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Instructor Resources for Remote Teaching

Please read the Getting Started section before proceeding

Note: For using Ross computers at home, see the Recommendations for staff page.

 Webinar cheat sheet, tips and tricks to help you pick the right tool.

Teaching a class from Ross and all students attending remotely

Activity Methods Location
You want to hold a class or review session with all students present via video conferencing:

Using Zoom Video Conferencing 

If you already have a Zoom License (Personal or Ross):

  • Please Do Not sign up for a University license. If you do, you risk losing any courses, meetings, stored items, or settings you already have in your license of Zoom
  • Please Do Not use Zoom to share PHI (Personal Health Information) or other sensitive data at this time
  • Please keep using the Zoom license you have
  • Please contact RossITSupport@umich.edu. We will assist you in transitioning to a University license.

If you don't have a Zoom License:

Getting Started with Zoom:

  1. Download and install the Zoom app (5-10 minutes)
  2. Login with Google using your University of Michigan account to create a new Zoom account
  3. Create a New Meeting or Schedule a Meeting (can be recurring)
  4. For Scheduled meetings use the Google Calendar option
    1. Choose your UM Google account to allow access to Zoom
    2. Grant Zoom permission and allow
    3. Zoom will automatically add your meeting to your calendar with all meeting information, e.g., meeting ID, password, web link and pone number
  5. For New Meetings not automatically added to your calendar, create the meeting and using the info icon in the upper left corner of the Zoom app you can get the meeting ID, password and meeting URL

Using BlueJeans Video Conferencing 

Video conferencing with BlueJeans allows for up to 150 to share in-classroom content with remote students. Tools include: chat, whiteboard, screen sharing, annotation tool, breakout rooms, file sharing. Log in with your University email address.

  1. Create a BlueJeans Account and Schedule a Meeting
  2. Once you have the meeting ID, you can add that and the link to your Canvas site, or you can email it to your students directly.​
  3. Connect to BlueJeans Conference via Laptop or Desktop

Additional Notes:

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Teaching a class with you remote and students all attending remotely

Activity Methods Location
You want to hold a class or review session.  You are remote, with all students present via video conferencing:

Using Zoom Video Conferencing 

If you already have a Zoom License (Personal or Ross):

  • Please Do Not sign up for a University license. If you do, you risk losing any courses, meetings, stored items, or settings you already have in your license of Zoom
  • Please Do Not use Zoom to share PHI (Personal Health Information) or other sensitive data at this time
  • Please keep using the Zoom license you have
  • Please contact RossITSupport@umich.edu. We will assist you in transitioning to a University license.

If you don't have a Zoom License:

Getting Started with Zoom:

  1. Download and install the Zoom app (5-10 minutes)
  2. Login with Google using your University of Michigan account to create a new Zoom account
  3. Create a New Meeting or Schedule a Meeting (can be recurring)
  4. For Scheduled meetings use the Google Calendar option
    1. Choose your UM Google account to allow access to Zoom
    2. Grant Zoom permission and allow
    3. Zoom will automatically add your meeting to your calendar with all meeting information, e.g., meeting ID, password, web link and pone number
  5. For New Meetings not automatically added to your calendar, create the meeting and using the info icon in the upper left corner of the Zoom app you can get the meeting ID, password and meeting URL

Using BlueJeans Video Conferencing

 BlueJeans allows for up to 150 to meet virtually. Tools include: chat, whiteboard, screen sharing, annotation tool, breakout rooms, file sharing.

Remote students can share their screen to the class and present remotely.

You will need a computer / webcam / good internet connection. Please use your office laptop if you have one rather than requesting one from Ross IT - we have a limited loaner pool. Please contact Ross IT Support for assistance.

You do not need to register for an account - the University licenses BlueJeans for the whole campus. Login to the University of Michigan BlueJeans portal.

  1. Create a BlueJeans Account and Schedule a Meeting
  2. Once you have the meeting ID, you can add that and the link to your Canvas site, or you can email it to your students directly.​
  3. Connect to BlueJeans Conference via Laptop or Desktop

Additional Notes:

Anywhere

Recording a lecture with you in the classroom for distribution later

Activity Methods Location
You want to record a lecture from a classroom and share it with students at a later time from Canvas:

Please use the classroom at your regularly scheduled time and record via Zoom Web Conferencing

 

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Holding Office Hours or discussions remotely 

Activity Methods Location
You want to schedule Office Hours or a discussion and share it with students via a  link in Canvas:

Schedule Office Hours via BlueJeans Video Conferencing. Video conferencing with BlueJeans allows for medium and small size courses to meet virtually. Tools include: chat, whiteboard, screen sharing, annotation tool, breakout rooms, file sharing.

Canvas Tools

  • Canvas Discussions allow students and instructors to hold a virtual class discussion from various remote locations. (best for asynchronous discussion)
    Canvas Discussions How to Information
  • Canvas Chat allows students and instructors to hold a real-time class discussion from various remote locations. (best for synchronous discussion)​Canvas Chat How to Information

Additional Notes:

Anywhere

Web/Video Conference Solutions

 U-M ITS Videoconferencing Tool Comparison

  Product Support Host a Meeting Tips for hosting a meeting Join a Meeting Tips for joining a meeting
Zoom: Zoom Product Support Host a Zoom Meeting Review how to host a Zoom Meeting for instructions on hosting a Zoom meeting. Join a Zoom Meeting Enter the Meeting ID provided to you from the meeting organizer
BlueJeans: BlueJeans Product Support BlueJeans for Teaching

For best results, download the BlueJeans app to your device 

Review Techniques for Teaching Remotely for more information on utilizing BlueJeans for instruction

Attend a BlueJeans Meeting Click on meeting link in invite email
Google Hangouts Meet: Google Hangouts Meet Support Host a Google Meet Getting Started with Google Hangouts Meet Join a Google Meet Click on Google Meet URL (link) from email or Canvas link.
Webex: Webex Product Support Host a Webex Meeting
(license needed)

Ensure you have the Webex app installed on your device first. If you do not have the app installed, consult this page to download and install the Webex Desktop App.

How to start a Webex Meeting

Join a Webex Meeting Click on the meeting invite link from your Calendar app.

Screen Capture/Recording Solutions

  Product Support Tips for screen recording Save screen recording Tips for sharing screen recordings
Camtasia: Camtasia Product Support Record the screen and audio Save Camtasia screen recordings How to post Camtasia screen recordings
Kaltura: Kaltura Product Support

Capture and Recording Options

Save Kaltura screen recordings How to post Kaltura screen recordings

Teaching and Student Engagement

How to Communicate with Students Online via canvas

Announcements: Communicate timely information with students in your class using the Announcements tool in Canvas. Use this tool to send a written message, record and upload a video, and attach files or include links.
Classroom discussion: Use the Discussions tool in Canvas to allow students to interact and learn from each other online while facilitating the conversation.
Remote office hours: For real-time interactions with your students, consider using the Chat tool in Canvas or scheduling meetings using BlueJeans. These tools are useful for scheduled office hours or quick Q&A sessions.
Email: If you need to email all of your students, and you don’t want to use Canvas, you can get a list of email addresses for all of your students in Wolverine Access.
General tips for communicating effectively with students online:

If you plan to use Canvas tools to communicate with your students, make sure your course is published.

Be consistent with the digital tool selected for online communications, and be sure to post this information in a prominent location, such as the Syllabus page in Canvas.

Set expectations for how students should engage in online communication, including how they should contact the instructor.

Set expectations with students for how quickly the instructor will respond to online communication.

How to provide Online Assessments within canvas

Assessments: If you need to collect written assignments, use the assignments tool in Canvas to create a place for students to submit their work. Make sure that you indicate the assignment will be submitted online, and choose the “file upload” option for the submission type.
Quizzes: If you need to administer an online quiz, use the Quiz tool in Canvas. For low-stakes assessment, consider allowing multiple attempts, not including a time limit, and allowing students to see their quiz responses.

Exams:

If you need to administer a high-stakes exam, use the Quiz tool in Canvas and consider shuffling the answer options, using a strict time limit, hiding student quiz responses, and using question groups.

General tips for conducting online assessments:

Consider providing extra time on quizzes and exams to students who ask for accommodations in using technology. See instructions for granting extra time to assessments in Canvas.

How Students attend class Remotely

Attend class remotely: If you need to attend class remotely, check with your instructor. You may be asked to join lectures in real time via BlueJeans or in Canvas.
University software: Most software provided in the Campus Computing Sites can also be accessed from personal or university devices using Virtual Sites or Apps Anywhere.
General tips for learning and studying remotely: Download the Canvas app to view class materials and participate online from your mobile device. The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.