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To prevent further spread of the Coronavirus, Northwestern University has instituted a wellness period for the first two weeks of the Winter 2022 quarter.  Remote teaching is required for all classes during the weeks of January 3 and January 10, 2022 — regardless of the class' originally scheduled format. To assist faculty with this transition to remote teaching, the Office of Distance Learning has prepared this information page to assist you in moving your classes online.

During this time, consider relaxing your class participation and  assignment due date policies if students need accommodations due to illness or travel restrictions.

Northwestern University Information & Resources

General information about the university's response to Coronavirus/COVID-19 and its implications for students and faculty;

Northwestern IT Teaching & Learning Technologies has provided these resources for all faculty:

Northwestern IT has prepared this resource for instructors:

Teaching & Learning Technologies Workshops

Northwestern IT Teaching & Learning Technologies offers facilitator-led workshops on remote teaching with Canvas and Zoom. See their Eventbright page for workshop descriptions and registration.


SPS Faculty Consultations

The Office of Distance Learning is offering real-time instruction and support for School of Professional Studies faculty:

  • Remote Teaching Consultations: Beginning January 3, 2022, schedule an appointment with a member of the Distance Learning staff for a one-to-one consultation to address your specific questions. See the Consultations page for details and scheduling.


Getting Started with Remote Teaching

We realize that this will be the first time teaching remotely for some instructors. The resources on this page will aid you in converting your course content for use in Canvas and effectively teaching the course at a distance. They have been listed in an order that is intended get you started and then expand your remote teaching skills. Select the tab below that corresponds to the format of the course you need to convert.

Tip Sheets

If you are currently teaching a blended online/face to face (hybrid) course, leverage your existing online materials and course structure.

If you are currently teaching an entirely online course, there should be very little extra preparation or modifications to your course.

Tip Sheets