Teaching Remotely

Teaching online can be as engaging, interactive, and effective as face-to-face classes when course instructors have time to design and prepare their lessons, and when they and their students have time to master the learning technologies that support online instruction.

That is not the situation here. You’re being asked to quickly shift from face-to-face to remote teaching. You may not be able to expertly integrate learning outcomes, assessments, and instructional strategies, all through unfamiliar technologies. And that’s okay.

Right now, let’s concentrate on what’s important: communication, flexibility, and compassion.

Our goal for these “Teaching Remotely” pages is to give you enough support and resources to finish the Term. The pages are full of links for those who have the expertise and capacity to dive deeper into facilitating online learning.

Remember, you’re not alone.

Friends and colleagues are feeling the same anxiety and facing the same challenges, so reach out to find – and give – support. As long as UBC Okanagan is open, the CTL Help Desk ctl.helpdesk@ubc.ca is ready to respond to your questions and requests. And I invite you to email me directly peter.newbury@ubc.ca if you have teaching and learning concerns that aren’t answered here.


Peter Newbury, PhD
Director, Centre for Teaching Learning
Senior Advisor for Learning Initiatives, Office of the Provost