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Teaching Remotely

This page supports the quick transition from face-to-face to online teaching in the event of you, or your students, being unable to come to campus. The solutions here represent the simplest and quickest ways to continue a student’s learning experience with consistency across their modules and avoiding the need for advanced technical knowledge.

Simple online alternatives to the main teaching and assessment methods used at NTU are provided here. For additional, subject-specific, support and advice email


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Step 1: Get on Teams and see how easy it is

Step 2: Before moving to online delivery prepare the module curriculum plan

Update the module’s curriculum schedule and publish this in your Learning Room in the ‘Module Information’ unit of the ‘Content’ area. Notify students of the changes and the location of the new Curriculum Plan via the Learning Room News tool. Be sure to signpost support services and highlight applicable policies for students.

Students’ schedules are likely to be disrupted too, and their access to technology might be limited. Where possible, look at using asynchronous methods of delivery where students can study at their own pace and in their own time, such as pre-recorded video and NOW discussion forums. Only use live teaching events where necessary, for example a large group Teams Meeting.

Consider moving assessments from exams to coursework where possible. Where this is not possible, contact the Flex team to discuss online invigilation of exams. CADQ’s Quality Management team will provide information and guidance on your options.

Step 3: Set a precedent for communication

Students will be looking for a sense of normalcy, so create an expected routine for them. Use the module’s Learning Room News tool as the primary method of notifying students, so they know where to get information and update the Curriculum Plan when you make any changes to the schedule. Get students to update their notification settings on their NOW profile. Communicate early and often and set up a schedule for communication, so students know when they need to check their Learning Room. Create a Learning Room Discussion Forum for all questions in the Module Information Section and update this periodically as new questions are asked. Office hours can be booked through Microsoft Outlook and using a Teams Meeting.

Step 4: Set up your Learning Room so students know exactly what to do next

With online learning, students must know exactly where to go for their next item of learning. In the Learning Resources section of your Learning Room, outline the remaining weeks of teaching with a Unit per week. Create sub-units for each of the items you identified in your updated Curriculum Plan, and upload or link to the required resources.

Step 5: Keep students engaged

In a transition from campus-based to online learning, it is important to create a regular habit of engagement in your students and ensure they continue to learn and are still able to succeed.

To keep students engaged you must set clear and high expectations for what your students must do, monitor against these expectations using the Student Dashboard and the automated tools within NOW, and then intervene when they are not met, recording these interventions as notes in the Student Dashboard.


Online alternatives to campus-based teaching methods

The following guidance contains links to live documents which will be updated if required.

Delivering lecture content at a distance

There are two main options for delivering content to students: Panopto desktop can be used to create pre-recorded materials, and Teams Meetings can be used to hold live sessions. In addition, students can access video and texts from the Library. You might initially consider a live event easier to run, but remember that some of your students may struggle to access live events due to technical issues or time constraints.

Quizzing and Online Assessment

Microsoft Forms offers a quick way to set up short surveys or question sets. These offer flexibility, with a range of question types and options available. Inside Forms, there is an option for setting up a Form or a Quiz; setting up a Quiz also allows you to set a score per question and provide question feedback. Forms and Quizzes can be anonymous if you wish, and a graphical summary of responses is available, as well as the option to download all responses in an Excel spreadsheet.

NOW Self Assessments and Assessments are useful for more substantial quiz activities. Self Assessments don't require answers to be submitted for grading, and so may be more suitable for formative activities.

Delivering seminars at a distance

Online active and collaborative learning in large groups of 30-40 students can be challenging for individual lecturers if you are not used to facilitating online meetings. For large groups it is advisable to either replicate the activities planned using discussion forums in NOW or have two staff members in a live session: a facilitator and a second to administer the session, monitor the session chat, and support students access issues.

Tutorials, 1:1 Meetings, Supervision and Office hours

Online meetings offer many benefits over meeting face-to-face. Teams Meetings offer video and audio communications tools, chat functionality as well as screen and file sharing. Setting up a 1:1 call with a student or colleague is a good place to start if you are new to live teaching online.


SCALE-UP is a teaching method designed for face-to-face delivery, but you can get many of the benefits during the period of remote teaching through encouraging students to collaborate online.

Accessibility considerations for online documentation delivery

The Accessibility Considerations Document gives an overview of accessibility considerations in Office 365 documents.

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