Remote Teaching and Assessment Strategies

In the best interests of the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and our local communities, Penn State has decided to move to remote learning for all classes through at least the end of spring semester. We recommend that instructors use Penn State's Remote Teaching as a central resource.

While adapting to this challenging instructional situation, please bear in mind the following suggestions.

  • Perfection is not expected. Your goal is to adapt current course plans, teaching strategies, and assignments to make the best of this challenging situation.
  • Be flexible. Both you and your students will be juggling competing priorities, learning new things, and perhaps feeling ill. Provide options for completing assignments, and modify your late policy to accommodate emerging barriers to completion.
  • Establish a preferred means of communication and direct your students to use it. Students will have concerns about their ability to keep up with their coursework, particularly graduating students. Consistent, frequent, and timely communication benefits everyone.
  • Penn State's Remote Learning includes answers to common student questions. Prepare responses to suit your course.
  • Take time to breathe and give yourself a break when possible.

As you plan for remote instruction, the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence faculty consultants are available to assist you.

Virtual Consultation Hours on Remote Teaching Pedagogical & Technical Support

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE) and Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) are teaming up to offer virtual office hours to support faculty on any aspect of remote teaching and learning. We'll be available for you to drop by and discuss both pedagogical and technical concerns. Join us at the following times using the Virtual Office Hours Zoom link:

  • Monday, 5/4: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 5/7: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, 5/11: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 5/14: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 5/19: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 5/20: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

To Request Support

Contact a facultyconsultant or send an email to To schedule a consultation with an instructional designer, technology consultant, find technology trainings for Canvas, Zoom, or Kaltura, or to reach Tech Support, visit Remote Teaching, Technology Training webpage.