Resources for faculty who have transitioned to online teaching due to the current campus closure.

Policies and Guidelines

Training Materials and Support

Continuously Available Online Resources

These items are available online at all times. Instructors are encouraged to use these resources first.

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.

Software Information

Stevens AppSpace

Software used for courses is available for student usage in Stevens AppSpace, powered by Apporto. This cloud virtual learning environment thru a web browser on any device and is accessible on and off campus. Faculty can configure their Canvas courses to connect directly to Stevens AppSpace as well.


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

Closed Captioning

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. 

Further Reading 

Answering Questions from Students