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Virginia Tech is committed to delivering the highest quality education to students. However, challenging circumstances, from COVID-19 and beyond, require flexible teachers and learners. The resources below are designed to help faculty teach more effectively in online environments.  

More in-depth resources can be found on the websites of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS). Both units provide individual consultations upon request.

The Community of Practice section of this site highlights information relevant to faculty led discussions on the arts, large courses, science and engineering labs, discussion-based courses, and writing intensive courses.

For current health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, please see the Virginia Tech Ready site.

Resources

Classroom Management and Syllabus Creation

Student Engagement and Online Interactions

Online Teaching

Testing, Proctoring, and Assessment

Accessibility and Accommodations

Discipline-Specific Resources

In 2020, Communities of Practice allowed faculty to come together and discuss challenges, best practices, and approaches for different university disciplines. The Communities were supported by CETLTLOSUniversity Libraries and others.

Faculty leads and contact information for the Communities are as follows:

Stories from the classroom

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the nature of learning for the 2020 fall semester. Yet faculty and students got creative and adapted to the challenges of a global pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions

See the Faculty Affairs Frequently Asked Questions page for questions regarding grading, exams, promotion and tenure policies, campus operations and research.

The testing and proctoring working group has compiled helpful links, best practices, and frequently asked questions on these topics.

Accessibility Tips and Best Practices (login required)

Basics of Zoom and Kaltura (login required)

Canvas Best Practices (PDF)

Canvas: Getting Started (login required)

Canvas Instructor Guide: Comprehensive instructions for all major features in Canvas

How to Use Canvas at Virginia Tech (for Instructors)

Move Your Course Online: A Canvas course that introduces faculty to Canvas, Zoom, Kaltura, and other tools for online learning

Teaching Online (login required)

COVID-19: Technology Resources: Guides from the Division of IT for working remotely, maintaining connectivity, and using Virginia Tech’s virtual private network (VPN).

Zoom Bandwidth Recommendations

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