Every course starts with a syllabus, and we also recommend a pre-course survey. Here are some samples, targeted specifically for remote instruction.
GSI Remote Teaching Hub
Get resources for remote instruction
Welcome, GSIs! This Hub contains a curated set of training guides on remote instruction tools, best practices created by GSIs, support options for GSIs, and relevant campus policies and resources. We will keep this page updated, so check back often.
How to use the Hub
It’s up to you, but Getting Started is a good place to begin to review a sample syllabus and pre-course survey. Essential Tools will guide you through Berkeley’s two core remote instruction tools. Delve into Best Practices to explore robust best practices developed by UC Berkeley GSIs. Want to create content, like videos, narrated slide presentations, quizzes, discussions, collaborations, and more? Check our Content Creation Tools guides. To get personalized help, go to the Support tab.
Explore the Hub
Most courses taught remotely at UC Berkeley will include bCourses and Zoom. Explore our recommended training on getting started with bCourses and Zoom.
To start, follow our best practice recommendation of using Modules to create a structured learning flow for your students, and learn the basic functions like Announcements.
Use Modules to create an organized + cohesive learning flow for your students — then set your course home page view to Module View for easy access.
Reference, as needed: Canvas Instructor Guide Knowledge Base, Modules
Setting your course home page
Creating a quiz
Creating a Google Docs collaboration
Reference, as needed: Canvas Instructor Guide Knowledge Base
Learn how to use Zoom to create engaging synchronous class meetings with breakout rooms, polling and screensharing.
Log in: https://berkeley.zoom.us/
Use breakout rooms to encourage active learning and collaboration (and break things up, pun intended) in your synchronous class meetings.
Use Zoom polling to enhance classroom inclusivity + engagement.
Use screen sharing to share visual aids during your live meetings.
Understand the basics, and ready to go deeper into pedagogy and best practices? Explore these detailed best practice guides based on common GSI assignments, developed by the GRI (Graduate Remote Instruction) Fellows.
Need to create asynchronous content for your course, or instruction that occurs outside of “in-person” class time, like quizzes, discussions, collaborations, videos, or narrated slide presentations? Explore these recommended tools.
You know the basics of bCourses, like Modules and Announcements. Now use the powerful tools in bCourses to create a wide variety of asynchronous activities for students to engage with on their own time, like quizzes, discussions, peer reviews, and collaborations.
Use quizzes to create valuable formative assessment opportunities for your students (after all, it’s about the journey, not the destination, right?).
Reference, as needed: Canvas Instructor Guide Knowledge Base, Quizzes
Use peer review assignments or discussions to foster student collaboration and peer learning.
Using discussions with a clear prompt can foster student collaboration and peer learning. To start, add a student introductions discussion and encourage short video submissions.
Recording a meeting (of one!) in Zoom is a quick way to create a lecture video, or to bring in guest speakers who cannot make it during your normal class time.
You already may use PowerPoint. Learn how to convert your PowerPoint presentations into a slick narrated slideshow “video”.
Use the Kaltura video management tools (integrated into bCourses under My Media) to create, manage, (lightly edit), and share videos and other media with your students. Students also have access to these video tools.
Log in: enable Kaltura in your account via bCourses My Media tab
Step-by-step getting started: DLS Kaltura How-To and Best Practices Guide
Use Google Suite collaboration tools to create activities that increase engagement, both in your live sessions or with asynchronous activities.
Log in: to Google using your CalNet ID and password
Google Slides offer a cloud-based, collaborative option for your slide presentations with perks you can’t get with PowerPoint (like auto-captioning or group editing during your live presentations).
Use Jamboard to sketch your ideas whiteboard-style while benefiting from the access and connectivity of an interactive canvas. Drop images, add notes, and pull assets directly from the web while collaborating with team members from anywhere.
Reference, as needed: Learning about G Suite for Education
If you are a GSI, you can get one-on-one help from a Graduate Student Teaching Consultant or an Instructional Designer.
Schedule a meeting
Email the GSI Teaching & Resource Center
Send an email question to email@example.com
These selected resources from Graduate Division and across campus may contain information relevant to GSIs as they prepare for the fall semester.*
GSI Academic Appointments, COVID-19 Information (Graduate Division)
Instruction FAQ for Students (Office of the Registrar)
- Student Technology Equity Program (STEP) (Technology)
Instruction FAQ for Instructors (Academic Senate)
Remote Attendance and Participation (Center for Teaching & Learning)
Keep Teaching website (Research, Teaching & Learning Services)
Instruction Planning and Policy Report (Administration & Academic Senate)
*Keep in mind that some information included may be relevant to other audiences and/or controlled by another campus department.. Due to rapidly changing circumstances, some information may have more recently updates that have not been posted.