Academic Continuity Planning & Remote Teaching

In the event of a disaster or other significant interruption on campus, it may be necessary for faculty to provide alternative means of instruction.  Use these resources to improve your preparedness for online, hybrid, or face-to-face course formats.

Flexible Instructional Modes

UA has employed multiple flexible course delivery modes to support social distancing based on course type, classroom size, and enrollment, informed by the most current guidance from health experts and the UA Systemwide Task Force.

CIT’s resource guide for Interactive A/V, Online, Face-to-Face, and Hybrid course models

CIT’s Teaching and Presenting Tool Comparison Chart

Technology Accessibility

CIT’s Technology Accessibility team leads the initiative to provide our technology users, including those with disabilities, a functional and accessible technology experience with our web presence and our instructional and emerging technologies. Accessibility tools supported include Level Access Accessibility Management Platform (AMP), Texthelp, and ZoomText 10 for Windows.

The Teaching Hub

The Teaching Hub, an initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences, connects faculty with resources, ideas, and solutions for innovative teaching. The Faculty Blog features contributions from faculty and staff who wish to support their colleagues’ development as teachers in higher education.

College of Continuing Studies

The ITAS Technical Support Team is available to assist online faculty and their online students with issues related to their University of Alabama online courses. Tech Support can be reached via the online help desk or by phone.

Classroom Interactive Monitors

Using a Wacom Interactive Pen Display and Microsoft Ink for Annotation
Using the Auto Ink Plugin for Annotating PDFs
Microsoft Whiteboard – a collaborate digital canvas. Requires Microsoft O365 login.


DUO is supported by the Office of Information Technology. DUO two-factor authentication adds a second layer of security to your myBama account. It requires two factors to verify identity. These factors include something you know – your username and password, and something you have – a phone or passcode, to authenticate and gain access to an account. Passwords alone no longer provide adequate protection against cyber hacking.

Sanford Media Center

The Sanford Media Center is available to the campus community for consultations and resources regarding media-based projects. SMC is also available to assist instructors who need to revise their multimedia project lesson plans in response to the limited access to equipment, spaces, computers, etc. caused by the COVID’s disruptions to normal campus activity.

Sanford Media Center Software: Software Options for Distance and Remote Work

Faronics Insight

Insight is supported by the Office of Information Technology. Insight is a computer lab management tool that allows instructors to control all computers in a lab from a single teaching workstation.

Faronics Insight Quickstart Guide for Instructors

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams provides a chat space for students and instructors to collaborate, share ideas and build community. Microsoft Teams allows for threaded chats as well as integrated voice and video calls. Learn more about Microsoft Teams on the OIT website.

Taskstream ePortfolios

Taskstream is supported by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Taskstream Learning Achievement Tools (LAT) is a cloud-based platform for electronic portfolios (ePortfolios). Taskstream LAT allows the user to collect, store and publish a variety of documents such as student artifacts, resumes and reflections, as well as videos, pictures, and other digital records of educational experiences.

Zoom Teleconferencing

Zoom accounts are managed by UA System IITS. Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. The Zoom solution offers the best video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems.

CIT’s Zoom Recommendations

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