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Flex Teaching


Flex Course Modalities

Learn about the Flex course modalities at DePaul that involve Zoom-enabled classrooms.

Flex Classroom Features

Learn how Flex classrooms are designed to enable remote and on-campus students to participate in class activities regardless of their location.

Flex Context

More background and context on Flex teaching, including new opportunities and challenges as well key values and principles to keep in mind as you design your Flex courses.

Orienting Students

Include information on your course modality and approach to Flex teaching in your syllabus. See "Example Statements for Flex Teaching" on The Syllabus page.

Class Structure and Learner Engagement

Effective Synchronous Sessions

Identify activities best suited for your synchronous sessions and map these sessions with a course blueprint.

Promote Student Interaction with Active Learning Strategies

Learn how to use active learning strategies to engage students in synchronous sessions:

Facilitate Discussions and Share Content

Community Building and Resource Sharing

Build Community and Aid Accountability

Organize Asynchronous Content

Record and Share Class Sessions

In general, it's a good idea to record your class sessions. Later, you can always decide not to share or limit sharing. Consider describing the recording to your students as an enhanced form of notes, but not a substitute for live participation in the class.

See "Record the Meeting" in Zoom+ and Trimodal Rooms for instructions on recording in these classrooms.

If you schedule your Zoom class meetings via your D2L course, the sessions and meeting links will automatically be added to the Course Calendar. It is also recommended to add your Zoom meetings to your weekly modules via External Learning Tools:

Remember: Cloud recordings in Zoom are only available for 120 days. If needed, you can also download your Zoom cloud recordings and upload them to D2L via Panopto.

Captions generated from machine learning can be applied to your Zoom cloud recording videos; ensure audio transcription is enabled in order to automatically provide captions to your students. You can also generate transcripts in Zoom.

For more on captioning and transcripts, see Accessibility.

How-To Guides

View documentation for using Zoom+ and Trimodal Rooms, including how to:

  • Schedule and start Zoom meetings in Zoom+ and Trimodal Rooms
  • Use the room controller to change views, share screens, and draw on the whiteboard
  • Use Zoom+/Trimodal Room tools such as breakout rooms and polling that require a laptop

The following Zoom guides will help remote students to customize their viewing and listening experience in Zoom. 

Change to Gallery or Speaker View

There are 3 video layouts when no one in the meeting is screen sharing: Speaker view, Gallery view, and floating thumbnail window.

Use Side-by-Side Mode 

When someone is screen sharing, participants can use Side-by-side mode or view the screen share with Speaker view. 

Customize Video Order 

Participants can customize the order of displayed videos

Pin Participants' Videos 

When you pin a video in Zoom, it ensures that you always see that video during the meeting. Students may find it helpful to pin participant videos in order to ensure they can always see the classroom/instructor. Students may also want to pin videos when certain students are speaking or if there is a teaching assistant or Online Learning Assistant (OLA) helping to facilitate discussion. Students can pin up to 9 videos at one time. 

Additional Support

Classroom Technology Services

DePaul offers classroom support for faculty experiencing problems with their technology during class. Phones are located near the podiums with the Classroom Technology Hotline number available, 312-362-5900. Don't hesitate to call if you need assistance with the technology while your class is in session.

Online Learning Assistants (OLAs)

Online Learning Assistants (OLAs) support Zoom sections of classes that are combined with on-campus sections. Instructors teaching in Trimodal/Zoom+ rooms are eligible to request OLAs to help with common Zoom tasks and improve the overall learning experience for remote students during class meetings.

Learn more about OLAs and how to request them for your course.

The Help Desk

The Help Desk is the best point of contact if you have an issue with DePaul-owned hardware or software, including D2L. The Help Desk can be a great resource if you encounter any issues setting up your D2L course. If someone at the Help Desk can’t answer your request, they’ll make sure to bring in the right person to help.

Help Desk Contact Info

Phone: (312) 362-8765
Email: helpdesk@depaul.edu 
Website: help.depaul.edu

Instructional Designers

Instructional designers in the Center for Teaching and Learning have extensive instructional-technology expertise and their primary role is that of a coach and consultant. They can help you plan and think through instructional design decisions like the ones listed below: