Remote Teaching

This page contains information about, and links to, the University of Pennsylvania's available resources for instructors who are teaching remotely. 

Video-Conferencing

We encourage the use of BlueJeans for virtual discussions. Penn students and faculty can access BlueJeans by going to https://upenn.bluejeans.com  

BlueJeans has several features which instructors may find useful, including a virtual whiteboard app and screen sharing capabilities.  See the attached pdf for instructions. 

Skype for Business is also supported by the university. Information can be found at https://www.isc.upenn.edu/how-to/skype-business1

Pre-Recording Lectures

1) Use the JMEC video recording studio. 

2) Use a classroom or auditorium equipped with recording technology.  Although the room would be empty, you would play to the camera and be able to see your notes as you would when recording in the studio.  If the room your course would normally take place in would is equipped for this, we would simply schedule the recording for the normal course time.  

3) Use MyMediasite, an application that allows you to record remotely.  Set-up and training is required in Knowledgelink for any lecturers and their course directors before the recording can take place.

Camtasia

Camtasia is a screen recording program records your screen as you present.  This option would be ideal for instructors who heavily rely on slides and would like to pre-record and upload their lectures.  More information can be found here: https://www.library.upenn.edu/using-libraries/tech-equipment/software/camtasia

Collaboration

Many faculty and students use Slack, an online instant messaging platform in which separate subjects can each confined to their own specific group.  It's a great way to stay productive and keep organized.  Faculty can sign up here: https://slack.com

The university also uses Box, an online file-sharing tool similar to Drop Box. You can log in at https://upenn.account.box.com/login using your Penn credentials.  From here, you will be able to upload your own files and share them with others. 

More information about resources and best practices for remote teaching can be found here:  https://www.ctl.upenn.edu/resources-and-strategies-teaching-remotely

A message from the Executive Vice Dean covering much of what's been covered here can be found at https://www.med.upenn.edu/evdcommunications/resources-for-access-technology.html
 

Contacts:
PMACS
215-573-4636
https://www.med.upenn.edu/pmacs/

Media Technology and Productions (primarily for issues related to recording on campus through tools like MediaSite)
215-898-0514
mtpgroup@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
https://www.med.upenn.edu/mtp/