Online Learning (Faculty)

In response to COVID-19 and the decision to continue our Winter 2020 semester classes remotely, this Quick Guide is developed by Hilda Gregorian and Hanadi Alnawab with screen captures and best practices based on their own experiences running classes remotely. Please feel free to use what works for you.

Click here to access a Live Virtual Support Room that will be open and available to our colleagues (faculty only) daily at 5:00 – 6:00 PM from March 21-27, 2020. Please note that this is an informal space for colleagues to share their experience and ask questions, it is not a session hosted by Hilda or Hanadi, it will not be recorded, video will be off, but you can turn it on if you choose to. Below are the updated guides and information covered during our Online Session that was delivered on Friday March 20, 2020. Unfortunately a recording of the session is not available.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra & Group Presentations (Hanadi)

The online classes and students’ group presentations will take place at the scheduled day and time as per our timetables and revised Critical Path (13 weeks only), but online instead of in-person. Due to the limited time and resources, unfortunately I will not be recording any lectures. I will share this link (click here) with my students to clarify the expectations around remote teaching. Students who miss the online class can access the class material on Blackboard, just as they would have to do during the regular classes.

Blackboard Assignments & Testing (Hilda)

The Assignments (Individual & Group) will take place at the scheduled day and time as per our revised Critical Path (13 weeks only), but they will be administered on-line (using blackboard) instead of in-person. As you probably know, I also teach online classes and my students (whether online or in-class) have always submited their work through Blackboard. Please find my tips and best practices in the screen captures below.

The following is a great suggestion from our colleague Bob Bolf.

Bob created a 5 question general knowledge test that can be deployed on Blackboard to allow students to get used to answering test questions on-line. It counts for nothing, they can take it as many times as they want. The purpose of this is to acclimatize the students to on-line test taking and give them a safe practice area so that they’re not unnecessarily stressed out the first time they take a real test on Blackboard.

Download the Practice Test zip folder, then follow the instructions provided by Hilda to deploy it.