Temporary Online Teaching

The suggestions below are intended to be general guidelines for moving your class online temporarily due to a campus or personal emergency. For more detailed guidance, see the IU Keep Teaching website.

Pivot Your Course Online FAQ


Strategy & Tools

Keep in Mind

What equipment do I and my students need to access course materials?

Desktop computer or laptop preferable

Smartphone in a pinch

High-speed internet 

Wi-fi can become unstable at times. Use a wired connection whenever available.

How can I communicate updates, changes, and other relevant information to my students?

Use multiple modes of communication to reach all students. 

Automatically forward your office phone to home

IU Email

Canvas Announcements 

Announcement messages will not only appear at the top of your course site home page in Canvas but will also send a notification to the student's email if students have their notifications set

How can I distribute documents, course materials and readings after pivoting to teaching online?

Google Drive

Microsoft OneDrive


·         Materials can be placed in the Files tool 

·         link to Pages or Assignments tool to present these files to students.

If you already distribute course materials virtually, continue using that approach.

How can I find and use teaching materials about my subject area that are already designed for online teaching/learning?


TED talks

Khan Academy


Colleagues within and beyond IU

Generic template designs for the various tools within Canvas are available from the Canvas Studio and KeepTeaching @ IU resources in Canvas Commons

How can I pre-record a lesson or lecture that students can view later online?

Kaltura Express Recording - Runs in the web browser and records from a webcam and/or microphone. No screen recording.


Kaltura Personal Recording - Used for recording video in high definition. You easily can choose to record any combination of your webcam, microphone, or software on your computer screen.


Zoom - Used for recording a single user and/or their screen as well as recording multiple users interacting at the same time. Zoom also has the ability to share your screen during recording.

Break up your lectures into smaller components or sub-topics roughly 5-10 minutes in length. This will make it easier for students to find specific content when reviewing material while creating more engaging and digestible video content.

How can I hold office hours while I am off campus?

Hold open office hours during your normal class meeting time or during your normally scheduled office hours. 



Provide an option for scheduled office hours for students who need to meet privately.

How can my students engage in a discussion after pivoting to teaching online?

Canvas discussion tool - Used for asynchronous student interactions.

Zoom - Used for synchronous meetings with whole class. Students can also be assigned to breakout rooms to collaborate within groups.

For a low tech solution, Zoom meetings can be hosted, and attended, using a smartphone.

How can I collect students’ work and provide feedback digitally?


A number of Canvas tools will record student responses and can be set up to allow file submissions. Feedback within Canvas can be provided to students using Speedgrader

How can I offer real-time feedback to students in an online environment in a laboratory or studio art setting?

Coming Soon

What does attendance look like for an online course?

Attendance looks like presence online.  What opportunities are you giving students to engage with you, peers, and content regularly?


Engagement with instructor

Engagement with peers 

Engagement with content

  • quick check
  • short quizzes or reflections after videos

How do I convert my exams?

Move exams to Canvas Quizzes

Reschedule exams 

If proctoring is a concern, consider making exams open-book, allowing students a resource sheet, or changing questions from knowledge level to apply.