Instructional Consulting


  • Individual consultations for the purposes of teaching improvement and/or innovation
  • Collaboration on instructional development and instructional technology
  • Guidance for development, teaching, and management of online courses
  • Suggestion of resources and campus support for course development
  • Design, collection, and interpretation of student feedback
  • Referrals to and connections with CITL and other resources on campus

Services Not Provided

IC is not properly staffed to provide clerical or teaching assistant services, such as creating course-sites, producing media, or helping with faculty workload, nor is this part of our mission. However, IC would be happy to train faculty, staff and AIs to enable them to be productive in these areas.

Instructional Resources

Instructional Continuity Resources

Fundamentals of Online Teaching

This summer Instructional Consulting is offering Fundamentals of Online Teaching, a course for faculty and others who teach in the School of Education at Bloomington. It’s an asynchronous instructor-led online course that uses the concept of teaching presence as a lens to explore ways of using technology to support pedagogy in online learning environments. Course topics are informed by current research and include course design and organization, facilitating online discourse, creating and using video, providing assessment and feedback, and facilitating online collaboration and group work. Active participation in the course satisfies the School’s 10-hour training requirement for online instructors. The next offering of the course will run from July 18 to August 23. Time commitment will vary but participants in previous sessions reported that they spent around two to four hours a week. If you would like to learn more and reserve a spot in the course, please contact Rod Myers at

We've seen reports of 'Zoombombing,' which is disruption of a Zoom meeting by an uninvited person who usually takes advantage of screen-sharing to display inappropriate images. This Google doc by Michelle Pacansky-Brock describes various ways to deter or deal with such interuptions. If it happens to you, the quickest fix is to share your own screen; as the host, your screen-sharing overrides that of anyone else in the meeting. Update: IU's Keep Teaching website now has information on using Zoom's privacy and security features.

If you're planning to use Canvas Groups so your students can collaborate in small groups on assignments or discussions, we've created a module to scaffold students in using the features available in groups, which include Pages, Files, Discussions, Announcements, and Collaborations. Here's a PDF with the link to the downloadable module and instructions for using it in your Canvas course. Note: Canvas Conferences, a video conferencing tool, is no longer available in Canvas.

As you're planning to move your classes online, you should consider your students' needs, preferences, and circumstances. We've created a brief Canvas survey that you can import into your course and ask your students to complete. Here is a PDF version that you can preview. And here is a PDF with the link to the downloadable survey and instructions for using it in your Canvas course. If you need help, feel free to contact Instructional Consulting.

During IU's move to remote teaching, we are maintaining a list of the best resources to support instructors:

IU Resources

*NEW* Webinar recording on Bridging the Digital Divide: Teaching with Empathy and Equity in the Wake of COVID-19 [Kaltura video] presented March 24, 2020 by IU's Jessica Calarco, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology. This related resource list [pdf] includes links and information on low-cost internet and devices, digital accessibility, mental health services, housing and food insecurity, and well-being and social connections.

Keep Teaching website [IU’s primary resource] This site is being updated frequently with information on pedagogy and technology. See in particular the modules available in Canvas Commons that you can import into your Canvas courses that will help students learn tools that may be unfamiliar to them. As always, if you need help, contact Instructional Consulting.

Instructional Continuity in Emergencies [pdf from SoE Instructional Consulting] We are recommending live Zoom classes only as a short-term solution. Consider ways in which you can engage your students through asynchronous learning activities and resources with formative feedback. This document describes numerous instructional methods and links to videos and further resources for using Zoom and Canvas.

Zoom Demonstration [video from SoE Instructional Consulting] This 20-minute video covers many of the tools you're likely to use in Zoom. This webpage provides much of the same information in written form. Due to bandwidth issues and student access, we suggest that you move to asynchronous instruction as soon as possible. We recommend using Kaltura to record short lectures/presentations and make them available to your students in Canvas. This video from Instructional Consulting covers the basics of recording with Kaltura and publishing to Canvas.

CITL webinars

CITL blog

Other Resources

QM Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist [Google doc from Quality Matters] This checklist provides solid recommendations for where to start in transitioning to remote teaching, what the next steps are, and longer-term considerations.

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

So You Want to Temporarily Teach Online [Inside Higher Ed]


IC Quick Tips

One of the most common requests we receive is for assistance in copying contents from a previous version of a Canvas course into a new version. See all of our short demonstration videos on our IC Quick Tips channel in Kaltura.

IC Newsletter

Instructional Consulting produces a brief newsletter that provides information about workshops, events, and other resources related to teaching and learning. To subscribe to the IC newsletter, send an email to Note: You will receive an email prompting you to confirm your subscription. Click on the link in the email to complete the subscription process.


EdStart is a series of casual "lunch & learn" sessions intended to share knowledge about and stimulate interest in various tools and technologies that can help you manage, enrich, and enliven your courses. Every few weeks we'll examine a tool that you can use in your teaching and discuss related methods, issues, personal experiences, and more. Bring your lunch and I'll bring cookies :) See the SoE Events page for future EdStart sessions.

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