Faculty Toolkit

Faculty Resources and Support

NOTE: Microsoft launched breakout groups in Teams this week. USF has been provided the opportunity to preview this feature and give feedback with any enhancement requests or bugs before it is released more widely. We DO NOT recommended using the current version in your live class.
If you wish to try this new feature (the button is available next to the raise hand button in the top bar of your meeting window), please use the Help button at the bottom left corner of your Teams window and choose either "Report a Problem" or "Request a Feature" to provide details about your experience. USF IT is closely collaborating with Microsoft and meets with their product team at least weekly to discuss and prioritize feedback.
Check back here for an updated announcement with instructions about how to use breakout rooms in your class once an updated version is released. We expext an updated version to be released very soon.
09/10/20 8:50pm

To support USF teaching and learning for Fall 2020, 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 Fall 2020

Developing a new online course for Fall 20? 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: The 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.

Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching Online (Open OIC)

This workshop is adapted from the formalized Online Instructor Certification (OIC) process created and facilitated by Innovative Education. The goal of the workshop is to prepare instructors to teach online by providing strategies for planning instructor presence, active learning approaches for online presentations, assessment/feedback planning, and more. Please note that the workshop is intended as a self-paced training resource and is not a substitute for certification. If you are interested in registering for the certification-based version of the OIC visit Innovative Educaton's Digital Learning team.  

Enroll in: Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching Online (Open OIC).

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

Teaching Online Readiness

If your online course was previously developed, and you'd like some tips on updating it and/or teaching the online class for Fall 20, then start by:

  1. taking this teaching online readiness survey to identify any knowledge/skills gaps for teaching online.
  2. use the checklist survey results to help inform where you should focus within the training and then

Enroll in: Faculty Readiness for Teaching Online developed by USF Innovative Education.

This course is comprised of the following modules and can be completed at your own pace:

  • Accessing Canvas, Course Structure, and Course Management
  • Assignments and Grading
  • Instructor to Student Interaction
  • Student to Student Interaction
  • Presentation and Content Delivery
  • Online Student Performance

Naturally, we are here for you along the way so if you do have questions at any time you can reach out to us by email facultysupport@usf.edu.

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.

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:

MICROSOFT TEAMS Updates - Virtual Classroom

Expected during Fall 2020, faculty will be able to create virtual breakout rooms so students can work within their smaller groups on a discussion or assignment, then easily be called back to the larger group.

The grid view now supports 7x7 giving faculty the ability to see 49 students at one time using "large gallery" mode and "together" mode. This feature was added for USF on July 6th, 2020 and is user enabled.

To help educators focus on students and give informed feedback, the Class Insights tab, now available, uses intelligent data analytics to highlight how students are learning and engaging in meetings, communication, files and assignment activities. 

Gamify your synchronous sessions by adding Kahoot to your Teams session.

Learn more about the updates to Teams that will make your synchronous sessions more consistent with a virtual classroomTeams Update Fall 2020