Teaching remotely

The Centre for Teaching and Learning supports all those who teach at the University of Oxford.

This page is a source of advice and guidance where teaching has been disrupted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

At this challenging time, the guidance on this page will support you in adapting to teaching remotely. We will be regularly updating this page with new advice and guidance so please check back here frequently.

 

Updates

28 April 2020

New guides are now available to help you adapt to teaching remotely. More details

14 April 2020

The service will provide support from learning technologists, education advisers and Canvas specialists who will help departments, faculties and colleges with any queries related to the delivery of remote teaching. More details

2 April 2020  

We are running a number of introductory 'teaching remotely' webinar sessions to help staff to prepare for Trinity term. We’ll talk about the tools you can use for teaching, such as Microsoft Teams and Panopto, look at some of the guidance available, as well as answer any questions you might have. More details

I'm new to teaching remotely - what do I need to know? 

  • For ideas, approaches and learning practices for adapting face-to-face teaching to work remotely, look at this Teaching and Learning Remotely resource in Canvas.
  • Lectures can be recorded using the Replay (Panopto) service. Panopto recordings must be shared with students through either Canvas (the University’s new virtual learning environment (VLE) or WebLearn (the old VLE). See Using Replay for Remote Learning
  • If there is no presence on either Canvas or WebLearn for students on a programme, email the Canvas team.
  • 1-1 remote tutorials, supervision sessions and small group classes can be conducted by audio or video conferencing. See Getting Started with Microsoft Teams.
  • Wherever possible, upload learning materials at least 24 hours in advance to allow those with accessibility or connectivity issues time to review them.

Please see below for more detailed guidance on each of these tools. 

Recommendations for teaching and learning remotely

  • Record a live lecture wherever you are, using a laptop and microphone
  • Record a short presentation, overview or summary (e.g. a slideshow with audio narration) from your laptop in any location

Recommendation

Use Panopto

  • Log in to your Canvas course or WebLearn site
  • If this is the first time you’ve used Panopto, download the Panopto ‘manual recorder’ software
  • Canvas course: Use Settings > Navigation to enable the ‘Panopto Recordings’ tool
  • WebLearn site: Use Site Info > Manage tools to enable the ‘Lecture Capture (Replay)’ tool
  • Please check with your faculty or department first to ensure that any classes you set up are in line with scheduled timetables.

Existing help & guidance

Panopto (Replay): Getting startedUsing Replay for remote learning

Canvas at Oxford: Using Panopto in Canvas

WebLearn: Manage your site

Adapting lectures for remote learning

Recommendation

Use Office 365 (Teams)

Schedule a Teams meeting: 

  • Schedule a Teams meeting (either through the Teams Application or Outlook)
  • Arrange a date and time to meet
  • Invite your student
  • Join the meeting via the ‘Join Microsoft team Meeting’ invitation or the link in your calendar

Note: an integration of Teams within Canvas is now available. 

Existing Help & Guidance

Office 365:

Microsoft Teams: Getting started

Nexus 365: face-to-face course (IT Learning Centre)

Microsoft Teams: help and learning portal

Recommendation

Use Office 365 (Teams)

Schedule a Teams meeting: 

  • Schedule a Teams meeting (either through the Teams Application or Outlook)
  • Arrange a date and time to meet
  • Invite your student
  • Join the meeting via the ‘Join Microsoft team Meeting’ invitation or the link in your calendar

Note: an integration of Teams within Canvas is now available. 

Existing Help & Guidance

Office 365:

Microsoft Teams: Getting started

Nexus 365: face-to-face course (IT Learning Centre)

Microsoft Teams: help and learning portal

Recommendation

Use Office 365 (Teams)

Schedule a Teams meeting: 

  • Schedule a Teams meeting (either through the Teams Application or Outlook)
  • Arrange a date and time to meet
  • Invite your student
  • Join the meeting via the ‘Join Microsoft team Meeting’ invitation or the link in your calendar

Note: an integration of Teams within Canvas is now available. 

Existing Help & Guidance

Office 365:

Microsoft Teams: Getting started

Nexus 365: face-to-face course (IT Learning Centre)

Microsoft Teams: help and learning portal

Recommendation

Use Canvas or WebLearn

  • Log in to your Canvas course or WebLearn site
  • Use the ‘Discussions’ tool for informal or graded discussions
  • Use the ‘Assignments’ tool for students to submit formative work (e.g. essay, reflection, summary)
  • Use the ‘Quiz’ tool for self-assessment (e.g. computer-marked short answers, with feedback)

Existing Help & Guidance

Canvas at Oxford: Guide for academicsAssessing students (Assignments and Quizzes)

Canvas generic: DiscussionsAssignments (video); Quizzes (video)

WebLearn: Discussion forumsAssignmentsQuizzes (called ‘Tests’ – detailed guide)

Recommendations

On Canvas: 

  • Use the ‘Files’ and ‘Pages’ tools to upload and present materials
  • Use the ‘Modules’ tool to guide students though the materials
  • Use the ‘Assignments’ tool for students to submit formative work (e.g. essay, reflection, summary)

On WebLearn:

  • Use the ‘Resources’ tool to upload files
  • Use the ‘Lessons’ tool to guide students through the materials
  • Use the ‘Assignments’ tool for students to submit formative work (e.g. essay, reflection, summary)

Existing help & guidance

Canvas at Oxford: Building courses in Canvas; Guide for academics;

Canvas generic: Instructor Resources

WebLearn: Overview of important tools (video demos); Resources (short guide); Resources (detailed guide); LessonsAssignments

Bodleian Libraries: Keeping the University reading

Download the Recommendations for teaching and learning remotely as PDF. 

Contact the Teaching Remotely Service Desk if you have any other suggestions or problems.