Remote Teaching Strategies

Many circumstances might disrupt in-person class meetings including weather, conference travel, family emergencies, and pandemics. The following resources may help faculty to leverage available technology resources when they have to teach online or allow students to attend in-person classes remotely to keep their courses on schedule when the instructor or students are not able to attend regular class meetings. 

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Communicate with Students

Strategies to consider for communicating with students

  • Specify what mode of communication you will be using
  • Provide your expected response time to students 
  • Indicate student responsibilities for participation and communication. 
  • Try a discussion board to replace discussions that happen face to face
  • Update your syllabus with these and any other changes

As you transition into an online context, your courses will benefit from the intentional establishment of consistency and structure. A shift to online learning necessitates clearly articulating expectations for students.

At the outset, tell your students how you can be reached and how they should expect to hear from you. Tread cautiously when using digital tools outside Stonehill’s standard toolset (eLearn, Zoom). Students will inevitably lose non-Stonehill login credentials or need help with unfamiliar tools. Stick with the tools the College provides, which can all be accessed using their College login credentials and have robust online support.

Tell your students how often you expect them to interact with the course. For instance, if you will be holding synchronous sessions online with Zoom during class hours, you may want to ask students to check the course site for announcements or tasks at a regular interval between sessions. If you are using a more asynchronous approach, then you might ask students to interact with the course by doing specific tasks on a regular basis. For instance, asking students to log in to comment or otherwise engage with online material five times over the course of the week will allow them to plan and structure their learning. Some students might not know that eLearn offers instructors helpful user tracking, making it easy for instructors to see who has been engaged with the course material. This might provide students with additional incentives to develop their own regimen of online learning.

Announcements allow you to post time-sensitive or updated course information. Announcements have an advantage over a class email to your class, because announcements are indexed on your course page and remain visible as long as you decide. Students will see these in their Activity Stream, and you can also choose to send them out as an email. Importantly: if you want students to receive an email of your announcement, be sure to check  the box  “send a copy of this announcement immediately."


Course Announcements 

Send a traditional email to all students in your course or a selected subset or group of students. Use clear and descriptive subject lines that will be found in a search. 

Email Your Class 

Use the eLearn Discussion Board tool to augment class discussions. This tool allows students and faculty to communicate with one another by posting threads and comments. Discussion boards help feedback loops to maintain continuity of discussion and learning. A targeted discussion on a board or blog can become the starting point for a faculty video that bridges readings and responses.

Discussion Board 

Create Content and Post Assignments

Strategies for making course content available in eLearn

  • Upload your course content for easy student access
  • Use Blackboard’s Ally tool to ensure content is accessible
  • Contact Library staff for course reserve articles that can be added to eLearn 
  • Record mini-lectures for student review  
  • Create and collect paper assignments
  • Create and grade quizzes and exams 

Add course materials to a course by uploading files like Word Docs, PowerPoint, and PDFs that are stored on the computer or in OneDrive. Try to develop naming conventions for your materials. Keep in mind how many students will download PDFs called “Assignment for Thursday.” Routinely including the section and semester will help everyone organize files.

Adding Items and Files to a Course 

Adding Content from OneDrive for Business

Use Blackboard Ally to ensure accessible content

Create assignments that allow students to upload their work directly to eLearn.  Instructors can provide feedback and post assignment grades for each student within the course. Collecting assignments and responding to student work within eLearn will allow you to be faithful to FERPA requirements. 

Creating an Assignment 

Assignment Options 

Using the Grade Center 

Use the eLearn Test tool to generate online quizzes and exams. 

Create a Test

Testing Options

Lectures can be prepared in advance using our Panopto lecture capture tool. Panopto provides both the recording capability and file upload capacity to meet all your video recording needs. Recordings can be made on another device (phone/digital camera) and uploaded into Panopto.

The option to record a PowerPoint presentation with annotations and synchronized voice is simple and powerful. Instructors may also track student access to verify they have watched the video. If you wish to offer participatory lectures, use Zoom (see below).



Panopto Lecture Capture 

Lectures may be recorded in the One Button Studio to produce high-quality videos. The video can be added to the eLearn Panopto folder for easy student access. Emulate the classroom experience of showing a PowerPoint or writing on a whiteboard while recording in a private setting. 

One Button Studio 

Meet Online 

Strategies to meet with the class or a student

  • Classes can be held during regularly scheduled times  
  • Continue to meet synchronously with the class
  • Record class meetings for students to review later 
  • Meet privately with students for office hours   

Zoom allows the entire class to participate simultaneously from anywhere using their own computer. The session may be recorded and kept for review (optional). This is your best option for seminar-style discussion, but also for lectures that include ample student participation. Consider being more generous with office hours, and finding ways to encourage participation, as maintaining human connections is key to the success of online learning.



Meet with one or more students online for virtual office hours. A scheduled session can be created in Zoom to ensure privacy. 

 Zoom - private session

The Hyflex classroom provides the necessary equipment for a combination of remote and in-person learners. HyFlex Equipment in the Classrooms

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