculty Learning Community (CTAL)

The goals of the Teaching Online Together Faculty Learning Community are to 1) catalyze faculty interest in creating engaging online courses at UD, 2) develop a network of peer-support for further faculty development in online course design, and 3) create a shared, UD-specific understanding of best-practices in online teaching. Faculty will work together, and with CTAL staff, to help each other understand the principles of high-quality asynchronous online learning as described in the literature and to build out online modules of instruction for their classes by using a suite of UD-supported educational technology tools and video platforms. Additionally, support is available to prepare instructors responsible for teaching a course even if they were not a part of the course design and/or building process.

  1. UD Online Student Orientation (UD Online – PCS) Can be included in your courses as an introduction for students.

The UD Online Student Orientation is a public Canvas site that prepares students for taking online courses at UD. The orientation addresses how to get started with online learning, student success, navigating Canvas, and taking proctoring online exams. The intended audience is students, but in reviewing the orientation instructors can learn more about the student experience.

Available: Open Access / Self Directed

Quality Matters Course Design Overview and Checklist

Faculty Commons offers these recommended guidelines for quality online instruction.  They are based on the national Quality Matters standard for online instruction.  The checklist helps faculty quickly assess their own online course. 

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Course Continuity

Tools for Remote Teaching - lists and links to all the UD resources to help you teach online

Faculty Commons virtual welcome bar - Faculty Commons is available to meet your online teaching needs: email is preferred, but Zoom and telephone are also available, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Understanding and appling some of these suggestions will ensure that your students (and you) excel in this alternative learning environment.

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Information for Students

Important! You can direct your students to the Faculty Commons Student Remote Learning web site created to help your students meet the challenges of online learning.

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Zoom Information

Activate your Zoom@UD account

Select “Sign In” and enter your UD credentials and 2-factor code.

Faculty teaching remotely can use Zoom to make a recording. [Login to Zoom via SSO] Zoom cloud recordings are added to My Media in Canvas and can be published to Media Gallery for students.

View the Zoom Getting Started Guide (PDF).


New for Spring 2021!


Zoom will offer enhanced closed captioning for live Zoom meetings in time for Spring 2021 semester. You must update your Zoom desktop client software late January or early February.
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Canvas Information

A Canvas Learning Site produced by the Faculty Commons uses modules to create a step-by-step guide for creating and using Canvas for your courses. You can follow from the beginning or skip around to the instructions that interest you most. Many of you will be relieved to see instructions on creating assignments and grading.

You may be prompted to log in using your UDel ID and password. You will then see a list of modules.

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Other Media

There are alternatives to recording in the classroom:

  1. Re-use previously recorded content by publishing it from My Media to Media Gallery.
  2. Upload other relevant video content faculty may have to My Media and publish it to Media Gallery.
  3. Work with the UD Library Film and Video collection staff to source videos for certain learning objectives.
  4. Work with our History Librarian Kaitlyn Tanis to secure online course material.

Google Meet is an easy and free alternative to Zoom and is recommended by Prof. Jaipreet Virdi for its closed caption features.

Apps for Live Transcribing (if closed captioning is not an option):

Apple:  

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/live-transcribe/id1471473738

Android:

https://www.android.com/accessibility/live-transcribe/

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