SSCS Staff Will Now Provide Remote Support Only by using TeamViewer software, please request service by emailing the team at or calling (773) 702-0793

Online Teaching Resources

We have assembled a list of resources and services in support of online learning.

In the event that you cannot find the remote teaching help you need below, please email us at We are here to help make the transition to remote teaching as seamless as possible.

All other computing questions should be directed to our desktop and server teams at or (773) 702-0793.

Getting Started – Tools and Training

Attend one of the University-Wide Online Training Sessions.

Sign Up for SSD-specific Zoom & Remote Teaching Training Sessions.

Contact SSD’s Teaching & Technology Specialists:

Overview of the Three Primary Tools:

  1. Zoom – manages group online discussions and permits instructors and their TAs to manage the flow of conversation, respond to participant activity, and to present spontaneous information. Zoom is the tool for face-to-face teaching online.
  2. Canvas – familiar to many instructors in UC, Canvas provides tools for managing course materials and instruction.
  3. Panopto – provides simple, but sophisticated tools for producing, presenting and annotating video information.

Getting Started with Teaching Remotely

An SSCS guide providing strategies to help you start teaching online.

Web Conferencing with Zoom

An overview and additional resources aimed at making Zoom work best for you.

Academic Technology Solutions

Additional services and teaching resources provided by ITS’ ATS team.

Taking Your Teaching Online

Effective Practices

A list of pedagogical practices you can structure your teaching around.

Checklist for Starting Your Class in Zoom

Steps instructors should take immediately prior to holding a scheduled class or meeting.

Home Internet Tips

Tips for improving your home internet connectivity.

Remote Teaching Techniques by Preferred Teaching Method

Identify the best online approaches to replace your preferred face-to-face teaching methods.

Quick Reference Guide for Remote Teaching and Learning

A collection of additional info and resources for remote teaching.

Accessibility Considerations for Online Teaching

A guide to help keep accessibility and inclusivity in mind during your teaching endeavors.

Giving Exams with Canvas

A two part guide demonstrating how to administer in-class exams using Canvas.

Add a Zoom Meeting Invite to Syllabus in Canvas

Learn how to embed a Zoom meeting invite in your Canvas syllabus.

Creating Open Office Hours in Zoom

Create a recurring link for office hours via Zoom for the Spring Quarter.

Changing Canvas Course Visibility

How to make your course available to the entire University of Chicago community.

Simulating a Whiteboard Using an iPad in Panopto

A demonstration on how to use an iPad to simulate a whiteboard in Panopto.

Online Learning

UChicago Library provided resources and services for learning online.

Additional Resources and Discussion

Moving Online Now

A collection of articles, advice, and resources from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Active Learning Techniques for the Online Classroom

Understand active learning and how to implement it in your online classes.

Teaching Tools

Additional teaching technologies supported by ATS.

Creative Assignments: Podcasting

Learn to turn your online and guest speakers’ lectures into podcasts.

Virtual Event Planning, Production and Management

SSCS offers Virtual event management services for all instructors, admins, orgs, etc. associated with the Division.  We can assist with events using either Zoom’s Standard Platform (the on we’ve all been using for meetings and classes) or with the Zoom Webinar Platform. The webinar platform is ideal for large audiences or events that are open to the public. The typical webinar has a few panelists speaking to an audience with minimal interaction between panelists and audience (although Q&A windows and direct interaction are options to involve audience participation).  SSCS’s Zoom Webinar license allows up to 100 panelists and 3,000 attendees for a single event and SSCS can stream events to a secure YouTube site if your event may draw more than 3,000 attendees.  Additionally, for conferences with simultaneous panels, SSCS will work with ITS to secure additional Webinar licenses to run multiple Zoom sessions at the same time. 

NB: SSCS requires five business days advance notice to guarantee we can staff and manage your event. Last minute requests will always be considered (we’re here to help) but we reserve the right to decline event management requests submitted with less than five business days’ notice.

In order to provide these services, we do require you to fill out the form that is linked to below as completely as possible. One of our Teaching and Technology Team members will reach out to you within one business day:

For any additional questions on Virtual event planning, production or management, please email SSCS’ Teaching and Technology Team at:

Research Support

Researchers wanting access for their teams to advanced analysis tools will find holistic assistance from our Research Support Group.  This group draws on an experienced, capable and dedicated staff to support large-scale computation and advanced data storage on a variety of platforms. The group also provides on-boarding support to new research initiatives, and can act as liaison matching research needs with available resources from on-campus partner organizations such as the Research Computing Center as well as other non-University resources.


Operations and Personal Computing Support

Faculty and Staff in the Social Sciences Division also receive support from our Operations Support Team for desktop applications and hardware. This group aids in the setup of new computers, printers, and mobile devices as well as general consulting about other personal computing needs.