Teaching In-Person with Remote Students

Plan, Prepare, Teach

Remote student on computer with in-person class

With in-person courses with remote access, some or most of the course activity is completed in a face-to-face setting with remote access to sessions for those who are unable to attend (e.g., students in quarantine or those unable to return to campus due to travel restrictions, etc.).

Plan, Prepare, Teach is a framework to expedite course development and delivery to help create engaging, student-centered learning. The framework emphasizes applying evidence-based practices for learners, aligned with learning outcomes, while ensuring accessibility for students. 

Additionally, guided course support workshops from the Fall semester have been recorded and can be viewed by topic.

Plan | Prepare | Teach


  1. Transitioning an existing in-person course to provide remote access for some students requires far less planning work than designing a course for fully online instruction.

  • Review your learning outcomes to see if you need to make any changes
  • Review your assessment plan to see if you need to make changes
  • Update your syllabus to communicate clear expectations for students
  • Consider how best to implement active learning strategies to engage students joining in-person or remotely
  • Consider how to include students who will view course recordings


  1. Familiarize yourself with available technology tools and resources for in-person teaching with remote students

  • Visit your assigned classroom to visualize how students will be seated in a socially-distanced pattern (find information about classroom teaching technologies)
  • Test the audio setup, your method for sharing visuals, and practice teaching while wearing a mask or shield
  • Identify a strategy for facilitating in-class and remote student communication and interaction during class periods
  • Identify opportunities for online students to ask you questions, either by unmuting them in Zoom or by having the moderator ask questions posted in chat
  • Identify a strategy for engaging remote students who may not be able to join synchronously (How will they participate beyond viewing recordings?)


  1. For the most part, your in-class teaching will be similar. There are a few adjustments to keep in mind:

  • Practice teaching with a face covering: consider timing and how you can signal your expressions using your hands and body positioning
  • Encourage students in the classroom to speak loudly and clearly when asking questions or when working in pairs
  • Leave time to repeat student questions for your online students
  • Leave time for the moderator to share questions from online students
  • Check in with both in-person and online students to ask:
    • What is working well for them?
    • What could better improve the learning experience?

Please email us with any questions or for more information on these and other resources for teaching online.