Getting Started – Where to Begin
All UCI courses will be remote for spring quarter. To help BioSci faculty transition and succeed in an online environment, we’ve created this page as a resource that will be updated continually throughout the quarter as new information is available. There are a variety of tips, tools, and best practices to make the remote learning environment successful for both you and your students. Below, we have included information on technological needs, as well as instructional suggestions and resources.
Remote Teaching Resources
The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation and the Office of Information Technology have created new web pages for technical support:
Please use this as a starting point for setting up key technology needs for remote teaching.
Tools for Successful Remote Teaching
Tools for Successful Remote Teaching
Teaching Resources for BioSci Faculty
BioSci has created a Google Doc for faculty which includes resources to assist with your remote learning experience. There currently is a PowerPoint with information on best practices for remote learning, and the Google Doc will be updated continually with resources as they become available.
UCI Canvas is an online platform for UCI courses. It’s your and your students one-stop shop for readings, lectures, discussions, assignments, exams, and grades.
- Visit the UCI Canvas main page
- Canvas Instructor Guide
- Online writing instruction resources for Canvas, provided by UCI Campus Writing and Communication Coordinator
- Video Tutorial on setting up Canvas, provided by Michael Dennin, PhD
- Canvas Cheat Sheet: Quick steps on organizing your Canvas course, courtesy of Kassia Wosick, Sociology
VPN (Virtual Private Network)
You can use the UCI VPN if you need to access scientific papers online or use other resources available through the UCI network. If you use the Web VPN option, be sure to select “WebVPN” as the Group before you log in. See instructions here.
You can also download the Software VPN app to enable VPN for all connections – not just those via web browser.
The university has enabled Zoom teleconferencing access for all faculty. You can use this link to log into your account and determine whether you currently have a “Basic” or “Licensed” account. Meetings for those with “Basic” accounts are limited to 40 minutes, so if you’d like to have longer meetings please contact a department administrator to sign up for a “Licensed” account, which is free for UCI faculty.
Once you’ve logged into your Zoom account, you can change your profile and settings. For example, you may want to allow anyone on the call to share screens if you’d like to look at files with your students or colleagues while on Zoom. Only use this feature with trusted entities, otherwise click here to utilize security measures suggested by OIT.
How can I prevent Zoombombing? And when did that become a word?
See the guidance from OIT:
If you experience Zoombombing, please report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful links and resources for Zoom
- Security measures suggested by OIT
- Zoom set-up guide, provided by OIT
- Zoom training, application, and features, provided by UCI School of Medicine
- If you have TAs/LAs, add them as co-hosts to your Zoom account
- Video conference etiquette guide to share with students and others, courtesy of the Yassa Lab
Want to capture just your slide presentation? To record your slide presentation alone, or include a picture-in-picture recording of yourself presenting the lecture, use the YuJa desktop-based lecture capture software.
YuJa can record lectures straight from your desktop and store the video file on their servers. You can also store files created with other video capture software, including Zoom. YuJa provides a digital media library in which you can store everything online. And you can also link the stored videos to Canvas.
The following faculty members are happy to serve as resources to assist faculty and lecturers with remote instruction technologies. Please check the above resources first, but then email them directly to request assistance.
FYIs and Need to Knows
Learning Assistants (LAs):
The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation and the Certified Learning Assistants Program (CLAP) is encouraging faculty to consider using Learning Assistants (LAs) remotely as another means of student support during this quarter of remote instruction. LAs can assist in facilitating discussion sections, Canvas discussion boards, or small group meetings. LAs can also provide live support by facilitating group discussions during synchronous remote lectures, managing students in Zoom breakout rooms, or holding virtual office hours/drop-in tutoring.
CLAP has created resources to help faculty get started with this process: https://dtei.uci.edu/learning-assistants-3/
Mark your calendars! Dry ice scheduled to be delivered to 1439F MH every Monday.
Additional Resources and Information
Tips and Advice
- Asynchronous versus synchronous: Michael Dennin, Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning and Dean of Division of Undergraduate Education, offered the following advice: “For consistency, when it comes to asynchronous versus synchronous, it is truly a balancing act in terms of access versus engagement. We will be providing multiple levels of advice and suggestions in this space as we move forward. The short answer is that it is best to leverage both modes where possible but not have grades rely on synchronous, where possible, because of all the issues with access and stable tech.”
- Virtual office hours: Use a shared Google Doc to create virtual office hours. The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation is providing this as an option for faculty who need assistance with technology. Click here to view the document.
- Stay up to date on the latest information: Online Education’s Faculty Focus Blog provides great and current information on online teaching. In addition, Elizabeth Pollard from San Diego State University created the following chart to offer ideas for how you might deploy educational technologies to transfer face-to-face teaching strategies into an online modality: Pedagogy in the Time of COVID-19.
- The UCI School of Social Sciences created a fantastic list of tips and tricks from social sciences faculty and beyond:
- Tips on Remote Instruction: Slide deck courtesy of Bill Branch, Economics
- Online Course Checklist courtesy of Kassia Wosick, Sociology
- Video: What Makes a Good Teacher Great? | Azul Terronez | TEDxSantoDomingo, shared by Jeanett Castellanos, Social Sciences
- 10 Tips for First Time Online Faculty – Medium, by Andrew Vanden Heuvel, 2010 Michigan Online Teacher of the Year
- Increasing Student Engagement in Online Courses, Journal of Educators Online, shared by Jeanett Castellanos
- Moving Online Now, The Chronicle of Higher Education
UCI Disability Service Center
The DSC Office is now closed until further notice.
However, DSC staff, services, and support will continue to be available remotely, 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday-Friday.
Please click the link below to learn more about updates from the DSC related to COVID-19.
Donating Personal Protective Equipment
UCI Medical Center is in urgent need of supplies for our frontline care providers and staff. To help, UCI School of Medicine students are hosting a personal protective equipment (PPE) drive from Monday, March 30 to Saturday, April 4. Please consider making a donation to help protect our healthcare providers who are working tirelessly during this unprecedented time.
UCI Medical Center is accepting the following supplies in unopened and unused condition:
• N95 Respirators
• Surgical Masks
• Face Shields
• Protective Goggles
• Disposable Gloves
• Hand Sanitizer
• Isolation Gowns
Drop-Off Locations and Dates
3/30, 3/31, 4/1, 4/2, 4/4 @ 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Parking Lot
850 Health Sciences Rd, Irvine, CA 92697
3/30, 3/31, 4/1 @ 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Albertsons Ladera Ranch
27702 Crown Valley Pkwy Suite B, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
For questions or concerns, please email email@example.com.
Thank you for your support!
Mental Health Resources
Susan Samueli Integrative Health is offering free virtual well-being services for UCI employees, including Sleep 101, What is Stress?, Mindfulness and Meditation, Guided Acupressure, Guided Massage, Yoga, Stress Management Strategies (all non-contact).
UCI Psychiatry Department offers a Faculty and Staff Support Line with supportive therapy, techniques to manage anxiety, and other resources to provide emotional help during this difficult time. Sign up for a FREE 30-minute support session (links below). You will receive an email confirming your appointment. A counselor will call you at the designated time.
If you would like access to free, confidential counseling services for you or your family, contact ComPsych Guidance Resources, your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at:
Phone: (844) 824-3273
The Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion invites you to join them each week
to virtually interact with therapy dogs and cute pets! Say hello and introduce your pet to our participants. No pets? No problem! All are welcome to join to see the animals and enjoy some lighthearted fun.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are feeling suicidal, go to the nearest Emergency Room or call the National Suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
UCI is prohibiting all non-essential University-sponsored International Travel to any country to reduce
the risk of potential spread of infection to other areas and in support of global health. For more information, please click the links below:
Local Source for COVID-19 Info
You can visit the new website created by UCI Health for the latest information from expert voices on your health and wellness, testing, clinical trials, policy, technology, education, social issues, as well as insights and analysis on the real-life implications of these developments.
Additional Resources and Links
- Frequently asked questions for teaching continuity, provided by DTEI
- UC guide on promoting student mental health
- The Science journals are striving to provide the best and most timely research, analysis, and news coverage of COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes it. All content is free to access: https://www.sciencemag.org/coronavirus-research-commentary-and-news
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for students and faculty, to continue to work remotely. This special license is active through May 31. OIT has posted instructions for accessing and installing Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Library Virtual Resources
Who are the Equity Advisors?
Many of the faculty resources added to the BioSci remote website were brought to you by the SOM Equity Advisors (with a few edits for BioSci).
The Equity Advisors work with the Deans and the UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence to support UCI’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
An Equity Advisor is a senior faculty member, appointed as Faculty Assistant to the Dean in their respective schools. Equity Advisors participate in faculty recruiting by approving search strategies and raising awareness of best practices. Additionally, they organize faculty development programs, with both formal and informal mentoring, and address individual issues raised by women and underrepresented minority faculty.
Please send any updates or additions for the faculty resources on the remote site to Aimee Edinger (firstname.lastname@example.org).
BioSci Equity Advisor: