Online and Hybrid Teaching Pedagogical Resources

For more information on pedagogical strategies for different teaching formats, please refer to the video recording of the June 23, 2020 Course Design session and accompanying slides.

Materials from the CTL sessions on best pedagogical practices for online and hybrid learning from the summer of 2020 are all collected within the linked Google Drive Folder (Cornell login required).

For assistance with instructional technology, contact Amy Gullen and Matt Zhorne.

To discuss teaching strategies, contact Jen Rouse.

For online materials or film and video options, contact your librarian.

Classroom Technology

We have implemented a few different classroom technology configurations to support hybrid teaching.  The most common will utilize a Meeting Owl camera to connect remote students with the classroom.

The setup will be similar to the one demonstrated at John Brown University.

Tutorial for connecting the Meeting Owl to you computer and setting it up in the classroom.


Preparation is key to successfully moving all or portions of your class online quickly.

  1. Begin planning as soon as possible. Start to think about contingency plans for class sessions before the need to move online arises.

  2. Work with the ATS and IT to learn more about options and become comfortable with using tools yourself prior to an immediate need. 

  3. Manage expectations both for yourself and for your students. Meeting online is a different kind of experience than meeting in person. Students may not have access to the same tools from their homes that they have on campus. It’s important to evaluate whether or not students will still be able to meet all of the goals you set for the course prior to moving online.

  4. Communicate with your students about when, where, and how you will meet and hold office hours.

  5. Use tools and approaches that are already familiar to help ease the transition online. If you already use Zoom or Microsoft Teams, continue to use that same tool for online class meetings. Moodle and Google Drive may also be familiar tools for collaboration and content sharing for both you and for your students.


Use Cases for Digital Tools



Communicating with Students

The Quick Mail block in each Moodle class page allows you to easily email all or some students in your course.

You can also post in the “Announcements” forum on your course Moodle page. 

You can also make your own Google Contacts label, which can help you share Google Drive files and folders with your class (you can share with a Contacts label just like you would an individual person).

Lecture/Presentation (asynchronous)

Use Zoom or Panopto to record lectures for your students. Speak directly to your students or narrate a slide presentation and draw directly on the screen to deliver course content. Zoom will record directly to your computer.

Upload and share your lectures on Panopto. 

You can also share videos with students by uploading them to Youtube or another video streaming service.  To make Youtube videos only available to your students, change the privacy setting to Unlisted or Private.

Lecture/Presentation (synchronous)

Use Zoom to stream lectures directly to students. Schedule your Zoom meeting, and invite all students to it. You can speak directly to your students, share a slide presentation, and draw directly on the screen to deliver course content. You can allow students to speak freely, virtually raise their hands, or use the chat box to ask questions and share discussion.

Facilitate class and small group discussion

Use Zoom breakout groups to support synchronous small group discussions in addition to full class discussions. 

Use Moodle Forums to start and monitor discussions with students. Different types of forums can facilitate different types of conversation (Learn about the different forum types).

Virtually bring a guest lecturer

Use Zoom to invite and include someone from outside the Cornell community in a video call or conference. Schedule your Zoom meeting, and invite all students to it along with your guest, or use your laptop to project the meeting to your students in class. 

Hold Virtual Office Hours

Zoom can be a tool used to meet with students virtually

You may want to control when students can enter a Zoom meeting if there are privacy concerns during office hours.  To accomplish this you can use the Waiting Room feature or use breakout groups.

Share Course Materials

Upload your materials (PDFs, Word docs, image files) or add links (Youtube videos, web sites) to your course Moodle page. Videos can be shared using Panopto.  Other kinds of large files can be uploaded to Google Drive and shared.


Create a Quiz on Moodle for testing that ranges from multiple choice exams to discursive self-assessments. Create a Moodle Assignment for students to hand-in essays and for instructors to grade and comment on them.  

Google Forms can also be used to create quizzes.

Capture your own writing

Use Zoom and its whiteboard feature to draw directly on the screen.

Jamboard is Google's digital whiteboard application and is useful for collaborative annotation activities.

Create your own document camera.  

Accessibility considerations

For students with extended time on exams/quizzes as an accommodation and you are using a timed assessment such as a quiz or exam on Moodle, the student with the extra time will need to have an exam set up for them to access with the extended time built-in.

For other concerns related to accommodations for students with disabilities, please contact Brooke ( or 4382) to brainstorm solutions.

Accessibility considerations for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH)

Live, computer-generated, closed captions are available in every Zoom meeting. Meeting creator will need to settings in their account (directions under "User"), and the host needs to turn on the function each time. This also allows for a full transcript of the meeting.

Google Slides has an auto-closed captioning option and this can be used while presenting slides in Zoom.

Please contact Brooke ( or 4382) for details on other resources that are available.


Useful Tools for Digital Meetings


Zoom is an online platform for video and audio conferencing through your computer,  mobile device, and telephones. Cornell recommends Zoom because it uses less bandwidth than many other applications which can provide more reliable audio and video performance.

Getting Started with Zoom

You will receive an email from Zoom when your account is created.

Here are some things to do in advance of your first meeting using Zoom and to share with guests, who are first time Zoom users.

  1. Watch this 1-min video, which shows how to connect to a Zoom meeting. It walks through the basic steps including where to click to enable your microphone and webcam.

  2. In addition, you can join a test meeting to test your internet connection, video and audio before your scheduled Zoom meeting.

Cornell College Zoom Best Practices

Zoom Video Conferencing Instructions: Cornell College Knowledge Base

Tips for setting up your filming location

Zoom Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is another online platform for video and audio conferencing through your computer or mobile device. Sign in using Enterprise account option.  

Update for Block 6

Course Modality

Faculty have the discretion to deliver their Block 6 course fully in person, fully online, or with online components. Please communicate your Block 6 course’s format to your registered students as soon as possible, preferably by end of business Monday, January 31st, so students can make decisions about when and if to return to campus for Block 6. If you choose to deliver your course 100% online, each student will have the option to attend the course from home or on campus. You may still offer your course 100% in person if you choose to (for example, if your course has a laboratory or studio component). Students who are unable to meet in-person course attendance requirements have the flexibility to change courses and should use the regular add/drop processes before the start of the block to do so. Students can contact the Registrar at if they have questions. 

If you choose to deliver your Block 6 course 100% online, please communicate this to Associate Registrar Anna Butz immediately, preferably by end of business Monday, January 31st, so she can update Self Service. 

Sample Covid-19 Syllabus Language to help you communicate remote learning, illness, and mask policies in your course in a consistent manner to students.

If you need a camera or an OWL for your classroom, or any other IT assistance, please submit a ticket to IT via the Help Portal. 

Covid-19 Masking Policy

The following mask requirement is in effect immediately and through Block 5 everywhere on campus:

Masking is required any time you are not in your residence hall room or in your office with your door closed. KN95 masks are preferred for the most effective prevention of transmission and we strongly encourage that you use these on campus.

Center for Teaching and Learning & Student Success Center

The Center for Teaching and Learning in Cole Library (Quantitative Reasoning Studio, Academic Technology Studio, Dungy Writing Center, and our consulting librarians) offers resources for faculty and for students. All CTL Studios will offer options for online and in-person consultations. 

The Student Success Center on the 3rd floor of Law Hall is a one-stop shop for student success, academic support, and disability services. Utilize to communicate concern about a student for the SSC team to follow up on.

Course Formats

During the 2020-21 academic year, Cornell's courses were offered in a variety of formats:  hybrid, in-person-only, or online-only.  We are offering fewer online-only courses this year, but all in-person courses can incorporate as many online elements as you choose, so long the course meets the federally mandated minimumof 150 hours.

We have included the official descriptions of the different course formats from 2020-2021 below for your reference:

Hybrid Courses:

  • Must be accessible to students approved to live off-campus for reasons related to Covid-19.
  • Hybrid courses are designed to accommodate both in-person and remote learners.  Hybrid courses may also be designed to facilitate social distancing.
  • Some face-to-face contact hours may be replaced with required synchronous and/or asynchronous online instruction.
  • Hybrid courses may include significant projects and activities that occur outside of direct faculty instruction. Hybrid courses must have regular and substantive faculty-student interaction and the combination of in-class, virtual, and out-of-class student work must meet the learning outcomes and the federally mandated minimumof 150 hours.
  • The balance of face-to-face and online activity is set by the instructor and varies by course.  For students who live on campus, faculty can require face-to-face attendance or, to facilitate social distancing, a combination of face-to-face and virtual attendance at designated times. Faculty should include the course meeting schedule in the syllabus.

Other course designations:


  • Classes are held remotely through required synchronous and asynchronous online instruction.
  • Online courses must have regular and substantive faculty-student interaction and the combination of direct instruction and out-of-class student work must meet the learning outcomes and the federally mandated minimumof 150 hours.
  • Faculty members may request to teach on-line in accordance with the temporary college policy regarding online teaching during the pandemic. 


  • Classes are held on campus, and students are expected to attend class in person. In-class work may be supplemented by virtual learning activities.
  • The in-person-only designation is given to courses for which the logistics of teaching online is not feasible.  If courses are not being offered on-campus or it becomes unsafe to offer this course, in-person-only classes that are required for students’ progress in their major will be rescheduled for a later date when classes can be safely held in person. Other in-person-only courses may be rescheduled, canceled, or replaced with another course.

Non-hybrid (NH-IP or NH-O):  

  • The non-hybrid designation is given to courses where the learning objectives cannot be simultaneously met by in-person and remote learners.  If taught in an online format, substantial modifications would be needed to meet course objectives.  Non-hybrid courses may be taught either in-person (IP) or online (O) depending on faculty and student needs.  For example, a department might offer one section of this course in an in-person format and, if there were students who needed this course but for health or other reasons couldn't be on campus, offer a different section in an online format. Non-hybrid courses taught in person could also shift to online instruction if needed during the course of the block.

  • Self Service Language:

    • In-Person-Only (IP): Classes are held on campus, and students are expected to attend class in person. 
    • Online-Only (O): Classes are held remotely through required synchronous and asynchronous online instruction.

Clemson has developed graphics to illustrate the course formats they are using this fall.  These may help you visualize and choose the formats described above that will work best for your courses.

Additional Resources

Quick Guide to Teaching Online: Inside Higher Ed

Going Online in a Hurry: Chronicle

Based on Macalester’s Continued Teaching page.