The University of Chicago Professional Education

Instructor Support for Remote Teaching

UCPE offers a central resource to help faculty and instructors experiment with teaching in new modalities and tools in the digital space.

Workshops and Training Sessions

The UCPE Teaching and Learning Team offer training sessions every Monday – Thursday to support faculty and instructors from the UChicago community. If you have questions, please contact
Workshops and Trainings Date and Time Description To Join:
Drop-In Sessions for Canvas TBD The focus of these sessions will be on Canvas site development to ensure that all Canvas sites are ready for Spring Quarter 2021. All instructors and TAs/IAs are welcomed. TBD

Checklist for Remote Teaching

Preparation before the Course Begins
Synchronous Sessions
  • 2 Weeks prior to the start of the course:
    • Ensure that your Zoom account is configured correctly.
    • Set up a recurring meeting for the class.
    • Import the meeting into the Zoom integration in Canvas.
    • Schedule topics for discussion and activities for each synchronous session with your students.
Asynchronous Content
  • 2 Weeks prior to the start of the course:
    • Copy course material in Canvas (if pre-existing material is being reused).
    • Update syllabus, assignment due dates, group project assignments, etc.
    • Organize and segment course content into modules.
    • Review assigned readings.
  • Review recorded lectures.
  • Review discussion boards.
  • Upload quizzes.
1 Week Prior to the Start of the Course:
  • Send a welcome email to students to introduce yourself and invite them to browse the Canvas site.
During the Course
Synchronous Engagement
  • Is there live interaction with the instructor outside of class?
    • Hold an office hour by Zoom or phone
  • Are synchronous class sessions planned and delivered well?
    • Activate your video and request students do as well.
    • Plan an agenda that includes multiple modes of instruction (e.g., lecture, demonstrations, activities, and discussions).
    • Plan opportunities for students to interact with each other by utilizing discussion forums or breakout rooms.
    • Align the live session with other course content, like recorded lectures, assignments, etc. We recommend not duplicating content, but synthesizing knowledge exploring in the course content.
    • Record the live session and share with students in a timely manner (if configured correctly, it should appear in Canvas automatically).
Asynchronous Engagement
  • Ensure a steady cadence of communication with students.
    • Send a welcome email to students.
    • Initiate and participate in a welcome and introduction discussion thread.
    • Respond in a timely manner (ideally within 24 hours) to emails from students.
    • Instructor and TA participate in asynchronous discussion (e.g., drop in at least a couple times to encourage or guide student discussion).
  • Formulate and articulate clear expectations for students.
    • Disseminate expectations about group projects and respectful interactions in discussion boards.
  • Provide formative and summative feedback on students’ work.
    • Provide timely and personalized feedback on assignments (within 1 week for major graded assignments).
    • Set up feedback mechanisms during course such as a mid-course evaluation.
    • Grade assignments and quizzes in a timely manner.


After your Course
Submitting Grades
  • Use the gradebook in Canvas; fill in each column for every student.
  • Final grades are due two weeks after the course ends (verify this due date with your program staff).
  • Export grades from Canvas to an excel document and affix letter grades for each student and send to program staff.
Evaluation and Revision
  • Review student feedback with Teaching and Learning staff member.
  • Identify and plan revisions based on lessons learned.

Zoom Support

Additional Support
Zoom provides the University of Chicago community with 24/7 support. Call 888.799.9666, ext 2
Zoom Backgrounds
Access this link to find an image to download and save to your computer. View instructions on how to add these images as your Zoom background.