Prior Workshops on Teaching Online

As faculty, instructors and teaching assistants moved to teaching online in response to COVID-19, the Center for Teaching and Learning offered a series of interactive workshops on select online tools and topics. Below, please find recordings and notes from prior faculty meetings and discussions. For current and future offerings, please visit our events page.

Before joining an online workshop, please open the test Zoom meeting to test your microphone/speakers so you can be ready to participate. 


Past Faculty Discussions

What Student Surveys from the Fall Tell Us About Teaching Online at Penn

Fall 2020, Penn surveyed thousands of students about what was effective and ineffective in their online courses. In this discussion, CTL will share some of that survey data to facilitate a conversation about what we can learn from it and how that may or may not help guide our teaching. The full data sets can be accessed through the Institutional Research and Analysis website. A recording of this discussion can be found here.

Active Learning Online: Using Synchronous Time to Engage Students, with Professors Kim Bowes; Classical Studies, Florian Schwarz; Linguistics and Doris Wagner; Biology

The faculty panelists discussed how they have organized synchronous class time to emphasize students’ active learning. Participants considered ways to lead a class using structured activities to help facilitate students’ thinking and engagement with course concepts and each other, while enabling instructors to provide guidance and feedback. A recording of the discussion can be found here.

Recordings of Past Tools Workshops

In 2020, CTL is offering a number of different workshops on using various tools to teach as well as faculty discussions of what they have tried. 

Recordings of the tools-based workshops will be posted here.  If you have questions, contact CTL at

Quizzes of the Future: Gradescope and Canvas New Quizzes (April 16, 2021)

Choosing Your Best Whiteboard (December 16, 2020)

Tools for Synchronous Engagement (Dec 15, 2020)

Tools for Asynchronous Engagement (Dec 14, 2020)

Organizing Your Course on Canvas (Dec 11 2020)

Technology Tools for Recording Lectures (Dec 3rd 2020)

Canvas Grading Tools to Help You Use Time Efficiently and Effectively (Dec 2, 2020) 

Technology Tools for Assessment (July 30, 2020)

Introduction to Canvas (July 220, 2020)


Faculty Suggested Strategies

CTL has offered a number of workshops on remote teaching.  Workshops below link to notes that combine the suggested strategies from the different discussions.



If you don't see the workshop you'd like, email CTL Help.

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