Instructional Technology Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

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The following recommendations may assist you in the event you are required to hold your courses remotely for an extended period of time. You may also check out our page: Using Canvas and Other Instructional Tools to Facilitate Classes During Emergencies     

Instructional Technology is available to assist you as you transition face-to-face courses to online delivery. E-mail for questions or assistance. 


Recommendations for Remote Teaching and Learning:

Set up Canvas as a Communication and Work Hub for your Classes:

Canvas offers a platform for delivering announcements, assignments, discussions, content, including recorded lectures, PowerPoint presentations, collaborations, and more. If you or your students are unable to attend class in person, Canvas can provide a central location for your course materials and activities.

If you have not previously used Canvas for course delivery, we have tools available to help get you started:

  • Canvas Overview for Instructors - offers a good overview of what is available through Canvas. 
  • Enroll in Growing with Canvas – This Faculty Orientation course contains videos and step-by-step tutorials to help you quickly and easily set up and run a course through Canvas. You can work at your own pace through each Module. You may complete the modules in any order, and also complete any or all module activities. Completing Modules 1-4 will provide a solid foundation in using Canvas. Modules 5-6 provide more advanced usage information. Link to Course:
  • Canvas Video Guides
  • Canvas Instructor Guide
  • Add a copy of your syllabus to Canvas and post an announcement for students about how you will use Canvas (and/or other tools) to continue offering your course.
  • Upload course materials, such as PDFs, videos, presentations, and more.
  • Create a discussion forum for conversation among students about course content.
  • Learn more about Canvas and, if you need help, contact Jason Griggs ( or Anushka Boyd (

Need more help with Canvas? Florida Tech has a 24/7 dedicated Canvas Support team that can view your course and help you with specific troubleshooting. Call the Canvas Support Hotline at 1-833-433-1887 anytime. You can also access real-time chat support via the Help tab in on the side menu in your Canvas Course (must be logged into Canvas).  Share this Student Support Hotline number with your students: 1-844-325-8810.

Use Zoom for Live Class Sessions

Zoom allows you to host live class sessions via videoconferencing. Go to to log into Zoom and create Zoom meetings. Sign in using your TRACKS username and password. You can also add Zoom to your Canvas Courses and schedule meetings from there. Learn more about using Zoom at Fl Tech:

Zoom video tutorials

More Zoom Training, including live and recorded Webinars.

Use Panopto to Create Course Videos

In addition to (or instead of) offering live sessions via Zoom, you can record videos and embed them in Canvas, or simply record and share them out directly using a tool like Panopto.

Assess students in Canvas

You may also have the need to create assignments and quizzes in Canvas to assess and grade students.

Assignments Overview Video

Quizzes Overview Video

Canvas also offers a Gradebook, which will allow you and your students to keep track of their grades.

Gradebook Overview Video

Other tools for communication and collaboration:

Test Generation Software

Respondus 4.0 : Respondus 4.0® is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Canvas. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment. Please contact Jason Griggs (, or Anushka Boyd ( if you would like information on accessing download information for Respondus, or log into Canvas to retrieve information here:  (You will be prompted to enroll in the Growing with Canvas Course, if you are not already enrolled.)

Online Labs and Simulations

MERLOT Simulation Collection (California State University)

The MERLOT collection of Open Educational Resources includes thousands of free simulations on a broad range of topics. The database is searchable by keyword, and each item in the collection provides details including material type, authorship, brief description, peer review rating, and user rating.

ChemCollective (joint project from NSF, Carnegie Mellon, and NSDL)

Free, online chem lab simulations for topics including Stoichiometry, Thermochemistry, Equilibrium, Acid-Base Chemistry, Solubility, Oxidation/Reduction and Electrochemistry, Analytical Chemistry/Lab Techniques

PhET Interactive Simulations (University of Colorado – Boulder)

Free online simulations and teaching activities for Physics, Chemistry, Math, Earth Science, and Biology (site has simulations for all grade levels; link takes you to simulations designed for university students)


Fee-based service that will work with faculty to create custom online and hands-on lab kits for your course

Hands-On Labs

Fee-based service that will work with faculty to create custom online and hands-on lab kits for your course


 Other Recommendations: 

  • Communicate with students via Canvas or email to let them know about changes or disruptions. The Florida Tech Web site is updated regularly with information about response to the Corona virus.
  • Hold virtual office hours: You can offer virtual office hours easily using Zoom. That way, students know they can check in with you if they need to. 
  • Set expectations: Lay out a clear communicate for your students. Explain how you will communicate with them (via e-mail, Canvas, etc.), how often you expect them to check their email, how quickly they can expect responses from you, your virtual office hours, etc.  You can create a Q&A discussion forum in Canvas and encourage students to post questions there, so everyone can see questions and responses. 
  • Make digital course materials accessible: You can upload videos, handouts, and other digital materials to Canvas, so students can access them easily, even on mobile devices. PDF is a very phone-friendly format, so saving PowerPoint presentations, and documents as PDFs and sharing them through Canvas will make it easier for students to access the presentations and documents on their phones. 
  • Use asynchronous tools, like Panopto when possible, so students can access videos and lectures on demand, instead of having to adhere to a specific schedule. 

Department of Instructional Technology

The Department of Instructional Technology provides hardware, software, and training solutions to support and enhance teaching, both in the classroom and online.  Instructional Technology designs, installs, and supports multimedia presentation and conferencing solutions in classrooms, meeting rooms, and lecture halls.  The department operates a fully-featured video production studio, handles live streaming Commencment and other campus events, and provides recording and editing for academic projects.  Instructional Technology also administers the Canvas learning management system, Panopto lecture capture, Adobe Connect conferencing, and an assortment of ever-evolving apps, integrations, and plugins.  Meet the staff that brings these tools to you, or find more about our services via the links below.  

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