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Remote teaching overview

These pages are designed to help teachers adapt their teaching style and course assessments to online and mixed-mode delivery.

Remote students

In 2022, the University will enrol two types of remote students:

  1. Offshore students approved to be studying and completing assessments remotely.
  2. Students in New Zealand who are observing self-isolation requirements, therefore studying remotely.

Find out how these students are identifiable and grouped into sections within Canvas.

Checklist for teachers

Sugestions for preparing to teach remotely.

Mixed-mode teaching

Helping you prepare for a mix of on-campus and remote students.

Software to support teaching

University-supported tools for online teaching.

Supporting offshore students

About LINC Online Learning Support and the China Learning Centres.

When preparing to teach your course remotely, please keep in mind the following principles:


Focus on pragmatic, quick, and simple approaches to online delivery of material. In this context, this means focusing on the simplest possible way to deliver your course: written material over recordings and recordings over live online sessions.


The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that life is full of challenges. We should all prioritise treating each other and our students with empathy and understanding. Many of our students will be facing economic precarity, a need to care for children or sick adults, and social and physical isolation.

Let your students know what is happening in the course and what avenues of support are available to them. Misunderstandings can proliferate online if not quickly addressed, and good communication can do a lot to reduce anxiety. Use your presence on Canvas (through course announcements, discussion forums) to continue to encourage calm and exercise care for our students.

Connect with your colleagues to share good practice and support each other in these unprecedented times.


The priority is to address ​​your learning outcomes. You are not expected to replicate your face-to-face teaching in an online form. Where possible, distil the main aspects and present them in abbreviated form.

Methods might include:

  • Share written teaching notes (simply on Canvas pages, for example). See Basic guide to Canvas pages.
  • Share PowerPoint/Keynote/Google Slides with your teaching notes included as annotations/presenter notes. See guides for PowerPointKeynote and Google Slides.
  • Develop short videos of yourself speaking to camera, or narrated recordings of your slides. This can be done in your home if you have a computer with a webcam and microphone. See recording teaching materials.
  • Use built-in functionality within PowerPoint/Keynote to record voice-over narration of slides. [Guides for PowerPoint and Keynote].
  • Utilise previously recorded lectures from the Lecture Theatre Recording service.
  • Draw on existing video material of lecturers, talks, seminars etc. that are already available online.

Read details on the University’s approach to assessment in an online environment.

Page updated 20/07/2022 (de-emphasised COVID rapid response)

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