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Moving Online for Instructional Continuity

As a general rule, all active classes in a semester have a corresponding Blackboard course (shell) even if the class is scheduled to meet on campus. In addition, all faculty have access to Blackboard using the MySam login. This facilitates your ability to transition a face-to-face class into remote delivery. 

coffe_at_computerIn the event that a campus closure initiates the restructuring of face-to-face instruction, prepare to continue the following types of core classroom activities in an online format:

Communicating with Students

  • There are several online tools in Blackboard that can be used to maintain communication with your students. Select one or two of these tools that students can come to expect will be your primary means of relaying important and relevant information. 
  • Tell your students where to locate course information in Blackboard and provide detailed instructions for assignments, online meetings, and tools that will be used to substitute in-class time.
    • We recommend adding this information to your syllabus or in a course folder entitled, “Start Here.”
  • Post your syllabus in Blackboard and update it with course changes as needed. 
    • Did you know? It is an institutional policy for all instructors to upload the syllabi in Blackboard, including syllabi for face-to-face courses. 
  • For a list of communication tools and functions, visit the Blackboard Interact with Students page. 
  • Follow best practices to build community and hold online discussions.

Delivering Lectures

You can deliver lectures and presentations in Blackboard either synchronously or asynchronously. 

  • Synchronous Options: 
    • Meet virtually over Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to hold online real-time, interactive classes and office hours.  This allows you to share your screen, poll students, live-chat, and open breakout rooms for smaller discussions. These sessions can also be recorded for those that cannot attend a synchronous class. Try it out in the Blackboard Collaborate practice room.
    • Use Zoom, the campus-licensed web conferencing service. 
    • Host phone-based audio conferences for small classes. You can use call-in telephone numbers provided by either Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom. 
  • Asynchronous Options: 
    • Record a narrated presentation (narrated PowerPoint)  with Kaltura Capture and embed it in your course.  
      • Recording full lectures can be cumbersome for instructors and students, so consider how to redesign them.
    • Video lectures can be recorded and streamed in Blackboard using a webcam and a microphone. Most laptops have integrated webcams and mics. 
    • Ahead of a crisis, consider recording your lectures in one of the SHSU Online recording studios. The SHSU Online Video Production and Technologies team specializes in educational video production, digitization of media, and guest lecture recordings for online courses. 
      • We recommend that you consider recording your lectures for use outside of crisis scenarios. Digitizing your in-class instruction can provide opportunities for easier ADA compliance (transcripts, captions), can provide you a backup of your work, and can be used as a substitute for your students when you are out. 
  • Labs: 
  • Other things you can upload/link to in your Blackboard course: 
    • PowerPoint Presentations
    • Podcasts and downloadable audio files
    • Case Studies
    • Images
    • Charts & Graphs

Providing handouts

  • “Hand-out” course materials in your Blackboard course(s).
  • In Blackboard, you can upload files, including DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, RTF, TXT, ZIP, and most image types.
  • You can also provide links to anywhere on the internet, including case studies, videos, websites, etc. 

Distributing, collecting, and grading student work

Administering tests and grades