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To provide support to as many UMN instructors as possible during a short-term transition to remote teaching, Teaching Support and departmental academic staff will offer a variety of resources and consultation sessions.

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Expand the sections below for more details. Check back often as details and schedule are expected to change.

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Online Teaching and Design Program

Participant commitment is approximately 5 hrs per week for 9 weeks.

Check back. Enrollment will be available soon!

The Online Teaching and Design Program is a practical, comprehensive program that will guide you through all aspects of designing, teaching, and building an online course. Each of the nine modules presents best practices, instructional strategies, and technology tools that you will immediately apply in activities to develop and build your own online course. This is a facilitated cohort in which you will learn with peers and receive feedback from course facilitators. Each module includes approximately 5 hours of learning and activities. 

  • Cohort model is first come, first served.
  • Could also be open enrollment; no cap
  • Also is a stand-alone resource

This program is offered by TeachingSupport partners, including the Center for Educational Innovation, Academic Technology Support Service, and others.

Online Sessions with ATSS

Description: Based on input from the University community, new sessions this week such as Using Zoom and Kaltura, Creating Online Assessments, and Using Group Work will be offered. The sessions consist of short demonstrations and time for questions and answers.

Daily consultation sessions are available from 10:00am-2:00pm. This is a time to meet one-on-one with a consultant and have your questions about remote teaching answered in safe, supportive space. The topics are determined by participants: for example, in previous sessions, consultants have demonstrated how to transition content, assessments, and interactions from an in-person class environment to an online learning environment.

Online session details
Date and time Topic Zoom link Facilitators
Friday, May 15, 10:00am-2:00pm Drop-in consultation: topics determined by participants Zoom Sara Schoen, Khaled Musa, Jennifer Englund
Friday, May 15, 11:00am Designing for mobile Zoom Susan Tade
Monday, May 18, 10:00am-2:00pm Drop-in consultation: topics determined by participants Zoom Sara Schoen, Jennifer Englund
Monday, May 18, noon 10 things students want their instructors to know about Canvas Zoom Susan Tade
Tuesday, May 19, 10:00am-2:00pm Drop-in consultation: topics determined by participants Zoom Khaled Musa, Dr. Lauren Marsh, Sara Schoen
Tuesday, May 19, 11:00am Introduction to Open Educational Resources Zoom Jennifer Englund
Wednesday, May 20, 10:00am-2:00pm Drop-in consultation: topics determined by participants Zoom Dr. Chris Scruton, Khaled Musa, Sara Schoen, Susan Tade
Wednesday, May 20, 10:00am Creating authentic assessments Zoom Annette McNamara
Thursday, May 21, 10:00am-2:00pm Drop-in consultation: topics determined by participants Zoom Yelena Yan, Annette McNamara, Sara Schoen
Thursday, May 21, 1:00pm Accessibility resources Zoom Khaled Musa
Friday, May 22, 10:00am-2:00pm Drop-in consultation: topics determined by participants Zoom Sara Schoen, Khaled Musa, Yelena Yan
Friday, May 22, 11:00am Video for learning: Creating digestible content for students Zoom Annette McNamara


If you have trouble connecting to Zoom, please contact UMN Technology Help at 1-HELP (612-301-4357).

Help from Departmental Academic Technologists

Many departmental academic technologists are offering resources and support. Find your departmental contact.

Teaching with Writing Consultations

Request a consultation with Teaching with Writing staff who are available via Zoom, email, and Google Docs. Discuss drafts of writing assignments, synchronous or asynchronous models of virtual writing instruction, assignment-specific draft-response, and grading practices, etc. 

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