Faculty Online Teaching Resources

Additional Friday Update on Preparing Courses for Distance Delivery

We have a few more updates and one correction since our message earlier this afternoon:

  •  The "licensed" (also known as "pro") Zoom accounts are now in place for faculty. The "licensed" accounts allow a meeting duration of up to 24 hours (Note: Please don't take that as a recommendation to hold 24 hour class sessions).  IT has also enabled Single-Sign On for Zoom, so that when you create your Zoom account through EduCat you will use your NMU username and password.  We have updated the Setting Up a Zoom Account instructions on the Basic Distance Delivery Course Kit page.

  • The CTL will open at 8:00 am on Monday, one hour earlier than usual. We will consider making additional changes to our hours as demand warrants.  We will be open until 7:00 pm tonight, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm tomorrow, and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday. 

  • The "Introduction to Zoom Video conferencing" workshop on Thursday, March 19 will be held at 10:00 am, not 1:00 pm as listed in the previous message.

We have a few updates to share regarding resources for preparing to shift your courses to distance delivery.

EduCat course shells have been created for all courses that did not have one prior to Thursday. You should see these shells when you log in to EduCat. If you are missing any courses or have questions about the course shells, please contact the CTL.

As outlined in our  Basic Distance Delivery Course Kit, Zoom Video Conferencing is available to allow you to hold live class sessions and other synchronous meetings. "Basic" Zoom accounts, which anyone can sign up for, allow for 40 minute meetings.  NMU is in the process of obtaining enough "licensed" (also known as "pro") Zoom accounts for all faculty. If you intend to use Zoom, we encourage you to create a "Basic" account as soon as possible. IT will then be able to convert you to a "licensed" account once they become available.

As we shared yesterday, the CTL is offering workshops, both face-to-face and via videoconferencing, to help faculty familiarize themselves with the tools that are available and how they can be used for distance teaching activities. We have added some additional sessions, and will continue to build the schedule out based on faculty needs. We are also working with the AAUP on some possible additional workshop topics. 

  • Friday, March 13:
  • Saturday, March 14
    • "Distance Delivery for Undergraduate Teaching Assistants and Tutors" - 1:00 pm, HRDN 108   
      • This session, facilitated by Kathryn Johnson, will help prepare undergrad TAs and Tutors to assist faculty with distance-delivered courses. Please let your undergrad TAs and Tutors know about this session, as they will not be receiving this e-mail.  
    • "Introduction to Distance Delivery Tools for Graduate Teaching Assistants" - 2:00 pm, HRDN 108
      • Note: GTAs are welcome to attend any session. This specific session will focus specifically on GTA concerns.
  • Monday, March 16
    • "Building Quizzes and Exams in EduCat" - 2:00 pm, HRDN 106
  • Tuesday, March 17
  • Thursday, March 19

The CTL will be open for extended hours today, our regular hours tomorrow, and for special hours Sunday afternoon/evening:

  • Friday, 3/13  9 am - 7 pm
  • Saturday, 3/14, 9 am - 3 pm
  • Sunday, 3/15, 4 pm - 8 pm

The Computing Help Desk is also offering expanded support hours this weekend in case you need help installing software or have other technical issues.

  • Saturday, 3/14, 9 am - 3 pm
  • Sunday, 3/15, 4 pm - 8 pm

Please contact us if you have any questions about preparing your courses for Distance Delivery. 

Center for Teaching and Learning
Harden Hall 106