Choose a delivery method to explore:

Internet/Online Asynchronous

In Internet/Online asynchronous delivery, interaction, learning and dialogue does not require any in-person meeting. Students can usually access learning at their convenience.

MSU supports Brightspace for Internet/Online Asynchronous delivery

Learn more about Internet/Online asynchronous delivery:


Communicating with Students

Assignments and Student Presentations

Facilitating Discussion

Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Frank Harris III and Dr. Luke Wood, "Employing Equity-Minded and Culturally-Affirming Teaching and Learning Practices in Virtual Learning Communities" (video, 1 hour 25 min) (below)

Dr. Frank Harris III and Dr. Luke Wood, "Addressing Racial Bias and Microaggressions in Online Environments" (video, 1 hour 7 min) (below)

Experiential Learning

View the recorded webinar, Experiential Learning in the Online Classroom, from the Student Opportunity Center.

Go to the Recording

Also see the Slide Deck and Resources.

Lecture Capture

What is Lecture Capture?

Lecture capture describes any technology that records live instruction, (including screen capture, audio from mic and webcam video) and makes it available digitally for later viewing/listening.

MSU uses TechSmith for lecture capture. With TechSmith, faculty can record screens and narrate over a PowerPoint, document, image or website using a device’s microphone. Information for using TechSmith produced recordings can be edited and uploaded to a Brightspace/D2L course for your students to view.

Getting Started

Brock LaMeres, Computer and Electrical Engineering, explains how to get started using lecture capture in the following video.

Tips and Best Practices

To create effective recorded lectures for your student’s online learning, follow these tips and best practices:

  • Length: Provide short mini-lectures that are 5-15 minutes long. Aim for bite sized chunks of information that target 1-2 pieces of content at a time. Students are less likely to watch a 45+ minute recording online. Longer lectures can be broken up into parts where new topics or concepts are introduced, i.e. Part I – Concept A, Part II Concept B.
  • Composition: Avoid including large amounts of text on a screen that students will have to read while listening to audio. Audio narration over images and few key words or bullet points is more effective when it comes to learning through recorded lectures.
  • Tone: Try to communicate in an informal, personalizing way. Research suggests students are less likely to pay attention when a more formal, robotic tone is used.

Adding a TechSmith Recording to a Brightspace Course

Video Tutorial for Adding a TechSmith Recording to Brightspace Course (Non-Graded Option)


For assistance with TechSmith, contact Colin Smith at MSU Academic Technology and Outreach at or 406-994-1978.

Tools for Making Digital Course Materials

Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Studio

The TLT Studio is available to all faculty who are interested in developing additional digital course materials. The TLT Studio offers access to a small lecture capture recording suite that provides a contained space and computing and recording equipment for the development of video and audio content through TechSmith and other tools.

Additionally the TLT Studio hosts the Learning Glass where instructors can create high-quality videos that record directly to a personal USB storage device with a single button push. Visit the TLT Studio website for example videos made with the Learning Glass.

You can check availability and request time in the studio here

For assistance with the TLT Studio, contact Colin Smith at MSU Academic Technology and Outreach at or 406-994-1978.




Teaching from Home

Internet/Online Synchronous

In Internet/Online synchronous delivery, students and faculty work together in real time through web-based communication technology. It is sometimes called virtual delivery.

MSU supports WebEx and Microsoft Teams for Internet/Online synchronous delivery.

Learn more about Internet/Online synchronous delivery:

Tips and Strategies

  • Schedule synchronous live sessions during the days and times when you would have met for the course.
  • Record the session and post a link for students who can’t make it.
  • Run a test session to make sure that WebEx or Microsoft Teams runs properly on your computer and to become familiar with its tools and features.
  • Connectivity problems can happen. If students are experiencing difficulties, let them know it's okay and they should rejoin as they are able.
  • Use a microphone or headset. The audio quality using these tools is typically better than than your computer’s built-in options.
  • Control background noise. Ask your students to stay muted unless they are going to speak. Encourage use of earbuds or headphones and refrain from typing unless they are muted. Instructors also have the ability to mute all participants. NOTE: Due to campus-based emergency circumstances, students may not always be able to find quiet space and control interruptions by roommates, spouses, children and pets.
  • Consider using WebEx’s Chat feature or keeping the video feed off. This frees Internet bandwidth, allowing students to listen without worrying about their appearance.
  • For synchronous (real-time) online sessions, be aware that you’re often being invited into a student’s home. Please practice respect and understanding.

Microsoft Teams in the Classroom


For either WebEx or Microsoft Teams, email


In blended delivery, in-person and some virtual or online elements are combined.

To learn more about the Internet/Online asynchronous or synchronous modalities in blended delivery, click on the appropriate tab above.

Resources for Design and Facilitation

Share Lectures Beyond the Classroom


  • "Faculty will use the MSU-supported learning management system Brightspace (D2L) to post their course syllabi and will use the announcements tool as the primary means to communicate with students about the course" (MSU Roadmap: Academic Affairs)
  • "Faculty will include in the syllabus plans for how the semester will proceed if there is a transition to remote delivery." (MSU Roadmap: Academic Affairs)


  • Every instructor should be ready to switch to remote delivery if required by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, local, state or federal authorities. Faculty will ensure that students know how to access and use the tools and technologies that will allow for an easier transition to remote learning if necessary during the semester. (MSU Roadmap: Academic Affairs)

Social Distancing in the Classroom

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

    • Additional sanitization supplies will be delivered to academic and other departments
    • Classrooms, labs and other instructional spaces will be cleaned daily
    • Door knobs and handles in classroom, labs and other instructional spaces will be cleaned daily

From the MSU Roadmap: Academic Affairs


In hyflex delivery, students can choose whether to attend in the classroom or online. Learn more about the HyFlex model.

Experiential Learning in Hyflex Delivery

View the recorded webinar, Experiential Learning in the HyFlex Classroom, from the Student Opportunity Center.

Go to the Recording

Also see the Slide Deck and Resources.