Resources for faculty who have transitioned to online teaching due to the current campus closure.
Policies and Guidelines
- New Grading Policy and Guidelines for Teaching Continuity for Spring 2020 from the Office of the Provost
Training Materials and Support
Continuously Available Online Resources
These items are available online at all times. Instructors are encouraged to use these resources first.
- Learning Continuity Knowledge Base article: Outlines steps for bringing courses online.
- Online Faculty Professional Learning Canvas Course: WebCampus course covering strategies for effective online instruction.
Scheduled Online Resources
These items are available on specific days and times.
- Live online workshops: Held Monday-Saturday on the most widely requested topics. Register here.
- Drop-in Zoom Room: Instructional designers are available to connect with faculty Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ET in the Learning Continuity Zoom Room.
- One-on-one consultation: Faculty who are in need of individual consultations with an instructional designer can request a one-on-one appointment.
Stevens VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)
Select software and systems rely on our Virtual Learning Environment. The VLE is accessible both on campus and off using Citrix software. The VLE can be accessed through a wireless or wired Internet connection.
- Software available through the VLE
- Instructions on how to log into the VLE
- Information on using the VLE on a Mac
Faculty are responsible for ensuring that their course and materials are accessible to all students. The Online Faculty Professional Learning Canvas course has an entire section on Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning. Faculty who have questions or concerns regarding a student receiving accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services at [email protected].
Administering Quizzes and Exams Online
LockDown Browser: LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas for the purpose of administering quizzes and exams online. LockDown Browser prevents users from printing, copying, going to another URL or accessing other applications during an assessment. To learn more about how to use LockDown Browser, click here. There is also a LockDown Browser Student Guide.
Answering Student Questions During Exams: Instructors who want to be able to answer student questions during online exams can use Zoom rooms for this purpose. Note that this will not work if you are administering an exam with LockDown Browser (above). Instructors must decide if they want to prioritize being able to answer student questions during an exam or locking down the testing environment.
Securing Zoom Rooms During Online Exams: When using Zoom during an online exam, instructors should take necessary precautions to ensure that the Zoom room is secured from unwanted participants and that students cannot communicate with one another during the exam. Note that there are additional measures that need to be taken for large classes that have more than 100 participants in a single Zoom room.
- To learn more about how to secure Zoom rooms during online exams, click here.
- To learn how to manage a Zoom room during online exams with more than 100 participants, click here.
It is a best practice to provide closed captioning for all lectures, both live and recorded. This service is required for students who have hearing impairments. PowerPoint and Zoom both offer transcription services. Learn more about how to use PowerPoint Live Captioning and Zoom Transcription.
Offering Extended Time on Exams
When administering exams through Canvas, faculty can extend the test time for one or more students without having to extend the test time for the entire class. Please click here for instructions on how to provide extended time accommodations for exams through Canvas.
Addressing Screen Time Issues
There are certain health conditions that can be aggravated by increased screen time, such as migraines. The Office of Disability Services is available to consult with faculty and students to reevaluate accommodation options, as needed.
- Guide to best practices and tools for using PowerPoint Live Captioning and Zoom Transcription to aid students with hearing disabilities and English learners.
Taking an Exam with Respondus LockDown Browser (all students)
Answering Questions from Students
- Undergraduate Academics Remote Access: Refer undergraduate students here for information on registration, advising and remote access to Office of Undergraduate Academics staff.
Graduate Academics Remote Access: Refer graduate students here for information and remote access to Office of Graduate Education staff and services.