Quick Start Guide: Workshop


This type of course is more of a hands-on demonstration, and may include collaborative work. Students may spend time working on projects in class, together or independently. There may be supplemental technical materials you provide to students to support instruction.

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, how-tos, etc) to share and circulate with students, ideally before class starts. Having things in one place is helpful for students. We recommend using the Learn LMS or Google Drive.
  • If applicable, designate a place online for students to share work with others in the class. We recommend Google Drive, but if you want to use the Learn LMS to set up coursework, reach out to instructional support staff for a tutorial.
  • 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

  • If you use class meeting times for live demonstrations, consider enlisting your TA (or a student in the class) as your Zoom co-host to help manage the classroom environment. If you require multiple camera views in Zoom and have the equipment to do so, this resource might be helpful.
  • Practice getting familiar with Zoom so you can focus on teaching. Using Zoom for Remote Instruction has some good tips.
  • Record your demos so students can watch them later, as needed.
  • Use email or course announcement features on the LMS to stay in touch with students and to remind them of readings or other activities.