Faculty Toolkit

Faculty Resources and Support

We are pleased to announce that faculty can now use the Breakout Rooms feature within Microsoft Teams meetings. Please review this how-to resource if you'd like to try it out. We recommend a few dry runs before officially implementing it in your class.

If you notice any issues or need live assistance, please join
Innovative Education's open help "labs" for live support.

11/13/20 2:30pm

To support USF teaching and learning for Spring 2021, faculty are provided with the following opportunities: 


Online Faculty

If you would like to connect directly with someone we offer our "Open Labs" (live-online) assistance through Microsoft Teams. This provides you with the opportunity to not only receive support but also practice using Teams. 

Click to Join Open Lab session via Microsoft Teams
Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota/Manatee staff standing by to answer questions.
Representatives available Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

*open support session hours extended to 6:00pm the first two weeks of the Fall semester.

If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a one-on-one session, please email Innovative Education's Digital Learning team at facultysupport@usf.edu.

Classroom and Hybrid Faculty

If you would like a consultation about face-to-face or hybrid instruction, contact ATLE at atle@usf.edu.

Faculty in USF Health

To contact your support representative directly, click on the link below.

Morsani College of Medicine 
UME: Deborah DeWaay, dewaay@usf.edu 
Grad Ed:  Michael Ramsamooj, mramsamooj@usf.edu 
Physical Therapy: Marci Sanders, msander1@usf.edu
Physician Assistant:  Jennifer Teeters, jteeters@usf.edu
Athletic Training: Gianluca Del Rossi, gdelross@usf.edu

College of Nursing
Elizabeth Jordan, ejordan2@usf.edu 

College of Public Health
Sandhya Srinivasan, eta@usf.edu 

Taneja College of Pharmacy
Davina DeVries, dmdevrie@usf.edu

Designing Your Online Course (DYOC) for SPring 2021

Developing a new temporary online course for Spring 2021? Then look here!

This comprehensive course developed by USF Innovative Education guides faculty through the process of developing a student-centered online course, with strategies for both synchronous and asynchronous delivery. It includes customizable templates, best practices for quality design, active learning strategies, tips for content development, faculty examples, and technology considerations. The DYOC prepares faculty to meet the standards in the USF Quality Online Readiness Checklist.

Enroll in: Spring 2021 DYOC.

Topics include:

  • Module 0: Welcome/Getting Started
  • Module 1: Establishing Clear Expectations and a Welcoming Environment
  • Module 2: Planning for Online Instruction
  • Module 3: Building Authentic Assessments
  • Module 4: Developing Accessible & Engaging Content
  • Module 5: Creating Meaningful Interaction
  • Module 6: Putting it All Together

Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching in the ClassrooM

The Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) offers a variety of resources that support instructional personnel on the USF Tampa campus. For ideas on how to adjust, innovate, and expand your teaching horizons, visit the the ATLE website.

Online Instructor Certification (OIC)

The OIC is a fully online four week certification preparing USF instructors to teach online. The course includes strategies for planning instructor presence, active learning approaches for online presentations, assessment/feedback planning, and more. Faculty teaching temporary online and permanently online courses in Spring 2021 should complete this certification by May 2021. 

Topics include: 

  • Creating Your Instructor Presence Plan
  • Assessment strategies and Creating Your Feedback & Academic Integrity Plan
  • Exploring Online Content & Delivering Active Learning Presentations
  • Advancing Your Skills & Creating a Continuous Improvement Plan

For more information and to self-enroll, please visit Innovative Education Digital Learning website.

Comprehensive Training of Canvas Basics

This course developed by USF Innovative Education provides comprehensive training that will introduce you to the basic functions of Canvas and additional tools to create digital content.

Enroll in: Canvas Basics.

Topics include:

  • Canvas course navigation
  • Syllabus and course files
  • Canvas modules
  • Canvas content pages, assignments, discussions, and quizzes
  • Multimedia content (e.g. Canvas recorder and Kaltura)
  • Gradebook, Speedgrader, and Canvas Rubrics
  • Tools available to promote academic integrity (e.g. Turnitin and Proctorio)
  • Synchronous communication (e.g. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra & Teams)

Best Practices for Microsoft Teams Sessions

In collaboration with USF IT, Innovative Education recommends courses delivered in the Flexible Hybrid modality utilize Microsoft Teams.

Using Canvas to Create a Microsoft Class Team:

A new integration between Canvas and Microsoft Teams is now available that will keep a Class Team membership in sync with your Canvas course roster.

Teams Breakout Rooms:

How to use MS Teams Breakout Rooms


Teaching with Teams - Essentials:

Teaching with Teams - Communication and Presentation Tools:

Teaching with Teams - Collaboration Tools:

USF IT Resources:

Microsoft Teams is available for all active Faculty, Staff, and Students. The below page contains critical resources and training suggestions for our Faculty and Staff to facilitate remote instruction and general productivity.

Visual tips for conducting a session using Teams: