Resources for Faculty
Online & Hybrid Teaching

Online Teaching

Northwestern offers a number of video conferencing tools and resources.
View setup instructions for the video conferencing options recommended by McCormick IT.

Please note: We recommend that you use a headset that positions a microphone close to your mouth for better audio quality.

Workshops and Training

  • Online Teaching Workshops — Northwestern IT, University Libraries, AccessibleNU, the School of Professional Studies, and the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching have developed numerous summer workshops for faculty. They continue to offer sessions on Zoom and Canvas, as well as on other topics such as streaming and recording with Panopto, and how best to handle discussions, group work and grading in a remote environment. In addition, they offer other programs to equip participants with skills, strategies, tools, and knowledge to translate and reconceptualize the in-class experience into an online learning environment.

Online Teaching Guides and Resources

Synchronous Content Recording Guidelines

Please review the University's guidance on recording synchronous remote class content. Faculty should use their judgment in deciding whether or not to record sessions, but it’s reasonable to expect that many students, due to time zone differences, regional Zoom blocking, bandwidth/technology issues, household circumstances, or other causes, may have a heightened need to watch content after the scheduled class time. Thus, we encourage you to have some means for students to engage asynchronously. (Canvas discussion boards are another tool that may be useful in this regard.)

Zoom Best Practices for Course Content

Zoom has rapidly emerged as a video conference standard at Northwestern and beyond. Hopefully you’ve had opportunities to use the tools, get training from NUIT’s Teaching & Learning Technologies Workshops or request a one-on-one session with McCormick IT, and practice with the features important to your course.

A few additional recommendations:

  • Use a meeting password for all of your course sessions: This is the simplest and most effective way to keep unwanted, unwelcome participants from joining or disrupting your class session.
  • Turn off attendee screen sharing by default: This is an additional (profile setting) step you can take to ensure control of your class sessions. This method effectively limits by default who can perform screen share during your Zoom class sessions to the session host(s).
  • Do a practice session. Work with your course support team, faculty colleagues, or department staff to do a dry run of your first course.

Hybrid Teaching

How to Get Help

Assistance During Course Sessions

If you are experiencing issues during course sessions, the fastest way to get assistance is to e-mail and include Zoom meeting ID and password, and a short description of the issue. NUIT and McCormick IT have repurposed resources to help with these issues and will do their best to get help deployed as soon as possible.


Faculty Instruction Discussion Group

We encourage you to post your lessons learned and remote/hybrid instruction questions in the new McCormick Faculty Instruction Microsoft Teams Discussion Group.