Moving your class online? See our guide for help

The University of New Mexico will have limited operations until April 5th due to concerns about the coronavirus, and officials have asked UNM faculty to consider teaching their classes online after the break. 


For those who haven’t taught online before, this can be a daunting task. Designing completely online classes can take months.


So keep in mind that for many, including students, working in an online environment is a new experience. We encourage you to do the best you can, which may include relatively easy moves like recording a voice over with your class slides. You might also choose to host class meetings on Zoom or similar platforms. It’s ok to change your syllabus and the scope of your class. The goal is to stay connected to students and teach them what you can at a time when many might need reassurance.


To help, Advance at UNM has compiled the following resources to help faculty members who decide to go online with their classes.


Are we missing a resource you find helpful? Drop us a line at advance at unm dot edu.


UNM online teaching resources

The UNM Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting virtual drop in labs with designers every day from  March 16 to March 27. More here. You can also get started with Learn using online webinars, which are also offered daily from March 16 to 20.

Online tools for supporting instruction from UNM IT Academic Technologies.

Starting from scratch with Learn

Getting started with Blackboard Learn

Recording videos with Kaltura, which is part of Learn.


Tools to know about

Techsmith, which makes several helpful online teaching tools like screencast recorders, is offering some of its software for free during the pandemic.

Zoom and Zoom Pro can help professors hold class meetings. It is free with a UNM net ID. You can share your screen with students.

This video, How to hold a class with Zoom, an iPad and a digital pencil by Michelle Pacansky-Brock @brocansky has helpful hints.

Google Hangouts allows groups to join a video conference. Allows screen sharing.

Blackboard Collaborate, which is built into Learn, allows group video chats and has a white board function that allows you to share Power Points, etc.

Skype is another free tool for delivering class lectures online. Here’s a video tutorial.


Other tips for managing online classes 

How to Make Your Online Pivot Less Brutal is a good place to start.

The Teaching Effectively in Times of Disruption guide by technology specialists at Stanford University is full of recommendations and resources.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has this guidebook for teaching online.

Inside Higher Ed has this piece where 17 instructors offer their peers advice on teaching online.

The EduBlogger has this extensive list of resources and other info for teaching online, written by Kathleen Morris (@kathleen_morris).

Building Rapport to Improve Retention in Online Classes, by Rebecca Glazier Offers tips on how to build rapport with students in online classes in order to increase student success. 

Inside Higher Ed also offers advice here: So you want to temporarily teach online.  


Tips for working at home with kids

Many faculty will be juggling child care duties as they try to teach online or prepare online class materials. The people at Buffer, a company that makes a social media scheduling tool, share these tips (and some cute kid pics.) 

The New York Times’ Smarter Living section also put together these tips.

You might also enjoy How to Prepare for Extended School Closings — and Not Lose Your Mind.

This list from CNN also has some fun ideas for the kiddos.

The magazine Parents put together this list of tips too, including the importance of having a daily schedule (for you and the kids!)