Remote Teaching Options

Queen’s University has currently mobilized resources to manage the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation. For the most up-to-date information on the subject, please see the Queen's Coronavirus website.

Course instructors are encouraged to consider using the following resources in an effort to maintain the continuity of teaching at the university. Many of the elements below leverage technology. The Engineering Teaching and Learning Team is here to help you. Please drop in to Dupuis Hall Room G25 (8:30am - 4:30pm), call x74871 or email with any questions you may have.  Consultations via Zoom web-conferencing system are also avaialble.

This is a global situation and as a result many targetted resources are emerging on the Internet daily.  Instructors who find interesting resources on the Internet are encouraged to discuss them with members of the Engineering Teaching and Leanring Team. For example, the Chronicle of Higher Education has assembled this special collection that some instructors may find useful.

Face-to-Face Teaching Practices and Remote Delivery Alternatives
Current Face-to-Face Teaching PracticeRemote Delivery Suggestions
Communications & Office Hours
  • Communicate your remote delivery strategy to students using the onQ Announcements Tool. If you don’t have an onQ shell for your course then the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team can create one for you in 5 minutes! Alternatively, please refer to the onQ support website for more information.
  • Refer to the classlist in onQ as an updated classlist.
  • Use the onQ discussion forum to facilitate discussion with students. onQ has many tools. The Engineering Teaching and Learning Team can support you in exploring any onQ tool. Alternatively, some online help guides are found on the onQ support website.
  • Hold real-time meetings with students for Office Hours or for questions using the Zoom Pro web-conferencing system. You will need a computer equipped with a webcam and microphone. The Engineering Teaching and Learning Team can help you configure this equipment. Short instructions on how to operate Zoom can be found in this guide. In addition, see this guide for best-practices in using Zoom web-conferences with students.  Watch an hour-long detailed recording of a workshop on how to use Zoom delivered by Stephen Hunt.

Note: If you require access to a Zoom Pro account (which allows meetings longer than 40 minutes, or simultaneous connections over 100 participants), please request one by contacting FEAS IT with your NetID and the maximum number of students in your largest course.


Note: The Engineering Teaching and Learning Team as well as Librarians at Queen’s can also help find Open Educational Resources related to your course.

  • Powerpoint: Augment your slide deck with your voice. Add voiceover audio to each slide and post the Powerpoint file to onQ.

    Note: Audio-enabled PowerPoint presentations will not play directly from onQ. Tell students to download the PowerPoint files to their machine first.

    To learn how to record voiceover notes, see this LinkedIn Learning course (2:23 minutes).

Note: there are other ways to create videos for students. Please reach out to the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team if you want to explore other tools like Camtasia, iPad recording, Quicktime or Lightboard for example.

  • Host online real-time lectures using Zoom Pro web-conferencing software.  You can record them with Zoom for those people that miss your presentation, and then upload the recordings to a streaming server like or YouTube.  Simply share the link to the recording with your students on onQ, do not upload large video files to onQ directly.
Hands-on Activities
  • Replace with virtual simulations that are Open Educational Resources, if available.
  • Use previously gathered data from earlier labs.
  • Analyze openly available data sets.
Group Presentations and Projects
  • Group presentations can be conducted using the Zoom Pro web-conferencing system.
  • Student group meetings to facilitate group collaboration on projects can be conducted using the Zoom web-conferencing system. Students can obtain a free copy of Zoom and meet for 40 minutes. Zoom Pro licenses used by instructors are not limited to 40 minute meetings.
  • Microsoft Teams is currently deployed at Queen’s and you could explore this tool for group work as well. More information can be found on this page on the ITServices website.
Assignment Submissions
  • Use electronic assignment submission via the onQ Assignment Submission Folders.
Quizzes, Tests and Exams
  • Low stakes quizzes can be delivered via the onQ quiz tool.
  • There is no reliable solution for large scale remote proctoring final exams in a situation of urgency.  Instructors are encouraged to consider if an academic adjustment can be made in the course that moves away from a face-to-face proctored exam.  For example, take-home exams can be substituted for in-person proctored exams. Oral exams via Zoom web-conferencing could be an option if you have enough instructor and TA resources.  The final exam could be replaced by an individual culminating technical essay submitted on onQ. Where final exams do not amount to a significant percentage of the final grade or where the assessment of relevant learning outcomes are covered elsewhere in the course, a formal exam might be cancelled and the course assessment re-weighted accordingly.
  • If you want to survey your students to determine which timezone they are in then you can find a sample Timezone Survey under Assessments > Surveys, on the "FEAS Instructor Resources" course on onQ.  If you like this survey and want to use it in your onQ course, then ask the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team to copy it into your course, or you can do it yourself by using the import/export/copy components tool in onQ.
  • If you want to ask students to complete an Academic Integrity Statement for Alternate Exam Delivery before they begin the final Exam on onQ, then watch this video for more information.
  • Many universities and colleges worldwide are assembling resources on the subject of Remote Exams and Assessments.  This page from Rutgers University is especially useful.
  • Watch the recorded online workshop from April 2nd titled "Iron Out The Details of Your Final Assessment".
End of Course Evaluations
  • Queen's administration in consultation with QUFA has decided to cancel the centrally administered USAT and QSSET end of course evaluations for Winter 2020 semester.  Instructors may deploy their own informal end-of-course evaluation on onQ if they wish.  Results of this informal survey cannot be used for RTP/annual merrit.  Please do not include any quantitative scores from any such informal surveys in your annual report or your RTP documents.  If you wish to deploy a survey in your course, the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team has prepared a sample end-of-course evaluation found under Assessments > Surveys on the "FEAS Instructor Resources" course on onQ.  If you like this survey and want to use it as is, or want to modify its questions in any way in your course, then ask the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team to copy the survey into your course, or you can do it yourself by using the import/export/copy components tool in onQ.