Teaching Remotely

The University remains committed to fully resuming on-campus activities and in-person instruction in Autumn Quarter 2021. All units and instructors are expected to teach courses in person, and in the course’s normal mode of delivery prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, unless specific approval for remote or hybrid instruction has been granted by the Office of the Provost.

Both this site and the Instructor Guide 2.0 are being maintained both for reference and for those limited programs that will be offering remote courses, as well as for faculty who want to experiment with our online tools in their regular courses.

The University has made this commitment to returning to campus for the benefit of the entire academic community. All University classrooms and teaching facilities will continue to conform to governmental health and safety guidelines. For up to date information about precautions and protocols in place for the Autumn Quarter, please visit UChicago Forward.

About Teaching Remotely

Teaching Remotely is a resource hub for instructors teaching remote or hybrid courses. This site contains information on setting up and building remote and hybrid courses, trainings for new and returning remote instructors, guidance on best practices for inclusive remote pedagogy, instructor resources, and an FAQ.

We recommend instructors begin by reviewing the Instructor Guide for Remote and Hybrid Instruction (Version 2, updated August 2021) which provides guidance on teaching both in person and remotely, as well as resources for remote teaching and other instructor needs.

Getting Started

Canvas, Zoom, and Panopto are the core systems available for remote teaching. The Course Set-Up section of this website has information on getting started with these systems as well as links to other resources. Resources for using Canvas and Zoom are here:

For individual support with remote teaching, please contact us.

Remote and Hybrid Teaching Guides

The Education Planning Group, as well as the Chicago Center for Teaching, have developed three guides with information on instruction, best practices, and a variety of instructor resources.

For additional guidance, please review our Teaching Remotely FAQ page.

Academic Policies 2021-22

For the 2021-2022 Academic Year, the following policies and copyright statement provide guidance for instructors and students about course sessions.

For additional guidance on office hours, syllabus creation, classroom policies, etc., please review the Instructor Guide for Remote and Hybrid Instruction, as well as the Teaching Remotely FAQ page.

Training for Remote Instruction

The University offers live virtual and self-directed training sessions for both new and returning remote instructors. You can register for training online and access quick-help resources via the Training section on this website.

If you would like guidance on which workshops to attend, please follow our recommended paths. 

Supporting Students in their Learning Environments

As you interact with students, you may also become aware of difficulties they have in accessing resources. UChicago has a number of programs, longstanding and new, that you can suggest to them.

Health and wellness

  • Student Health Services has moved primarily to telehealth options – appointments can be scheduled by calling 773.702.4156.
  • Student Disability Services can assist students remotely with accommodations via disabilities@uchicago.edu or 773.702.6000.
  • 24/7 mental health support is available for UChicago students (regardless of location) by calling 773.702.3625.
  • A full list of Health and Wellness resources is available on the Student Health and Counseling Services website.

Food security and other financial concerns

Need for improved access to devices and connectivity

Emergencies

As always, students in need of emergency assistance or information should contact the Dean-on-Call at 773.834.HELP (4357). Follow the voice prompts carefully.

Students needing immediate treatment of medical conditions should contact 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Need IT support for your remote class? Please contact us.

Our companion site, Learning Remotely, provides complementary support for student learning.