Professor conducting a presentation in front of class

Teaching Remotely - Synchronously and Asynchronously

From time to time, external challenges may require face-to-face instruction be moved online. In many cases, it will be wise to use scheduled class time for doing things like presenting lectures through Zoom. Most instructors will also provide activities that students complete at other times. UIW possesses multiple technological and human resources to ensure that both synchronous and asynchronous instruction can continue without issue in a virtual environment. Remember to stay calm and wash your hands.

What Tools Do I Need to Teach Online?

Web Camera Open
Microphone Open
High Speed Internet Open

How Do I Communicate with Students?

Blackboard Announcements Open
Email Open
Zoom Conference Open

How Do I Share Instructional Materials and Resources?

Lecture Open
Show a PowerPoint Open
Share Links Open
Share Files Open

How Do I Administer Assessments?

Create a Test Open
Create a Survey in Blackboard Open
Create a Survey in Microsoft Forms Open
Take a Poll Open
Using Respondus Exam Creator Open

How Do I Create and Collect Assignments?

Blackboard Assignment Tool Open
Email Open
Journal Entry Open

How Do I Conduct Discussions and Other Course Activities?

Whole Class Discussion Open
Small Group Discussions Open
Students Reviewing Each Other’s Work Open
General Tips for Improving the Quality of Online Discussions Open

How Do I Encourage Student Engagement Online?

Edpuzzle Open
Flipgrid Open
Padlet Open
StudyMate Open

What Else Do I Need to Know?

General Discussions of Online Teaching Open
Assessing Contributions to the Discussion Board Open
More Specialized Resources Open
Copyright Open
Teleconferencing Recording and Privacy Policy Open

Teaching Remotely: Greatest Hits

A demonstration of testing in Blackboard by Susan Hall and Luella D'Amico.

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You can view other teaching remotely workshops here.

Next week’s Workshops:


Teaching online invites us to include more videos in a course. Lucretia Fraga (DSE) will demonstrate how EdPuzzle allows instructors to embed questions and thus make video assignments more interactive. Participants will learn how to use EdPuzzle as a tool for informal assessment and explore other classroom applications.

Thursday, Nov. 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Back to Basics: OneDrive

Do you occasionally stub your toe when using OneDrive? Kathy Bottaro from Instructional Technology Services will present some highlights of this tool for cloud storage. Participants will learn how to access their OneDrive account, share documents with colleagues, and use OneDrive links to post items to Blackboard and the world.

Friday, Nov. 6 at 10:00 a.m.

Look, Think, Act—Action Research for Diversity, Equity and Social

Dr. Alfredo Ortiz Aragón is an action-researcher, designer and facilitator of organizational change processes who has worked in international and local development contexts for the last 18 years. In this interactive session he will share 4 key Action Research ideas that may be useful to university actors who wish to honor and draw from our diversity in support of equitable, socially just outcomes and opportunities for all people in the world. These 4 ideas are at the heart of a new book he has co-authored with Ernie Stringer—Action Research, 5th edition

Monday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Critical Friends: Not an Oxymoron

We learn a lot from looking at and responding to another’s work—and a colleague benefits from useful feedback, too. . But as powerful as offering feedback can be, students often lack the tools to engage. Then they may become reticent, and the carefully planned activity falls apart. Participants will learn the “Critical Friends” framework for providing meaningful feedback.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Small Groups Online: Breakout Sessions Aren’t the Only Way

An asynchronous course can be a lonely place, especially for students who did not specifically choose online learning. Participants in the session will learn a quick and easy strategy for including small group work within asynchronous courses.

Friday, Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Who Has Time to Take Roll? Attendance Online

Moving classes online doesn’t remove our requirement to report attendance of various groups of students. Participants in this interactive session will learn various efficient ways to monitor attendance online—in both synchronous and asynchronous classes. Bring your best ideas and your biggest problems.

Friday, Nov. 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Canvas: It’s Coming, It’s Coming

In Fall 2021, Canvas will replace Blackboard at UW’s learning management system. Participants at this session will get an early look at Canvas features and hear from faculty experienced with Canvas. (More detailed training sessions will follow in the spring.)

Friday, Nov. 13 at 10:00 a.m.

New Instructional Technology Resources

Engaging Students Online

This page addresses three important types of engagement for online courses: learner to content, learner to faculty, and learner to other learners.

Engaging Students Online

Flipped Learning

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Important Links

Contact Us

Adela Gott
(210) 829-3946

Terry Peak
(210) 829-3920

Susan Hall
(210) 283-5030

Kathy Bottaro
(210) 805-2519