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COVID-19 Remote Instruction

Resources for faculty and students as we navigate the changes caused by COVID-19.


Claudia Stanny authored specialized teaching tips for the initial onset of remote instruction and social distancing.

Teaching in the time of COVID-19 
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, campuses across the country are taking measures to limit person-to-person contact. This week, these measures expanded to include moving instruction to an online or remote delivery format.

Moving online quickly 
In the best of all possible worlds, faculty have time to reflect on their learning goals and the best strategies to help students achieve these goals when they set out to design a course or move a course online. The COVID-19 environment is not the best of all possible worlds.

For more tips like these, visit our teaching tips page!

Faculty are encouraged to include a statement of the impact of COVID-19 in annual evaluations, tenure dossiers, and other formal review portfolios. An impact statement should document and explain how a faculty member’s academic work was changed by COVID-19. Impact statements provide context for future reviewers of faculty work.

Document the Impact of COVID-19 (UWF 2021) suggests topics and issues faculty might discuss in their impact statement, with suggestions related to teaching, scholarship, and service. The document includes links to several useful institutional websites that discuss the content and purpose of a COVID-19 impact statement.

Below is an extensive list of helpful resources for teaching remotely.

Faculty Support for Remote Instruction
Global Online Instructional Designers will begin supporting faculty remotely on Monday, March 23. Instructional Designers will provide support via WebEx Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. They are happy to schedule appointments at the Global Online downtown office for any faculty who need to utilize our media lab to record videos for their courses.  The address is 630 E. Government St.  Appointments can be scheduled with an instructional designer by logging into the WebEx session listed above. Please also utilize their repository of "how to" videos on their website. We continue to update this page with additional videos and resources to support remote instruction.

UWF Global Online Technology Quick Start Guide
As you develop your plan for teaching remotely, find out what the expectations are for you and your course. Visit for the latest information during campus-wide events. Check with colleagues and your department chair as well; they may provide more details, guidelines, and expectations for class continuity.

UWF Global Online Keep Teaching
A curated list of resources to assist you with specific aspects of delivering instruction

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)
(La Societe pur l'avancement de la pedagogie dans l'enseignement superieur (SAPES))
Canadian site for Keep Teaching response to COVID-19.

American Psychological Association
Conference cancelled? Unable to travel to present your scholarship? Advice from APA on how to document this scholarship.

ACUE Coronavirus Message
Includes short videos that show faculty how to create online teaching materials.

Keep Teaching: Resources for Higher Education
Katie Linder and her colleagues at the Kansas State University Global Campus created a virtual community for higher education professionals who need support for teaching remotely. On this site, faculty will find groups associated with specific content areas (Arts, Lab courses, Health, Humanities, etc.) as well as groups associated with specific Learning Management Systems (e.g., a group for Canvas users).

Clemson Academic Continuity
Canvas modules open to the public. Includes links to multiple resources, including links to data sets for STEM disciplines, links to open source activities for disciplines with specific needs (arts, clinical labs, etc.)

Trinity University: Keep Teaching
Useful materials specific to Arts and Humanities disciplines (Art & Studio Art, Music and Applied Music, Performance Arts) as well as Labs, Service Learning/Community Projects, Foreign Languages, Student Presentations. 

Beyond the Discussion Forum: Engaging Online Learners Christine Harrington
YouTube video posted by Scholarly Teaching (35 minutes). Resourceful discussion of strategies for building community and creating presence in an onine class.

Public Statement of Response to Higher Education's Temporary Shift to Remote Instruction
This document is intended to support course instructors, educational developers and technologists, and other higher education colleagues with shared messaging for the public-facing conversations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are in unprecedented times, we are prepared for the work ahead. As a community of professionals, we draw on a wealth of research to support our practice (and our praxis) and are equipped to continue meeting the academic needs of our students and facilitating their progress as engaged learners.

What the Research Tells Us about Higher Education’s Temporary Shift to Remote Teaching (Nancy Chick, Jennifer Friberg, & Lee Skallerup Bessette, 2020)
This document is intended to support course instructors, educational developers and technologists, and other higher education colleagues with shared messaging for the public-facing conversations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are in unprecedented times, we are prepared for the work ahead. As a community of professionals, we draw on a wealth of research to support our practice (and our praxis) and are equipped to continue meeting the academic needs of our students and facilitating their progress as engaged learners.

Library Essential Information: COVID Response
The UWF Library Essential Iformation page addresses many library questions such as faculty requests for textbook scanning, who to contact regarding access to semester carrels, Ask-a-Librarian chat/email/text service, and more. 

Tips for Supporting International Students
International students (on campus or at a distance) face unique challenges as we move to remote learning. These tips offer advice for supporting international students enrolled in classes.

Tip for Exams and Alternative Assessments
Rutgers University resource page. Advice for Proctored exams, alternative assessments, and special guidelines for courses that require assessment of quantitative skills.

Free Technology for Teachers - Tips and Tools for Teaching Remotely (PDF)

Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19 (PDF)

A Resource Guide for Transitioning Your Class Online (PDF)

Prepare Students for Online Learning - Online Course Design Best Practices (PDF)

QM Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist for Higher Ed (PDF)

Claudia Stanny has authored specialized teaching tips for this difficult time of remote instruction and social distancing.

Help students cope with stress by promoting resilience

Over the last 50 years, higher education has come to serve an increasingly diverse student population. In addition, students now report increased levels of stress and anxiety. Counseling Centers on campuses reported addressing student concerns about anxiety at a higher rate in 2016 (50.6% of responding institutions), an increase from 39.4% of responding institutions in 2007 (Reetz, 2017).

Concerns about academic integrity in the remote instruction environment

Social distancing and the shift to remote instruction have created a variety of challenges for higher education. The rapid shift to remote instruction required faculty and students to learn the fundamentals of multiple technologies.

For more tips like these, visit our teaching tips page!

Recommended statement to include in syllabus:

Regarding COVID-19 Fall 2020

Each of us shares responsibility for the health and safety of all in the classroom environment. Maintain social distances, wear a face cover, and quarantine when ill are university directives that we all must follow until further notice (for the latest guidance see Specifically, in this classroom we will mitigate the risks of virus transfer by abiding by the following safety directives:

  • maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times in most classroom environments and when feasible in special settings such as labs,
  • wear a face covering (disposable or cloth) for the entirety of class, and
  • stay home when sick.

In the classroom, any student who does not follow these provisions will be asked once to follow the safety directives. If the student does not comply, I will next ask the student to leave the class for that day. I will also refer the matter to the Dean of Students Office for review and possible disciplinary actions as described in the UWF Student Code of Conduct should a student persist in ignoring safety directives.


For students who are unfamiliar with remote online instruction, Global Online Learning and Development, or GOLD, a helpful place to start!

Center for Academic Success
Provides collaborative student support services designed to empower students to become independent and active learners who thrive at UWF and achieve their academic goals.

How to be a Highly Successful Online Student
Today, students have multiple opportunities to get a higher education, and now they don't even need to move to another country to study at the university of their dreams. Online college diminishes all borders and reveals more opportunities for everyone.

Advice to Students New to Online
Strategies to student success, including tips for time management, organization, study skills, motivation, and self-care.

Tips for Learning Remotely
Resources and concrete strategies to set yourself up for success while learning, innovating, and collaborating in new ways.

Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID-19
Things may feel out-of-control right now. You may be facing a lot of unknowns and disruptions. Try to be patient with yourself, your classmates, and your instructors during this time. Take care of your well-being first. Making a plan and adjusting your studying may even help you feel a little sense of control.

Tips for Taking Online Classes - 8 Strategies for Success (PDF)

Study Habits - UM Advice to Students (PDF)

Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID (PDF)

3 Faculty members at a workshop

Index of Teaching Resources

Various external links and PDFs for teachers and faculty, including information about academic integrity software, new faculty resources, and high-impact practices.

The following is a link to the ITS workshop and training page where you can find descriptions of upcoming workshops and register for them.

ITS Workshops

"Academic freedom is the indispensable requisite for unfettered teaching and research in institutions of higher education."

American Association of University Professors

The following are faculty resources to assist in the university's goal for academic integrity.

What records related to a course and student work should faculty keep? How long should faculty keep materials?

Academic Records Retention FAQ (1/31/17) (PDF)

UWF hosts a hub for information about accessible EIT, including electronic documents, websites, videos, software applications, and hardware devices that can be used effectively by everyone, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities.

Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) Accessibility

This page contains links to resources to aid in assessment of Student Learning Outcomes at the post secondary level.

Assessment Resources

This page contains the best practices for grading and giving feedback on student work.

Best Practices in Grading

The Global Online initiative offers training and programs designed to assist with the use of new technology to enhance teaching and learning experiences.

Global Online Learning and Development

"These High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) have been brought together here to support the thousands of increasingly collaborative and evidence-based conversations taking place between teachers in schools each day. These strategies provide teachers and teams with opportunities to observe, reflect on and improve a range of fundamental classroom practices."

High Impact Teaching Strategies (PDF)

The following are resources from New Faculty Orientation 2019.

Study Skills for Students

Description of required syllabus content and guidelines to align with UWF policies. Tips for “best practices” for constructing a learning-centered syllabus.

Syllabus Construction

Rubric Development

Use Rubrics to communicate expectations for assignments, assign grades for assignments and exams, evaluate grant proposals or portfolios, and assess student learning outcomes for courses and departments.

Rubric Development

Teaching Partners

Teaching Partners is a peer mentoring program designed to promote excellence in teaching. This page provides information about the program and how to join the Teaching Partners group. 

Teaching Partners

Teaching Tips

The Teaching Tips weekly email series contains teaching, learning, and assessment tips that facilitate student learning or promote student engagement. 

Teaching Tips

Professional & Career Development

Resources to assist in your professional & career development.

Prof & Career Dev

Responding to Student Needs & Issues

Help dealing with academic integrity, student classroom behavior, international student issues, student disability concerns, technology, academic, medical or emotional needs.

Student Issues

Online Teaching and Classroom Technology

Assistance with eLearning, qualtrics, web conferencing, online courses, and other classroom technology, and online teaching problems. 

Online Teaching

Updated: 03/29/2021 gb