​​​​​​​​​​Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

University of Findlay: COVID-19 Teaching Support

We all know the sudden shift from face-to-face to online instruction can result in a variety of ongoing questions and concerns. The CTE, ITS/ATS, and Office of Online and Alternative Delivery are working together to help answer your questions and provide guidance as you tackle new teaching challenges. The resources below are designed to support your work in remote teaching and learning spaces.

As always, technical support is available at the Help Desk.​

New CTE Summer Series: 

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Welcome to our new CTE Summer Series, Innovative Teaching in a Virtual Environment: Climbing Your Mountain to Success!  


The series begins with the following workshops; others will be added throughout the summer and into the fall. Look for upcoming registration announcements via CTE emails.


Workshop 1: Creating Community in Online Learning

Facilitated by: Angie Huber, DPT, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Initial Session: June 2, 10-11:15 AM; Zoom link (to be sent to participants)

Wrap-up Session: June 8, 10-10:45 AM; Zoom link (to be sent to participants)


Workshop 2: Online Active Learning: Synchronous and Asynchronous Strategies

Facilitated by: Amy Schlessman, PT, DPT, DHS, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Initial Session: June 9, 10-11:15 AM; Zoom link (to be sent to participants)

Wrap-up Session: June 15, 10-10:45 AM; Zoom link (to be sent to participants)​


Workshop 3: How to Create Objective and Alignment for Student Success​

Facilitated by: Nicole Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education​; Christopher (Kit) Medjesky, PhD., Assistant Professor of Communication

Initial Session: June 16, 10-11:15 AM; Zoom link (to be sent to participants)

Wrap-up Session: June 22, 10-10:45 AM; Zoom link (to be sent to participants)

Each workshop begins on a Tuesday and ends on the following Monday. The Tuesday and Monday sessions have synchronous elements. The time in-between is for you to reflect on what you’ve learned and to consider how that new knowledge will impact your teaching.  All workshops will be structured in the same format so you will know what to expect during each timeframe.

**Please check emails coming from the CTE Canvas course for Zoom links and communications regarding these summer workshops. Please note, for security, these links will change weekly.


Additional Resources:


The Chronicle of Higher Education: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Preparing-for-Emergency-Online/248230?cid=wcontentlist_hp_latest

Inside Higher Education: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/03/11/ensuring-online-teaching-engages-students-and-maintains-community-opinion​


Jose Bowen's blog on online teaching: http://teachingnaked.com/your-new-virtual-course-a-quick-primer/ 

Ben Dolan’s Quaranteach blog: https://quaranteach.blogspot.com/2020/03/promote-access-and-inclusion.html#more

Canvas Resources:

ITS Knowledge Base/Continuity Plan (including UF Zoom, One Button Studio, and Canvas resources)

Course Development Support

Whether you are teaching online for the first time or would like help with an existing course, our Online Instructional Designer, ​Carolyn Kraut, is available to assist with course development in Canvas. This includes advice on creating and gathering digital materials, exploring alternative ways to engage and assess your students, and making the most of Canvas and other recommended tools. Her schedule is flexible. Email [email protected] to schedule an appointment!​

Google Doc Information

Check out Justin Rheubert's videos on how to use Google Docs, Slides & Sheets, Forms, Keep, Calenda​r, and Hangouts. Just click on the links below for some quick and easy tutorials.​​ (Need your Findlay Google credentials to open.) 


Recorded Presentations:

Magna Publications; scroll to the bottom of the web page for a coupon code for free access: https://www.magnapubs.com/online-courses/taking-your-teaching-online-program-collection-15317-1.html?st=FFWeekly;s=FFWeekly200320;utm_term=FFWeekly200320&utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Free+Program+Collection%3A+Taking+Your+Teaching+Online&utm_campaign=FF200320

Michigan State University: “More than Moving Online” webtalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7jyeNaXs80&feature=youtu.be&t=14285

Student Support:

Internet Access Ideas

When the Tide Goes Out: Identifying and Supporting Struggling Students in Online Courses 


National Institute for Learning Outcomes and Assessment (NILOA) resources to inform teaching and learning online: https://www.learningoutcomesassessment.org/ 

Ohio Ed Techs (support for K-20 educators): https://sites.google.com/a/soita.org/ohio-ed-techs/home


Please visit the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information​ web page for up-to-date information regarding the UF’s response to COVID-19.​