Remote Teaching/Working for Faculty and Staff

Employee Assistance Programs IT Support Teaching Resources Security ResourcesStudent Concerns and Feedback Recording of Class-Related Activity Ferpa Considerations 

Beware of Coronavirus Scams!

Opportunistic vendors and scammers are taking advantage of the public health crisis to trick faculty and staff into acquiring their products, logging into fake/malicious webpages, or even spreading malware. Read more at:

Employee Assistance Program

News regarding COVID-19 has created stress for many. For others, it has added to existing anxieties. The Employee Assistance Program is offering information to help navigate this time of uncertainty.

IT Support

Links to common services and contact information are published on the Law I.T. for Faculty & Staff web page.

To suggest other content or request instructions that we should add to this page, email Chris Evans.

Training Courses:

Canvas 101:

Learn Zoom

Using VidGrid

Box University:
(Click the "Login With Box" button, and use your existing UNL login)

Step-by-Step Teaching Guides:

Embed a Box Folder in your Canvas course: [PDF]

Hack the Canvas Groups feature to make a Student File Upload folder: [PDF]

Record audio on your Smartphone and upload it to Box:  [Android] [iOS]

Add audio narration to your existing PowerPoint presentation: [Microsoft Support topic]

How should I record my lecture? Comparing Zoom vs. VidGrid: [PDF]

How to record using VidGrid: [Windows] [macOS]

Set up your Zoom Personal Meeting room: [PDF]

Change your Zoom Personal Meeting ID and Link Name: [PDF]

Turn your Smartphone into a Document Camera with Zoom: [Video]

How to record a Zoom Meeting: [Windows] [macOS]

How to move your recorded Zoom Meeting to a Box folder: [PDF]

Call into your Personal Meeting using only a telephone: [PDF]
(You must first configure your Zoom Personal Meeting room before you can use this method.)

Integrate Zoom into your Canvas Course: [PDF]

Step-by-Step Remote Working Guides:

Install and connect to the Nebraska VPN: [PDF]

Install Microsoft Office apps on your computer: [PDF]

Log into your Box Account the first time: [PDF]

Turn on Call Forwarding on your office phone: [PDF]

"Keep Teaching" Guide (Center for Transformative Teaching):

UNL College of Business Instructor Resources site:

Mobile Apps:

Canvas Teacher: [iOS] [Android]

Zoom Cloud Meetings: [iOS] [Android]

Security Resources

There are several ways we all can be more secure while working remotely.

ITS has developed information and resources to help people understand the importance of staying safe and how to stay safe:

Additionally, you can find helpful resources on using technology to work from home here:
A VPN connection is only required for certain systems, you can learn more on the VPN section of the Remote Work page. See the link above for more info.

Information about how to use Zoom in a safe and secure way can be found here:
Specific information about making sure your meetings are more secure can be found here:

Student Concerns and Feedback

Remote learning can make it difficult for students to know how they can ask questions, raise concerns and share positive feedback about their learning experiences. Since they can no longer connect in-person, it's important for them to have a clear path of communication. Instructors are encouraged to use this text to post contact informaIon as an announcement in each of their Canvas courses.

Your experience with remote learning in this course is important to me. If you have questions, concerns, or positive feedback, please contact me at [Canvas inbox, email address, or phone number]. If I am unable to respond, or you feel I've not adequately addressed your concerns, you can contact [department contact name, email and/or phone number]. If your concern is still not resolved, please contact [college contact name, email and/or phone number].

Recording of Class-Related Activity

Instructors have shared concerns about students recording class-related activity, particularly in how that relates to their intellectual property. The following text has been approved by university general counsel for addition to the syllabus section of Canvas courses. The decision of whether to include this text can be made at the instructor level, but note that the protections described in the text will only apply to your course if you include the text in your course information.

I invite all of you to join me in actively creating and contributing to a positive, productive, and respectful classroom culture. Each student contributes to an environment that shapes the learning process. Any work and/or communication that you are privy to as a member of this course should be treated as the intellectual property of the speaker/creator, and is not to be shared outside the context of this course.

Students may not make or distribute screen captures, audio/video recordings of, or livestream, any class-related activity, including lectures and presentations, without express prior written consent from me or an approved accommodation from Services for Students with Disabilities. If you have (or think you may have) a disability such that you need to record or tape class-related activities, you should contact Services for Students with Disabilities. If you have an accommodation to record class-related activities, those recordings may not be shared with any other student, whether in this course or not, or with any other person or on any other platform. Failure to follow this policy on recording or distributing class-related activities may subject you to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct.

FERPA Considerations

Now that many students have returned home, we need to be mindful of FERPA compliance. Insist that your students use their email addresses; that way you know you are communicating directly with students themselves. When having online meetings, have a "Before we begin" conversation to make sure students remain protected by FERPA.

Before we begin, I know there may be others nearby during our discussion and I might reference academic information that is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Are you okay continuing with our conversation? Are there things you’d prefer I not share or share only using the chat function?

If you are unsure about the written consent status of a student, the assigned academic advisor in your department can check for you.

Additional faculty and staff information is available at