Tips and tools for remote teaching and learning
Support service for teachers
Would you like to get some advice on how to get students to interact and talk with each other in your online course or what to keep in mind when organising an online exam?
Would you like to discuss different strategies for online teaching? Book a one-to-one online session with a specialist from the Teacher Services team and get support on anything related to online teaching.
The Teacher Services team supports teaching and learning along with data management in these areas. The team also maintains and develops the main learning platforms and tools together with the IT services. Here is a list of all the main tools and the corresponding contact address:
If you have questions about teaching use MyTeaching Support service.
Teacher services in Aalto People
Recordings in Panopto
- Remote teaching webinar session recordings from spring 2020: in the Panopto LES Webinars folder (MyCourses, Panopto, Zoom, Stack).
- Full Info sessions in Aalto.fi (log in): https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/for-teachers-webinar-sessions-and-info-how-to-do-remote-teaching
- See also the section Other resources on this page for inspiration and additional tips.
How to organise exams online
During the time of remote teaching, exams can be organized online with MyCourses or other digital tools. The Exam-system can be used for exam-room exams with special arrangements. In autumn 2020 and spring 2021, small exams may be organised on campus Read more in Aalto internal corona instructions → Studies and teaching
- Instructions: MyCourses help: Electronic examinations
- Aalto news: https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/how-to-organise-online-exams-in-mycourses,
in Finnish: https://www.aalto.fi/fi/uutiset/miten-jarjestaa-verkkotentti-mycoursesissa
- Use the MyCourses quiz for online exams. You can also use the MyCourses assignment module to collect assignments (no physical presence needed). Set time limits for exam activities for additional control. Katso myös: Panu Erästön ohjeita Sähköinen tentti MyCoursesilla
- For special cases, check Guidance for remotely proctored exams (in Finnish and English)
- Check the attached pdf guidelines and https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/digital-assessment for further guidelines for electronic examinations in Aalto university.
- All Exam-rooms are open with special arrengements. Read more
Deliver Information to students: How to message between students and teachers
- In the Teacher role, use the MyCourses course area to send messages to students. Messages sent via the Announcement forum are sent to the course participants' email.
- If students need to contact the course Teacher, they can post a message in Forum in the MyCourses course space, send a personal message in MyCourses, or simply email your Teacher.
An alternative channel of communication for the course is Microsoft Teams. Integrate the Teams channel into your course. Add the Teams block in MyCourses to your course space and add all students to the Teams channel.
Create lecture recordings or store your existing videos for sharing
Software installation required: WIN instructions - MAC instructions
Do you need to share a video lecture with Powerpoint slides or screen capture?
- Create a Panopto folder for your MyCourses course space and share videos only to course space students
- Record a session with Panopto
- Share a Panopto session and embed a video on the MyCourses page
- All lecture capture spaces on campus. Also available are the Self service studio and Mini Studio with the help of the Aalto Studios staff. (Check the current University corona information page if campus spaces are available).
Have online meetings with student groups or a single student
Software installation needed: WIN - MAC instructions
- Use Zoom (https://aalto.zoom.us) if you need to have online meetings with groups or individual students. Find useful tips in the quick guide about Zoom.us in Aalto and Instruction videos for using Zoom
- Create a session in MyCourses or in Zoom and share the link with students via the MyCourses Forum or message or send an email
- Note! Students can use Zoom and Microsoft Teams also as a group without the teacher
Tutor students online
- Create a Zoom session via MyCourses to provide scheduled discussion sessions for students. Or you can also create a Zoom one-on-one session without MyCourses
- Set up a weekly Chat activity in the MyCourses course space, or use Forum to answer questions
- MyCourses also includes a Scheduler for scheduling online meetings with course students
- Give feedback in the form of a video using Panopto.
IT Service Desk contact
- Call +358 50 513 2000
- More about opening hours, locations and contact information
- A!Ole, Enabling learning and teaching online in challenging times
- Fitech, beginners guide for moving your teaching online and online learning support materials
- Harvard University, Best Pactices: Online Pedagogy
- Educause online seminar: Transformation in a Time of Crisis: Changing Course Venues in Midstream
- Finnish national agency for Education offers guidance for organising remote teaching(in finnish): https://www.oph.fi/fi/koulutus-ja-tutkinnot/tukea-poikkeuksellisiin-opetusjarjestelyihin and some in english: https://www.oph.fi/en/education-and-qualifications/education-finland-and-coronavirus