Information on effectively supporting the varying needs of students in a remote teaching environment
News & Updates
A review of what we learned from UCI's first full week of remote teaching, including:
- Intellectual Property and Privacy Concerns
- Virus Surge Planning
- Assessment Planning
- Technology Issues
The EEE Team's quarterly newsletter for Spring 2020 covers:
- Remote Teaching Resources
- Remote Learning Resources for Your Students
- Faculty and TA Support for Canvas Now 24/7
- “Getting Started with Canvas” Webinars
- Legacy EEE Retirement Reminder
~ A Message of Thanks from the Vice Provost
~ Classroom Usage for Remote Teaching Survey
In recognition that the experience during the first week may result in faculty and TAs changing their minds about the location required for delivering their course, we are sending this classroom survey to all Spring 2020 instructors of record to ensure we have the most up to date information. Please make sure to answer for all sections in your course, including one run by your Teaching Assistants.
» Survey Link: https://forms.gle/P99wi4yv1MMyrEL8A
~ Quick Tips for Week 1
In the transition to remote teaching, we encourage all faculty to view week 1 as a soft start that allows for adjustment to technology and modes of delivery.
» Read more: Some Tips for Week 1
~ Webinars for Week 1
DTEI will be hosting "Set up a remote course with Canvas, Zoom, and Yuja" webinars:
- Monday 3/30 at 10:00am
- Tuesday 3/31 at 10:00am
OIT will be hosting "Getting Started with Canvas" webinars:
- Tuesday 3/31 from 3:30-4:30pm
- Thursday 4/2 from 10:00-11:00am
» Get Webinar Zoom links, no RSVP needed: Webinars Page
~ Webinar Recordings
All the DTEI and OIT webinars from March 23-26 were recorded and are available for viewing.
» Access recordings: Webinars Page
Dear Colleagues -
Please be aware of the following with regards to classroom usage for remote teaching during Spring quarter.
1) All classrooms will be available during week 1 of the quarter. It is imperative if you plan to use a general assignment classroom during the quarter, that during week one you log into the classroom computer, even if you do not use it, so we have a record that the room was used. This will be used for planning purposes. (If you are unsure if your classroom is a general assignment one, the list can be found here: https://www.reg.uci.edu/addl/classroompriority.html.
2) We will be consolidating general assignment classroom usage starting week 2. This will NOT impact any local arrangements with School and Department controlled spaces. For any local spaces, continue working with the relevant staff.
3) As we consolidate, the classroom buildings will be locked for security. We will be reaching out to provide keys/card keys to the faculty that need those rooms.
4) To help with the planning, we will be reaching out next week for additional information to ensure we meet your needs for teaching.
Thank you for your patience during this transition period.
Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning
Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education
We have been made aware of incidents at other Universities where bad actors have been exploiting misconfigured Zoom to interrupt live instruction.
In cooperation with OIT, several settings to improve Zoom have been set as default for the campus. These include only allowing a session instructor to screen share or annotate a session, as well as muting of new participants upon entry.
In addition, we strongly advise all faculty to review and set other settings to improve Zoom security using the instructions below. These should be set prior to the start of a course, and you will only need to adjust these settings one time. Settings include creating a waiting room for unauthenticated users, using a password for your session, and more.
If a student disrupts one of your class sessions, please know that UCI’s Office of Academic Integrity and Student Affairs is available to answer your student conduct questions.
Visit the step by step Zoom configuration page for full instructions.
For any assistance with these settings, please contact the OIT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education
Given the current extraordinary conditions, we have decided in consultation with the Academic Senate to offer summer session courses through remote instruction to the maximum extent possible. A message will be sent to students today in order to facilitate their planning for housing and travel.
We recognize that planning for summer session remote instruction will require additional local preparation and potentially changes to the current planned summer course offerings.
Ideally, all currently planned summer courses will continue to be offered. Changes to the planned offerings can be reviewed in the coming weeks. In an effort to avoid conflict with the transition to remote instruction during Week 1 of spring quarter, any discussion of summer session schedule changes will begin in Week 2. Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Michael Dennin will follow up with more information.
We recognize the critical role that summer session courses play in the timely graduation of many of our students and we appreciate your flexibility and patience.
Hal S. Stern, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Chancellor's Professor, Department of Statistics
The University has made available a number of laptops to loan to students with technology needs that they are unable to meet with their personal equipment when remote from the campus.
For more information, please see the Student Laptop Loan Program page on UCI Learn Anywhere →
If you are using YuJa (particularly useful because of its stability) and/orZoom (particularly useful for office hours and real-time engagement), have at least one short test run for you and your students as a mini-test. Please remember that if you ask TAs to help you with these tasks, those hours count as part of their contracted hours for the quarter.
Remember: one of our core goals is having students develop the capacity of “learning to learn,” and you will likely discover many opportunities to have them reflect on their own processes of learning as they adapt to this new instructional mode.
For many of these items, we have developed resources with more details. In particular, if you are looking for the minimal guide to start remote teaching, please go here, and you can also watch this 15 minutes “getting started” video. I do not want to minimize the challenges many of you face translating a face-to-face experience with a rich history of success to the remote world. I am confident that together, UCI can be a model to other universities in this effort.
Instructors & TAs: Need help with Canvas?
24/7 Canvas support is now available to instructors and TAs. All Canvas-related questions should be directed to:
» (855)213-7130 | email@example.com | Live Text Chat
Students & Staff
Continue to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Canvas support.