Teaching Remotely at Lake Forest College

This page provides a number of important resources to support remote teaching and learning.
(Click on the any of the headings below to learn more about specific resources)


Moodle is a primary resource for sharing course content online. Taking advantage of this tool is an important way to provide remote student access to course materials and information.

Moodle has been updated to a new version and with a new "theme." The resources below introduce you to what has changed and how various aspects of Moodle work in relation to your courses.

The Moodle courses set up at the beginning of the term are automatically populated with the class rosters. If you have difficulty locating your course(s) in Moodle, watch this short video to help. If you still have difficulties accessing your course(s), contact the ITS Service Desk for assistance.

The following is a list of ways you can share various types of course materials and control how students interact with them. Each bullet below links to more detailed information.

Tools to help you conduct your class remotely

Facilitate classroom and other campus-based activities—such as lectures, student questions, discussion, homework submissions, and exams—with these technology tool options:

  1. Use Moodle, our primary resource, as detailed above.
  2. Use Zoom through Moodle, or as a stand-alone tool, for video conferencing and video meetings.

    Students have been provided access to their own registered Zoom accounts this semester. Directions for setting up their accounts is available at www.lakeforest.edu/studentzoom

    Note: Please review the security best practices below.

    Note: If you wish to start or schedule a Zoom meeting outside of Moodle, you can do so by going to lakeforest.zoom.us and clicking on the Host or Sign in buttons.
  3. Record and share lectures with Panopto

    Panopto lets instructors record and publish lectures and other class activities online. Students can then view (and review) the published materials using a Web browser or mobile device.

    You can use Panopto to:

    1. Pre-record and then post video lectures
    2. Broadcast a live lecture (with a several-second delay)

    The first mode allows you to upload supplemental video content and to add notes to your course materials. See the following resources for more information:

    Online Panopto References:

    Quick Learning Remotely Reference Guides:

  4. Use Office 365 and OneDrive

    Office 365 provides remote access to your OneDrive documents and allows you to collaborate in real-time using rich co-authoring functions. You can also give feedback on the activities your students are working on. It also provides this capability for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Finally, it allows you and your students to securely share documents with specific individuals or groups.

  5. Virtual Whiteboard
    Engage your students with virtual whiteboard content using standard tablets like an iPad or Galaxy. For those who do not have one of these devices, we have a limited number of Huion Pen Tablets that can be loaned through the Center for Academic Success.
Gaining remote access to important network resources

You have access to the “V: drive” for shared content and the “U: drive” for individual network storage by connecting to the College network through VPN. We strongly advise you to move important shared information to OneDrive for purposes of remote access and sharing. However, there are some circumstances where data and research must be accessed on the Lake Forest College network.

Connect to the College network through OpenVPN

Faculty and Staff may install Virtual Private Network (VPN) software on their computers. By following this link, you can install the OpenVPN Client on your computer. Once connected, you can access the desired network storage by mapping a drive (Windows) or mounting the resource (Mac). See directions here.

Because remote desktop access requires your work computer to remain on when you are not at work, the better option is to store your materials online using Office 365 OneDrive. If you need assistance connecting to your computer remotely, please contact the Service Desk.

Installation files and online access to academic software

While not all academic software licenses allow for remote access, those that can are detailed below.

Available Software Installers and Online Access:
Virtual Applications

The College is making many academic applications available through a virtual application server. The directions below will allow you to run these applications remotely without installing them on your own computer.

Computer security best practices

If you are using someone else's computer or a public computer to access your email or Office 365 OneDrive:

  • Make sure the computer is running antivirus. Accessing your Lake Forest College email from an unprotected computer puts your personal information at risk. The College’s antivirus is available on my.lakeforest (you must be logged in to access).
  • Don’t allow the browser to remember your password.
  • Sign out of your email when you are done and close all browser windows.
  • Delete any downloaded file that contains FERPA, personally-identifiable, or sensitive data.
Whom to contact for help
  • Contact the Service Desk at servicedesk@lakeforest.edu or 847-735-5544 with any teaching with technology questions related to the content of this page.

    ITS is closely monitoring all incoming calls and emails to route questions to the right person. Please do not email individual staff members when initiating a request. By consolidating the flow of requests to the Service Desk, we will help ensure nothing gets lost in an individual’s inbox

  • Contact Associate Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Office of Faculty Development Anna Jones, at jones@lakeforest.edu or 847-735-6087 for help in considering the pedagogical questions raised by delivering content remotely.
  • Contact Kara Fifield, Director of Disability Services, at kfifield@lakeforest.edu or 847-735-5167 to ensure all your students with disabilities are accommodated by your technology choices.

 Other Important Resources:

  • Learning Remotely at Lake Forest College - Overview of how students work with class assignments and other resources like Zoom and Panopto within Moodle.
  • Advising - Policy changes that impact the advising and registration process.
  • Search Registration Hold - There are three types of holds that will stop students from registering. Two are financial and one involves immunization.
  • Library Services - Available library services and online resources as well as information about remote reference librarian appointments.