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.

New! Introductory webinars on tools, support and guidance for remote teaching and learning   

Are you an academic who wants to use Panopto to pre-record lectures for your students? Or an administrator who needs to provide students with online learning materials?  

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? 

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

Scenario

  • Record a live lecture in a lecture room, 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

Existing help & guidance

Panopto (Replay): Getting startedUsing Replay for remote learning

Canvas at Oxford: Using Panopto in Canvas

WebLearn: Manage your site

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

Download the Recommendations for teaching and learning remotely as PDF. 

Other teaching scenarios

If the way you teach is not included in this guide, contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning with details of your teaching scenario. It will not be possible to replicate all forms of teaching remotely e.g. practicals and laboratories.

Improving our guidance

If you encounter any difficulties with any of the suggestions for teaching remotely, please phone the IT Service Desk (Tel: (01865) 6 12345). As well as resolving your problem, this will help us to improve our guidance.

Other sources of information

General IT support 

Website: IT Help

Email: help@it.ox.ac.uk 

Phone: 01865 6 12345

WebLearn 

Help site: Overview

Email: weblearn@it.ox.ac.uk

Panopto (Replay) 

Help site: Replay

Email: replay@it.ox.ac.uk 

IT Services Guidance 

Work remotely

Canvas

Canvas generic 24/7 help (phone, live chat) - click Help on left menu

Email Oxford support: canvas@it.ox.ac.uk

Oxford Guidance for staff

Oxford Guidance for students

Canvas generic help guides and videos  

University of Oxford 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice and updates

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Website: CTL

Email: contact@ctl.ox.ac.uk

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