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Remote Teaching Resources

In collaboration with the Chang School, Computing and Communications Services, and the Ryerson Library, we have compiled a comprehensive list of resources at-a-glance to support faculty and instructors in preparing for remote teaching.

This page is updated regularly. Check back often.

Course management and planning



PDF filePolicy 166: Course Management

Policy 166 provides a framework of common understanding for students and faculty

google docKeeping online teaching simple, external link

A list of quick tips, simple strategies, and low tech resources for teaching online

google docUsing Ryerson supported tools for remote teaching, external link

A one-page chart with ideas for lectures, communication, learning activities, and assessments using Ryerson-supported technologies

Getting started: teaching with D2L Brightspace

Instructions on setting up your shell and a list of other D2L Brightspace guides for instructors

Request a class Google Group

Learn how to request and use google groups to facilitate sharing of resources and collaborative activities

Creating accessible content 

There are many resources available on the Guides & Resources page of the Accessibility website.

Delivering an inclusive teaching experience

Students registered with Academic Accommodation Support

  • Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) is Ryerson’s disability services office who work directly with incoming and returning students looking for help with their academic accommodations.
  • Ryerson University Library Accessibility Services is committed to providing equal access to services and collections to all students, faculty and staff. Services include retrieving accessible materials, alternative format production and support with media captioning. 

Assisting students with limited access to technology



google docPromoting academic integrity in online courses through collaboration, external link

Strategies to create classroom community, reduce student anxiety, and encourage academic integrity

AIO Faculty Resources, external link

A Google Drive folder with a comprehensive collection of Academic Integrity resources

AIO undergraduate resources, external link

Academic Integrity resources specifically related to undergraduate courses

AIO graduate student resources, external link

Academic Integrity resources specifically related to graduate courses

Delivering course content



google docBest practices for delivering live online lectures, external link

A guide taking you through the process of creating an engaging live session for your class

google docLive online class checklist, external link

A checklist based on best practices for delivering online lectures

google docTerms of conduct, privacy, and engagement for live sessions (sample), external link

Sample text that can be adapted and used to communicate expectations for live sessions to students

Host a live meeting in Zoom, opens in new window

Technical instructions for setting up a meeting in Zoom

Host a live meeting with Google Meet, opens in new window

Technical instructions for setting up a meeting using Google Meet

google docProtecting your Zoom session: seven privacy and security tips for instructors, external link

Strategies to keep your Zoom session as safe as possible for all participants

Conducting accessible virtual events & meetings, opens in new window

Tips for hosting accessible lectures in Google Meet and Zoom, including information on closed captioning.



google docSlide presentations for online teaching, external link

Tips and resources  for adapting presentations for online delivery

Slide templates for online classes, external link

To use these templates in PowerPoint, right-click on the file and choose “Download.” To use these templates in Google Slides, right click on the file and choose “Make a Copy”

How to create accessible slideshows, opens in new window

A guide that takes you through best practices for accessibility when using Google Slides and Microsoft PowerPoint

How to create accessible documents, opens in new window

A guide that takes you through best practices for accessibility when using in Google Docs and Microsoft Word

Record lecture components using Zoom, opens in new window

How to use Zoom to pre-record materials, upload them to Google Drive, and share them with your class through D2L Brightspace

google docPodcasting tips for teaching, external link, opens in new window

Strategies and advice on creating podcasts for content delivery and podcasts as a form of assessment

google docCreating effective tutorial and demo videos, external link

Guide to creating and sharing video tutorials and demonstrations with your class

google docAudio-video tech for teaching, external link

Comprehensive guide of equipment and software suggestions for creating video content

google docVideo recording tips for teaching, external link

One page guide with helpful hints for recording video

google docVideo editing tips for teaching, external link

One page guide with helpful hints for editing video

Captioning and description for accessibility, opens in new window

Resources and guides for adding closed captioning and description to both recorded materials and live sessions



Adding content in D2L Brightspace, opens in new window

How to use the Content tool in D2L Brightspace to share your course outline and add modules for course content

Sample Brightspace courses and content packs, opens in new window

Brightspace shells are available with sample content you can view  to get ideas for your own course, as well as content packs you can use in your shell.

Create and share a class folder on Google Drive, opens in new window

How to use a class folder in Google Drive to host and share documents, spreadsheets, forms, audio, and video

Accessibility checker in D2L Brightspace

Learn how to check for accessibility issues in your D2L Brightspace course shell



Supplementary course materials, opens in new window

Comprehensive list of existing materials you can integrate into your teaching

Open Educational Resources (OER), opens in new window

Information about finding, creating, and using Open Educational Resources

In-person to online copyright considerations, opens in new window

A guide to help navigate copyright concerns when delivering course content online

Accessibility services, opens in new window

Services available to help meet accommodation needs  for your students

Communication and collaboration



Facilitate a class collaborative activity using GSuite, opens in new window

How to leverage Google apps for group work

Organizing messages in Gmail using labels, opens in new window

Instructions to help you organize your Gmail

Instant message and video chat with Google Hangouts, opens in new window

How to use this Google app with your Ryerson credentials so that you can chat with students, staff and faculty



Post announcements to your class, opens in new window

How to use the announcements tool in D2L Brightspace to broadcast updates to your class

Sending email and setting up notifications, opens in new window

How to effectively send emails through D2L Brightspace to your entire class, groups, or individual students, as well as details about notifications on the platform

Create student groups using D2L Brightspace, opens in new window

Instructions on setting up groups that you can then apply to various tools such as assignments and discussions in D2L Brightspace

Host an online discussion with D2L Brightspace, opens in new window

Instructions for setting up discussion forums and topics in D2L Brightspace



google docGroup project charter template, external link

Template to help students set guidelines for group work

google sheetGroup project action plan template, external link

Template to help students plan and delegate tasks for group work

Peer evaluation using peerScholar, opens in new window

Software integrated into D2L to facilitate peer evaluation

Wordpress blogs at Ryerson, opens in new window

Information on using the blogging system supported by Digital Media Projects in your course. 

Assessments, quizzes and exams



google docRethinking your final course assessments, external link

Strategies to adapt course assessments to an online or alternate format

google docOnline exam checklist, external link

Practical step-by-step checklist to support you in the process of designing and facilitating online exams

google docOnline exam considerations, external link

Information and advice about how to approach final exams in a remote teaching environment

Virtual Proctoring Considerations The tools available for use at Ryerson, assessed based on availability, data privacy and security, and alignment for supporting common assessment methods. 
Privacy Considerations for Virtual Classes and Virtual Proctoring

As mentioned on Ryerson’s Privacy Policy web page, Ryerson supports the closely aligned principles of transparency and accountability and is committed to protecting specific types of information, which include personal information, teaching and research records. 

This privacy guideline is developed in an effort to assist faculty and instructors with their teaching activities and use of technologies in teaching, especially in response to remote teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Academic Accommodation Support Faculty

Access key information about accommodated online exams.



google docBest Practices: take home exams, external link

Comprehensive guide to designing take home exams

PDF fileBest Practices: alternative assessments, opens in new window

This guide goes through the process of designing several forms of assessment



Create online quizzes using D2L Brightspace, opens in new window

Technical guide on using the D2L Brightspace quiz tool

Reweight final grade calculations, opens in new window

Technical guide on adjusting weighting in the D2L Brightspace gradebook

Supporting students



google docStudent Wellbeing in Remote Teaching, external link

Resources and information on supporting students in a remote teaching environment, and links to supports available to students in support of wellbeing

Get Ryerson Ready, opens in new window

2020 online programming for new undergraduate students

COVID-19 Updates and Resources from Student Wellbeing Services, opens in new window

Information from Student Health & Wellness that includes virtual support options

Student Affairs Covid-19 information and updates, opens in new window

Contains critical updates and information about support service delivery

RU Student Life Events, opens in new window

Listings on Connect RU for Student Life events 

Health and Wellness Events, opens in new window

Listings on Connect RU for all events related to wellness 

Mental health help and resources for students, opens in new window

Page for students to learn where to get help, including a link for those in crisis

ThriveRU, opens in new window

Resilience training and resources for Ryerson students

google slideCOVID-19 Remote Services Slide Deck, external link Created by the Office of the Vice Provost, Students (OVPS), faculty & instructors are invited to share this slide deck with students looking for academic support, engagement opportunities with other students or resources to maintain your mental and emotional well-being.
Movement Breaks Recharge your mind and body during those quick moments in between classes and meetings with activities created by Ryerson Recreation. Add this slide to your next presentation, let your group or class know how long their break is, and get ready to move!



CCS Help desk, opens in new window

Information for students on how to get technical help

my.ryerson login help, opens in new window

If students are having trouble logging into my.ryerson, D2L Brightspace, Google apps or the Ryerson Wordpress blogs, this page will help them troubleshoot the issue.

Ryerson Student Computing Guidelines, opens in new window

These guidelines outline student rights and responsibilities as a computing user. Note some of the information on this page refers to use of computers on campus.

Continuity of Learning guide, opens in new window

List of technical resources and guides available for Ryerson students for remote learning

Student guide to D2L Brightspace, opens in new window

Guide specifically focused on student use of D2L Brightspace

CCS Software Page, opens in new window

Full list of software available through CCS or enabled on CCS labs with download and installation information if available.

External Resources


Getting Ready to Learning Online, external link, an introduction to online learning for students from the University of Waterloo