Remote Teaching Resources: Getting Started

As we move towards remote teaching, IMT wants to make the transition as seamless as possible.  Please use this guide as a starting point for orienting yourself on the various technology tools & resources.

For Canvas-specific topics, please see the APU Go Canvas Course Continuity Guide.

Selecting a Modality

You have three primarily modalities in remote teaching: Asynchronous, Synchronous, and Blended.  This article with review the basics of these modalities and some of the tools you can use in them.  Note that some tools can be used in multiple modalities.


In an Asynchronous modality (sometimes referred to as "traditional online), the class has no set meeting times.  Learning is driven by online tools that students can access at their own convenience, such as forum posts, videos, pre-recorded lectures, and other at-home assignments.

Asynchronous Modality Tools :


In a Synchronous modality, students meet virtually during a set time with video conferencing software.  Students join individually from their personal devices, and the professor facilities class lecture & discussion, similar to a traditional classroom environment.

Synchronous Modality Tools:


A Blended modality is simply using combinations of Asynchronous and Synchronous modalities.  For example, you might start meeting using video conferencing to dialogue about the class & assignments, then use more asynchronous checkins while the students work on projects, then meet again synchronously to talk about & debrief.

Use the tools from the Asynchronous and Synchronous modalities above.

Need additional assistance?

Book a consultation with IMT by going to this calendar link and selecting an appointment slot.  Please be aware of the specific room you are booking.

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