UMD Keep Teaching

Instructors can take advantage of existing online technologies to minimize disruption and facilitate many course activities. There are a variety of synchronous and asynchronous options to consider. Academic technologists are available to help instructors discuss a continuity plan and identify appropriate technologies. 

Technology Information and Support for Continuity of Instruction

How to get technology information and support for continuity of instruction.

  1. Review technologies to help you prepare: Visit to review technologies that will help you prepare. Due to the changing nature of this situation, please refer to this website for updated UMD specific support information. 
  2. Get Help Virtually:
  • Join the virtual system-wide Keep Teaching Sessions.
    •  Sessions consists of a demonstration that quickly shows how to work through the Keep Teaching: Preparation Checklist. There will be time for questions and answers.
      • These live sessions will be offered beginning Friday, March 13 at 8 a.m., every two hours with the last session beginning at 6 p.m. ​
      • Join the Keep Teaching sessions here via Zoom . NO RSVP is necessary, as all sessions are available to anyone system-wide. 
  • Request Virtual Consultations.
    • Faculty group and individual consultations can get answers to technical questions about Canvas and related technologies from ITSS Technologists by email, phone, or Zoom web conferencing technology.
    • Request a virtual consultation by contacting the ITSS Help Desk at [email protected] or (218) 726-8847 to open a service ticket. An academic technologist will contact you to address your question and/or schedule a virtual meeting.
For urgent technical requests after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays or anytime on weekends, please contact UMN Technology Help at [email protected] or (612) 301-4357. 

For Canvas-specific questions, instructors can email [email protected] or use the Help options within Canvas to contact UMN Canvas support. 

UMN System-wide Keep Teaching Resources is a comprehensive UMN sytem-wide resource for teaching with Canvas and integrated technologies like Zoom and Kaltura. This website is being updated frequently with additional resources and support options, so check back often. 

Are you ready to teach from home? (UMTC's College of Education and Human Development) web tutorial takes instructors through the transition to online and highlights strategies to help ensure success. Please note: if you use this resource, you should contact the ITSS Help Desk to reach UMD educational technologist if you have questions or need additional assistance. Using Zoom to hold online office Hours (UMN)
Library Course Pages (UMD) enable instructors to select library and open access materials via this service and link it right into Canvas course site.  These resources are available to UMD faculty/students anywhere in the world. 
Remote Lab Activities and Experiences (Dartmouth, Indiana University, Middlebury, Harvard University, and Princeton University) is a website offering ideas for taking lab activities virtual.


Keep Teaching Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our Keep Teaching FAQ page for answers to common questions about tools like Zoom, Canvas, Kaltura and related topics like accessibility. This page will be updated frequently with questions (and answers) as they arise, so check back often.