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Instructors can develop plans and materials for remote teaching with tools and strategies provided on this site. Alternatively, if you need support you can drop in on a daily session, request a consultation, join one of our additional webinars.

Days Times Drop-in Daily Sessions Live Webinar View Recording
M-F 11-11:50 am Keep Teaching Strategies, with TLTC Join Us Coming Soon
M-F 12-12:50 pm Instruction Technology Clinic, with DIT Join Us n/a
M-F 12-12:50 pm Graduate Student TA Q&A Join Us n/a

Questions or need an individual consult? Contact See a list of additional webinars here.

Tips for Developing and Implementing Remote Instruction

The checklist below (print a pdf) will help you prepare and teach your course remotely while ensuring continuity of instruction. These alternatives may also be helpful when supporting individual students with prolonged absences due to illness. When considering the choices below, be sure to plan for how you will provide academic accommodations for students with disabilities.

Preparation Checklist

First Steps
Issue to Address Possible Solutions
Determine your primary mode of communicating with your students.
Online learning can feel isolating. Make communication easy by selecting one primary method, then use it early and use it often.
UMD Gmail
Make your syllabus available digitally.
Shifting to a new mode of delivery can be disorienting. Ensure your syllabus provides clear deadlines and conveys high expectations for academic integrity.
UMD Gmail
Google Drive
Does the pedagogy of your discipline rely heavily on physical action or interaction?
Such as labs, studio, etc.?
Explore resources from your professional societies to gain additional ideas.
Teaching Your Class
Issue to Address Possible Solutions
Decide how you will distribute documents and readings.
Learning resources need to be presented to students in a logical order and ‘chunked’ to make them understandable. ELMS modules or pages is a great way to do this.
ELMS-Files or Pages
Library Service
Designate a centralized place to collect student submissions.
If possible, avoid tracking submissions by email. ELMS allows you to gather, comment on, and grade assignments all in the same digital space.
Google Docs
UMD Gmail
Brainstorm ways you can continue class discussions.
Feeling disconnected can have an impact on student motivation. Support student-to-student interactions through discussion boards, interactive sites, social media, etc. It is not sufficient just to load content into ELMS.
Discussions or Groups
Consider recording your lectures for students to watch remotely.
When providing direct instruction remotely - leverage existing videos, and graphics then consider creating your own. Record mini-lectures; one 6-minute concept at a time. Provide opportunities for reflection and practice.
Select a platform for hosting live sessions, if necessary.
Relying on a live connection can add stress for you and for students. Have a back-up plan (phone only?) in case you encounter connectivity challenges.
Feedback and Support
Issue to Address Possible Solutions
Select a mode for hosting office hours.
Choose a tool you are comfortable with and, if possible, increase the number of times when you can be available by phone or internet. Knowing you are available will ease help students feel more supported.
Google Meet
Think about how your methods for evaluating student learning could be moved to a digital space.
Self- assessment activities, like integrated textbooks, ELMS quizzes and vetted simulations can help you gauge student progress. Project presentations, final exams and paper submissions can be done online as well. Also consider assessing which assignments are essential.
ELMS-Assignments, Quizzes, Groups, Discussion Boards, etc.
Decide how you would provide students with grades and feedback online.
Formative feedback is crucial to learning. Use rubrics, gradebook messaging, and provide comments on assignments. Help students self-monitor their progress by using ELMS gradebook and by keeping grades available.
ELMS Gradebook
UMD Gmail

Provide Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

  • Ensure your ELMS site is accessible. This is essential for students using any type of assistive technology, but it is beneficial to all students.
  • Use the Course Accessibility Checklist and explore the Six Essential Steps to ensure the accessibility of your web content.
  • Extended time for exams and quizzes is the most common academic accommodation. Use the ELMS Quiz Extensions Tool to provide extra time for specific students.
  • Ensure that all videos and multimedia you use are captioned or have a text-only transcript. DIT offers a Panopto Professional Caption Service or you can caption it yourself.
  • If you have a student who requires captioning as an accommodation please contact ADS Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services office for assistance at
  • If you have students who require online content (e.g., ELMS page, documents, articles, textbooks) in an alternative format (e.g., audio files, large print versions, braille printouts, etc.) contact ADS Alternative Text Unit at