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New! Our department now has a designated Instructional Designer, Lauren Kelley firstname.lastname@example.org, to help us design and organize our online teaching content.
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.
Here is the link:
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 -
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
email@example.com to be added to the Canvas site.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll.
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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).
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.
There are alternatives to recording in the classroom:
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):