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Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your continued flexibility as we adjust to alternative instruction and the accommodations needed in response to COVID-19. As a follow-up to my email from yesterday, I am reiterating and clarifying issues related to instruction during the remainder of the semester. I am also providing information below regarding resources available to faculty who are transitioning their course to an online format.

Attached is a list of Frequently Asked Questions based upon the input we have gathered thus far. Your deans and chairs/directors will provide further information relating to matters of instructions specific to your area. The attached FAQ’s will be updated throughout the coming week and available to access on a website specifically addressing faculty instructional needs during this transition period.


Zoom Webinar with the Provost and Deans

On Monday, March 16th from 2:00-3:00 PM, the deans will join me as we present a live Zoom webinar to address NKU’s online transition and answer questions from the faculty and staff. You may submit questions through the “Chat” feature on Zoom and we will answer as many as we can. The webinar will also be recorded and available on the Academic Affairs website. Please tune in live using the following information:

  • Please click the link below or copy and paste in to your web browser to join the webinar:
  • Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
  • US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833 
  • Webinar ID: 200 103 314
  • International numbers available:

Online Faculty Orientation

The office of Graduate Education, Research, and Outreach, in tandem with CITE, has a number of resources available from NKU and Academic Partnerships. Most helpful to begin are probably the following Canvas courses:

CITE Workshops

Alternative Instruction Support

If you are a faculty member that needs to quickly transition your face-to-face courses to an online format, the Center for Innovation and Technology in Education is here to help. CITE is offering free face-to-face and online training sessions to teach you the basics of Canvas, plus strategies to bring your lectures online in both synchronous and asynchronous plans. We will also host online and face-to-face drop in sessions where you can get help with your individual needs.

Want to get started on your own?

Look at the resources on our Faculty Academic Continuity Plan:

Want a resource to share with students to help transition them to online?

Send them our Student Academic Continuity Plan:

If you have questions and already work with an instructional designer, feel free to reach out to them for help. If you haven't worked with us before, sign up for our sessions: Trainings and Workshops: Northern Kentucky University.

Our training schedule is below:

Monday 3/16

  • 10:00 a.m.        Canvas 101 (face-to-face in CITE, Steely 220)
  • 11:15 a.m.        Canvas Q&A (Zoom)
  • 1:00 p.m.         Canvas 101 (Zoom)
  • 2:00 p.m.         Canvas Q&A (face-to-face at Center for Teaching and Learning, 355 Founders Hall)
  • 3:00 p.m.         Moving Lectures Online (Zoom)

Tuesday 3/17

  • 10:00 a.m.       Canvas 101 (Zoom)
  • 11:15 a.m.       Canvas Q&A (Zoom)
  • 1:00 p.m.         Canvas 101 (face-to-face in CITE, Steely 220)
  • 2:00 p.m.         Canvas Q&A (face-to-face at Center for Teaching and Learning, 355 Founders Hall)
  • 3:00 p.m.         Moving Lectures Online (Zoom)

Wednesday 3/18

  • 10:00 a.m.       Canvas 101 (Zoom)
  • 11:15a.m.        Canvas Q&A (Zoom)
  • 1:00 p.m.         Canvas 101 (face-to-face in CITE, Steely 220)
  • 2:00 p.m.         Canvas Q&A (face-to-face at Center for Teaching and Learning, 355 Founders Hall)
  • 3:00 p.m.         Moving Lectures Online (face-to-face in CITE, Steely 220)

Thursday 3/19

  • 10:00 a.m.       Canvas Q&A (face-to-face in CITE, Steely 220)
  • 11:15a.m.        Canvas Q&A (Zoom)
  • 1:00 p.m.         Canvas 101 (face-to-face in CITE, Steely 220)
  • 2:00 p.m.         Canvas 101 (Zoom)
  • 3:00 p.m.         Moving Lectures Online (face-to-face in CITE, Steely 220)  

Friday 3/20

  • 10:00 a.m.       Canvas 101 (Zoom)
  • 11:00 a.m.       Canvas 101 (face-to-face in CITE, Steely 220)
  • 1:00 p.m.         Canvas Q&A (Zoom)
  • 2:00 p.m.         Canvas Q&A (face-to-face in CITE, Steely 220)
  • 3:00 p.m.         Moving Lectures Online (Zoom)

Monday 3/23

  • 10:00 a.m.       Canvas Q&A (face-to-face in CITE, Steely 220)

Session descriptions: 

Getting Started with Canvas (1 hour)

This training will cover all of the Canvas basics to get you comfortable navigating and working in Canvas. The topics covered are Canvas navigation, course navigation, and course settings. We will also cover uploading files to a course, organizing course content, and moving course activities online.

Canvas Q & A (1 hour)

These sessions will be open forums for faculty to ask questions regarding teaching online with Canvas.

Moving Lectures Online (1 hour)

We promise our students 1 hour of interaction with their professor for every class credit hour. So what happens to that interaction online? This workshop explores options for quickly recreating your physical class experience in an online format. We will cover how to run live sessions using Zoom and Kaltura's New Row. We will also cover recording lectures and sharing them.

CITE Online Office Hours

We are offering online office hours from 9a.m. to 4p.m. Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 20th. Join us in our online CITE Meeting Room for individualized help with transitioning your face-to-face course to Canvas.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help, please contact

IT Help

IT Staff will be available in each building to help faculty with equipment and training. The Norse Tech Bar can also provide faculty with these services:

More information and resources will be forthcoming. Thank you for your flexibility and dedication to our students and to the university as we face this unprecedented challenge.


Sue Ott Rowlands
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs