In-Person to Remote Instruction

A transition from in-person teaching to remote instruction is a challenging undertaking. The vast array of digital tools may seem overwhelming! It may be a good idea to anticipate a new first day of class, with new pacing, new challenges, and new oppurtunities. Preparation is key – as is setting reasonable expectations for yourself and students.

For a more in-depth look please visit Remote Instruction - Start Here.

This grid is intended to give you an idea of how you can transition some of the things you do in the classroom to remote instruction. These are guidelines and starting points. If you have any questions please reach out to

In-Person Instruction
Remote Instruction
Classroom Experience
Synchronous classes should use a combination of Virtual Meetings and Canvas to replicate the classroom. Following these instructions to set your Virtual Meetings up.
There are a couple of options for recreating the spirited conversations you have in class:
  • The Chat feature in your class Virtual Meeting can be used by students to ask questions or make comments during class. We recommend that a TA or student monitors chat and reports questions/issues for faculty. Remember to set out etiquette of what you want chat to be used for.
    Chat won't be saved in recordings.
  • Discussions in Canvas are discussion boards accessible by everyone in your class.
Attendance + Participation

Virtual Meetings doesn't have a built-in attendance feature. To track attendance or determine participation consider using:

  • Chat in BlueJeans - Have your students say something in the chat, and your TA (if you have one) take a tally.
  • Chat in Canvas can also be used if you want to preserve written chat after the meeting.
  • PollEverywhere - A simply survey can be a good alternative to traditional attendance.
  • Discussion Boards in Canvas - Create a specific board for attendance and have students post to it as they watch the video/join the Virtual Meeting.

Keep in mind that some students may be unable to participate live due to time zone differences, internet connection limitations, coronavirus-related restrictions, and family or personal medical emergencies.  

Seeing Students

Within a BlueJeans meeting, there a several view options:
  1. People view: Active speaker is seen on top, with up to five other participants (last ones speaking) are viewed on bottom. This is the default layout.
  2. Speaker view: Current speaker takes up the entire screen
  3. Gallery view: Up to 9 participants shown at the same time in a "Brady Bunch" format.

Which view you use is largely a matter of preference, however, here are some common scenarios and the view we recommend:

Class Activity
Virtual Meeting View
Speaker View
Whole Class Discussion
Gallery View
Screen Sharing 
Speaker or People View

Views are disabled in BlueJeans after 25 people have joined the meeting.


PollEverywhere can be used to create the polls ahead of time and either add them to your slides or share the link via chat with your students when appropriate.

One-on-One/Small Groups
The Breakout Session app in BlueJeans can be used by organizer to create up to 20 rooms and assign students to them for randomized group discussion.

For  one-on-one meetings or specific small groups, curated BlueJeans meetings should be scheduled.

Screensharing in BlueJeans can be used to share:

  • PowerPoints
  • Websites
  • Documents
  • and more!

Be aware that your whole desktop is being displayed, and make sure to disable personal notifications.


The Whiteboard app in BlueJeans can be useful. Please note it only displays one whiteboard, and you must use a mouse/trackpad to write. 

For more suggestions for whiteboard solutions please visit Student Engagement.


If you're screensharing in a Virtual Meeting click the blue "Annotate" button at the top of the shared screen.

If you aren't screensharing click the "Apps" in the BlueJeans app and then click "Start" on Annotate. You'll then select what screen you'd like to share and then start the annotation tool to draw and drop text.

Teaching Assistants
TAs can continue to hold office hours via Virtual Meetings and they will continue to be paid for their time.
Office Hours
We recommend you set these up as one on one Virtual Meetings scheduled outside of Canvas.   These meetings do not need to be recorded, and signups can be handled via the Appointment Groups feature of Canvas.
Guest Speakers
Guest speakers can join a Virtual Meetings session and students can interact with the speaker via the chat.
Virtual Meetings is limited to 200 persons.
Final Exams
The final exam period schedule is unchanged. If you were planning to hold a final exam, you can/should continue to do so. Final exams can be administered via Canvas.

Additional information regarding final exam procedures will be posted soon.

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