Resources & Quick Guides

Additional resources are being added regularly from across campus and beyond as we plan for both in-person and online components to instruction.


Faculty and Student Success Quick Tips

The Faculty and Student Success Quick Tip series is inspired by an ethic of care – for faculty and for students. The purpose of the Quick Tips is to share strategies that faculty can easily, and with minimal time, integrate into their teaching practices to support student learning and success. If these recommendations do not fit with your style of teaching, perhaps they will inspire a strategy that does.

Please share your thoughts about the Quick Tips so we focus our efforts on work that will be useful to you.

Quick Tip #1: Caring is Vital to Learning

Quick Tip #2: Compassion is Vital for Diminishing Burnout

Quick Tip #3: Build student attention with understanding


Student Support

In addition to referring students to CAPS directly, MSU offers resources for helping a student you have concerns about. This playlist has been developed to make finding those resources easy.


Access to WiFi

Eduroam Global Locator


Communication with Students

Remote Communication With Your Students Quick Guide

Guidelines for Productive Online Conversations

Instructor Systems tool

Email function of D2L




Remote Assessment Quick Guide

Assessment Strategy for Remote Teaching


Assignments and Activities


D2L Assignment Tool

Remote Activities and Assignments Quick Guide




Office 365 (PowerPoint)




Creating Recordings

Remote Lectures Quick Guide


Participation and Engagement


D2L discussion forms

Remote Participation Quick Guide


Academic Integrity

Dean of Students




MSU Basic Accessibility Checklist

MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

Accessible Teaching in the Time of Covid-19


Annotating Documents

Live Sessions

Annotations in Zoom

Recorded Content

Annotations in Kaltura Capture


Creating Recordings

Step-by-Step Instructions on Recording Using Kaltura Capture

The Basics of Recording with Audacity

Audio Recording Tips

Below are some tips for recording the best audio quality:

  • If possible, use some kind of external mic. This document provides some recommendations.
  • Find as quiet a location as possible
  • In general, try to stay between 4 to 6 inches away from the mic
  • If your mic is on a stand, avoid touching the surface when the mic is on
  • Draw the curtain or put a blanket against the wall to help dampen the sound, and reduce how much noise is reflecting off of surfaces
  • Read more about mic techniques

Presentation Recordings

Video on Recording in Zoom

Video on Recording in Powerpoint Step-by-Step

Instructions on Recording Using Kaltura Capture


Resources for Remote Labs and Studios

Virtual Labs and Simulations Spreadsheet


Dance-based Pedagogy


10 Educational Websites for Music Teachers

Smart Music

16 Resources for Learning and Instrument

Optimizing Zoom Settings for Instruments


Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design

The Art of Ed


Broadway Educators


HTML5 Simulations for Physics

Resources for Digital/Online Labs


DEI Resources

National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education: Discussion on DEI implications and best practices: Webinar recording, presentation slides [pdf], and best practices [pdf]

American Association of Colleges & Universities: Safeguarding quality, equity, and inclusion as learning moves online: Webinar recording

Center for Organizational Responsibility & Advancement: Equity-minded online teaching practices at community colleges: Webinar recording

Teaching Through Coronavirus: What Educators Need Right Now

How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism

The COVID-19 DEI Crisis Action Strategy Guide


College Resources and Support

MSU College of Arts and Letters

Emergency Remote Teaching Resources

CAL Remote Teaching Process 

MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Online Teaching 101: D2L Login, Communication, Assignments, and Grading

Online Learning 201: Creating Course Content in D2L and Ensuring Accessibility

Online Teaching 301: Using Creating, Managing, and Leveraging Discussion Threads in D2L

Online Teaching 401: Using Video

MSU College of Education

MAET Mini-MOOC on Remote Teaching

How to Approach a Three Hour Seminar