Synchronous Instruction for Faculty

On This Page: Leading synchronous discussions online | Conducting a live, remote lecture | Holding virtual office hours | Providing course content to your students (handouts, readings, multimedia) | Online papers submissions and collection | Online problems sets and quizzes | Set up an NYU Classes site | Help & additional information

Leading synchronous discussions online

The best tools for quickly arranging a synchronous (live) discussion for remote instruction are NYU Chat/Hangouts and Web Meetings & Audio Conferencing (WebEx). Note: WebEx requires account approval and training, and is therefore not recommended for new users in a time-sensitive remote instruction situation.

Conducting a live, remote lecture

There are a two modes for live, face-to-face interaction between you and your students.

  • For informal interactions with groups of less than 25 students, NYU Chat/Hangouts is the best option.
  • For more formal delivery of live lectures to students WebEx is an option. However, WebEx requires account approval and training, and is therefore not recommended for new users in a time-sensitive remote instruction situation. 

Please keep in mind that coordinating a live, remote lecture using any technology can present a variety of technical challenges for instructors and students; you may wish to consider recording a lecture or using another synchronous or asynchronous option instead.

Holding virtual office hours

Are your students asking for additional office hours? Consider using the built-in chat room tool in NYU Classes to have synchronous conversations with your students.

Need to set up private chat rooms for study groups or 1:1s, or allow a more open forum for everyone to view and participate in the discussion. Group chatting (text only) through Google is possible as well for 1:1s or small groups to continue the conversations outside of NYU Classes.

Google Apps

NYU Classes

Providing course content to your students (handouts, readings, multimedia)

Want to provide access to your students to an article or want them to review the presentation slides? Uploading resources into NYU Classes or NYU Drive could provide an easy solution to share that PDF or Word document with your students. Don't forget to let them know the resource is there and available for them to download or view. See the Asynchronous Instruction page of this site for information on how to distribute announcements or updates to your students.

Google Apps

NYU Classes

Online papers submissions and collection

Want to make it easier for your students to submit a paper online? Consider using the online submission abilities of the assignment tools in NYU Classes. Assignments can be available with instructions for your students, due dates to ensure they are submitted on time, and batch downloading for easy reading and grading. 

NYU Classes

Online problems sets and quizzes

Want to give a make-up quiz online or problem set for your class? NYU Classes allows you to give online tests and quizzes to your students, either at a specific time or on their own schedule, and with the exception of essay questions, quizzes can be self-graded as well. If you wish to give a survey to your students, consider using the NYU Survey Service, powered by Qualtrics, and supported through Data Services.

NYU Survey Service (Qualtrics)

NYU Classes

NYU Drive

Set up an NYU Classes site

NYU Classes is available to the entire NYU Community. If you have not already done so and have enough time available, you can set up and publish a course site and make it available to your students as a resource.

Additional help & information

If you can't find the information you need, search the ServiceLink knowledge base, or contact the IT Service Desk.

Tech Savvy offers additional help and training with short e-learning modules on topics such as WebEx, NYU Classes, NYU Stream, Google Apps, and more.