Remote Classes and Limited Operations: Quick Start

Moving Online

UNM has suspended face-to-face instruction for the Spring and Summer semesters in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. During this period there will be no in-person classroom instruction on campus. The main goal is that students finish the semester successfully. Don’t expect perfection from yourself or your students.

Pre-recording Lectures

UNM’s IT Academic Technologies department recommends that faculty who are transitioning online pre-record lectures rather than trying to do everything via a synchronous web conference.

Similarly, Vice Dean Carey requests that faculty be mindful when designing online classes that many of our students are caring for children or other family members and it will be a challenge for them to participate in scheduled, live remote-learning classes.

  • If you can record classes for on-demand viewing, please do.  
  • If you can make it comfortable for students who might have their children accidentally participating in class on Zoom, please do.

Another reason to record courses for on-demand viewing is that in many homes our students will be in competition for use of computers/devices as well as internet access with their family members who also need to work, attend classes, or do schoolwork remotely.

Introduction to Zoom and TWEN

Technology Support Contacts

Please use general contacts rather than depending on the health and availability of specific individuals.

Zoom Support

TWEN Support


LEARN & Corona Virus

Law IT Help Desk

Shared Wisdom

Quick Start Guide for Moving Your Course Online

Step 1: Set up a website for your course using:

  • Westlaw TWEN,
  • Lexis Classroom, or

Step 2: Communicate with your students:

Abrupt changes in the middle of the semester can be very unsettling for students. Set an immediate positive and constructive tone.

  • Send an email in which you do the following:
    • Reassure students that you’re committed to helping them complete this semester, even if the course plan has changed.
    • Let students know that you are adding new resources as quickly as you can and that they should be alert for more communication from you.
    • Include how/when students can get in contact with you (email, TWEN chat, Zoom meetings, etc.) if they have questions.
    • Inform students that you will give them at least one week’s notice before any work will be due. If you know due dates now, share them.

Step 3: Review your existing course:

Define what you do in class at a goal-oriented level. Instead of saying "lecture," "quiz," or "discussion" think in terms such as presentation of content, checking for understanding, or collaborative project work. This reflection should help you decide what aspects of the in-class experience you want to simulate online.

  • Consider alternatives to in-class discussion such as presenting questions in online discussion forums or in quiz format and offer feedback on their responses.
  • If you’re not sure how your existing assignments could work online, the UNM Center for Teaching and Learning has consultants who can help you tweak, redesign, or reimagine them.

Step 4: Communicate your plan to your students

  • How will course content, learning activities, assignments, assessments, or deadlines change?
  • How and where can students access course content.
  • Include instructions with the assignments, be clear about how students will submit their work, and prominently post deadlines.

Step 5: Technical Assistance

Media Services is developing materials to help with the technical aspects of moving your course online. Email requests/suggestions to Media Services:

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