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Fabulous Faculty Remote Teaching Institute









Faculty Institute Schedule

Faculty Institute Day 1: May 18, 10am-2pm

Day 1: Course Design in Remote Learning Environments
For Link to Conference (Day 1 ): please email

Moderators: Lysandra Perez-Strumolo, Tammi Redd, and Michael Bitz

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: What It Means to Teach Remotely: Situational Factors to Consider in Distance Learning Contexts

Join us to discuss the various ways that online and remote courses differ from on-site courses and the implication of these differences for course design.


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Measuring Student Progress in Remote Learning Environments

In this session, we will consider various alternatives for assessment of student learning in a distance learning context. We will identify and describe relevant functionality in Canvas for effective assessment.


12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Content Delivery: Effective Teaching and Learning Activities for Engaging Students with Course Material

Panelist: Jeremy Teigen

How might we best support the learning process for students as we transition to a remote learning context? What are some effective methods for helping students to effectively engage with, explore, and learn course content? This session will examine methods for helping students understand the new information and big ideas important in your course. Methods considered will include the use of synchronous and asynchronous lectures, the use of videos, online resources, and readings, as well as the use of active learning methods such as completing applied projects, engaging in problem-based assignments, carrying out observations, writing, engaging in discussion with others, completing a critique, and participating in reflective dialogue with self, peers and/or faculty members. We will identify and describe relevant functionality in Canvas and other relevant tools for implementing effective strategies for students’ engagement with content.


1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Science Lab Focus Group

Moderator: Sarah Carberry

In this session, faculty members will discuss ideas and best practices for teaching science lab courses remotely.

Faculty Institute Day 2: May 19, 10am-2pm

Day 2: Best Practices Showcase: Faculty Colleagues Share Their Successes in Three Areas

For Link to Conference (Day 2 ):  please email

Moderators: Lysandra Perez-Strumolo, Tammi Redd, and Michael Bitz

10:00 AM – 11: 00 AM: Engaging Online Assignments and Assessment Strategies
Panelists: Julie Fitzgerald, Ann Lepore, Nikhil Varma, Reba Wissner


Effective assessment of student learning in a remote learning context poses significant challenges, particularly in an era in which students have instant access to test bank questions and answers with free phone apps such as “Socratic by Google.” The remote environment often requires significant revision and redesign of traditional assessment methods. Faculty members will showcase their best practices for developing effective assessment methods and graded assignments for the online or remote environment.


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Engaging Ways to Deliver Content

Panelists: Martha Ecker, Karl Johnson, Ben Neill


In face-to-face courses, in-person interactions serve as the foundation and primary vehicle for effective and engaging communication between faculty and students. Remote contexts, therefore, require significant adaptation to our typical modes for content delivery and student engagement. In this session, faculty members share their best practices for effective content delivery when working outside the traditional classroom.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Building Online Community

Panelists: Christina Chung, Julie Fitzgerald, Colleen Martinez


Whether online, or onsite or, somewhere in between, all teaching and learning occurs in the context of a relationship. This can involve the relationship of teacher to student, student to peer, or student to course content. Regardless of the modality, teaching and learning require engagement and creating a sense of community facilitates these engagement experiences. However, building community online can often be challenging. Join us as faculty members share their best practices for building community in their online and remote courses.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Fieldwork Course Focus Group

Moderator: Lysandra Perez-Strumolo

In this session, faculty members will discuss ideas and best practices for teaching fieldwork courses remotely.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Studio Course Focus Group

Moderator: Tammi Redd

(Session link:  please email

In this session, faculty members will discuss ideas and best practices for teaching studio courses remotely.

Transitioning to Remote Instruction


All of the College’s resources and communications concerning COVID-19 can be found at:




Below is a list of support resources that may help faculty transition to remote instruction as Ramapo takes the necessary steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please note, Ramapo College Instructional Design Center (IDC) can only offer assistance and troubleshooting for those technologies offered through the IDC. For more information please visit the IDC website:

Please continue to check this page for more updates!


Teaching Technology Resources supported by Ramapo College’s Instructional Design Center:

For training and workshops visit

Canvas Moodle – Online Learning Management System
TurnItIn Feeback Studio – Plagiarism check, rubrics, peer review, paperless feedback for written assignments
Moodle – Learning Management System phasing out in Spring 2019
Qualtrics – Survey design and distribution
TechSmith Relay – Screen recordings for capturing lectures, lectures with PowerPoint, and student presentations
Webex – Web conferencing with audio, video or both
Adobe Connect – Web conferencing with audio, video or both
E-Portfolio – students can create e-portfolios using or, no web design skills needed


Resources offered by Ramapo College Bookstore

Ramapo Bookstore eBooks: AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE: Visit the campus store website: to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. You can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge.

Lumen Learning OER Courseware:  FREE Access to our OER partner, is offering FREE access to courseware to help supplement content, and offer additional resources to faculty, click here for the Lumen offer.


Publishers’ Teaching Resources

At this time there are several textbook publishers offering free online resources to faculty members:  Pearson, Wiley, McGraw Hill, and Cengage.


Fun Supplements for your Online/Remote Course:

AGU Teaching Science K-20+ – Advancing Earth and Space Science; online learning exchange for field, lab, and classroom science

Google Arts & Culture (App) – Virtual Reality tours of museums, national parks, and international landmarks. Content created by Google Cultural Institute

Netflix Party – perfect for class films or for courses in film studies, TV and media; synchronized video play-back with group chat (must use Chrome browser)

Screencast-o-matic – Students or faculty can do slides/screen share with a video of yourself on-screen (picture in picture). Tutorial available here:

Flipgrid – Video discussion forums; engage and empower every voice in your classroom or community by recording and sharing short, awesome videos … together!

School Shelf College Edition – monthly printables for student planning, scheduling, time management, and goal setting