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Remote teaching overview

These pages are designed to help teachers rapidly adapt their delivery of teaching and course assessments as an alternative to face-to-face teaching. 

Lockdown level 4

With the advent of another COVID-19 lockdown, we draw your attention to the guides for using Zoom to record course instructional materials and adding them to Canvas, along with online mid-semester tests and COVID-19 information for staff.

Using Zoom
Add recordings to Canvas
Mid-semester tests
COVID-19 information for our community
COVID-19 staff information hub

Remote students

In 2021, the University will enrol two types of remote students:

  1. Students approved to be studying and completing assessments remotely, e.g. at one of the China Learning Centres.
  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.

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.


This is an extraordinary situation and none of the staff or students of the university signed up for it. 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 this rapidly-changing environment.

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