All content on this site is specific to the short-term use of distance education technologies when teaching in-person classes.
Strategies & Technologies
Microsoft Teams (Canvas or Blackboard)
This video conferencing tool integrates with Canvas and is also available to use in Blackboard. Teams is the official video conferencing tool for Canvas. More information about this exciting integration can be found on the MS Teams for Academics Support website.
Collaborate Ultra (Blackboard Only)
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra helps to connect with your class in real-time. The following materials demonstrate how to add Collaborate Ultra to your existing Blackboard course, facilitate a Collaborate Ultra session, present materials from your screen and talk live (online) with your students.
Engaging with Students through Synchronous Course Content
To encourage students to engage with the synchronous course content, see additional resources below.
Asynchronous courses use technologies to deliver digital content and to facilitate regular and substantive interactions between students and their instructor while allowing for more flexibility in scheduling. The minimal expectation of instructors/student interaction should be analogous to the number of instructors/student interactions that take place during the course when it is delivered in a synchronous environment (i.e., “face-to-face”).
Asynchronous course delivery (students do not need to participate online at the same time) is one option instructors may implement in an online platform. Content may be delivered in multiple digital formats, and tools are available within Canvas and Blackboard, which allow the instructor to engage and interact with students throughout the course schedule.
Engaging with Students through Asynchronous Course Content
Whether in a physical or virtual classroom, students can benefit from their collaboration with their peers. Here are a few techniques and tools for helping students collaborate in an asynchronous classroom.
Here is a quick video that provides an overview of the technology in the classroom.
Each traditional / lecture-oriented instructional space will be equipped with the following:
Instructor Station Computer
While there will not be a standard model computer in all instructional spaces throughout the university, all instructor station computers will be less than four years old.
Lumens DC-125 High-Definition Portable Camera
This camera is on a flexible stand so it can act as a document camera or a webcam, allowing instructors the flexibility of showing documents, objects, or themselves to their remote students. Audio Technica ATR4650-USB Computer Microphone
Using Classroom Equipment
Used in combination with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra* (Blackboard Only) or Microsoft Teams (Canvas or Blackboard), this equipment will allow in-person instructors to do the following:
- Broadcast their class in real-time to students who cannot be physically present
- Record their class for later viewing by those who are not able to view it in real-time
*Please be sure that you are using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and not Blackboard Collaborate. Blackboard Collaborate will be decommissioned later this year.
Kaltura Capture provides a straightforward way to record and share narrated PowerPoint; webcam video; screen and audio recordings with your class. Kaltura Capture is a useful technology option when you are otherwise unable to connect with your class online in real-time to deliver a lecture or presentation.
Posting Materials to Canvas
- Creating Modules
- Creating Pages
- Adding course content to a Module
- Adding text in the Rich Content Editor
- Adding web links
- Adding Kaltura videos to Canvas
Posting Materials to Blackboard
Creating Assignments in Canvas
Creating Assignments in Blackboard
Create Quizzes & Exams with Canvas
Create Quizzes & Exams with Blackboard
Office hours remain an important element in the student-instructor relationship. Review the following options for virtual office hours.
- Canvas or Blackboard – Virtual Office Hours using MS Teams
- Blackboard (Only) - Virtual Office Hours using Collaborate Ultra (PDF)
Strategies for Holding Virtual Office Hours:
- Clearly establish a time for virtual office hours
- Decide what kind of communication tools you will use
- Set a policy for when students should expect a response when using asynchronous tools
- Utilize video capabilities
If you need online materials such as eBooks, streaming videos, articles, etc. for your course, please see the Course Reserves Website for more information and to submit a request.
- Streaming Video Resources
- LinkedIn Learning - An online training library, designed for all levels of learners, with over 13,000 courses covering business, technology, and creative topics.
For any additional assistance or questions, please reach out to your subject librarian.