Resource Recap and What’s Next

October 9, 2020

When the Nexus Faculty Resources Blog launched in September 2020, the goal was to provide the Michigan Engineering community with a forum to find and share practical, timely teaching resources in a manner responsive to emerging challenges due to hybrid and remote teaching. Over the past month, topics have ranged from quick tools and technology considerations to pedagogical strategies focused on student engagement and outcomes. With the semester now in full swing, here is a recap of the online and hybrid teaching resources covered so far, and look ahead to what’s in store for the weeks ahead.


As COVID-19 continues to impact the way we teach and learn, new technology solutions and considerations have taken shape here at U-M and beyond: 

  • Google Appointments & Zoom for 1:1 Office Hours: Many faculty host open office hours and were looking for ways to easily schedule individual student appointments to discuss grades, course performance, or other confidential matters. By using Google Calendar appointments slots and the Zoom for GSuite add-on, you can streamline scheduling remote office hours.
  • Introducing MLane: ITS recently announced the launch of MLane, a new IT solution that provides U-M students studying remotely from China with more reliable, high-speed access to specific learning tools and resources. Learn about this important new platform and tips for teaching international students remotely.
  • Zoom Security Recommendations: ITS recommends enabling at least one of Zoom’s available security options (Only Authenticated Users, Waiting Room, or Passcode). This resource answers some FAQs and provides helpful information to adjust Zoom security settings. 


Fostering student engagement, communication, and feedback are crucial for effective learning and teaching — especially in an online environment: 

  • Engaging Students Online: Making an engagement and communication plan is a great first step to crafting an effective learning environment. View a short video and review strategies for promoting student engagement.
  • Gathering Student Feedback: Soliciting student feedback throughout the term is an important way to get a pulse on how students are doing, especially without in-person interaction. Explore tips for gathering student feedback on course content and navigation.


Amid the shift to online and hybrid teaching, recorded lectures have become a regular part of many courses. This has sparked a new set of considerations and best practices for courses with in-person learners.

  • Creating FERPA-Compliant Recordings: Recordings of synchronous course activities in which students can be identified are educational records and fall under FERPA regulation. Learn tips for making your lectures FERPA-compliant.
  • Maintaining Quality for Remote Learners: For courses that include both in-person and distance learning students, it’s important to provide an equal learning experience for both groups. Here, Pat Hammett, PhD offers tips for increasing engagement, organizing content, recording lectures, and administering assessments in dual hybrid courses. 


In the coming weeks, we will be collaborating with faculty and staff across the College of Engineering to share the tips, strategies, and technologies that are working well, and reflect on lessons learned so far this semester. And we seek your input.

Are there other resources you would like to see on the Nexus Faculty Resources page, or gaps for us to address? We would also like to feature tips or experiences that have worked particularly well for you. We encourage you to submit suggestions via this short Google Form. The Nexus Faculty Resources Blog is based on the responsive feedback from faculty and staff, and will continue to thrive because of your input.

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