Remote teaching support


Last updated Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 10:00 a.m.


Are you preparing to teach remotely in Summer 2020? If so, this page is for you. It provides an overview of remote instruction resources and services available from the Centre for Educational Excellence. Take a look, and don’t hesitate to contact us via the blue “How Can We Help You?” button at the bottom of this screen if you have questions.

Looking for the quick-start pages we created during the initial transition to remote instruction? They are still available here:

Effective Remote Instruction: A five-step approach

Effective Remote Instruction is a dedicated Canvas shell filled with rich resources that provide guidance as well as good practices, ranging from conducting online discussions to recording podcasts to creating quizzes online. In response to multiple requests, this Canvas shell will include a transdisciplinary community of practice discussion board for instructors to share tips and tricks.

  • If you are a faculty or staff member, you can access the Effective Remote Instruction Canvas shell by clicking on this link, logging in with your SFU computing ID, and clicking on “Join this course.”
  • If you are a teaching assistant, tutor-marker or sessional instructor, please use the blue "How Can We Help You?" button at the bottom of this screen to request access to the Canvas shell.

Remote Instruction Three-day Intensive Workshop

The Remote Instruction Three-day Intensive Workshop is intended for instructors who want to convert their face-to-face course to remote instruction guided by good practices from online course design. Topics that will be covered include course design in an online environment, online discussions, assessments, engaging students in self-isolation, and maintaining instructor presence.

Each of the three days will start with a workshop from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., followed by individual time to work on the components of the course and a final session to end the day with sharing and feedback in small groups from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will be guided by a team of experienced instructional design experts who have been supporting SFU instructors to move their face-to-face courses to online through innovative and effective pedagogical design.

The workshop will be offered twice:

  • Monday–Wednesday, April 20–22, 2020
  • Monday–Wednesday, April 27–29, 2020

To apply, fill out this application form.

Bespoke workshops for departments and academic units

Bespoke workshops for departments and academic units give instructors a crash course on remote instruction while incorporating tips on translating discipline-specific teaching practices in the online environment. Several academic units have already requested these workshops, and we recommend a commitment of three hours, but will work with your unit’s needs.

These requests should be initiated by the department or academic unit through the blue "How Can We Help You?" button at the bottom of this screen.

Online TA/TM orientation

Online TA/TM orientation that provides interactive, just-in-time training will be available in early May 2020 to support SFU teaching assistants and tutor-markers in navigating teaching and learning in virtual classrooms and also mastering tools and techniques of SFU's online learning environment. Topics will include, but are not limited to, leading online tutorials, office hours, discussions, presentations by students and outside visiting scholars, and grading assignments.

Please watch our CEE events page for specific timing.

Dedicated technical support

In addition to providing training, CEE is partnering with IT Services to explore ways to provide dedicated technical support for instructors delivering remote instruction. IT technicians can provide on-site orientation to classroom technology, remote technical support, in-person setup for on-campus lecture recordings, remote technical support for Canvas, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom, Mediasite and other classroom technologies.

If you are an instructor interested in this support, please express your interest through the blue “How Can We Help You?” button at the bottom of this screen.

Additional resources

Find additional remote teaching resources on these pages: