Resources for Online Course Delivery

In response to the changing COVID-19 situation, the university is preparing technology resources so faculty members and instructors have the ability to transition their courses online. The Cockrell School has compiled the following resources and tools to help course instructors prepare for this transition.

This page was last updated on Tuesday, April 1, at 10 PM.

Note: Pausing Laboratory Activities
For the safety of UT and our extended communities, all Cockrell School researchers must pause all laboratory research until further notice. Learn more

Faculty Ideas for Online Teaching
This page in Canvas is a real-time message board for all engineering faculty to ask questions about online teaching methods and provide useful tools, documents, resources and websites in an effort to share best practices with our entire community.

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Communicating With Students
Using Zoom for Lectures, Office Hours and Meetings
Using Panopto for Lectures
Using Canvas for Assignments, Materials, Testing and Communication
Technology Support
Video and Audio Best Practices (new webpage)
For Students: Online Class Pre-Check (new webpage)

Initial Steps

  • Evaluate and revise the current syllabus:
    • Update any instructions around participation, assignments/deadlines, and other topics.  
    • Consider postponing high-stakes assessments.
    • Consider written take-home-style exams if assessments must go forward.
    • Find alternatives for activities, materials, or assignments that cannot be moved online.
    • Identify options for finishing the semester online.
  • Upload revised syllabus to Canvas and send an announcement to your class.
  • Identify the appropriate tools for converting your current mode of instruction online.
    • Note: You may need to download a VPN Client for remote desktop use. Learn more at wikis.utexas.edu/display/engritgpublic/Using+Remote+Desktop. If you need assistance, fill out an Engineering IT Service Request Form or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Submit a Course Plan for Instructional Continuity for each class you teach. The university must have this document for accreditation and other compliance purposes.

Communicating With Students

All faculty (who are teaching this term) should communicate with their students NO LATER THAN Friday, March 27 at 12 noon, with information about how class will proceed beginning Monday, March 30. Inform your students about the Online Class Pre-Check for Students class.

Use Canvas to keep students informed:

  • Canvas Inbox
    • Send emails to students individually, as groups or sections or the entire class. Remind your students to check their Canvas Inbox regularly or recommend they have Canvas messages forwarded to their UT or personal email inbox.
  • Canvas Announcements
    • Post written and/or recorded messages and announcements regarding the course. By default, students cannot reply to your messages, but this setting can be updated on the Course Details page.
  • Canvas Chat
    • Chat can be used for real-time discussions within the Canvas site.

Using Zoom for Lectures, Office Hours and Meetings

Note: Zoom is now integrated with Canvas, which should make your and your students’ lives much easier as all coursework, communication and online lecture delivery platforms will be located in one place (Canvas). Simply log into Canvas and access Zoom in the left-hand navigation.

Zoom combines video conferencing, group messaging and document sharing in one platform that can host up to 300 students. Note: You will need a headset, microphone, speakers for audio and a webcam for video.

Step 1: Get Started and Sign Into UT Zoom

  • Install and Configure Zoom
  • Zoom Tutorial
  • Zoom Basics
  • Signing Into UT Zoom
    • Start at utexas.zoom.us
    • Click SIGN IN and log in with your EID
    • Verify you are logged in via the icon in the top right corner of the browser
    • Click on it and you should see your EID email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
    • If you see your EID email, you are signed into to UT Zoom

Step 2: Set Up and Record Your Lecture

Important NoteInstructors should record all lectures (just press the record button in Zoom before starting a lecture) and then make their recordings available to the class immediately after live delivery. Due to students living in different time zones and potential internet bandwidth limitations, it is critical that every instructor allows his/her students to participate both synchronously and asynchronously in all lectures.  

Step 3: Host Meetings

Zoom Training Sessions

The university will host several training sessions for instructors to familiarize themselves with delivering lectures using Zoom. Visit the Zoom Office Hours and Workshops page for frequent updates.

Register for an upcoming training session

View Video and Audio Best Practices

Using Panopto for Lectures

Panopto is a lecture capture software that allows instructors to record video, audio and screen activity. It is the asynchronous tool for recorded lectures and material and is integrated into Canvas and with Zoom.

Using Canvas for Assignments, Materials, Testing and Communication

Assignments

Use Canvas to make and collect assignments:

  • Canvas Assignments
    • Students can submit assignments online and instructors can record student scores, track progress, provide feedback and calculate final grades online.
  • Participation and Discussion

Course Materials

Use Canvas to share documents with students:

  • Canvas Syllabus
    • Post your updated syllabus with details of how the course will change — assignments, due dates, schedulets, etc.
  • Canvas Files
    • Share lecture PowerPoint presentations and supporting documents.

Testing

Use Proctorio to administer exams:

  • Proctorio in Canvas
    • Proctorio is an automated proctoring software that works within your web browser to monitor activity during exam/quizzes. It is integrated directly into Canvas' quizzes and offers a flexible service of ID Verification, computer lock down, secure browser settings, admin and faculty controls, content protection, recording of video, audio and screen activity, and analytics.
  • Proctorio Demo Video

Use Canvas to conduct and moderate online assessments:

  • Canvas Quizzes
    • Instructors can create quizzes with the following types of questions: multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, fill-in-multiple-blanks, matching, multiple answers, essay, file upload, numerical answer, multiple dropdown and simple formula.

Training Session: Canvas Quizzes + Proctorio Remote Proctoring

This webinar will introduce online exam security with Proctorio. We will cover basic quiz creation in Canvas and then dive deep into how to enable Proctorio in a Canvas course, how to add Proctorio to a quiz and give an overview of common settings for remote proctoring.

Register for an upcoming training session

Communication

Use Canvas to keep students informed:

Use Canvas to communicate with other faculty members:

  • Faculty Ideas for Online Teaching
    • This real-time message board is for all engineering faculty to ask questions about online teaching methods and provide useful tools, documents, resources and websites in an effort to share best practices with our entire community.

Canvas Training and Assistance

UT's Faculty Innovation Center is hosting Canvas Office Hours and Workshops for course instructors to ask specific questions and get help with Canvas. 

Technology Support

For questions and additional technical support in delivering lectures online, contact the Cockrell School's Faculty Technology Studio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For additional training, tools and guidance, visit facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/instructional-continuity.