Keep Teaching

Below are tools and tactics that may be helpful in the remote teaching environment.

And for faculty research reduction guidelines, more can be found on the Office of Research site

In terms of teaching and research, you may have developed other techniques that are serving you and your students well. If so, please share them with us via It may be an idea or suggestion that can be posted as part of the Faculty FAQ or shared in some other venue, such as UC’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

Online Course Strategies

See the Resources page, which includes links to a Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Toolkit and Guide for Remote Instruction as well as Self Help Guides at the IT@UC Knowledge Base.

These outline a number of technology strategies, suggestions for communicating with studentsrecommendations for distributing course materials, assignments and assessments  and much more. Key recommendations include

Finally, remember that the IT@UC Service Desk continues to offer help from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday-Friday; and 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. In addition, IT@UC offers around-the-clock assistance with Blackboard, Canvas, and other Canopy tools such as Kaltura, WebEx, Echo360, and more.

  • Contact the IT@UC Service Desk.
    • Submit a ticket.
    • For general IT support: call (513) 556-HELP (4357) OR (866) 397-3382.
    • For support with Blackboard, Canvas, and other Canopy tools: call (513) 556-HELP (4357) OR (866) 397-3382 and select option 3 in the menu. Or, start a chat using the "Start a Canopy Chat" button.

Remote Teaching


Honorlock is an option for faculty who need to proctor exams. Faculty who would like more information about Honorlock can check Honorlock Online Proctoring for Faculty, which provides resources for setting up the test-taking environment and Honorlock testing guidelines. Please note that we’re asking associate deans in each college to aggregate and prioritize which courses need to use Honorlock for proctored testing. Those aggregated requests can then be sent to Megan Wuebker at

In addition to exams, faculty might consider group or individual project-based assessments that integrate several measures for performance, comprehension, and mastery; papers and essay questions; problem-solving questions and other options. Online quizzes can be offered via Canvas or Blackboard or you can distribute PDFs of your exam via these course-management tools or even via email.

Students can use any of the following apps to easily scan print documents into PDFs for submission through Canvas or Blackboard.



Microsoft Office

Canvas and Blackboard

The University of Cincinnati will end its contract with Blackboard on June 30, 2020. Faculty members will not have access to Blackboard after that date.  

Everything will be deleted from Blackboard on June 30, 2020. In late spring, your course content will either be moved to Canvas, archived offsite, or permanently deleted depending on the course offering date. Please visit the CT&L Canvas transition page for more information.

Tips for Using Gradebook in Canvas

For those faculty using Canvas, there is online advice available to use Gradebook in Canvas, including how to use Canvas Speedgrader. If you need assistance in configuring your gradebook in either Blackboard or Canvas, please contact support at 513-556-4357 (513-556-HELP).