Remote/Hybrid Teaching @ TU
Most faculty will likely participate in some amount of remote or hybrid instruction during this academic year. We are focused on supporting the tools and providing the functionality required for faculty to provide a TU education.
Technical staff will continue to be accessible and highly committed to success in the classroom or remotely.
Hurricane Hub Website
For current employee news, resources and tools
Faculty Resource Center
Support with Harvey our Blackboard Learning Management System and other related technologies
Offering a fully in-person course through a digital environment while maintaining the approach to teaching and design initially established for the course. Remote teaching is about making the smallest amount of change to both course materials and the student experience to make it quickly viable in a digital environment.
Example: moving an in-person class to zoom using the same or a similar schedule and format, such as lecture.
Courses developed intentionally for digital learning environments. Online courses are offered primarily through asynchronous approaches, with occasional–often optional–synchronous (live) sessions available. Online teaching happens in courses that have been designed through online learning theories, pedagogies, and practices unique to online environments.
Example: a course designed, developed, and delivered exclusively through Blackboard, with all course materials developed in advance.
If you aren’t sure where to start, stick with what is comfortable, and what will be least disruptive to you and your students. The guides below, particularly those on Blackboard, Panopto and Zoom, will help you get things going.
The computer you’ll be using for online instruction should have a camera, microphone, and speakers or headphones.
In Class Teaching with Remote Technology
In class instruction may be synchronous with some participants on campus, and others joining remotely. Other courses may be asynchronous, utilizing the same applications and tools.
You’ll need a reliable internet connection. Video conferencing requires more download bandwidth (to watch video) and upload bandwidth (to use your camera) than just regular surfing the web.
We recommend a download bandwidth of at least 1.5 Mbps (megabits per second) and an upload bandwidth of around 600 kbps. Anything below those numbers may result in video lagging.
- Search for internet speed test
- Click Run Test
- If you are in the ‘low’ zone, try to tether your computer to your smartphone and/or check with your provider for additional options
Is your computer running a current operating system? Updated with the latest security patches?
Protect your computer by keeping your operating system and applications up to date.
TU has enabled multi-factor authentication for most university resources. This means you will have to authenticate via a secondary means, typically a mobile app, or code. This measure provides additional security for access to university and personal data and accounts. MFA will be required when using VPN to access university resources, such as colleague.
VPN (Virtual Private Netowrk)
You will need to run the TU VPN (virtual private network) to access some university resources.
If you are working in a new environment, take a minute to consider ways to protect your computer physically from theft or accidental damage. Additionally, your computer should be locked when not in use.
If you work with sensitive information, remember to store all digital and physical documents securely. Use strong, unique passwords. Be sure to back up your files or store them in OneDrive or Teams.
Be hyper aware of email scams designed to obtain your account information, especially during the pandemic. If you are unsure of the validity of a message, contact IT Security before you respond.
Many tools and resources that you use to manage daily tasks are accessible remotely as long as you have a sufficient and stable internet connection.
Ensure that important documents are stored in the cloud so they can be accessed whether you are on or off campus. This will also enable you to collaborate on documents and projects with colleagues who are also remote.
TU utilizes OneDrive for cloud document storage.
Participation in classes and meetings can be accomplished remotely using several tools. The primary tools used are Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Both Microsoft Teams and Zoom allow you to set a custom background. Show your TU spirit while learning remotely with these background images.
As appropriate, make sure you can access the tools you will utilize this semester in alternative environments.
- Harvey (BlackBoard course management system)
- Microsoft Teams (collaboration and online meeting tool)
- Zoom (collaboration and online meeting tool)
TU has licensed a variety of software packages for employees, including: Microsoft Office 365, Mathematica, Matlab, SPSS, and more.
Check your TU email daily for important announcements.
You can also view updates, news, events and more at the Hurricane Hub.
The Faculty Resource Center publishes information updates in the Harvey Announcement section.
Classroom Technology Support
If you need help with any of the classroom technology, please dial 631-HELP (4357).
Remote Teaching Resources
- VPN – Access university resources remotely
- Change/Reset utulsa Password
- Harvey (Blackboard)
- Remote Desktop – connect to your office computer remotely
- Office 365 – Access Outlook, OneDrive, and other MS Tools