Preparation for Remote Teaching

Teaching Remotely

Remote teaching involves a faculty member facilitating course instruction from an off-campus location using tools such as Moodle and Zoom. Communication can be asynchronous (e.g. Moodle discussion forums, Gmail) or synchronous (e.g. Zoom web conferencing, phone).

By the start of each term, all sections are required to have a syllabus and introductory communication posted in Moodle for students regarding how instruction will take place. 

Minimum requirements for credit courses to deliver course content:

  • Provide basic communication with students (e.g. announcements and other forums in Moodle, CGCC Gmail).
  • Add a syllabus in Moodle with a clear explanation of resources required to complete the class.
  • Provide instructional materials (e.g., files, links, and videos) in Moodle.
  • Have students submit assignments that would have been turned in during class time. There are tools in Moodle to help you collect assignments.
  • If you meet with your class synchronously, please use Zoom for web-conferencing at the day/time of originally scheduled course. Synchronous sessions offered at other times should be optional


  • Reduce confusion and angst by identifying how and how frequently you will communicate with your students (e.g via Gmail every other day, via Announcements daily in Moodle, etc.).
  • Post how you intend to communicate with students on the Moodle homepage using either a page or announcements.
  • Be clear with the logistics and expectations related to your class.

Remain flexible

  • Not all students have access to computers or the internet outside of CGCC. Consider surveying students in advance to find out what access to technology they have.
  • Students may need extra time to learn the technology you are using or they may need an extension on due dates. Your response time to their questions about content or assignments and your availability will change as well.
  • Offer synchronous class meetings using Zoom web conferencing on the day and time the class is scheduled to meet. Do not require synchronous class meetings outside of the regularly scheduled class day and time.

Consider the most important outcomes of the course

  • Determine the most important objectives and course outcomes in your choices. Consider which content, assessments, etc. are necessary and which are nice to have.


Course Activity

How to Accomplish

Establish communication
Inform students of how you will communicate with them and how often. Remember to use bcc on group emails to protect student information.

  • CGCC Gmail
  • Moodle Messaging
  • Post announcements in Moodle
Distribute syllabus (and other course materials)
  • CGCC Gmail
    • Email students a copy of your syllabus
  • Post syllabus and materials in Moodle
Delivery of lectures
Live options should be the same day and time as the regularly scheduled class. Record your session for students who cannot attend the scheduled session. Zoom can be used as a phone bridge to enable students without Internet to participate.
  • Zoom
    • recording available
    • phone bridge option
Assess your students
Provide opportunities for formative and summative assessment activities
  • Moodle
    • Assignments
    • Quizzes
    • Discussions
  • CGCC Gmail
    • Email students
Hold office hours
Virtual office hours can allow students to ask questions
  • Gmail for sending questions
  • Zoom for office hours
Provide grade info
How will students get feedback about their work?
  • Send feedback via Gmail
  • Moodle
    • Use feedback in the assignment tool
    • Enable the grade book
Group Work
How will students complete collaborative projects?
  • Moodle
    • Discussion forums for small student groups
  • Zoom breakout rooms


Moving to a remote delivery practice requires considering how content is accessible to your students. Consider how to make your materials accessible and if you have students with accommodations, consult with Shayna Dahl, Student Support Services Coordinator (541) 506-6046.

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