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FAQ: Teaching and Online Instruction

Information for faculty and instructors

Updated August 26, 2020

Explore answers to common questions about online and hybrid instruction, synchronous and asynchronous learning, and technical support.

Teaching, online instruction, and support services

The Provost’s Office is working is to establish a network of classroom assistants for each school at the University. You may also find useful information in the Office of Online Learning’s guide, Teaching During Times of Disruption.

If you experience a problem while class is in session, please contact classroom support for your area. It may also be helpful to view in advance of the semester Troubleshooting Tips for Online Zoom Meetings.

Any course at any moment could have online students, either synchronous or asynchronous. For example, a student who has been physically present may have to be isolated or quarantined or go home for an extended period. You should plan accordingly, while being sure to check your department’s policies, if applicable, for handling exams, labs, etc., for asynchronous students.

Typically, as long as you meet the instruction hours for accreditation and the learning objectives for the course as set by the department, it should be OK; but you should double-check with your department chair, program director, or dean.

Yes; rooms for courses that will be taught online can be released. Please follow your school or unit’s process to define which courses will be taught online.

The University maintains a guide, Teaching During Times of Disruption, covering a variety of teaching scenarios and directing faculty to additional on-campus and off-campus resources.

In addition, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) has introduced a new webpage, Resources for Teaching Online.

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