Online Faculty Resources

Alfred University will open Spring 2021, planning a combination of in-class, hybrid, and online courses. Assistance and resources are available.

Tools Supported by Information Technology Services (ITS)

Faculty should use Canvas to teach their online courses. If a video conferencing option (outside of Canvas) is needed, ITS recommends Microsoft Teams. Teams is fully supported by ITS, and provided by our Office365 agreement.



AU's Online Learning Information & Guidelines document, which is shared with faculty before they teach online during Allen Term and Summer School.

Canvas Instructor Guide

Interested in Teaching Online, which is a self-paced course from SUNY.

OPEN SUNY Online Teaching Community

UDL On Campus: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

Fair Use Evaluator Tool

SUNY EIT Accessibility Elements and Guidelines

ZOMBIE Survival Guide - Zoom and Other Multimedia Basics for Instruction and Education

Video Tutorials

Maintaining Equity and Inclusion in Virtual Learning Environments, San Diego State University

Tools for Inclusive Teaching, USC Rossier School of Education

Inclusive Online Teaching, Appalachian State University

Inclusion, Equity, and Access While Teaching Remotely, Rice University Center for Teaching Excellence

Identifying and Responding to Bias Incidents, Teaching Tolerance

Live Sessions
  • Canvas Conferences
  • Used to recreate live classroom setting
  • Dependent on reliable internet connection of both student and teacher
  • Can be recorded (Canvas Conferences stored for up to 14 days)
Recorded Sessions/Instruction
  • Ensemble Anthem videos, placed into Canvas
  • Used to provide frequent personal instruction videos that will be available to the student through streaming
  • Enable student response/questions through Canvas Discussions
  • Allows teacher to record and provide feedback on students’ individual work (for example: Teacher is able to screencast students artwork and provide feedback using pointer/highlighting tools in Ensemble Anthem)
Pre-Recorded Instruction
  • Ensemble Anthem videos, placed into Canvas
  • Used to provide smaller scale instruction videos for topics needing to be frequently referenced (Warm-ups, demonstrations, common practices)
Online Office Hours/Virtual Classroom
  • Canvas Conferences, Discussions, Conversations, Chat, or Email
  • Allow designated meeting times or open-ended “drop-in” hours
Modules/Files in Canvas
  • For posting class materials (i.e. documents, readings, instructional/educational videos, scanned sheet music, PowerPoints containing Art images)

This guide is intended to help faculty identify who they should contact with questions related to online/ remote format.

ITS Helpdesk

  • Microsoft Teams/ Big Blue Button (within Canvas)
  • Office 365
  • Software licensing/ access for students
  • Equipment
  • General technology concerns (email, logging into Canvas, WIFI)

Meghanne Freivald, Online Learning Coordinator

  • Course Design Guidance
  • General and advanced Canvas tasks related to content and assignments
  • Canvas tasks requiring administrator intervention
  • Accessibility/ universal design guidelines for course materials

AU’s Librarians

  • Copyright guidance/ what to do if students do not have their books
  • General Canvas tasks related to content and assignments
  • Incorporating library resources
  • Access issues/questions regarding Kanopy

The Center for Academic Success

  • Disability accommodations in online courses
  • Accessibility/ universal design guidelines for course materials

Dan Hausman, Learning Spaces Technology Specialist

  • Ensemble Streaming
  • Ensemble Anthem (Video/ Screen Capture)