Resources for staff teaching online University of Dundee

Working from home

The Academic Skills Centre has collated this selection of resources to support you in your teaching during the current situation. We will add and update this page as things change. See ASC home page for resources for your students.

Stay at home - save lives - Latest UoD COVID-19 information and guidance

University of Dundee Resources

Library and Learning Centre

The ASK the Library service is still operational.

CTIL have created a new organisation for co-ordinating all elearning information and support for staff called eLearning support for instructors. All staff have been enrolled on it.Access directly here or choose 'Organisations' from the main menu and find it under 'CTIL'. Look under Useful resources and links for some sound advice, including this blog by Rebecca Barret-Fox

Working remotely

Guide - Data Protection for remote working

Framework for using personal devices -

This Web Services blog Moving towards remote working gives lots of good advice about working effectively with your colleagues whilst at a distance.

Using MS Teams

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At the University of Dundee, Teams is available to you through your University Office 365 account and is a great way to work and communicate with peers or colleagues. If you're not familiar with it see below for some guidance!

The Desktop App can be better than using the Web App. It can be more effective for meetings because it goes through fewer connections so it will be less likely to drop connection but if using it on your phone it might be more difficult due to the size of the screen. Download the App

If you use other email accounts or even other Office 365 accounts (i.e. a student account and a staff account), your laptop or tablet will look for a dominant account for Teams. This may not be your UoD one. So, make sure that your University email account is the primary one set up with other apps like Skype, Outlook Client etc. Also make sure that you are not logged into other email accounts on your device.

  • Try a test call before your meeting.
  • Check your laptop battery is charged, or connected to the mains supply.
  • If you have an issue using your PC/laptop try meeting via a phone call.
  • Keep a note-book and pen to hand for notes that come up in conversation.

LIVE Smart LEARN Smart

Direct your students to LIVE Smart and LEARN Smart for details of support and services for study and wellbeing while they are working online.

Human Resources

Information from UoD HR relating to health and safety, data security, absences, and annual leave to help staff work remotely safely and effectively

External Resources from the community


Rosemarie McIlwhan, Assistant Professor of Learning and Teaching, Learning and Teaching Academy shared this toolkit through SHED. Supporting Student Learning Online: Rapid Response Toolkit and Further support ‘The resources are all OER so if they’re useful to you please feel free to use, reuse, remix etc. It’s still under development so further resources are being added on a regular basis (suggestions for these are more than welcome).’

Another resource from our SHED colleagues is a post from one of their members summarising their PhD research into online engagement of learners in HE: When the VLE becomes your campus: some thoughts on engaging learners online

More coming from the SHED community soon...


Jisc provide coronavirus help and information for members around planning for coronavirus (COVID-19) and for ensuring continuity of learning during enforced absence The Jisc online course, Planning for Covid19, is fully booked but recordings will be available after 17 March 2020. Read their Check your tech as part of your coronavirus planning blog post

Herriot Watt

Herriot's LTA offers quick guides and a series of videos by Sheila MacNeill to help your transition to online learning and teaching.

Other resources

Martin Weller's (Professor of Education Technology at the Open University) blog post (with additional resources) The COVID-19 online pivot: Adapting university teaching to social distancing

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