For Instructors

Instructor teaching in a Rhetoric class.



  • Canceling the remainder of class for the day. This should be the primary response.
  • Calling the UI Police Department (319-335-5022) for assistance.
  • If a student fails to adhere to the requirements during a particular class, instructors should first:
    Ask the student to comply with university requirements (and offer a face covering from the supply in the classroom).

    If a student disrupts the classroom environment through their failure to comply with the reasonable directive of an instructor or the university, instructors should take the following action, in quick succession:
    If a student fails to comply, ask the student to leave the classroom immediately.
    If the student fails to leave, consider one of the following:

After class, instructors should:

  • For students who failed to comply: Immediately file a report with the Office of Student Accountability (OSA). OSA will alert the student that they will not be allowed to return to class until the matter is addressed following UI’s conduct process.
  • For students who chose to comply when addressed: Consider an email or other communication to remind the student of the requirement for future classes, but also to allow the student to explain their action in a way that might help prevent future non-compliance.
  • Immediately communicate a class cancellation or call the UI Police Department due to non-compliance to your academic unit leader (department head, director, etc.) and Office of Student Accountability (OSA) through the reporting form and, as soon as possible, produce a written record of the facts.
  • The university will do all it can to ensure the campus community understands and follows the health and safety requirements. Students, faculty, and staff are being asked to acknowledge the expectations in writing and watch an educational video before the start of the semester. Ample signage also will be placed around campus to communicate the requirements.


Rhetoric Dept's Guides to Teaching Online

Embedding Videos


Zoom and ICON

Speaking Center Workshops

  • The Speaking Center has created several narrated workshops tailored to specific classes in place of traditional face-to-face workshops. Offerings include:
    Introduction to Public Speaking
    The Perception of the Sciences in America
    Interviewing Skills: How to Tell Your Story
    Interviewing Skills: Audience Engagement and Delivery 
    Interviewing Skills: The Process for Campus Interviews and Tips
    Resumes and Personal Statements
    Poster Presentations
    Communicating your Research to the Public 
    To take a look at some of these, please go to The Speaking Center would welcome the opportunity to work with you to tailor workshops to meet your students' needs. Please contact breyan-neyland@uiowa if you would like us to design a workshop for you.

Teaching Online

  • Online Teaching Tips, especially for the first few weeks. Great advice from the Megan Knight, Jennifer Janechek, Marge Murray, Ashley Wells, and Center for Teaching.
  • In preparation for the assignment, I opened a discussion board where students could ask me questions about how to record in Zoom, how to include the commercial they were analyzing in their Zoom recording, and how to work with UICapture.  I've also attached a screen shot of what I posted on that preparatory discussion board.
  • How do I add a group set in a course? | Canvas LMS Community
  • (How to record via UI Capture) 
  • (How to upload via UI Capture)
    Here's another link specifically geared toward students that comes from OTLT:
    To record visuals alongside yourself speaking, use UI Capture/Panopto. Similarly, you can use the “Screen Share” feature in Zoom to record a PowerPoint or visual as you deliver your presentation orally. You will appear in a small box in one part of the screen, and your visuals will make up the main display.
    Dress like you would for any in-person presentation. Avoid tank tops, oversized sweatshirts, and other overly informal clothing.
    Speak clearly and slowly. Your tone, pacing, volume, and minimal use of filler words will be even more important when you cannot rely on body language to communicate.
    Avoid placing hand-written notes on your desk in front of you, as you’ll inevitably spend a lot of time looking down, which is distracting.
    Make sure your PowerPoint, visuals, or any text you present is carefully proofread. Your audience will likely focus more on your visuals since they will be front and center, and you don’t want textual errors to diminish your credibility.
    Consider actively interacting with your visuals using your mouse or another method to guide us along, if this is an option. You might think of your mouse as a laser pointer, if that’s something that helps you get information across clearly to an audience.  
    Practice selecting the “record” button and know where it is on your screen. Viewers don’t want to watch you fumble at the end of your speech as you look for how to stop your recording.
    If available, take advantage of your software’s video editor to fix errors or add additional content.  
    Check your work like you would for any assignment. Watch your finished recording more than once to ensure all the necessary components, such as video and audio, have been properly captured.
    Don’t forget that you can reach out to ITS if you have technological issues.  

Rhetoric Dept's Online Learning Specialists

If you have questions about teaching online, contact one of the Rhetoric Department's experienced instructors, who have graciously volunteered to help.

Other Rhetoric Resources