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Project & Instructional Resources

You can find our operational status for our locations on the Getting GSM Ready page.

Project & Instructional Resources staff are available to assist you with all of your instructional needs at the Davis, Sacramento and Bay Area campuses. During this time, we are handling all requests remotely. Please continue to submit work requests, email or call us. We are responding promptly.

Online/Remote Instructional Support

As classes are being taught remotely, the PIRO team is providing full online support on Zoom during classes. Most of this information can be found on our

. This general guide helps to get you started as you transition your courses to online teaching. The

guide is a one-pager to help you get started.

Timeline to Teaching: About 2-3 months before the quarter, the Director will email all instructors regarding available resources for online teaching. Instructors should be using their UC Davis-issued computing accounts (UC Davis email addresses) as we will be emailing you to contact you.

Zoom Accounts: All instructors will be issued a GSM Zoom Pro account. A UC Davis email list of instructors will be provided to the IT team. You will receive an email to your UC Davis email account regarding an invite to activate your GSM-issued Zoom Pro account. Please DO NOT create a UC Davis Zoom Pro account. Zoom settings are different on the UC Davis-issued account and you should be using only the GSM Zoom account when teaching for the GSM.

Zoom Class links: We are requesting instructors to post their class Zoom links as stable recurring sessions. We would like these posted at least two weeks in advance on Canvas under Announcements. Students are having difficulty finding the Zoom links and we are standardizing where they find them for all courses.

Equipment requests: Available

can be requested by emailing the IT Helpdesk. Be sure to include your shipping address and requested equipment to teach remotely. If you would like additional guidance on equipment, you can contact them at (530) 752-4660.

Online support during class: A PIRO staff person will be assigned to your monitor your course and provide support assistance. They will reach out to you to provide some contact information and guidance on their support. Staff can assist with testing your audio/video, breakout sessions, polls and other interactive tools prior to class. They are available to support you during this time.

Other Resources:

  • No Back Row Pro Training courses: Provided by our online MBA partner, 2U. These courses offer assistance in navigating Zoom, additional features and capabilities. If you need an invitation to access these courses, email Christina Sanchez.
  • Keep Teaching: Strategies and Resources for Instructional Resilience
    Note: Zoom standards for the GSM vary from the main campus. Please follow GSM Zoom guidelines
  • GSM Faculty Resources Canvas page: You will receive an email for access to this Canvas site. This site contains useful tips on Zoom, Canvas, discussion tips from other instructors and contact info for support staff.
  • Zoom support: If you would like one-on-one Zoom training, please contact the PIRO team, your assigned staff person for your course, or the IT group. We are all available to support you.
  • We have also developed this guide to give tips and tricks on online learning. We provide some tips on Zoom etiquette, campus resources, etc.
  • Center for Educational Effectiveness: The CEE is a campus resource geared to promoting and supporting effective learning for all students. They have some helpful courses on how to convert your course content to asynchronous material.
  • Academic Technology Services: ATS is a campus resource that can assist with video technology and lecture capture. You would have to inquire with them regarding video services and costs on recording asynchronous material for your course.

Class Email Lists

Course email lists are no longer provided. The students in your course can be emailed through Canvas. You can use Announcements to inform the entire class or use the Inbox tool to send emails to certain students, sections, or the entire class.

Class Composite

Class composites are pictures of students enrolled in your class. You may also access this online. Faculty must log in via their UC Davis login and Kerberos password. Currently, incoming student composites are unavailable. You can access a photo roster provided by the campus. The GSM does not manage this system.
Please note: Visiting faculty do not have access to this system; please contact our office to obtain a copy.


Course management systems for all courses is created in Canvas by Project & Instructional Resources. All instructors will need to have a UC Davis computing account in order to access Canvas.


Syllabi are due two months prior to the quarter in which you are teaching. Email syllabi to All syllabi for graduate-level courses will be loaded to the course schedule in RaPs. Undergraduate syllabi will be loaded directly on Canvas.



Textbook orders must be submitted three months prior to the beginning of class.

Examination/desk copies and supplementary teaching materials may be ordered via our office. If the examination copy is for an upcoming class, please submit the request as early as possible.


Textpaks are a compilation of copyright materials such as academic journal articles, case studies, popular magazine articles, newspaper articles and chapters from a book. Textpaks are accessible online from and Harvard Business Publishing.

Project & Instructional Resources will help get a account created for you if you do not already have one. For Harvard Business Publishing, you will need to create an Educator Premium account, which we can help with as well.


Preqin provides financial data and information on the alternative assets market, as well as tools to support investment in alternative It is one of the leading global data providers for private asset markets. 

To access it from an off-campus location you need VPN to either GSM or the campus Library. 

For tips on using Preqin, please view this webinar.

The webinar covers:

  • Intro into Preqin’s Business
  • Our Research Process
  • Demo of Preqin Pro
  • Support Structure/Q&A