A TA’s Guide to Teaching Remotely at UCLA
Resources for Your Students for Remote Learning
Remote Assessment Recommendations
There is a lot to consider when moving to remote assessments. Most of us need to transform assessments, adjust expectations, and/or consider many factors in administering exams.
- Outlines key recommendations from UCLA leadership bodies.
- Provides alternative assessments consistent with recommendations.
- If alternative assessments aren’t possible, this document provides best practices for remote testing.
This document was a collaboration of UCLA Online Teaching and Learning, the Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences, HumTech, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and SEASNet.
General Tips on Teaching With Technology
Our approach to technology is to start with your goals for your class and then identify the technology that will support those goals. We have therefore organized this section based on potential goals, such as Facilitating Interaction, Ensuring Accessibility, etc. Within each of those sub-sections is information about tools that can enable those goals in a remote environment.
For technical information about digital tools (e.g., how to install and use tools such as Zoom, VPN, and Box), laptops and equipment loans, and campus policies regarding issues like software purchases, security, and privacy, please go to Keep Teaching: Technology Resources for Instructors. That site also has information on whom to go to for troubleshooting and 24/7 IT support.
For access to our campus learning management system and your course website, please visit ccle.ucla.edu.
The Center for the Advancement of Teaching stands firm in our commitment to supporting Black lives, both inside and outside of the classroom. The recent and continued horrific killings of Black people in America underscores our country’s long history of racism toward Black Americans and challenges us to bring about positive change. This communication focuses on what we can do right now to care for and support students in our classrooms.
Following and participating in troubling events can have a significant impact on the health and well-being of our students and affect their ability to perform to their fullest academic potential. We urge instructors to be flexible and compassionate, and to consider when it is appropriate to reduce volume of work and stress for students, teaching assistants, and instructors. This can be done while maintaining high standards for depth of engagement and quality of work. Here are some issues to consider and resources to support your teaching.
To our Black Community: We see you, we hear you, and we stand in solidarity with you.
Some Key Considerations
We will update this resource guide as additional guidance and resources becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage you to review the recommendations in CAT’s Short Guide to Inclusive Strategies for Remote Teaching, CEILS’s Resources for Teaching through Traumatic Times, and UCLA’s Checklist for Remote Assessment Recommendations. Additional resources from UCLA and from external sites can be found below.
We encourage you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest updates and revisions to this guide, as well as additional resources to include on our page. Thank you for contributing to this important conversation.