Prepare to Teach and Learn Anywhere

University Technology's Teaching and Learning Technologies team has teamed up with UCITE to put together resources for instructors preparing to teach outside of the traditional classroom environment in the case of a campus disruption. This resource aims to help instructors:

  • Begin to make preparations for teaching during a disruption
  • Identify technologies that can be used to continue classes during a disruption
  • Find training opportunities and support resources for technologies 
  • Ask questions and share ideas for remote instruction with other faculty in the Tips for Teaching Remotely Canvas course.

Please note that these resources are constantly being collected and curated; this page and its contents are subject to change at any moment. Keep an eye on this page for updates!

Going Online Quickly: A Guide for Faculty

This guide provides instructors with information on the resources needed to put a course online quickly in response to an emergency disruption to classes in three steps:

  1. Setting up your Canvas course - resources for utilizing Canvas's tools for online teaching
  2. Continue with classes - information on recording classes and offering live sessions
  3. Communicating online with students - guidelines for communicating with your students

Rapid OnLine Learning: Resources from UCITE

Rapid OnLine Learning (ROLL) involves the quick transfer of an on-the-ground course to a fully online environment. Read more about resources available from UCITE.

How Do I....? Guide for Teaching Remotely

You may have questions about how you can continue teaching your classes in a remote instructional environment.  This list of suggestions is by no means exhaustive, but we hope it will provide you with some ideas for getting started with teaching remotely. 

Teaching + Learning Continuity Tools

An overview of tools and resources that currently exist to support teaching & learning activities at CWRU, with some details about their use for synchronous and asynchronous interaction between faculty and students. 

Tips for Teaching Remotely Canvas Course

This open-enroll Canvas course is designed to provide a way for faculty to share ideas and ask questions to other faculty. Support staff from both UTech and UCITE will monitor the site and help answer questions. 

Using Canvas for Online Learning

This guide offers solutions for replicating in-class activities using Canvas. It also details some of the tools that can be used to effectively communicate with students and tips for organizing your content.

Secure Testing Tools for Online Learning

This guide offers solutions for student assessment if you feel extra precaution against academic dishonesty is necessary. There are two tools available for use in your Canvas course.

Using Zoom for Online Learning

This guide offer solutions for replicating in-class activities using Zoom. It also has information about Zoom features that you might find helpful.


Getting Started for Students - information on the basics of Canvas

The Canvas Guides - support resources provided by Instructure, the makers of Canvas

Honorlock - support resources if a course requires secure testing using Honorlock

Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor - support resources if a course requires secure testing using Respondus



Getting Started with Zoom Guide - information on how to join Zoom meetings and use basic features of Zoom

Zoom Overview for Students - a quick video introduction to the basics of Zoom

Expectations for Zoom Class Sessions - recommendations for getting the most out of classes held on Zoom

Zoom Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks - quick tips for troubleshooting issues in Zoom

As you’re preparing to teach in this new modality, we recommend that you keep digital accessibility in mind to benefit all learners. 

As a reminder, student accommodations must be provided in all teaching modalities. For more information on student accommodations, contact Disability Resources at or 216.368.5230. For technical help on how to meet the technology needs of students with accommodations, email

Accessibility Guides

You may find these guides helpful in considering accessibility for your remote classes.

Are you prepared to teach online? Use our self assessment to check if you're ready!

Do you need internet access at home? Are you concerned about late fees ending your service? The FCC published an agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hotspots. Check out below for more information.

  • Altice - new customers can receive 60 days of free internet service. Altice Wi-Fi hotspots are open to everyone.
  • AT&T - current customers are granted unlimited internet data. Low-income families can receive internet access for $10 a month. AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots are open to everyone.
  • Charter/Spectrum - new customers can receive free internet service for 2 months. Charter Wi-Fi hotspots are available for public use.
  • Comcast - current customers will automatically receive the increased speeds. Low-income families will receive 2 months of free internet service. Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots are available for everyone.
  • eduroam - eduroam provides wifi access on college campuses all over the world. Students may go to a participating location in order to obtain high speed internet using their CWRU credentials.  Click here for more information.
  • Sprint - current customers will receive unlimited data for 60 days. Customers with mobile hotspot service will receive an additional 20GB per month. Customers with a mobile hotspot-capable device without service will receive 20GB per month for 60 days.
  • T-Mobile - current customers will receive unlimited smartphone data for 60 days. Current customers of mobile hotspots will receive an additional 20GB service.
  • Verizon - following the FCC agreement.

Click here for tips on helping the performance of your home network.

While university community members are working, teaching and learning from home, the [U]Tech Information Security Office would like to share some tips on keeping university data and equipment secure:

  • Keep university data out of personal computers by storing it in Google Drive (for public and internal use only information) or Box (the approved service for storing Restricted Information).
  • Don't let family members have access to work materials, computers, phones, tablets, and other university-provided equipment.
  • Prevent unauthorized access to your university accounts by using LastPass to manage your passwords, instead of writing them down.

For more information on how to work from home securely, please refer to the following guides, curated from experts at SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security (SANS):

Finally, during this time of uncertainty, scammers may be more active in their efforts and may use fear and false information to trick you into giving up money or sensitive information. Please read the FTC’s guidance on how to avoid Coronavirus scams (part 1 and part 2) to protect your and the university’s data and equipment.

Only visit trusted sources for information regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19, and be on the lookout for suspicious emails relating to COVID-19 that the university and other trusted sources did not send. Likewise, please be on the lookout for scams regarding checks from the U.S. government for consumers. Please read this brief FTC guideline for how to recognize a scammer posing as a government agent.

For security related questions or to report any suspicious activity, please email or contact the Service Desk at 216-368-HELP or

Technology Guides


Information about getting started with Canvas, communicating and assessing students via Canvas's tools, and providing access to your course materials.


Information on how to use Zoom for holding live class sessions, office hours, and synchronous events.


Information on using Echo360 in your Canvas courses, as well as resources for Echo360 Universal Capture.


Best practices for creating video content.