Remote Instructors

Long before the disruptions of COVID-19, Illinois was a pioneer in the field of online education. Our faculty and staff have been innovators and leaders in leveraging advances in technology into new ways of teaching and learning for the 21st century. We are committed to ensuring that every student, in every mode of delivery, has the transformational educational experience that we promise here at Illinois.

The Fall 2020 semester will see courses delivered in-part or entirely online. While many university instructors have familiarity with online course delivery, remote instruction can still be a new experience for others. The university is committed to helping all instructors adapt their coursework to the challenges presented by COVID-19.


The Academics guide contains information that is relevant to all students and instructors, whether their classes are online or in-person. The Academics guide includes:

  • Fall 2020 Academic Calendar
  • Grading and Credit Options
  • More information for instructors

Please make sure you also review information on the Academics guide.

Technology and Pedagogy Resources for Instructors

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) and Technology Services have created a number of resources for online instructors.

CITL’s Keep Teaching website has information and services for remote students.

The University of Illinois Online Teaching Academy is an opportunity for faculty and teaching assistants to review best practices and discuss different pedagogical approaches as well as to receive hands-on training on technical tools for online teaching and learning.

The Technology Services Help Desk can provide support for a number of online learning issues. Please visit their Continuing Key University Activities page for more information about remote learning technologies.

Some departments, schools and colleges have additional resources and support for their faculty. The College and Unit Information page contains college and unit-level COVID-19 information. Please look for additional information from your department, school or college.

Technology Equipment Needs

Instructors that need access to a laptop, internet connectivity or a smartphone for the Safer Illinois app, should visit the Faculty, Staff, and Student Technology Equipment Needs page managed by Technology Services.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if some of my students are in very different time zones and cannot meet synchronously?

If your course is synchronous, students were made aware of this fact at the time of registration. Synchronous online courses are denoted by “ONL” and also list the synchronous meeting time. We recommend that you be aware that students in your class might be in any part of the world, so perhaps some content might be made available asynchronously. (Note: asynchronous course content is also extremely helpful for students with low network bandwidth.) But since your course meeting time was advertised from the start, it is acceptable to continue meeting synchronously.

What are my responsibilities if I observe something that may be illegal or concerning with one of my students while we are on an online class (e.g., illegal drug paraphernalia within camera view, possible abuse or neglect)?

If you receive a report of sexual misconduct or observe sexual misconduct: Report through the link on the We Care website. This site’s FAQ has the reporting link along with other information, including syllabus language.

If you observe possible child abuse or neglect:  The Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) mandates that all personnel of an institution of higher education must immediately report cases of suspected child abuse or neglect of minors (children under the age of 18) directly to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) at 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873) as soon as abuse or neglect is suspected.

If you believe, based on your observations, a student may be in crisis, pose a risk of harm to themselves, or pose a risk of harm to others: Reports should be made using the Community of Care form.

For other violations of university policy:  Instructors are encouraged to report behavior in violation of the Student Code to the Office of Student Conflict Resolution.

The Academic Integrity policy obligates faculty to address academic integrity issues using the procedures outlined in the Student Code.

How do I know what material students can access from China?

Information on accessing content from China is available here.

How do I avoid Zoom bombings?

Information on best practices for protecting your Zoom session can be found here.

What happens if I get sick, who takes over my class? What can I do to prepare for that kind of emergency?

As in any semester when an instructor is unable to perform duties for a time, the unit, in consultation with the instructor, will be responsible for determining how to handle the situation.

Additional Resources

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