Equipment Loans and Support
Having the right equipment and support is important for teaching confidently in online formats. The University provides a variety of equipment and hardware support through various campus providers.
Laptop and desktop support
IT support for laptop and desktop computers is provided by individual departments and units. Please contact your local IT support staff or your department supervisor for assistance with:
- Troubleshooting an issue with your computer or network
- Getting accessories such as a mouse, keyboard, or external monitor
- Setting up your home workspace and furniture
The Environmental Health & Safety office's ergonomics reimbursement fund can assist your department in covering the cost of approved ergonomics equipment and furniture.
Media equipment loans for online teaching
While for many instructors the camera and microphone on your computer will be the easiest media tools for online teaching, sometimes a media equipment upgrade can improve audio and video quality, and make it easier to present certain kinds of content.
- Self-evaluate what equipment you might need. The Teach Anywhere article on "Remote Teaching Setup Options" walks you through different teaching scenarios and recommends equipment based on your needs. Do you need to be able to write by hand? Do you mind sitting down while you teach, or is it important for you to be able to walk around? Spend a bit of time working through the scenarios and thinking through what you need.
- Get in touch with your local IT. They will know best what is available to your department and can connect you with Stanford's equipment loans. (If you don't know your local IT, move on to step 3.)
- Arrange an SCPD consultation and media equipment loan. Email email@example.com to set up a consultation and borrow equipment. Equipment is loaned on a first-come, first-served basis, and includes web cameras, microphones, document cameras, and tripods.
iPads for digital handwriting
The iPad and Apple Pencil are great solutions to replicating teaching methods that rely on natural handwriting and drawing with a pen. An iPad is helpful in many situations common to online teaching, including annotating slide presentations, solving problem sets on a whiteboard in Zoom, hand-writing feedback on student assignments in Canvas, and pre-recording videos using a whiteboard.
The Center for Teaching and Learning has iPads and Apple Pencils to loan to faculty, teaching staff, TAs, and student employees for use in instruction. Visit the iPads for Teaching program page for more information.