Teaching and doing mathematics remotely

Surely the remote-education and remote-collaboration problem must be solved by now, right? There is a seamless blend of augmented reality and the networks? But no, it turns out that all our social networks are distraction machines.

Best practice

Carpentries have some pragmatic tips for teaching computational tasks online, and a COVID update.

For bad internet

Richard Wong suggests how to record things for the bandwidthistically challenged which realistically includes many students and some teachers.. Teaching in the Time of Coronavirus, Part I, noting the importance of:

  • posting your lecture notes online
  • making lecture slides (and posting them online)
  • recording your lecture

Math-friendly chat options

  • Zulip support mathematics
  • I believe Overleaf also has an integrated mathematical chat.


See online whiteboards.


There are many generic videoconferencing options. I like Jitsi since the other ones are privacy horrors. Social dynamics of online presentation can be tricky.


See webcams


See screen casting/screen capture.

Drawing input devices

See stylus input.

Running a conference

idk. But maybe MiniConf 2020 or similar software is a a start.


Sufi, Shoaib, Aleksandra Nenadic, Rachael Ainsworth, Lucia Michielin, Steve Crouch, Mario Antonioletti, and Giacomo Peru. 2020. “Guidance for Running Online Training,” June. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3923948.