Coping with Coronavirus: Faculty Resources

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Faculty members in the School of Social Ecology preparing to teach remotely are encouraged to use this page as a guide.


March 25, 2020: Message from ​Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning Micahel Denin

Dear Faculty, 

As we prepare for remote instruction for Spring quarter and you spend more time with UCI’s learning management system (LMS), with Canvas and with Zoom, I write to offer the following: 

  1. We have prepared this script for you to announce at the beginning of class meetings: 
    ​“This [class meeting/discussion group/etc.] is being conducted over Zoom.  As the instructor, I will be recording this session.  I have disabled the recording feature for others so that no one else will be able to record this session.  I will be posting this session to the course’s website at [LMS/Canvas location].  If you have privacy concerns and do not wish to appear in the recording, you may turn video off (click “stop video”) so that Zoom does not record you.  If, when you disable live video, you also want to use a profile image (other than a picture of you) instead of your name, please let me know which image you will be using so that I know who you are during the session.  If you would like to ask a question, you may do so privately through the Zoom chat by addressing your chat question to me only (and not to “everyone”), or you may contact me by another private method.  If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact me.” 
  2. You can protect the privacy of your students and enable students with disabilities to absorb each session by taking the following steps: 
  • Record your sessions in Zoom (after modifying your settings as described below), record the session locally, and upload the recording into YuJa for embedded distribution with YuJa Media Chooser.  This will: (i) make it very difficult for someone to grab the link and share/download the session and (ii) allow you to modify the settings in your Zoom profile settings. 
  • Modify settings as follows in your Zoom profile: 
    • Settings/meeting: turn OFF “auto saving chats” 
    • Settings/meeting: turn ON “allow host to type closed captions or assign a participant/third party device to add closed captions” 
    • Settings/recording: turn OFF “local recording: allow hosts and participants to record the meeting to a local file” 
    • Settings/recording: turn ON “cloud recording: allow hosts to record and save the meeting in the cloud”

 ​I encourage you to provide your remote instruction via UCI’s LMS/Canvas. Although it is not perfect (and we are working to improve it), it provides you with the best protection related to copyright issues in two ways:

  1. you have more protection from claims that you have infringed someone else’s copyrights when you use another’s work in your materials if your course is delivered via LMS/Canvas, and
  2. the technology of LMS/Canvas makes it more difficult for anyone to copy and distribute your materials.

Thank you for all you are doing for our students so that they can continue their academic progress, 

Michael Dennin
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning and Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education


Cheat Sheet

This "quick resource guide” prepared by Joanne Zinger is handy as you set up and deliver your remote courses.


Remote Teaching Bootcamps

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation and the Office of Information Technology are presenting a series of webinars to ensure a smooth transition to teaching remotely. The DTEI Boot Camp Webinars offer essential skills, tools, and best practices to prepare remote lectures and set up their courses with a Canvas template. An online hands-on lab is available immediately following each webinar for faculty to ask questions and get help while setting up their course spaces. See the bootcamp schedule.


Get to Know These Course Tools

Zoom: Now, learn about Zoom. Zoom is a video teleconference service available to the entire UC Irvine community. Log in to get an account. You can use Zoom for office hours, meetings with students and TA, synchronous discussion sections or seminars as long as all of your students are in an accessible time zone. But you can also use Zoom to record lectures. Just create a “Meeting” with just yourself, and press record! Here is a presentation on how to use Zoom. Other resources below.

YuJa: Next, learn about YuJa. You can also record videos using YuJa. But think of YuJa as a place to store your video lectures, no matter how you made them. It provides a digital media library in which you can store everything online. Then, it makes it easy to link to videos via Canvas. You can upload videos created in Zoom to YuJa, too.

Canvas: Finally, learn about UCI Canvas, an online platform for UCI courses. Many of you already use Canvas. It’s your and your students one-stop shop for readings, lectures, discussions, assignments, exams, and grades. 


Social Ecology Remote Instruction Team

The Social Ecology Remote Instruction Teaching Team is avaialble to answer questions and provide assistance:

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