Preparation for Remote Teaching

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This page outlines resources to help Homewood instructors prepare for Remote Teaching. The page is structured according to recommended process for faculty to design, develop, and then teach a course online. Even if a course is offered on campus, students will need to have the option to receive the same content online because of the pandemic. Therefore, all faculty are strongly encouraged to attend training about how teaching online compares to teaching in the classroom. 

Start with Training

Numerous, diverse workshops will be offered on online teaching strategies along with training on the educational technology commonly used in online courses. All faculty are strongly encouraged to review the Online Teaching Orientation. A list of workshops and registration links is below and will be updated regularly.  Other online workshops offered across the University are listed at https://cer.jhu.edu/programs-and-services/teaching-workshops.  You can also watch a series of self-paced videos about preparing to teach online (in any subject) from the Whiting School of Engineering.

NOTE: All training times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Trainings: Teaching Strategies


Online Teaching Orientation

The "Online Teaching Orientation" is a workshop to prepare faculty for teaching online.  The objectives are to help participants compare how online teaching differs from teaching in a classroom, list assessment strategies for online courses, describe ways to engage students, describe communication strategies, and list resources available to help faculty prepare.  The workshop will be facilitated with a discussion of case studies of Homewood online courses. No dates currently planned for Fall 2021. Please contact cerweb@jhu.edu to schedule an individual consultation or watch a Pre-recorded Session from 6/22/20 available here.

University-wide Teaching Workshops

Find more teaching workshops hosted by teaching-learning centers across the university and open to all divisions by visiting the Teaching Workshops webpage.

Trainings: Tools & Applications


Blackboard (BB) Training

Blackboard is the primary space where faculty host course content for students.  Instructors can also use Blackboard to facilitate tests and student submissions for assignments.

Piazza Training (Using Piazza for Q&A in Your Course)

Piazza is an online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors. Please see message on Piazza page regarding recent changes to their licensing model.

Zoom Training

Zoom is a web-conferencing tool faculty can use to host live, synchronous class sessions with students.

Trainings: Studios



The Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering are offering faculty designated course studios: these are AV-equipped, high-speed internet classrooms that can be used for course recordings or live delivery (details differ per school). These studios are not managed by the CER. For training and more information, please follow the links below:

Krieger School of Arts & Sciences:

Whiting School of Engineering:

Course Design 

Faculty can begin now to think about how they would structure and facilitate an online course. That way, they are prepared to start developing course materials according to their preferred teaching modality (online, hybrid, etc). Faculty should consider closely how they will do the following.

A team of instructional support staff and faculty with experience teaching online are available to help you prepare. Faculty can request help by emailing cerweb@jhu.edu.

Course Development

Faculty should consider accessibility best practices when developing their materials to make it easier for all students to access their content.

Consider conducting a pre-semester or early-semester survey to help you finalize your course preparations. This can help you identify and accommodate unique concerns or barriers students are facing. It can also help you build community and communicate to students that you are committed to their success. 

Students may have concerns about taking courses online. Consider sharing these tips to help students prepare for taking an online course in your Blackboard site or via email as the semester begins.

(Rev. date: August 17, 2021 - 1:45pm)