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Guides for Temporary Remote/Online Teaching and Learning

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Work from Home: Security Considerations

As an instructor, you may need to teach a class remotely or make a class available for students to attend remotely. You can hold class meetings in Zoom from within your Canvas course and record sessions for students to view anytime from anywhere.

Recommended Remote Teaching Practices

Keep teaching, when you can't meet in person. Leverage these technologies to help keep your class on schedule.

Course Collaboration Tool

Add all of your students to a collaboration group at one time, whether you use Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Drive.

Students can then access these tools from within the myODU portal or from within the course in Canvas.


Canvas enhances the classroom experience by enabling collaboration, feedback, and access to documents, assignments and other materials.

Any video added to My Media in Canvas will automatically get machine captioned. Machine captioning uses AI to listen to the video and apply captioning. Accuracy is impacted by the clarity of your audio (mic quality, pronunciation, or other audio issues).


      Zoom is a cloud-based web conferencing service that allows users to meet and share content online. Start or join a meeting from anywhere with an internet connection.

      Using Zoom in Canvas

      With Zoom's Canvas integration, instructors can schedule, start and manage meetings directly from Canvas. Students can join meetings and access cloud recordings from within the course as well.

      Record a Lecture


      Record a meeting in Zoom, with or without any participants. Share your screen, a whiteboard, a PowerPoint presentation or video from your webcam. Students can either attend your meeting live or watch your lecture at their convenience.

      Kaltura Personal Capture

      Use Kaltura Personal Capture within Canvas to record your screen, a PowerPoint presentaton or video from your webcam.

      Record in an ODU Classroom

      Many classrooms on campus are now extended classrooms, equipped with technology that supports the simultaneous delivery of in-person and remote instruction. You can record and share live lectures (even if you choose to lecture to an empty classroom and share the recording later). Here are a couple of options:

      Recordings are posted in the Media Gallery of your Canvas course. Contact Classroom Central (call the ITS Help Desk at 683-3192) for help getting started.

      Managed Web Conferencing Services (Distance Learning)

      Academic Technology Services, a division of the Office of Distance Learning, offers managed web conferencing services so you can focus on engagement, dialog, and pedagogy and let them focus on making the technology work for you.

      Other Remote Resources

      Cloud Drives

      All employees have access to online file space:

      Note: University employees must be careful to protect confidential or restricted data. Before storing data in a cloud drive, review the regulated data storage matrix.

      Monarch Virtual Environment

      Access virtual workstations with the same configuration and standard software as the standard ITS computer labs at move.odu.edu.

      Note: To access employee shared directories (J: and K: drives), you must first connect to the VPN, then access the Employee Virtual Environment (eve.odu.edu).

      Microsoft Office 365

      It's not enough to just have access to your files; you need to be able to open and work with them. Employees have two options for working with Office files:


      Access your ODU email from Outlook on your home computer or mobile device (see setup guides) or online at outlook.odu.edu.

      Voicemail and Call Forwarding

      To access your ODU voicemail remotely, dial your phone number and press * when your voicemail message starts. Follow the prompts. (Your ID is your 5 digit extension e.g. "36926". Your password is your voicemail password.)

      To forward your office phone to another number, contact the ITS Help Desk.


      Do I need to connect to the campus VPN to hold a Zoom meeting?

      No. You should only connect to the VPN to access restricted services like Banner or access files on the ODU network. Once you copy what you need to your remote computer, disconnect from the VPN before starting a Zoom meeting.

      Is there a limit to how many people can join a Zoom meeting at once?

      There is a limit of 300 attendees in a single Zoom meeting. For the best experience, we do not recommend using Zoom for large lecture classes. For those classes, it would be best to record and share a video for students to view at their convenience. (Learn more about using Zoom in Canvas.)

      I don't have a webcam. Can I still hold a Zoom meeting?

      Without a webcam, you can still share your screen through Zoom. To participate in a Zoom meeting, you can use the microphone and speakers connected to your computer or on your mobile device, or call into a meeting using Zoom's call-in numbers (included in all meeting invites).

      Other options include:

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