The Center for Teaching Excellence is gathering tips and resources to assist with creating courses for online teaching and learning.

Getting Started

  1. Request a Canvas Course Shell. You’ll need to know your course and section details.
  2. Request Instructional Design Assistance. You will be asked to provide your course syllabus and course content.
  3. Visit your Subject Specialist Librarian for additional materials.
  4. View the Remote Teaching Resources document for a list of resources from different institutions and their tips/tricks for keeping classes going during emergencies.
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Collaborating in Google

Creating a Google account Using Your UF login Information

To create a Google account with your UF login information follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you are not logged in to another Google account and visit Google Drive
  2. Enter your UFL email (not a department specific email such as and GatorLink password. This should automatically give you a UF Drive account

If you need further assistance, contact the UF Computing Help Desk.

My Students Need to Collaborate to Create a Presentation for Their Final Project and Present. How Can we Do That?

  • They can use the Google suite - Slides, GoogleDocs, Hangouts, Duo
  • Class can still be hosted at the same time, but virtually in a Zoom meeting instead of face-to-face
Delivering Quizzes and Other Assessments


Honorlock is UF’s designated online proctoring service for moving classroom exams and quizzes online. The Office of Distance Learning has Honorlock tutorials, and so does UF e-Learning. If you have additional Honorlock questions, contact Chris Newsome or the Office of Distance Learning.

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser provides another level of security for online testing. The LockDown Browser disables all functions of the student’s computer other than the test being taken so students cannot copy/paste, search the internet, or access any documents on their computer while using LockDown Browser.

Publisher Support


McGraw-Hill is offering free pilot codes for all online course material (this includes Connect and ALEKS) as well as ebook access. Faculty can contact Sarah Shepherd, their regional sales director for assistance.


If you have faculty using MacMillan's iClicker, they will provide temporary online access at no cost. Contact Glen Garrett or call 615.598.3638. Macmillan is also making digital solutions available to faculty and students at no cost. Contact Danielle Wolf.

Video Lectures

Recording and Uploading Video Lectures

If you are new to video lecture recording, Zoom is likely to be the easiest tool for you to use. Then, you can set up your recordings in Canvas. If you need additional assistance, you can request instructional design support from the Center for Instructional Technology & Training or view the Zoom Guide.

NOTE: instructors must sign-in once through the UF Zoom website in order to create their account before using Zoom through Canvas.

How Good Does the Video Quality Need to Be?

Your videos don’t need to be perfect. They just need to deliver the information your students need to successfully complete the course assignments, activities, and assessments. Good audio is the most important element.


Getting Started in Zoom

Step by Step Faculty Guides for Using Zoom

NOTE: instructors must sign-in once through the UF Zoom website in order to create their account before using Zoom through Canvas.

Breakout Rooms in Zoom

If you want your students to work in groups and you already know how you want to split them up, you can pre-assign your students to breakout rooms using a CSV file. If you aren’t quite sure how to plan a group activity in Zoom, use this Zoom Breakout Room Group Activity Facilitator Guide to get started.

NOTE: Let your students know that it’s a UF Student Honor Code violation to share Zoom links to people outside of your course. If other students appear in the video, this could also be a FERPA violation.

Recurring Zoom Meetings

Depending upon how often your course meets, follow these steps:

  1. Select the checkbox next to recurring meeting
  2. Select the appropriate recurrence in the dropdown (weekly will most likely be the best option).
  3. Select from the dropdown repeat every 1 week (unless your course doesn’t meet weekly)
  4. Select the days in which your course meets by clicking the checkbox next to the day
  5. Set an end date

Polling in Zoom

You will need to load your questions in advance using a .csv template. (Scroll to the bottom of the meeting creation screen in your Canvas Zoom tool.)

Making Sure a Zoom Meeting is Secure and Confidential

To learn more about privacy in Zoom and how to make your discussion rooms private, visit the e-learning website.

Enabling the “Raise Hand” and Other Non-Verbal Features in Zoom

  1. Access your account via the UF Zoom website
  2. Click on “settings” in the left menu
  3. Scroll down and turn on “nonverbal feedback”

Zoom Security

When setting up a Zoom session, set up access to your session to allow only individuals with UF credentials access.

  1. Under your meeting options, select “Only authenticated users can join”
  2. Choose “UFL participants” from the list
  3. Provide instructions to students:
    • Click on the meeting link
    • Select the “SSO” sign in option
    • When asked to enter your company domain, type in “ufl”
    • This will take you to UF’s Gatorlink authentication page
    • Sign in with your Gatorlink credentials

Virtual Office Hours in Zoom

You can use the “Waiting Room” feature in Zoom to allow you to use the same meeting link for your office hours for the term. By enabling the “Waiting Room” feature in Zoom, you can choose to admit only one student at a time into a meeting to ensure privacy. We recommend asking students to sign up for specific time slots on a calendar or spreadsheet to avoid long wait times.

When setting up a Zoom session:

  1. Under your meeting options, select “Enable Waiting Room”
  2. When you join your meeting:
    • Click on the “Manage Participants”
    • Select the student you want to join in the meeting, and select “Admit"