UPDATE: COVID- 19 and Teaching at RU-N

Classes at Rutgers-Newark will be taught remotely for the duration of the fall semester. This toolkit is intended to help all faculty, instructors, and TAs prepare and successfully teach online.

Please visit the Universitywide COVID-19 Information website for the latest information about Rutgers-Newark's measures related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

RU Ready?

We know that the shift to fully remote instruction may come with a rough start, remember that this a normal part of the process. Many of us are learning as we go, and concerns you may have as an instructor are likely shared by your students. While Rutgers-Newark has put into place channels to support you with this transition, please be mindful that this mode of instruction is new to many of us and that everyone may be experiencing some anxieties while adapting to the rapidly evolving circumstances. The COVID-19 Operating Status page offers information about how to access the university services and resources you may need.

In preparation for remote instruction, Technology and Learning Spaces has been continuously offering support and online workshops for instructors. Additionally, the Office of Information Technology has provided resources for teaching and working remotely:

Faculty and staff with questions or concerns can always contact the Help Desk at help@newark.rutgers.edu or call (973) 353-5083. Law faculty and staff should contact their respective IT teams for support.

If you have a student who has accommodations that may limit their access to digital learning materials, contact the Office of Disability Services.

Additional strategies and tools are listed below.



Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit

Zoom: Now available for the Rutgers community

Learn more about Pedagogies of Care

To support instructors in creating inclusive learning environments, our partners at ACUE are offering a set of free resources, including 10 inclusive teaching practices that can be immediately put to use to benefit both faculty and their students. These practices are tailored for online teaching but are also relevant to the physical classroom.

Resources for faculty are available at

The Office of Information Technology is offering Zoom as one of several web conferencing options at Rutgers. Zoom complements our existing offerings—namely, Webex and Microsoft Teams—and provides further choice for collaboration to Rutgers students, faculty, and staff.

For more information about Zoom at Rutgers

This collection of open source materials from authors in the West Virginia University Press Teaching & Learning Series assists instructors with student-centered, adaptive strategies for teaching effectively during the current public health crisis. How can we build pedagogies of care to support our students while meeting our learning goals? The multi-media site includes articles, podcasts, videos, and more, broadly covering design, teaching, and assessment to show you how!

More information available at

Responding to disruptive or inappropriate behavior 

CTAAR circulated a flyer describing how to respond to disruptions in online class meetings. The flyer provides guidance and links to resources related to preparing to prevent disruptions, responding to uninvited guests, responding to disruptive students, and following up after a disruption.

The flyer is available at 

Dana Library Virtual Teaching Support Workshops

Join the Dana Library for support workshops for your virtual classrooms. The following workshops are being offered:

  • Integrating Research & Academic Integrity Tutorials into Your Online Course

  • Need Media? Getting and Accessing Films for Your Courses

  • Creating Reading Lists

Webinar registration and resources available at 

Integration of Webex and Zoom within Canvas

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has integrated Webex and Zoom within Canvas. 

Now with the integrations of Webex, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Canvas Conferences, Rutgers instructors are equipped with a multitude of synchronous meeting applications for remote learning. Having these options will provide flexibility and responsiveness for all Rutgers users. 

Resources for instructors are available at

RU-NB introduction to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Senior Instructional Designer Ruth Ronan at Rutgers-New Brunswick used her expertise to deliver a virtual orientation for Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. The orientation included guidance on setting up "virtual classrooms." Included are exercises to introduce students to this technology.

Resources for instructors are available at  

Working from home can be just as productive as being in-office

Learn more about designing an accessible online course

Explore Access is a web resource of the Southwest ADA Center Regional Affiliate - Arkansas, a project of the University of Arkansas - Partners for Inclusive Communities that provides tools for promoting disability access and inclusion. The project staff has developed a toolkit to help ensure that the rapid change to an online format due to COVID-19 does not result in lack of access for students with disabilities.

The toolkit is available at

Learn more about  CTAAR's Teaching Workshops

The Center for Teaching Advancement & Assessment Research (CTAAR) will host teaching workshops throughout September and October. The five upcoming workshops are:

View the full schedule of workshops at 

ACUE Summer Session: Promoting Active Learning Online Microcourse

Built on the same evidence-based practices used in our long-running Effective Teaching Practices program, this *new* microcredential course, Promoting Active Learning Online, will provide instructors with research-based practices to more actively engage your students in varied learning formats. Over a six-week term, this course is an ideal way to expand the impact of technology and promote effective online instruction that leads to stronger student outcomes. This course will be conducted fully online and feature both synchronous and asynchronous components. 

More information and the application link are available at

Free Webinar Series: Effective Online Instruction

Learn how to incorporate a "flipped classroom" in pedagogical practice

Panopto is a video platform built for organizations. The platform provides an easy way for instructors to record, live stream, manage, and share videos regardless of prior experience. Instructors can help students engage through embedding polls and other interactive web content directly in the videos. Automatic generated captions can be turned on to help all students access the material.

Resources for instructors are available at

RU guidance and resources for remote exams and assessments

The Rutgers COVID-19 website provides information for instructors and professors planning to assess students remotely. Rutgers has a network of instructional designers, technologists, and support specialists to assist with online proctoring tools and other instructional technologies. 

For more information, contact Academic Technology Services at atshelp@newark.rutgers.edu

Moving in-person lectures online via Zoom

Dr. Danna Young, Associate Professor at the University of Delaware designed and shared a Twitter thread tutorial on effective use of Zoom for meetings and class.

The tutorial is available at