Office of Digital Learning & Innovation (DLI)

Instructional Continuity

This page is designed to help faculty prepare for and conduct classes during a possible disruption to campus operations (i.e., from a pandemic or extended severe weather). This information can also be used to enhance interactivity with students and provide additional classroom resources and activities online. Check the UW Bothell Emergency Page for status and policies during campus emergencies and closures.

Tools for Online Instruction

Listed below is a number of tools to help faculty work with students when they are unable to come to campus. 


(meet online at same time )

(participate online at anytime)

Lecture Recording
  • Zoom - Have online lectures, face to face and record them for later viewing. (Free Account limited to forty minutes. Pro Account is unlimited)
  • Zoom - To record presentations and share them (Free Account limited to forty minutes. Pro Account is unlimited)
  • Panopto
  • Canvas Chat Room
  • Zoom - Interact with students in real time in an online classroom. (Free Account limited to forty minutes. Pro Account is unlimited)
Small Group Collaboration
  • Zoom - Students can meet one on one or in groups via face/voice chat. (Free Account limited to forty minutes. Pro Account is unlimited)

Putting Course Materials and Activities Online

Placing course materials materials online will enable students to easily access them, even in events that they (or you) cannot make it to class. The following list contains a number of methods and technologies you can use to share various types of files with your students.


Canvas is the course management system at UW Bothell. Instructors can use this tool as a central place to post course materials, resources and links as well as provide a number of online classroom activities. Use Canvas to turn in assignments online, to grade online and to create online student groups. Canvas courses are automatically created and provisioned for faculty through the UW registration system.

In addition, use the Canvas non-academic course request form if you are not teaching a class and would like a course for other purposes. You can learn more about Canvas and find tutorials at Office of Digital Learning & Innovation (DLI) Canvas site.

Course Reserves

The UW Bothell Library has electronic reserves resources available for faculty to upload to their Canvas sites for their students. For  more information access the Course Reserves Library site


Panopto can be used by faculty to create lectures that can be accessed remotely. With Panopto faculty can record, edit, and post lectures at their leisure that students can access from any computer. To learn how to record lectures, access the UW Bothell DLI Panopto website.

Zoom Videoconferencing

Zoom is a web and app-based videoconferencing tool that offers participant interaction via chat, meeting actions, screen sharing and breakout rooms. It is available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices. Browser extensions are available for Chrome Web Store and Firefox Add-ons. An account is not needed to participate in a Zoom meeting.

Faculty and staff can obtain a free or paid Pro account to host live online courses, offer virtual office hours, breakout rooms, session recording, chat interaction and collaborate with colleagues in other locations. For more information, visit the Zoom website.

Additional Links

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Ideas for Teaching & Learning When Operations are Suspended; or, 3 Faculty Profiles in Courage -

Getting Help

If you need help in designing assignments or using technology to prepare for a class disruption, please feel free to contact Digital Learning & Innovation at




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