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In the event that you need to teach a class session from off campus, the University provides a variety of services to connect you with your students and to enable you to share class resources. Note: You should consult with your department chair about acceptable reasons and best practices for teaching remotely.

This site offers a list of services, resources, and approaches that you may wish to use to support your remote instruction efforts. The chart below provides an overview of the technologies that can be used to augment or replace classroom activities in the event that remote instruction is necessary.                                                                                                         

Some of the tools listed are appropriate for use in synchronous (“real-time”) instruction, while others support asynchronous (“non-real-time”) instruction. Please keep in mind, however, that coordinating a live, remote lecture using any technology can present a variety of technical challenges for instructors and students. These include different types of internet connections, periods of Internet slowness, and disruptions to wireless service at the time of need. For these reasons, in the event of an emergency asynchronous approaches are often preferable.

Whatever approach you prefer to take, it is strongly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the available technology before needs arise. In the event that remote instruction becomes necessary, please know that NYU IT will strive to keep production services related to communication and instruction up and running. Also, where possible, computing labs will be kept open.

Finally, please know that the University stands ready to provide faculty with support for using the tools listed below. For information about how to access this support, please see the “Support” notice on the right-hand side of this page. (If you are interested in learning more about University-level support for instructional technology generally, please visit Instructional Technology Support.) 

(asynchronous, pre-recorded
lectures - faculty are encouraged
to follow this method)
  • Embed videos in your Classes
    course site or Web Publishing site

Leading discussions
(asynchronous - faculty are encouraged to follow this method)
Leading discussions
Providing course
content to your students
Distributing group updates/
communicating with your class
Holding virtual office hours
Submitting papers

Note: WebEx requires account approval and training, and is therefore not recommended for new users in a time-sensitive remote instruction situation.