​​​​​​​​​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. Now that you’ve made the initial transition online, please rest assured that 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.​

Teaching Support Team Virtual Open Office Hours & Workshops: 

Get answers to your teaching questions with our virtual open office hours and CTE workshops. If you don’t see a topic that meets your current needs, please contact [email protected], and we’ll put you in touch with a Teaching Support Team (TST) member who can help. 

Week of April 6
**Please check CTE email on Mondays to access Zoom links to these Office Hours and Workshops.​  Please note, for security, these links will change weekly.

Tues., April 7

11:00 – noon      Virtual Open Office Hours w/Nicole Williams

2:00 – 3:30 pm   Virtual Open Office Hours w/Chris Denecker. Canceled Tues., April 7 due to conflicting meeting.  


Wed., April 8

11:00 – noon      Virtual Open Office Hours w/Amy Schlessman

1:00 - 2:00 pm    Virtual Open Office Hours w/Angie Huber


Thurs., April 9

10:30 – noon      Virtual Open Office Hours w/Amy Schlessman

​By Appointment
Taskstream: Assessment Help Sessions for STUDENTS, FACULTY, & STAFF​
To assist students or faculty members with their questions regarding Taskstream, CORE+, ENGL 106 Portfolios, the GE Committee is providing support sessions Mondays - Fridays until the deadline of Wed., May 6

Effective immediately, meetings will be by appointment only, available both through Zoom or phone support. Links to these supports are in March 31 email from Nathan Tice: CORE+ Updates and Deadlines and will also be included in future CTE emails.

Here are some guiding principles for online teaching in a hurry:

Do your best, but don’t expect perfection: Faculty who routinely teach online take months to develop high quality online learning experiences. In emergency situations, such as the one we’re facing with COVID-19, keep the focus simple. The goal is meeting student-learning goals without overwhelming either your students or yourself.

Keep student rapport at the forefront: All good teaching begins with teacher-student rapport. Research shows students work harder for instructors who take time to get to know their students. The switch to online instruction, the anxiety induced by COVID-19, changes in living arrangements, and more are impacting our students. UF prides itself on its student-centered teaching approaches, and this extends to the online classroom. If students are not engaging, reach out to them. Don’t be afraid of using technology to connect with your students – they will be understanding of your limitations in this time of crisis!​

Use structures you (and your students) know: You have been teaching this course since January, and students have come to expect a particular structure and rhythm to your class sessions. The online version of your course should take cues from those structures. This may take some creative thinking, but it is possible to keep doing what you have been doing, thereby reducing stress for both you and your students. Please contact the COVID-19 Teaching Support Team for help as needed.

Asynchronous instruction is best: While you can build on your original course structure, it will be pretty difficult to replicate it. Consider using Zoom for discussions that need to occur in real time. However, be aware that students may have internet access issues; may be new to remote learning; may be in different time zones; or may have family members, children, or responsibilities that make synchronous learning difficult at this time. If you need help envisioning how to create high quality asynchronous learning experiences, please reach out to our online instructional designer and the COVID-19 Teaching Support Team for assistance.

Zoombombing: Zoom has plenty of tools in place to ensure the privacy of any session and also provides the ability to eliminate unwanted guests.​  Click to link for HelpDesk Solution​ OR click for Best Practices for Securing Zoom Meetings.pdf for more information.

Another article for tips on Zoombombing: Best Practices for Securing Your Virtual Classroom​ 

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

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!​

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.​