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Information Technology

Teaching Remotely at Lake Forest College

Distance Learning Information and Resources for Instruction

This page provides a number of resources to help you continue academic instruction during our emergency move to online learning.

While not all courses, or planned class sessions, may be able to be delivered remotely, there are a number of ways you can deliver instruction-at-a-distance in this emergency situation. Accordingly, the College supports and endorses a variety of online tools to aid instruction, including those you may already use regularly, as detailed in this resource.

Going remote

Beyond the resources collected below, the College recognizes that shifting to remote delivery of course content is no small matter. Additionally, there are differences between planning for a short-term and a long-term interruption of classroom teaching.

Both cases will benefit from your thoughtful planning, and you can start by asking a series of questions about your a) readiness to go remote, b) your facility with the relevant tools, and c) the steps you need to take to convert course content for remote delivery.

One useful external resource is The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Going Online in a Hurry,” which provides useful guidance for thinking through these issues. 


(Click on the any of the areas below to learn more about specific resources)

  1. Moodle (Primary Resource)
  2. Tools to help you conduct your class at a distance **UPDATED ZOOM INSTRUCTIONS **
  3. Additional tools to communicate with your students
  4. Tools to help you set up remote access to important resources
  5. Software installation files and online access to software **NEW RESOURCE **
  6. Computer security best practices
  7. Whom to contact for help
Other Important Resources:










Moodle is a primary resource for sharing course content online; Moodle is familiar to both students and faculty. Taking advantage of this tool and its familiarity is a good way to ease the transition to teaching online during an emergency situation.

The Moodle courses set up at the beginning of the term are automatically populated with the class rosters. If you have difficulty locating your course(s) in Moodle, contact the IT Help Desk for assistance.

The following list contains a number of ways you can share various types of course materials with your students online via Moodle. Each bulleted statement below is a link to more detailed information.  Course sites are automatically created in Moodle each semester and allow instructors to:


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Tools to help you conduct your class at a distance

Facilitate classroom and other campus-based activities—such as lectures, student questions, discussion, homework submissions, and exams—with these technology tool options:

  1. Use Moodle, our primary resource, as detailed above.
  2. Use Zoom through Moodle, or as a stand-alone tool, for video conferencing and video meetings.  Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Zoom users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on each others’ screens, all with one easy-to-use platform.
    Note: Please review the security best practices below.
    Note: If you wish to start or schedule a Zoom meeting outside of Moodle, you can do so by going to lakeforest.zoom.us and clicking on the Host or Sign in buttons.
  3. Record and share lectures with Panopto
    Panopto lets instructors record and publish lectures and other class activities online. Students can then view (and review) the published materials using a Web browser or mobile device.
    You can use Panopto to:
    1. Pre-record and then post video lectures
    2. Broadcast a live lecture (with a three-second delay).
    The first mode allows you to upload supplemental video content and to add notes to your course materials. See the following resources for more information:
    Online Panopto References:
    Quick Learning Remotely Reference Guides:
  4. Use Office 365 OneDrive
    Office 365 provides remote access to your OneDrive documents, and allows you to collaborate in real-time using rich co-authoring functions. You can also give feedback on the activities your students are working on. It also provides this capability for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Finally, it allows you and your students to securely share documents with specific individuals or groups.
  5. Virtual Whiteboard
    Engage your students with virtual whiteboard content using standard tablets like an iPad or Galaxy. For those who do not have one of these devices, we have a limited number of Huion Pen Tablets that can be loaned through the ITS Help Desk.


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Additional tools to communicate with your students

What follows are tools and methods you can use to facilitate communication with your students at a distance. These tools are in addition to those that come with Moodle.

  1. Zoom
    Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Zoom users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on each others’ screens, all with one easy-to-use platform.
  2. Yammer
    Consider using Yammer, a text messenger, which provides a FERPA- and HIPAA-aligned environment. Yammer is a great texting option, if you do not want to use your personal texting or messaging apps communicating with students. Yammer is a social networking tool to openly connect and engage across your organization. Use the Discovery feed to stay on top of what matters, tap into the knowledge of others, and build on existing work. You can also keep messaging private. Use your Inbox to view, prioritize, and manage the most important messages and announcements. Get started with Yammer here.
  3. Voicemail
    Turn your voicemail box into a telephone hotline. Update your greeting with timely information about the status of your course(s). Please contact the Help Desk for assistance with updating your voicemail.
  4. Email App for Mobile Devices
    Microsoft Outlook for iOS and Android provides a familiar interface with strong functionality. Click here for instructions on connecting your mobile phone to College email.
  5. Email on the web
    If you have access to a Web browser, regardless if it is on your own computer, you can use Webmail: http://mail.lakeforest.edu


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Remember computer security best practices

If you are using someone else’s computer or a public computer to access your email or Office 365 OneDrive:

  • Make sure the computer is running antivirus. Accessing your Lake Forest College email from an unprotected computer puts your personal information at risk. The College’s antivirus is available on my.lakeforest (you must be logged in to access).
  • Don’t cache your password.
  • Sign out of your email when you are done and close all browser windows.
  • Delete any downloaded file that contains FERPA or sensitive data


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Tools to help you set up remote access to important resources

You have access to the “V: drive” for shared content and the “U: drive” for individual network storage by connecting to the College network through VPN. We strongly advise you to move important shared information to OneDrive for purposes of remote access and sharing. However, there are some circumstances where data and research must be accessed on the Lake Forest College network.

Connect to the College network through OpenVPN

Faculty and Staff may install Virtual Private Network (VPN) software on their computers. By following this link, you can install the OpenVPN Client on your computer.

Once connected, you can access the desired network storage by mapping a drive (Windows) or mounting the resource (Mac). See directions here.

Because remote desktop access requires your work computer to remain on when you are not at work, the better option is to store your materials online using Office 365 OneDrive. If there is a need to connect to your computer remotely, please contact the Help Desk for assistance.


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Software installation files and online access to software

ITS has been assembling resources for students to access certain software packages that are important to coursework. While not all software licenses will work remotely, several can and a number of vendors are providing free licensing for a period of time.

Available Software Installers and Online Access:


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Get help

  • Contact the Help Desk at ithelp@lakeforest.edu or 847-735-5544 with any teaching with technology questions related to the content of this page.

    ITS is closely monitoring all incoming calls and emails to route questions to the right person. Please do not email individual staff members when initiating a request. By consolidating the flow of requests to the Help Desk, we will help ensure nothing gets lost in an individual’s inbox

  • Contact Associate Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Office of Faculty Development Anna Jones, at jones@lakeforest.edu or 847-735-6087 for help in considering the pedagogical questions raised by delivering content remotely during an emergency closure.

    Please see FAQs Regarding Flexible Teaching and Attendance during continued operations (COVID-19) (March 05, 2020) for more information regarding flexible attendance and alternative course delivery considerations.

  • Contact Kara Fifield, Director of Disability Services, at kfifield@lakeforest.edu or 847-735-5167 to ensure all your students with disabilities are accommodated by your technology choices.

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