Remote Teaching Resources

Remote Teaching Resources

Need help preparing to teach remotely?

The University has determined that all Penn State in-person classes take place remotely beginning March 16. In order to teach remotely, we recommend that you integrate Zoom and Kaltura with Canvas for ease of use.

The Dutton Institute learning design team is holding open office hours via Zoom for any EMS faculty member desiring assistance. To request a time, contact Stevie Rocco at stevier@psu.edu or at 814.863.1560.

To get started, please review the following resources:

Looking for "quick start" directions? Below are directions for various tasks related to moving your in-person instruction to a remote environment.

  1. Log in to Canvas
  2. Select the course you are teaching
  3. Click on "Settings" from the left-hand bar
  4. Click on the "Navigation" tab at the top
  5. Scroll to the bottom and click on the menu (three dots) next to Zoom
  6. Select "+Enable"
  7. Hit the Save button at the bottom
  8. Zoom should now appear in the list on the left-hand side of the page
  9. Click on Zoom to start or schedule meetings
Additional Assistance
  1. Log in to Canvas
  2. Select the course you are teaching
  3. Click on "Settings" from the left-hand bar
  4. Click on the "Navigation" tab at the top
  5. Scroll to the bottom and click on the menu (three dots) next to Media Gallery
  6. Select "+Enable"
  7. Hit the Save button at the bottom
  8. Media Gallery should now appear in the list on the left-hand side of the page
  9. Repeat this process for My Media:
  10. Scroll to the bottom and click on the menu (three dots) next to My Media
  11. Select "+Enable"
  12. Hit the Save button at the bottom
  13. My Media should now appear in the list on the left-hand side of the page
  14. Click on Media Gallery (and use the + Add Media button) to share your recordings with your class
Additional Assistance
If you want to add breakout room capabilities to your Zoom meeting, follow these steps:
  1. Go to https://psu.zoom.us/
  2. Click the Sign In button.
  3. Log in via WebAccess if needed
  4. Click the Settings menu choice.
  5. Scroll down to Breakout Room. Ensure the slider next to it is active (blue). See Getting Started With Breakout Rooms for more information.
  6. Scroll to Nonverbal feedback. Ensure the slider next to it is active (blue).
You will also see that there are many other features you can add to your meeting room through that same Settings menu, such as polling, whiteboard, and non-verbal feedback!
The Dutton Institute has put together a couple of quick-start guides for Zoom settings and for creating a room that requires PSU Authentication for students to enter. You can see them at the following locations:

Zoom Settings for Remote Classroom Use

Creating a Zoom Meeting with PSU Authentication

And here is additional information for the prevention of Zoom bombing
The University has added an FAQ specifically related to "synchronous" remote teaching that might help answer questions! If not, please do not hesitate to reach out...
The wonderful folks at Teaching and Learning with Technology have put together a helpful resource for managing disruptions in remote classrooms to help instructors make the best decisions for their course in keeping with University policy and protocols: Recommendations for Faculty to Prevent Disruptions in Online Classrooms.
Here are two useful resources for copyright information:

The university's webpage for Copyright and rapidly shifting your course from in-person to remote teaching

A Penn State Libraries presentation entitled Remote Teaching & Copyright for PSU Course Liaisons
To share a YouTube video so that it starts from a certain point, follow these steps:
  • Pause the video at the point from which you want the user to begin watching
  • Right-click on the video screen
  • From the menu that appears, choose Copy video URL at the current time

The copied link will open the video starting from the time you specified.

Strategies for Creating Engaging Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Environments includes numerous teaching strategies you can use to help students better connect with you, their fellow learners, and the course content…whether the course takes place synchronously or asynchronously…or a combination of both!

These settings will not affect your personal meeting room, nor will they affect previously scheduled meetings. Information and instructions (with walkthroughs) regarding these new settings can be viewed at the Office of Information Security Zoom site.

Note these best practices:

  • The Outlook plugin for Zoom meetings is nice in that it will generate a new meeting ID for each meeting you schedule. You can download the plugin and see all documentation from the Zoom support site. Please note: If you need to change a previously scheduled meeting time, you will need to change it in BOTH Outlook and in Zoom’s meeting settings.
  • Please do not list your Zoom meeting link on public websites or where others can “scrape” the meeting link/password.
  • There is a setting to remove the password from a meeting link when sending a meeting link out broadly.