Remote Instruction: Designing & Re-creating Documents

Posted July 9th, 2020 at 9:08 am.

Before you start, you may need access to the following:

  • a Bryn Mawr College account
  • a laptop or desktop computer w/ internet access

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Remote instruction can greatly benefit from the use of tools designed for online collaboration and sharing. If you’re faced with either a) interacting with or b) presenting materials for remote instruction, the following services can be extremely helpful.

Strive to make you documents self-sustaining — use form fields to clearly denote where a reader should interact with the document or annotations/comments to pose questions and provide feedback.


Document Types

Choosing the right file format for your document is incredibly important as it shapes what tools you have at your disposal and how people will interact with the information you present.

.PDF .DOCX Office Online
Form Fields¹
Viewable on any device
Consistent formatting across devices
Default storage location Local Local Online

¹Allows for specific placement of fillable sections to easily allow responses while maintaining clean formatting.


Document Storage, Distribution, and Submission

Once you’ve created your document, the next step is to decide where to host it, how to distribute it, and how you’re going to collect responses.

via Email via Moodle via OneDrive
Distribution method Distribution
Upload to
the course
Shareable link w/ view & download permissions
File size limit 20MB 128MB 1TB
Storage location Local Moodle OneDrive
Replies/submissions² Individual responses³ In the Moodle Course Share directly to recipient

¹Acts similar to a mailing list where one can send the same email to multiple recipients.
²The distribution method you choose does not limit your replies/submission method.
(i.e. You can send a document via Email and receive submissions via your Moodle course.)
³Create an Outlook Rule based off of your distribution list to automatically sort replies/submissions into a folder.


Document Design

Form Fields (.PDFs Only)

This great tool allows you to place specific, fillable sections in your documents. Make it obvious where a reader needs to provide input and keep formatting consistent & clean!

These fields can be used for something as short as a fill-in answer to as long as an open-ended question.

See more: Adobe Acrobat Form Field Basics



Receive feedback & responses from your reader(s)! Highlight sections to pose a question & allow each user to add their own response.

Groups can collaborate on assignments or individuals can ask clarifying questions about the material itself.

See more:



If you have any additional questions or problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

Phone: 610-526-7440
Location: Canaday Library 1st Floor


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