Teaching Remotely

As we prepare for the new academic year, Teaching Remotely has undergone changes to become a resource hub for instructors teaching remote or hybrid courses in Autumn Quarter 2020. 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, updated policies for the 2020-21 academic year, instructor resources, and an updated FAQ.

We recommend instructors begin by reviewing the Instructor Guide for Remote and Hybrid Instruction (Version 1.04, updated September 11, 2020) which contains information on COVID-19 related policies, guidelines for teaching in person and remotely, as well as resources for remote teaching and other instructor needs.

For the most complete information and updates about campus operations and activities, as well as detailed Autumn Quarter FAQs and Health FAQs, please visit UChicago Forward.

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 for instruction in the fall, best practices, and a variety of instructor resources.

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

Academic Policies 2020-21

For the 2020-2021 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.