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OIT Field Notes – Tips From Faculty



We know the theory and practice of teaching with technology but faculty are walking the talk. When asked to complete the Spring 2020 semester from a distance with little notice, and for some, with limited experience with online course delivery methods, our faculty rose to the challenge in some amazing ways. With the spring semester complete, we asked faculty to share their experiences and lessons learned while teaching remotely. They’ve discovered some surprising and simple solutions for keeping students engaged in the online classroom and even some tips and tricks that impressed our tech-savvy OIT staff on making the technology work for their classrooms. We hope you find these faculty stories as inspiring as we do.

We want to hear from you!

If you have some tips you’d like to share, please reach out to the OIT HelpDesk at help.utk.edu or 865-974-9900 and mention this #OITFieldNotes video!


June 9, 2020
What advice would you offer faculty who are teaching online? Hear how LaTonya Jordan, lecturer in the Accounting and Information Management Department within the Haslam College of Business, modeled her online classes as closely to her in-person classes as possible in order to keep students engaged.


June 9, 2020
What is an advantage of teaching online? Hear from Department of Political Science distinguished lecturer Dr. Will Jennings, winner of the American Political Science Association’s Brintnall Teaching Award and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association’s Teaching Award, about his experience in the online classroom.


June 9, 2020
What advice do you have for managing an online class? Hear how LaTonya Jordan, lecturer in the Accounting and Information Management Department within the Haslam College of Business, used pre-recorded lectures during synchronous class time while pausing periodically to answer questions live. 


June 9, 2020
How did you address one challenge of going online? Hear from Department of Political Science distinguished lecturer Dr. Will Jennings, winner of the American Political Science Association’s Brintnall Teaching Award and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association’s Teaching Award, and how he addressed one challenge of going online. 


June 9, 2020
What has enhanced your online teaching experience? Dr. Andy Puckett, Paul & Beverly Castagna Professor in Investments, HCB Endowed Faculty Research Fellow, and Finance PhD Program Director in the Haslam College of Business, about how the polling function within Zoom has kept his students engaged during class.


June 9, 2020
Ever wonder how to speed up your grading process in Canvas? Dr. Marlene Davis, distinguished professor in the School of Architecture, will walk you through how to use Speed Grader in Canvas in this video. 


June 9, 2020
How did you address one challenge of teaching online? Hear how LaTonya Jordan, lecturer in the Accounting and Information Management Department within the Haslam College of Business, overcame a big challenge through delivering an exam right after the switch to online delivery. 


June 9, 2020
Preparing to teach online? Hear from Department of Political Science distinguished lecturer Dr. Will Jennings, winner of the American Political Science Association’s Brintnall Teaching Award and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association Teaching Award, as he offers advice to faculty for a smooth transition to online teaching.


June 9, 2020
Were there any unexpected benefits for your students? Hear from Department of Political Science distinguished lecturer Dr. Will Jennings, winner of the American Political Science Association’s Brintnall Teaching Award and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association’s Teaching Award, about his experience in the online classroom.