Common Questions

Where can I get training and advice?

Notre Dame Learning units (the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence & Office of Digital Learning) along with OIT’s Teaching and Learning Technologies team are offering drop-in online office hours, group consultations, online workshops for all Notre Dame instructors. Click here to learn more or register. In addition, we have developed a self-paced Mini-Course on Resilient Teaching designed to accompany you as you plan for the teaching.

How do I teach online?

Please refer to the Online Teaching in a Hurry Checklist for information on moving to remote teaching.

For more extensive guidance on how to teach effectively online, please see the Effective Online Teaching guide. More information can be found in the Resilient Teaching Playbook and in the online mini-course. Additional information can be obtained from ND Learning workshops, open office hours, and individual consultations. 

What do I need to know about Zoom for the Fall semester

The most pertinent information on using Zoom in Fall 2020 classes can be found in the Zoom Meetings Created for Fall 2020 Courses and Accessing, Sharing, and Customizing Your Zoom Recordings in Panopto Knowledge Base articles.

How do I make learning materials for resilience?

To begin, we recommend reviewing the Re/Designing for Equitable Resilience section in the playbook. The Creating & Integrating Media, Worked, Example, & Screencasts chapter provides information on best practices, recommended tools, etc. for producing screencasts and worked examples. To learn more about creating learning materials for resilience, consider signing up for or reviewing a recording of the “Selecting and Creating Asynchronous Content” workshop.

How should I set up Sakai to work well?

ND Learning and the OIT Teaching and Learning Technologies group offer a number of workshops on Sakai, such as "Creating Assessments in Sakai", and "Optimizing Sakai for Resilient Teaching". Additionally, the OIT has compiled many useful Knowledge Base articles on setting up and using Sakai effectively. See Workshops & Programs for the workshop schedule and recordings of previous workshops. 

What are the best ways to assess student learning?

For guidance on administering exams, please see the Assessment Planning chapter in the Preparing for Fall Teaching playbook. For additional guidance, please avail of the ND Learning workshops, open office hours, and individual consultations. 

What technology is in my dual-mode classroom and how do I use it?

For information on what technology will be in your dual-mode classroom and how to use it, please consult the Fall 2020 Registrar and Departmental Classroom Technology List and the Getting Started with Classroom Technology guide. Additional information can be found in the Using Dual-Mode Classroom Technology in Fall 2020 section of this website.


What is a Dual-Mode Classroom Assistant and how do I request one?

A limited number of classroom assistants (trained student workers) will be available to support instructors and facilitate engagement of remote students using dual-mode technology in discussion-intensive courses. This program is administered by OIT with the feedback and collaboration of ND Learning. Find out more about eligibility criteria (including room capacity limitations) and request support here.

How will student seating locations be recorded for contact tracing?

Permanent seat assignments in classrooms are critical to the contact tracing process. All usable seats have been numbered. Instructors should remind students each class meeting during the add/drop period (Aug 10-Aug 17) to report their seat location to the Coronavirus Response Unit  (CRU) using Students should choose a permanent seat and keep it. Seat changes may be permitted by the instructor during the add/drop period. At the end of the add/drop period, instructors should remind students to report their permanent seats to the CRU using After the final list is submitted, students will no longer be asked to report seats to the CRU. If a seating change is absolutely necessary later in the semester, the student must complete the survey to indicate the change.  Instructors do not report attendance to the CRU.

Classroom seating charts can be found here. 

Download and print the Notification for Students here. 

Are classroom seating charts available?

Classroom seating charts can be found here

Prepare for Fall Teaching

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    Online Playbook

    Advice, strategies, and action steps for redesigning your courses with resilience and flexibility in mind.

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    PDF Playbook

    The same content as our online guide, but in PDF format for users that prefer it.

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    Online Mini Course

    Self-paced course based on the same material as our Workshops and Playbook.

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Upcoming Workshops & Programs

Drop-in online office hours, group consultations, and online workshops are available for all Notre Dame instructors.

Recent Updates

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