Remote Teaching & Learning

CRC is available to meet virtually with faculty from March 18-24. Please sign up for an upcoming slot.

Bates offers and supports a variety of tools that enable courses to continue when students are unable to attend class for an extended period of time or in the event that classes are cancelled unexpectedly. Curricular and Research Computing (CRC) provides guidance in the event that you need to move your classes online due to unforeseen circumstances.

If you need additional assistance or wish to consult with CRC, please contact us ( and our staff will find the support and expertise you need.

Note: This page is rapidly being updated in response to COVID-19.

Getting Started with Remote Teaching

Plan. Adapt. Communicate. Strategies from Bowdoin College.

Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Advice to Those About to Teach Online Because of the Corona-virus, Online Learning and Distance Education Resources

Please Do a Bad Job of Putting Your Courses Online, Rebecca Barrett-Fox

Use Lyceum as a Central Meeting Point

Lyceum is Bates’ learning management system (LMS). Based on the Moodle LMS platform, it provides many services and tools to faculty and students, including discussion forums, assignment submission, text chat, and a quizzing tool. It is an easy means of posting files and linking to other resources at Bates and beyond. Getting started with Lyceum is simple, and CRC is here to help.

For more information on using Lyceum, please consult our brief Lyceum to Go virtual series, as well as browse our Lyceum tutorials.

For most, Lyceum is a good choice for a central meeting point.

Encouraging Asynchronous Interaction and Communication

There are multiple ways to facilitate communication with your students:

Student Engagement

Lyceum forums allow for robust student discussions. Students can use forums to post reflections on course content or assignments, comment on posts from other students, and/or ask questions.

Assessing Student Learning

Use Lyceum activities to create assignments that are automatically integrated into Gradebook. There is also a quiz activity for creating multiple choice, short answer, and other types of exams. Lyceum allows you to provide text-based, audio, and video feedback on student assignments.

Equitable and Inclusive Pedagogical Practices