Education Continuity Resources

Last Updated: Monday, 5/18/2020 at 6:36am
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 on the Keep Learning site.

If you need help with remote work tasks, such as forwarding your phone and voicemail, you can find it on the Keep Learning site.

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.

campus training sessions

Resources FOR health sciences

Expand/Collapse the sections below for details concerning providing educational content.  The 'Deliver a Lecture Online' section contains instructional helpsheets to post materials.

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.

What to do before class?

  1. Find a quiet location that is free of distraction. Be sure you have a working web cam, microphone, and headphones.
  2. Test your audio and video before joining the session by clicking the Settings icon in the Zoom application and using both the Video and Audio tabs.
    • Clicking the Video tab should automatically show what your camera is capturing. If you are able to see your face, no other action is needed. If you are unable to see your face, click in the area to the right of Camera and select another input. If you are still unable to see your face, contact MedEdTech.
    • Clicking the Audio tab will allow you to test both your speaker and microphone. Click on both Test Speaker and Test Mic to ensure they work. If one or both do not work, click in the area to the right of them to select a different device. If you are unable to get either your speaker or microphone to work, contact MedEdTech.
  3. Join Zoom's test meeting and try to chat or raise your hand.
  4. Test sharing your screen and make sure you are comfortable doing so. Click Share Screen in Zoom and select if you want to share your entire screen or a specific application. Other participants are able to see the content on your screen and you have the option of clicking Annotate to make your mouse a laser pointer or drawing on the screen.

What to do during class?

  1. Click on Participants and Chat after you join the session. Students will either ask questions in the Chat or “raise their hand” in the Participants screen by using the raise hand icon beside their name. You can click the down arrow in either window and click Pop Out to open it in a separate window.
  2. Monitor the Participants and Chat windows for questions and ask the instructor during scheduled breaks or call out a few students to unmute their microphones and ask themselves. This will be a short period of time, so try to reiterate the question if multiple students are asking something similar.
  3. Mute any students that are not already and are making noise during instruction. You can do this by hovering over their name in the Participants window and clicking Mute.
  4. If the instructor wants students to breakout shortly to into small groups, you can do so by clicking Breakout Rooms. A new window will pop up and you can choose how many groups to set up and assign students either automatically (random) or manually. We'd ask the instructor to do this before the session because it can take some time to assign students manually.
    • Once all students have been assigned to their breakout rooms, click Open All Rooms. Students will get a prompt to join. When the instructor is ready for everyone to come back together, click Close All Rooms. Students will get a 60 second countdown on their screen before they return or they can click on screen to join back early.


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 Panopto
Record lecture / discussion off campus Zoom
Host live lecture / discussion off campus Zoom
Make recordings available on Canvas

For assistance with this process:
  • Link media to a calendar event

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: