Spring 2021 Faculty Remote Instruction Workshop FAQ

The Office of the Provost and Deans are highly encouraging all faculty who are teaching in spring and summer 2021 for the first time since spring 2020 to complete this workshop. Participation is not required.

Faculty who have participated in the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Faculty Remote Instruction Workshops do not need to take this workshop.

Due to resourcing limitations, we can presently only offer the intensive for spring and summer instructors. However, we are planning additional faculty development programming in spring for future semesters. More information will be available in early 2021 from your school/college Dean’s office.

The ETS Continuity of Education Online Workshop provided in March 2020 and required by many of the schools/college was primarily focused on Zoom and Canvas, and the basics of online synchronous remote education and course management through Canvas. It was designed to move faculty to remote education quickly, and for courses which commenced in-person and were concluding the semester remotely.

This new workshop will be focused on remote course design, pedagogy and facilitation. It will include:

  • Online course design best practices based on the Quality Matters (QM) framework;
  • Leveraging the Dons Online Template, a Canvas course template with best practices template pages, structure and organization;
  • Creating online community and ensure appropriate student/student and instructor/student interactions;
  • Hosting engaging, extended online synchronous sessions which involve online active learning;
  • Providing asynchronous online learning alternatives;
  • Preparing and supporting students in the online environment.


Remote instruction is how we are describing our essential move to online education necessitated by COVID-19 and required self-isolating and shelter in place mandates.

The online summer core courses offered in summer 2020, which are being offered for the first time this summer as part of the Online Summer Core Course Initiative, are 100% online, require no face to face meetings, and have no more than 17% online synchronous class sessions.

For a more detailed outline of the differences between emergency remote instruction, remote instruction and traditional USF online learning, please review our Remote Instruction / Online Instruction Definitions, Programs and Pathways document.



Since the workshop will not include any education on Canvas, Zoom and other educational technologies, the following courses are prerequisites. If you have not previously taken these ETS trainings, additional sections are currently being offered and can be taken concurrently:

  • ETS Continuity of Instruction Online Workshop (2 hours) OR Canvas Essentials (1.5 hours) AND Keep Teaching, with Zoom (1 hour, also called Zoom for the Classroom)
  • Secure and Proctored Online Exams with Respondus LockDown Browser/Monitor (1 hour) — for instructors planning to conduct secure online exams

To register for one or more of these trainings, visit the ETS Training Classes and Workshops page.



The workshop will be facilitated by the USF Instructional Design team. Once completed, instructional designers will be available for additional support via 1:1 consultations and open office hours.

Faculty can request a 1:1 consultation using the ETS consultation request form (select Instructional design consultation).

Additional information regarding instructional designer office hours will be provided in the workshop.

The Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and ETS Instructional Technology and Training (ITT) team are also offering additional programming this summer to support new fall instructional delivery models. For more information, please visit their websites.


We are offering 6 workshops between November 12, 2020 and January 29, 2021. Registration is on a first come first service basis. We are able to accommodate a maximum of 25 faculty participants per workshop session. To ensure you are able to attend the session you prefer, please register early.

Full time and part time faculty who complete the workshop will receive a $250 stipend. This requires completion of both the synchronous and asynchronous portions of the workshop in the allocated time period of one week after.


Direct additional questions to Susan Zolezzi, Associate Director of Instructional Design.

You may also contact your school/college's Associate Deans listed below, who serve as representatives of either the USF Continuity of Instruction Resource Team or the USF Remote Education Task Force.