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Strategies for individual course design & development for remote instruction

As you plan your approach to teaching remotely, we recommend basing your course design on the research-based rubric developed by Prof. Di Xu here at UCI. Many of the underlying principles of in-person and remote teaching align.

Using a proposed 4-step approach outlined on the OVPTL Planning for Remote Instruction website, instructors can retain existing elements of an in-person course that align with elements of the rubric, creating new features only as necessary to ensure quality remote teaching.

UCI Canvas core elements

  • Create and find your Canvas course space
  • Upload your files
    • These could be readings, study guides, lecture slides, or essay prompts — anything you’d normally hand out in class.
  • Create assignments to be turned in through Canvas
    • Give the assignment a name, a description in the big text box, a Points value, and a due date way down at the bottom.
    • Make the assignment type Online so students can submit to Canvas.
    • If for any reason you don't want students to be able to submit through Canvas - for example, if it's a participation score, or something that was turned in outside Canvas and you just need a gradebook column, set the assignment type to No Submission.
  • Create discussion boards
    • These can be used for student/student and student/instructor interactions.
    • Can be graded or for participation.
  • Create quizzes
    • Multiple possible question types are available. Keep in mind that question types like multiple choice, true/false, multiple select, and fill-in-the-blanks will grade automatically but short essay responses will not.
    • The quiz's point total is derived from the total of the points assigned to each question on the quiz.

Canvas Sandboxes, a safe place to create and explore

EEE+ GrandCentral allows for instructors to create a Canvas Sandbox. These Sandboxes do not have any students associated to them. They can be used to play with Canvas features, experiment with ideas, prepare for a future course, and more.

Sandboxes can also be easily exported and then imported into a Canvas Course Space.

Yuja core elements

  • Guide to getting started
  • Create videos to be watched at anytime
    • Allows for automatic captioning
  • Most stable choice at the moment due to its local and asynchronous nature
  • Integrated with Canvas
  • Prevents unauthorized copying and protects faculty IP

Zoom core elements

  • Guide to getting started
  • Create real-time interactions
    • Good for real-time interactions with students, especially office hours
  • Integrate videos and recurring links into Canvas
    • Recorded videos can be integrated into Canvas
  • Record sessions for later viewing
    • Critical for students that have technical or time zone issues during live sessions

Resources for students

OVPTL and OIT have created a companion site, Learn Anywhere, to provide useful information to students around the technology required remote learning.

Self-Paced Training: A 4-Step Approach to Remote Teaching

Created by the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation, the goal of this training is to help prepare instructors for remote teaching (~90 minutes)

Reusing & Sharing Course Content

Learn about reusing course content with Canvas

Recommended Syllabus Content

Review and use sample syllabus content covering several use cases.

Lessons Learned in Spring 2020

Read about lessons learned during Spring Quarter 2020


Lecture capture and media storage tool, integrated with UCI Canvas


Remote lecturing and video conferencing tool, integrated with UCI Canvas