Support for Tufts instructors includes:

TRAININGS: TTS is holding in-person and online training and drop-in sessions for faculty. See dates, times and locations for trainings and drop-ins, or watch on-demand recordings of popular trainings.

GUIDELINES: Review Guidelines and Recommendations for Teaching Online.

ACCESSIBILITY: Review important reminders from Student Accessibility Services.

CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY: See which classrooms are equipped for multi-modality teaching.


Tufts supports a variety of tools that enable courses to continue when students are unable to attend class for an extended period of time or in the event that classes are canceled unexpectedly due to weather or other disruptive circumstances. TTS Educational Technology Services provides tips, guidance, and support in the event you need to move your classes online due to unforeseen circumstances.

Get started by reviewing the suggestions below, or dive deeper into our collection of resources on instructional continuity. There are many tools and methods for teaching and learning remotely, but we encourage you to use the tools you know. If you’ve never used technology like Canvas or Zoom in your teaching, get familiar with the tools now so you can keep teaching through an unexpected disruption.

Not sure which tool to use? Need help with setup? Email to get assistance from an educational technology specialist.

1. Use Canvas as a central meeting point 

Canvas is Tufts’ learning management system (LMS). Course web sites are automatically created in Canvas for most courses listed in SIS. Use Canvas to post announcements; give assignments and collect student submissions; host online asynchronous discussions; deliver timed quizzes and exams; and distribute course materials. Canvas can also be used for live 1:1 and group video conferencing using Zoom.

Log in to Canvas and publish your courseHow do I publish my Canvas course?
Post your syllabusHow do I post a syllabus?
Communicate with your studentsGetting in touch with your students via Canvas
Learn more about Canvas in our instructor training courseCanvas Instructor Orientation and Training
Give your students tips for learning remotelyPost a link to in your Canvas course site and send it to your students.

Short videos focused on specific course tools and tasks can be found in the Canvas@Tufts On Demand Training Library.

2. Do more with Canvas

Upload course content to the Files toolHow do I upload a file to a course?
Organize your course content using ModulesHow do I add new or existing content to the modules tool?
Use the Assignments tool to assign and collect student course workWhat are Canvas Assignments? and How do I create an assignment?
Use the Gradebook to view and enter grades for studentsHow do I use the Gradebook?
Create a course home page with custom text and imagesHow do I create a Front Page?
Preview what students see when they visit your Canvas course siteHow do I view my course site as a student?

3.  Record a presentation and make it available to your students

Create an audio-annotated presentation or screen captureRecord your voice, screen, and webcam using the Kaltura Capture option in the My Media tool in Canvas.   Publish the new recording to the Media Gallery in Canvas for your students.  

Another option is Echo360 Personal Capture, which also allows you to record your audio, screen and webcam. Learn more about Echo360 Personal Capture. 
Upload a video file you have already recordedIf you have pre-recorded a presentation in another application (e.g., Powerpoint, Explain Everything, Quicktime), then you can use the Media Upload option in My Media for viewing.  Uploaded videos will be available to students in your course’s Media Gallery. 
Record a webinar on your own and send a link to the recordingIf you are already familiar with Zoom, record a meeting while you deliver a presentation. Post the link in Canvas for your students to view on-demand. Learn how to record a meeting in Zoom. 
Record your class using Echo360 Lecture CaptureIf your classroom is outfitted with an Echo360 recording device, record your class for delivery online. See which classrooms support Echo360.
Explore more optionsThere are a lot of ways to go about this depending on what you are trying to accomplish.  
Contact to request a consultation or 1:1 support for recording a presentation. 
Learn best practices for recording videoBefore you start recording, review some DIY Video Best Practices.

4. Teach a live class session for both synchronous and asynchronous delivery

Schedule Zoom sessions to connect with your students live from your computer. Features include video conferencing, screen sharing, annotation, whiteboards, chat, polling, and recording.
On-campus or from home
Learn how to host a meeting in Zoom.
If your Tufts classroom is outfitted with a built-in Echo360 recording device, livestream/record your class for delivery online. See which classrooms support Echo360.
On-campus only from Echo-equipped classrooms

Teach on campus and record your class using Echo360 Lecture Capture.

5. Interact and engage with your students asynchronously 

Post a class announcement to notify your class about important course-related information.Announcements are posted to your Canvas course page and are also sent to students in your class who allow for these notifications. 
Send an email to your class, groups of students, or individual students via Canvas. Use Canvas’ Inbox to easily send an email to a full roster or select students. 

Canvas’ Course Emailer allows instructors and TAs to email a class (or a group of classes) via their Tufts email account. This email bypasses any Canvas Notifications settings set by either the student or the instructor.
Use the discussion toolPost a discussion topic in Canvas so you can interact with your students in a forum asynchronously. All students in your class will be able to view, post and reply to discussion postings.  
Learn best practices for facilitating online discussionReview guidelines for conducting Class Discussions at a Distance.

6. Administer assignments, quizzes and exams remotely 

Use Canvas to post assignment instructions and due dates, receive submissions from students, grade and provide individual feedback. Create and publish a Canvas assignment for your students.
Facilitate timed quizzes or exams, with availability dates, automatic grading and feedback.  Create and publish a quiz or exam in Canvas.
Grade scans of handwritten homework and exams using Gradescope, an online grading platform. Learn more about Gradescope and how to get started.
Create a graded exam that students have to take in the presence of a virtual proctor. For high-stakes exams, you can require that students be in the presence of a virtual proctor while taking a timed exam in Canvas.  ProctorU is available to Tufts faculty and used in online classes regularly.Learn more about ProctorU and how to get started.
Enter and manage student grades, and allow students to view grades. Manage the gradebook in Canvas.