Start Teaching Online


1. Read the requirements

  • Grades and other FERPA protected information cannot be transmitted through email and non-university services should not be used for FERPA data. Use Compass.
  • Please be prepared to work with DRES if you have students requiring accommodations to access your course materials online.
  • Consider asynchronous first and try to use the lowest bandwith option that meets your instructional needs. Use Zoom for interactive discussions. Do not use Zoom for classes greater than 150 students. Use video, audio, or text options for lecture delivery.
  • If you are planning to incorporate a required synchronous component (such as Zoom) to your remote teaching strategy, only use your regularly scheduled class times. This will ensure students are available and will help balance the load on our systems.
  • Students must not be asked to pay additional fees related to course delivery. This includes proctoring service fees.


2. Checklist

  • If you are not already using an online class presence for your course, contact ACES Tech Support to get a course shell created in Compass. 
  • Email your students ASAP that you are working on transition plans for the course and let them know when they can expect updated information from you on revised plans and access instructions. 
  • Use the chart below to identify what method you will use to remotely replace your classroom content. Attend the appropriate trainings or use self-access guides. 
  • Laboratory/performance/field work/hands-on course ideas and opportunities are being discussed with Anna Ball or appropriate departmental teaching expert. More information to come.
  • Contact your department head with information about your course continuity plans. 
  • If you have TAs, discuss with them your plans for transitioning the course and their role. 
  • Revise your syllabus and clearly communicate any changes in assessments and/or grading to students.
  • Create mechanisms to collect assignments online and deliver exams remotely. Use the resources at for guides on creating various assessments in your learning management system. More details coming. 
  • Work with DRES to provide accessible course materials for any students requiring accommodations. 
  • Create a plan for how you will answer student questions. This could be a discussion forum on Compass, email, or synchronous office hours. Communicate this plan to students. 
  • Create a regular cadence of communication to your students to inform them about instructional activities and upcoming due dates. 


3. Determine your teaching style and start creating content

Keep these as simple as possible. If possible, use asynchronous teaching (style 1, 2, and 3) to lighten the load on technology and reduce technical difficulties.

Teaching Style Content Types Software/Hardware
1. Lecture, few visuals, little interaction Talking head video recordings
Kaltura self-recording
Web camera with Kaltura Capture and and upload through Kaltura, add link in Compass
2. Lecture, PPT (or similar), little interaction Kaltura self-recording Powerpoint and microphone with Kaltura Capture and upload through Kaltura, add link in Compass
3. Lecture, board work (or similar), little interaction Kaltura Capture self-recording on computer
or go in classroom and have a camera record
Record with Kaltura Capture and and upload through Kaltura, add link in Compass
4. Interactive discussion or lecture (could include PPT, boardwork or other visuals) Zoom with webcam (shows face),
Zoom with PPT (shows screen),
Zoom with tablet
Share with students before with link to Compass. Students need to have a microphone or ability to type in text chat boxes
5. Existing UIUC online version of the course Use same methods as before or above  
6. Commonly taught large, multi-section course with common syllabus Similar to ACES 100 or Rhet 105; likely doesn't apply to ACES Spring 2020 classes  
7. Course with extensive laboratory, arts, dance, field work or other hands-on activity Discuss individual strategies with online learning consultant with ongoing discussions to put together list of resources and ideas  


4. Get equipment and software