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Teaching Remotely

These resources are intended to help instructors move to emergency remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Please check the Updates & Timely Information for service updates.

Wondering if Blackboard is down? (includes information about other tools within Blackboard, i.e. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, YuJa, etc.)

1. Equipment and Resources Needed

In the event that routine work or academic functions are disrupted due to prolonged campus or building closures, you may find it necessary to work or teach a class from off campus. 

In preparation to teach remotely, you should make sure you have tested your access to the following equipment at home:

  • Laptop or desktop computer.
  • Microphone - this may be built into your laptop or computer, or you may use an external device such as a USB microphone or headset.
  • Webcam - a camera may already be built into your laptop, but you can also use an external USB camera for video conferencing.
  • Internet - either commercially provided (e.g., Midco), or a wireless hotspot through your mobile phone.

YuJa Software Capture for recording - System Requirements:

  • Processor: 2 GHz x 86 - or x64-bit dual core processor (Recommended: 2.4 GHz, quad core)
  • Memory (RAM): 2 GB RAM (Recommended: 4 GB)
  • Hard Disk: 100 MB for install (approximately 250 MB per hour of content for temporary storage)
  • Operating System: Windows 7, Windows  8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 (both 32 and 64 bit versions); Mac OS 10.11 or higher (Mojave or newer - OS 10.10 - the Yellowstone OS will NOT work)

NDSU Teaching Tools & Technologies

2. Activate Your Blackboard Course

Blackboard (Bb) Manager is used by instructors to activate a course each semester.  It can also be used to copy content from a past semester and merge multiple sections of a course into one course. To learn more about Blackboard Manager.

After an instructor has activated a course in Bb Manager, the course must be made available before students enrolled in the course can view or access the course and its content. How do I make a Blackboard course available to students?

Visit the LAI YouTube Blackboard Playlist for various videos on Logging into Blackboard, Changing Course Availability, and much more! 

3. Post Key Class Materials

Add content to your Blackboard course such as your syllabus, class notes, readings, and recorded lectures (YuJa). Visit the LAI YouTube Blackboard Playlist for various videos on Logging into Blackboard, adding content, and much more! 

YuJa is a video management and lecture capture system that allows you to make recordings of your instruction and also organize any video assets that you use in your courses. Accessed through Blackboard, YuJa helps keep all of your materials in one place.

PowerPoint is designed to create electronic presentations consisting of a series of separate pages or slides. Record a voice over with timings in your PowerPoint presentation and export it to an mp4 video file.  Recording a Voice Over in PowerPoint 

Accessible Content

When you make course materials accessible for online classes, all students can benefit, not just those with an identified disability.

When preparing online educational material, Disability Services asks faculty to consider these items:

  • Use clear, consistent layouts to present content. Make instructions and expectations clear.
  • Offer outlines, scaffolding tools and adequate opportunities for practice.
  • When selecting new materials, use videos that are already captioned and articles available in a text-searchable format.
  • Images can be made accessible to blind and low-vision students by providing captions or inserting alt text into the image. Use large, bold fonts on plain backgrounds and color combinations that are high contrast.

Disability Services remains open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments will be conducted via phone or virtually until further notice. If you have a question, call 701-231-8463 and leave a voicemail, or email the office at ndsu.disability.services@ndsu.edu.

4. Communicate with your class through Blackboard

Announcements are an ideal way to post time-sensitive information critical to course success. Add announcements for due dates for assignments and projects, changes to your syllabus, corrections/clarifications of materials, and exam schedules.

Online discussions allow students to take time to ponder before they post ideas. You can observe as students demonstrate their grasp of the material and correct misconceptions. You can extend your office hours and reach students more often during the week so that learning is continuous.

Send email tool in Blackboard allows instructors to send email to other people in their course. Instructors can send email to individual users or to groups of users. If students do not see an email from the course through Blackboard, have them check their junk mail.

Virtual office hours through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra allow faculty to hold office hours virtually.  Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

5. Assess Your Students

Blackboard eliminates the need for students to email documents and paper exams to instructors. This follows the established retention policy.

Respondus 4.0 allows instructors to create and manage online exams. Exams can be created offline and published directly to Blackboard courses. Blackboard exams can also be printed to paper or saved as Word or PDF files from Respondus. Respondus 4.0 also provides other time-saving tools such as equation editors, web links, and multimedia functions. To learn more visit How to Documents

Respondus LockDown Browser is a secure browser that locks down the testing environment within the NDUS Blackboard Learn. Students will need a computer and a stable internet connection. To learn more visit How to Documents 

Instructors can enable YuJa Remote Proctoring for a Blackboard exam. Students will need a computer and a stable internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone to record their picture ID and computer screen while taking an exam.

6. Hold A Synchronous Class Online

Synchronous classes are good for online collaboration and meetings, pairing full video and audio conferencing capabilities with content sharing and recording.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing application. With screen sharing, breakout groups, virtual whiteboard, chats and polling it's a convenient solution for online classes or meetings at a distance. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Quickstart

Computer Lab Software Now Available Remotely

The IT Division has enabled remote desktop into your computer lab/classroom computers. This will allow you to access your computer lab/classroom software like you would in person but just remotely. Please note that audio and video over the Internet using this functionality may have significant delays.

View instructions to access these lab computers. Note, you must use Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) to use this service. Sign up for MFA now if you are not yet enrolled.


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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:25:51 PM
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