Teaching Resources

We know that it will be a challenge to move all UC classes online, but the university and CECH have resources to help you do this. 

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CET&L) has a website devoted to helping you teach remotely. Their recommended steps to get started are:

  1. Communicate: If you have not done so already, let your students know how you will be teaching your class remotely. All courses this term had online shells created in both Blackboard or Canvas. You can easily use either course shell to move your on-campus class online – just remember to tell students where to find your class. If you don’t have a plan yet, it is fine to tell students that. Some students are getting concerned that they have not heard anything from their professors.
  2. Plan: Analyze what is needed to ensure that student meet the learning outcomes for the course. Do not feel like you need to recreate every assignment and lecture online. If a learning outcome is covered in multiple assignments, you can simplify things by only keeping one assignment that adequately measures that learning outcome. Be open to new ways to teach your course.  Keep in mind that how you taught on campus may not translate well to online. Attached is a brief document outlining tools to help you convert your course to online.
  3. Revise: Revise your course syllabus and schedule and communicate these changes to your students.

Please remember student wellness during this time. Students are nervous and worried. Please be flexible during this transition and recognize that student mental health may be impacted by this situation.

Options for Faculty (pdf)

Your CECH School Instructional Designers and the Office of Innovative Technology & Learning Design (OITLD) are here to support your needs during the University’s remote operation—please see below for an overview of resources and request processes.

How to get help in converting your class to online:

CET&L is hosting workshops all this week and after spring break both on-campus and virtually (recordings will also be available for later viewing).

Your school and OITLD Instructional Designers are available to help by phone and email.

OITLD Operations

For help, submit a ticket to the OITLD service portal or email CECH Tech Help for IT requests. For instructional design and multimedia needs, email Learning Design

Operating hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For loaner technology equipment needs, complete the Loaner Equipment Request Form

School of Education: Nick McDonald or Learning Design

School of Criminal Justice: Shelley Paden

School of Human Services: Dani Peterson

School of Information Technology: Selena Ramanayake or Learning Design

Spring 2021 Semester Computing Resources

  • On Campus Computer Labs: Beginning Monday, January 26, rooms 231 and 233 in Teachers-Dyers Complex will be available Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • MyDesk: MyDesk allows students to access a virtual Windows computer with CECH-licensed software installed—all they need is a web browser. Please note that MyDesk is non-persistent, meaning that students need to save their work to OneDrive.
  • Remote Desktop: Students can connect to a physical CECH lab computer remotely, which provides access to CECH-licensed software and additional computing power.

For details on the above options, visit the CECH Student Computing Resources: Spring 2021 knowledge base article.

Using UC Equipment Off Campus?

It is important when using a UC managed/purchased device off campus that you connect to the UC VPN. This will ensure your computer’s operating system, software, and security tools stay up to date. It will also allow seamless access to on campus resources (college file storage, library resources, etc.) while working remotely.

Final Considerations:

  • Student accommodations must still be met in online environments, but those accommodations may be different than what was needed on-campus. If you have questions regarding accommodations, contact the Accessibility Services Office: Uptown Campus Accessibility Resources 513-556-6823; email Accessibility Resources.
  • Microsoft Teams is a great way to have more informal communications with a group and may be a choice you are interested in looking into for your class. Your instructional designer can help you request a Team for your class or work group.
  • On campus computer labs will be open for students who do not have computer or Internet access. If you hear reports of students who return home and do not have computer/Internet access, let your instructional Designer know.  
  • UC is working to double its Internet bandwidth. We hope this will be able to accommodate the increased traffic, especially WebEx and video streaming traffic.
  • A wide variety of streaming videos are available through the UC Library and may be an easy way to supplement your course content.
  • Spring semester will begin as originally planned. Classes are scheduled to resume on January 11, 2021. However, several adjustments have been made to the calendar to reduce travel and the potential spread of COVID-19.
    • Spring Break will not occur as originally scheduled.
    • Instead, two Reading Days have been added to the calendar on February 16 and March 24, creating breaks to rest and recharge.
    • Spring semester will conclude two days earlier on April 27, allowing for one week and three days between the spring and summer semesters.
    • Final exams will occur April 22 – April 27.
    • For more information on the calendar and registration deadlines, visit the Spring 21 Calendar Site.
  • These are uncharted waters in CECH and we anticipate that the situation will continue to evolve. We will continue to send updates as they are available. 

While you're preparing your online materials, please keep in mind that you do NOT have to put everything you do in a live class online--rather, only convert the content and assessments that are critical to achieving your course learning outcomes (think "need-to-know" vs. "nice-to-know"). And while it might seem logical to swap out your lecture with a live streaming session, these types are sessions are challenging, both in terms of learner engagement and technology (i.e., students may be on a slow network and have trouble connecting).

In light of this, we recommend creating your own mini-lectures via Kaltura and to take advantage of online and library content. Check out the resources below for more information. If you do need to host a synchronous session, we've compiled some best practices to help you and your participants before going live. Finally, if you're new to online, don't forget to make your Blackboard or Canvas course available this Thursday!

Course Content Delivery Resources

Online Teaching Resources

For more help or to schedule a virtual one-on-one consultation, submit a ticket through the OITLD portal.

For Learning Design or Technology Support, please visit our service portal.

Updated: 1-27-21