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Remote Instruction: Home


Remote Instruction Welcome! 

This resource guide identifies and provides links to a wide range of materials, services, and technology supporting or related to teaching remotely at the college level.

Summer 2020 Triage:

Looking for help or have a question regarding remote instruction? Email:

Support for Teaching Online:  relevant Skidmore departments.

Best Practices for Teaching Online: A few tips

  • Be present in your course - post, comment, and engage frequently
  • Design a number of lower-stakes items to grade so students get consistent feedback on their understanding of content
  • Create spaces for students to engage informally - a discussion board to ask questions in for instance.
  • Design the course in a consistent, intuitive way. Don't make students hunt down where to submit things or what they need to do. 
  • Create guidelines for how often students should check-in in their course, and how long it will take you to respond to questions and emails
  • If incorporating synchronous meetings, make sure to give times and dates for them in your syllabus
  • Tell students where to go if they need non-course specific help: link to the Help Desk, the Library, and other campus resources from your course shell.
  • Be friendly and human, make connections with your students
  • Have your course prepared in advance. Grading and interaction in an online course can be time-consuming, developing content simultaneously can get overwhelming. 
  • Be flexible and provide options.  Students appreciate options in how and when assignments need to be completed.

Selected Best Practices Resources: