Microsoft Teams for HIPAA-compliant Video Conferencing

The University now recommends the use of Microsoft Teams for those requiring HIPAA-compliant video conferencing options.

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Easy-to-follow Best Practices for Recording Video

Whether you’re using a smart phone, a laptop, or anything else, it’s easier than ever to record video. But that means it’s also easier than ever to make mistakes. So, this page is here to help you avoid the most common errors and learn 5 easy-to-follow best practices that will make your next video better.

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Signing In to Zoom to Join a Meeting

Over the last several days, UT has made several changes to the security in Zoom to prevent unwanted visitors in our classes and meetings. And, that has also resulted in some confusion when trying to log in, join meetings, and more.


To try and alleviate some of that possible confusion, the screenshots below show you what it should look like when you log in and what options you should select.

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“Zoombombing” and What You Can Do About It

A small number of UT faculty have reported unknown, and uninvited “guests” showing up at random in their Zoom meetings. And a small number of universities have also reported what’s now being called “Zoombombing”.

The chances of this happening to you are very low. But, it’s a good idea to know what steps you can take to prevent it in the first place AND what to do in case it DOES happen.

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Office Hours in Zoom

Now that Zoom is enabled in all your Canvas courses, you have a couple different options available to you when it comes time to schedule office hours.

But what’s the best option?

Should you schedule your Zoom meetings for office hours in Canvas? Or, should you do so from the Zoom website?

There are pros and cons in either case. So, to help you decide, I’ve created this short (10 min.) video to walk you through the steps involved in both options.

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Please disable the Panopto Video link in your Canvas course(s).

Please disable the Panopto Video link in your Canvas course(s). Instructions below.

Yesterday, 3/24/2020, the University enabled a new tool called Panopto in every Canvas course.

However, under the circumstances, you probably don’t have hours of free time to spend learning how to use it. So my recommendation to you is that you disable Panopto in all your Canvas courses until further notice.

To do that, follow the simple steps illustrated in this 2-minute video, or the 6 steps listed below:

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Open Office Hours

Do you need any help preparing for Fall 2020 classes?

Beginning Wednesday, 8/12/20, until the 12th class day, I will be available for Office Hours. Office hours will be held each Mon, Wed, and Fri, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.
If you have ANY questions about Zoom, Canvas, powerpoint, Proctorio, screencasts, or anything else, feel free to drop in.
If you need a 1-on-1 consultation where we can focus more on your specific needs, please schedule a meeting with me in Outlook (my calendar is publicly available) and reserve a classroom where we can meet and ensure safe social distancing.
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Voiceover PowerPoints Made Easy


You need to add narration to a PowerPoint slideshow but you don’t know where to start.


This 1 minute, video is a great, simple introduction:

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You need help. So, what now?

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You need help. But, who do you call?


Especially now that we’re all working remotely, when you need help, it’s not always clear whom to contact. So, here are some guidelines that might help.

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Online Teaching Resources


Given the circumstances of what’s been happening around the world within the last few weeks, it’s safe to assume that what follows on this page is subject to change. That said, this is one of the resources available to you as you begin preparing to teach your classes completely on line beginning March 30th.


Evaluate and Revise Your Syllabus

Update any instructions around participation, assignments/deadlines, and other topics.

Submit a Course Plan for Instructional Continuity for each class you teach. The university must have this document for accreditation and other compliance purposes.

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