Education Continuity Tools and Resources

In the event that on-campus instruction is partially or fully disrupted, your ability to continue your class in the manner that you've planned may be impacted. This guide helps you prepare alternatives for these situations in order to minimize loss of learning time and lessen the impact of a disruption.

Support for students can be found at

If you need help with remote work tasks, such as forwarding your phone and voicemail, you can find it at

For library resources,

For information about best practices for promoting and protecting integrity in the remote teaching and learning environment, see the Academic Integrity Office COVID-19 webpage for faculty.

For privacy considerations during modified campus operations, see

To help instructors prepare for teaching remotely during Spring 2020, the Digital Learning Hub (DLH) at the Teaching + Learning Commons, in partnership with Educational Technology Services, will host live Zoom sessions to cover options for remote instruction and other frequently asked questions. The upcoming live Zoom sessions can be accessed using (no registration required)

Upcoming dates and times:

Communicate with Students Off-Campus

During a potentially disruptive event, it is essential for instructors to establish and maintain open communication lines with students. UC San Diego's Canvas LMS offers convenient methods of communication with your class:

  • Posting an Announcement is the fastest way to communicate with your entire class.
  • Inbox, the Canvas messaging tool, is used to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students.

We suggest you ask your students to update their notifications settings so that Canvas Announcements and Inbox Conversations are forwarded to their email address.

In addition to enabling class-related communication, you and your students should consider signing up for campus-wide emergency notifications at The UC San Diego Triton Alert emergency notification system.

Deliver a Lecture Online

Instructors can host online lectures or discussions with their students, either:


Classes are held on set schedules and times, so students and instructors are online and interacting at the same time.

UC San Diego School of Medicine (SOM) provides lecture capture services via Panopto.

For a virtual, synchronous lecture, Zoom web conferencing is a great solution. In a Zoom meeting, both instructors and students can share audio, video and screen presentations. There is also an option to record the Zoom session(s), which can be saved and posted to Canvas after the session ends.


Lectures and/or discussions are pre-recorded. Students watch the videos at their own pace.

For a virtual, asynchronous meeting, instructors can choose to record a lecture or upload a pre-existing video or audio file in Panopto. If you choose this option, then please email with the filename(s) and course details for posting into Canvas: Course number/title; Date; and Time. Within Panopto, instructors have the ability to edit and enhance their lecture content with embedded media, text resources and checks for understanding.

See the Zoom Guides for more support with setting up and using Zoom, and find out about Zoom Meeting Safeguards to keep your meeting secure.

Recommended Tools for Delivering a Lecture Online
TaskRecommended Tool
Record lecture / discussion
on campus
Record lecture / discussion
off campus
Host live lecture / discussion
off campus
Make recordings available on Canvas

For assistance with this process:
Upload media to a course - document | video
Record live presentation - document | video
Link media to a calendar event - document

Provide Access to Course Materials

Students need to have ready access to course information and resources while learning remotely. Canvas allows you to easily upload and organize your online course material.

Collect Student Work Virtually

Canvas enables students to submit Quizzes and Assignments online.

  • Canvas Quizzes allow you to build out, administer, and easily grade assessments online.
  • Assignments can be both distributed and collected online.

Manage an Online Discussion

Some courses rely on rich, classroom discussion to enhance students' learning and peer engagement. Through Canvas Discussions, instructors can simulate an in-class discussion in a digital environment.

Grade and Give Feedback

Within Canvas, Speedgrader can be used for giving students feedback on any Assignment with an online submission, Quiz, or Graded Discussion.

Each Assignment, Quiz, or Graded Discussion you create in your Canvas course will automatically generate a column in the Gradebook.

  • To view the Gradebook, click the Grades link in the left-hand Course Navigation menu.
  • To upload scores that you have recorded outside of Canvas, use this template to import to the Gradebook.
  • Instructors may also use the Canvas gradebook to excuse a student from an assignment so that it is not included in that student's overall grade calculation.

Students can view their grades and feedback in two ways:

  • via their submission view if the graded assignment was online (Graded Discussion, Quizzes, and online Assignments)
  • via the Grades link in Course Navigation

Need Help?

Expert on-demand support is available as you prepare your course for potential disruption.

For help using Canvas or any of the resources above, contact MedEdTech Support: