A Guide to Remote Teaching V2

Remote Teaching Resources at BU

COVID-19 Notice

Boston University is continually monitoring the status of COVID-19, also called novel coronavirus, and is committed to keeping our BU Community informed. To access the latest information about COVID-19, and Boston University news and resources, visit the BU site here.

Message from Campus Leadership

In a letter to all students, faculty, and staff, Robert A. Brown, University president, and Jean Morrison, provost and chief academic officer, outlined the reasoning behind various decisions related to COVID-19 and explained how the changes would be implemented.

On March 17, 2020, in an unprecedented move reflective of these uncertain times, Boston University leadership announced extension of remote teaching and learning through the end of the spring semester. Read the BU Today story.

The following resources were created to assist our BU faculty community as we transition to remote teaching and learning.

Getting Started

Digital Learning & Innovation aims to support faculty in providing continuity in high quality learning experiences for BU’s students during times of campus closures. In support, the Center for Teaching & Learning prepared this guide to help faculty ensure educational continuity. Access the guide.

Provost GuidelinesCurrent Guidelines for Course Completion

University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jean Morrison highlights general principles and guidelines specific to course management, exams, grading, student attendance, and more, with emphasis on Spring 2020 course completion. Read the guidelines.


A Student Guide To Learning RemotelyStudent Guide to Learning Remotely

In the event routine academic functions are disrupted due to prolonged campus or building closures, it may be necessary to attend classes online. Learn about IS&T services available to students to help them remotely connect with faculty and fellow students. Share the IS&T Student Guide.


Free eTexbooks for BU StudentsBU Students Receive Free Access to eTextbooks

Barnes & Noble is partnering with VitalSource, an online provider of textbooks and course material, to offer free access to eTextbooks to students and campuses affected by COVID-19 campus closures. Boston University students qualify for this free service. Share the resource with your students.

Remote Teaching Preparedness TrainingRemote Teaching Preparedness Trainings

Digital Learning & Innovation’s Educational Technology team is hosting a series of training sessions specifically for Boston University remote teaching faculty. View the training schedule.


Training RecordingRemote Teaching Training Recordings

If you missed a Remote Teaching Training Session or want to refer back to a session you participated in, DL&I Educational Technology team created a video library highlighting BU-sponsored technologies including Zoom, Blackboard, and more. Watch the videos.


Zoom SecuritySecuring Your Zoom Session

Zoom offers several options for protecting you from unwanted participants or actions that might disrupt your meeting or instruction. This resource offers guidance to help protect your meetings—new or existing—with minimal impact on your participants. Read more.


Working and Teaching RemotelyWorking & Teaching Remotely

Digital Learning & Innovation and IS&T offer a variety of services to connect you with colleagues and students remotely to ensure teaching and learning at BU can continue uninterrupted. Learn more.


Disability and Access ServiceDisability & Access Services Resource Guide for Remote Teaching

Disability & Access Services (DAS) is partnering with Educational Technology and BU faculty to address accommodations and access for our students during the period of remote teaching and learning.  Access the DAS guide.

Assesment and Remote TeachingAssessment and Remote Teaching: Options and Opportunities

The remote-teaching period is an opportunity to evaluate how to meet your learning objectives for your class. Learn about making adjustments and get tools to help keep communication with your students transparent and clear as you make these changes. Access the CTL guide.

Remote Teaching in STEMSTEM: A Guide for Instructors

The Center for Teaching & Learning and BU Chemistry Department offer guidance specifically for STEM faculty. This resource provides strategies to plan for labs, offers tips to reproduce classroom work in an online environment, and highlights tools to address accessibility issues, and more. Access the CTL guide.


CFA ResourceTeaching Remotely in the Arts

The Center for Teaching & Learning & BU’s College of Fine Arts offer guidance specifically for the Arts community. This resources outlines strategies to enhance the classroom experience, tips to build community, the power of online presentation, and more. Access the CTL guide.


Flipping the ClassFlipping the Class

Flipping synchronous sessions—re-purposing your usual ‘lecture time’ to address questions and do more in-class discussions using the Zoom break-out rooms feature—allows for more flexibility during class time. Read these tips for flipping your synchronous online session. Learn more.

Online Exam ProctoringBU Offers Online Exam Proctoring Services

In an effort to further support Boston University faculty and students during the remote teaching and learning experience, online exam proctoring services are now available to BU faculty and students. Learn more and read the FAQs.


FAQs Zoom Blackboard MyMedia BasicsCommunity FAQS

Get answers to commonly asked questions about a variety of BU-sponsored technologies including Zoom, Blackboard, and MyMedia. Read the FAQs.



Data Analysis SoftwareWeb-based Data Analysis Environment

Boston University can now deliver a variety of applications including MATLAB, R/RStudio, Python/Jupyter Notebook, SAS, and QGIS, to your desktop virtually using BU’s Web-based interface, Shared Computing Cluster (SCC) OnDemand. Learn more.


BU Wellness Resource

Stay Well During the COVID-19 Emergency

The health and wellness of our BU community is of the utmost importance. To further support faculty and staff during this unprecedented time, the BU Employee Wellness team created a series of guides to help keep you and your family well. Access the resource.


What We Are ReadingWhat We Are Reading

Digital Learning & Innovation is committed to sharing news and information important to Boston University communities. Stay connected and read news around higher education, technology, pedagogy, good deeds, and more. Read more.


Health & Wellness Resources

Share Feedback

If you have additional questions not addressed in the FAQs, reach out Digital Learning & Innovation’s Educational Technology team at AskEdTech@bu.edu.