Quick Start Guide: Seminar


This type of course is discussion-based, and may also be called a lecture or screening. From time to time it may include short presentations by the instructor or students followed by open discussion. Classroom instruction is supported by readings, screenings, or other media reviewed during or outside of class.

Considerations for Course Design

  • At minimum, upload your syllabus to the Learn LMS so your enrolled students have a consistent experience. Make sure your Zoom meeting link is added to your syllabus as well. Review the Remote Teaching SOS page for a complete checklist.
  • Designate a place online to upload required and supplementary material (readings, links to films and film clips, etc) to share and circulate with students, ideally before class starts. Having things in one place is helpful for students. We recommend: Learn LMS or Google Drive.
  • Familiarize yourself with CalArts Accessibility Policy for Instruction to ensure your course content (i.e. readings, video clips) comply with accessibility laws and student accommodation requests.

Considerations for Facilitation

  • Use class meeting times for discussion and exchange. Consider various strategies to encourage student engagement over Zoom and lessen “Zoom fatigue”—Synchronous teaching tips is a good place to start.
  • Practice getting familiar with Zoom so you can focus on teaching. Using Zoom for Remote Instruction has some good tips.
  • If you are screening films or clips in class, note that sharing video through Zoom is not an ideal experience—the image and audio will be choppy. It is recommended that you share links with students in Zoom or in your central repository (Learn or Google Drive, as above), instruct them to go watch the video, and then return to the Zoom meeting.
  • Use email or course announcement features on the LMS to stay in touch with students and to remind them of readings or other activities.