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Remote Teaching

Due to the official suspension of all face-to-face classes on campus, a Remote Teaching Plan has been created to ensure teaching and learning can continue. The following information provides an overview on how to use Blackboard to communicate with students individually or as a group, provide course materials, develop student interactions, collect assignments, and perform assessments. For any further questions or assistance with Blackboard, please contact the Technology Support Help Desk at .


Getting Started With Blackboard

Blackboard is ready to be used in all classes. "Course Shells" are automatically available for all faculty at the beginning of each semester. To begin using Blackboard, log in at .

Go to and log in.

Click on the Blackboard icon.

Click Courses.

Find your course and click to open.



Click Home Page in the course menu on the left (or open any content area).

Hover over Build Content at the top and click File.

In the Name field, type a name that will show in your course.

Click Browse Computer and select the document you want to upload.

Click Submit on the bottom right.


Hover over the plus icon (+) at the top of the course menu on the left.

Click Tool Link from the drop down menu.

Type “ Course Messages” in the Name field.

Select Course Messages from the Type field.

Check Available to Users and click Submit.




  What You Need To Teach Remotely

Use this checklist to ensure everything is properly set up for remote teaching.

  Regular Communication

Method Recommended Solution/Tool
Class Announcements Blackboard Announcements
Individual Student Communication Blackboard Course Messages
Conduct “Virtual Office Hours” Blackboard Collaborate Ultra


Method Recommended Solution/Tool
Provide real-time lecture remotely Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Pre-record a lecture YuJa in Blackboard
Pre-record a voiceover presentation YuJa in Blackboard
Provide lecture notes or other documents Upload files in Blackboard

  Student Engagement

Method Recommended Solution/Tool
Classmate discussions Blackboard Discussion Board
Student presentation assignments YuJa Recordings in Blackboard
Student collaboration Blackboard Discussion or Blackboard Groups


Method Recommended Solution/Tool
Paper assignments or projects Blackboard Assignments and Blackboard Grade Center
Deliver exams or quizzes Blackboard Tests
Proctor exams remotely Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor
Assess student discussions Blackboard Discussions and Blackboard Grade Center
Assess student presentations Blackboard Rubrics and Blackboard Grade Center
Assess "attendance" through online participation Blackboard Discussions or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Keep records of submitted course work Blackboard Grade Center or Microsoft OneDrive



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