Instructional Support

The following resources will help with instructional support:



Communicate with your students often. Be clear with them what changes are coming (if any) and what your expectations are for engagement with your course. Communication is best done with courses by using the Instructor Systems tool on the Registrar’s website, or by using the Email function of D2L.

For more info on remote communication with your students, check out this Remote Communication With Your Students Quick Guide.

Guidelines for Productive Online Conversations



Offering assessments in a remote setting will require some planning. For remote delivery, the primary concern should be assessing how well students have achieved the key learning objectives and determining what objectives are still unmet. It may be necessary to modify the nature of the assessment to allow for the more limited affordances of the remote environment.

For more info on remote assessment, check out this Remote Assessment Quick Guide.

Assessment Strategy for Remote Teaching

Keep Teaching 4: Assessment (Video)


Assignments and Activities

In-class activities and assignments can be facilitated by a variety of the tools provided at MSU. Instructions for assignments and activities can be provided most easily in text format (email, D2L file, Word document, etc.). Consider using the D2L Assignment Tool as it will collect and store individual submissions and allow students to see that they submitted the assignment.

For more info on remote assignments and activities, check out this Remote Activities and Assignments Quick Guide.

Keep Teaching 5: Assignments (Video)



Lectures can be created and offered using a combination of Office 365 (PowerPoint), Zoom, MediaSpace, and D2L. This will allow you to give and record your presentation (adding narrations to PowerPoint and local recording in Zoom) and deliver it to students (uploading video to MediaSpace and adding video content to D2L). Videos may be recorded via Zoom and then streamed to students via MSU MediaSpace and D2L.

For more info on remote lectures, check out this Remote Lectures Quick Guide.

For more information on hybrid lectures, check out this resource guide.

Keep Teaching 2: Lecture (Video)


Participation and Engagement

Note that student participation and engagement may be different in a remote teaching instance than in a face-to-face classroom. For example, in a Zoom meeting some students may not speak due to the mode of communication and/or the technology they are using to connect. We encourage you to be aware of differences in participation and engagement and to be flexible in opportunities for ways that students can participate in the course. Consider using the D2L discussion forums as a means to facilitate asynchronous engagement.

For more info on remote participation and engagement, check out this Remote Participation Quick Guide.

Keep Teaching 3: Interaction (Video)


Library Resources

Many course readings are already provided at MSU as digital content or in books that students have purchased. If you have any materials that are only available as physical hard copies and which students do not already own, please contact the library in order to develop a digital strategy. 

There is a central page for services for online and off campus students and faculty. Services include mailing library books directly to you or your students, troubleshooting Libraries e-resources and databases, and help creating stable links to those resources.   

Subject specialist librarians are happy to help find library resources for your classes and to get those materials linked in D2L for your students. One of the easiest ways to provide this assistance is for you to make your subject specialist librarian an editor in your course. To find your subject librarian, please see our list at Librarians are also happy to discuss any other ways that they can support your teaching and learning needs. 

Our Course Materials program can help if you have materials that need to be transitioned from print to digital. Please use the form at to facilitate the scanning of current materials on print reserves.

Interlibrary loan access will continue to be provided. We will provide desktop delivery and mail materials to you if needed. 

We have reference services available for students and faculty via chat, 24/7:

For more detailed information on the library please visit

Materials in most of our locations can be paged by using the "Get It Now" button in the catalog. We will mail materials that can be paged to faculty, staff and students as needed. Many virtual services and resources remain available. We encourage you to visit the MSU Libraries website and visit their Online and Distance Learning Resource page.


Hot Spots

Hot spots are available for faculty who do not have other internet options. To request a free hotspot please contact the Service Desk:

The university has secured a limited number of hot spots, only available while supplies last.


Laptop Computer Loan

Due to component shortages, as well as increased demand, new laptop orders through the MSU Tech store can currently take four to eight weeks to be fulfilled. If a temporary laptop is needed to allow remote work, MSU Surplus is facilitating loaner laptops. Please reach out to your local IT support staff or MSU Surplus for details on the process. There are limited quantities of these laptops available and as such there may not be equipment available at all times.


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