Preparation for Remote Teaching

(Rev. date: November 19, 2020 - 4:01pm)

This page describes resources to help Homewood instructors prepare for Remote Teaching. The page is structured using a recommended process for faculty to design, develop, and then teach a course online. Even if a course is offered on campus, students will need 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 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  You can also watch a series of self-paced videos about preparing to teach online 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.

Teaching Students Simultaneously Online and In-Classroom

This discussion-based workshop will be moderated by the Center for Educational Resources and KIT-CATS. By the end of this workshop, faculty will describe strategies they can use to facilitate a course from a classroom with students in the room and connecting online. Participation is highly encouraged for Homewood faculty who may be welcoming students into the classroom this Spring. Kindly register to receive the Zoom link before the session date/time.

Available Dates:
  • Thursday, December 17, 1:00-2:00PM ET
  • Friday, December 18, 10:00-11:00AM ET
  • January dates to be announced…


Faculty Lunch & Learn: Managing TAs

This month’s topic will be “Managing TAs” presented by Dr. Rebecca Pearlman (Biology, KSAS), Dr. Reid Mumford (Physics & Astronomy, KSAS) and Dr. Mike Reese (Sociology, KSAS). These casual discussions over lunch encourage faculty to share innovative teaching practices and demonstrate how others might implement similar strategies. Kindly register to receive the Zoom link before the session date/time.

Wednesday, December 16, 12:00-1:00PM ET


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--including Surviving to Thriving: Reflections from Teaching Online taking place on Friday, December 11, 2020 from 9:00AM-12:30PM ET.

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 a free online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors.

Respondus Instructor Training

Learn how to use LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor to address exam integrity. Or, see how Respondus 4.0 and StudyMate Campus allow you to easily create online tests, flash cards, or learning games. Register for any of the sessions below and we’ll see you there!

Instructor Training: LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor

This comprehensive training is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor proctoring with online exams. The training will cover:

  • How to use LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor to protect integrity and ensure student identity
  • The instructor and student perspective using each application
  • How to analyze proctoring results, including a feature that ranks exam sessions by risk.
  • Best practices and tips for success with both applications

Available Dates:

  • Thursday, November 12th at 4pm EST
  • Tuesday, November 17th at 1pm EST
  • Thursday, November 19th at 12pm EST
  • Tuesday, November 24th at 1pm EST
  • Thursday, December 3rd at 3pm EST


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.

  • assess students online
  • engage students and build community online 
  • communicate with students on a regular basis

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

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 accomodate 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 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: November 19, 2020 - 4:01pm)