Please complete the Consultation Request Form below to be contacted for a virtual consultation via Zoom. Representatives from the Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship and the Filippelli Institute will assist you in getting your course online. We will try to respond to you as quickly as possible during regular working hours (M-F, 9am – 5pm).
We recommend using Canvas as your online teaching platform. If you choose not to work with Canvas, we recommend that you use another online platform supported by Penn State to manage teaching, grading, and grade-keeping duties.
Note that slides with audio can be uploaded to CANVAS. While this doesn’t necessarily support synchronous classes directly, if you have the slides up, students can work through them while you hold a synchronous discussion board chat, also in CANVAS.
Zoom is the tool Penn State uses to deliver lectures synchronously. It allows you to share your screen, talk to the class, and even have breakout small group discussions.
For more information about navigating Zoom, contact Penn State IT Learning and Development to set up or attend a training session. You can also read their informal Q&A’s.
Kaltura is a web-based multimedia tool that is integrated into Canvas and Zoom. It allows you interactive quizzes into your Zoom or Canvas lessons. For more information, visit here.
If you have a recent version of PowerPoint, you can record narration through the Slide Show menu and then save as a video. Good for lectures, however, is not a synchronous form of delivery, such as Zoom, which is preferred.
Students can upload audio as well (for example if you are evaluating speeches), using VoiceThread or Kaltura Capture. Both integrated with Canvas.
To enable Kaltura Capture:
Support around accessibility and the transition to remote teaching is available. Please submit the Accessibility Consultation Form for assistance with accessible digital course materials, lecture technology, Canvas, captioning, or any other accessibility questions. Students with computer/Wi-Fi/accessibility needs should contact the IT Service Desk (ITservicedesk@psu.edu).
The original FAQ section on remoteteaching.psu.edu incorrectly stated that we are required to obtain student consent to record a live class. Here is the updated question and response:
For information about copyright law and considerations for using copyrighted materials in remote teaching, visit the remote teaching page on the University Libraries Copyright Information website. In general, use of any materials in your remote course should be in compliance as long as you follow two general guidelines:
Copyright officers are available to answer questions and provide further guidance during virtual office hours and by email. Please visit the remote teaching page for more contact information.
Using certain applications and software will make your remote work journey with Penn State simple.
We support products from Apple and Dell in a desktop or laptop configuration. Our recommended configuration will be based on your specific technical needs. We will discuss your needs and preferences when we talk with you during onboarding.
Penn State uses Microsoft Office 365, which empowers you to create, collaborate, and innovate through a host of applications. These tools, such as their email, calendar, and file-share, can be accessed from anywhere in the world, at any time, on any device. Through Office 365, you can seamlessly schedule meetings, share documents, and initiate collaborations in one secure and consistent platform. With over fifteen applications, including the Microsoft Office Suite, you have more ways to unleash your productivity than ever before. The Office 365 Training and Assistance page will give you a good understanding of all that the suite offers.
Penn State is partnered with Google to bring G Suite for Education, a cloud-based collection of applications, to the University. This will help enhance teaching, foster learning, and facilitate research. Penn State G Suite accounts include eight core applications: Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Meet and Chat, Sites, and Jamboard. The G Suite Training and Applications page will give you a good overview of all that the G Suite offers.
Tips and best practices for remote teaching with Zoom and Canvas.
Strategies for assessment in remote classrooms. This video references our “Academic Integrity Reminders” document.
Tips and best practices for engaging students through remote teaching tools.
Resources and best practices around providing student support. Kate Staley from CAPS joined the session to share how CAPS is still supporting students remotely.
Tips for managing large classes and preventing Zoom-bombing. Lindsey Kiraly and Amanda Jones, both from IT Learning and Development, joined the conversation to talk about Tech TA’s and Tech Tutors. This video references our “Faculty and Student Challenges” document.
General questions with Associate Dean, Richard Page. This video references our “General Q and A Meeting Notes” document.