Tips for Remote Instruction

Creating Customized E-mails to Students

Jaqueline BennettDepartment of Chemistry and BiochemistrySUNY Oneonta Sending individual e-mails to all your students can make it a hassle when only one piece of information is different. Jaqueline Bennett explains how to use the Mail Merge feature to send customized data to your students through e-mail.  This is part of a series of posts collected by … Creating Customized E-mails to Students Read More »
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Breakout Groups in Microsoft Teams

Andrew BottomleyDepartment of Communications and Media, Media StudiesSUNY Oneonta In the video, Andrew Bottomley discusses how he sets up Microsoft Teams to make breakout groups for students during their online class. This allows students to meet in their groups virtually during their class time. As an early adopter to Teams, Andrew shows how uses Team … Breakout Groups in Microsoft Teams Read More »
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Scaffolding and Organizing a Semester–Long Project

Julie LicataDepartment of MusicSUNY Oneonta In this video, Julie Licata presents her course organization to make sure her students engage with each other for a semester long group project. She shows her Blackboard set up–putting students into groups, modules for projects, and discussion boards. She assigns and organizes week long mini projects that build up … Scaffolding and Organizing a Semester–Long Project Read More »
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Creating Equitable Group Work

One of the big fears with assigning group work is that student contributions won’t be equal. In the video, Sarah Portway shows and explains what she does for her classes to make sure all students become accountable for contributing their share of work into the group project. She shows a couple forms she uses for group projects that students are required to fill out for points on the projects.
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Creating community through the use of Teams

Mike Puckett,Sociology (Criminal Justice),SUNY Oneonta Like many of you, I found myself thrust into the world of online teaching last semester. I knew that my weekly 2 and half hour lectures could not be replicated online with the same pedagogical effect. However, I was unfamiliar with teaching using Blackboard or Teams. I had, of course, … Creating community through the use of Teams Read More »
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Grading Schema

Frank Thornton, Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education, SUNY Oneonta, This short video helps explain how to make the letter grades that appear in Blackboard match your syllabus grading format. If you have any questions just drop me a line. This is part of a series of posts collected by the TLTC and … Grading Schema Read More »
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Creating Rubrics in Blackboard

Frank Thornton, Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education, SUNY Oneonta, This video explains how to create rubrics in blackboard and how to apply them to assignments. If you have any questions just drop me a line. This is part of a series of posts collected by the TLTC and Faculty Center to share … Creating Rubrics in Blackboard Read More »
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Exporting and Importing Tests in Blackboard

Bharath Ramkumar, Department of Fashion and Textiles, SUNY Oneonta, Creating tests on Blackboard can often be tedious. However, if you already have a test created in one of your courses in a past/current semester and would like to recreate the same or similar test, there is a simple way to export the test from that … Exporting and Importing Tests in Blackboard Read More »
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Journals for student reflection on learning

Anita Levine,Elementary Education and Reading,SUNY Oneonta I use the Bb Journaling tool in almost all my education classes, including my online grad. course. Works well for me. I make just one journal and they can each do/submit their writing in that one. They can make as many entries as they want in just the one … Journals for student reflection on learning Read More »
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Communicating with Students in Blackboard

Bharath Ramkumar, Department of Fashion and Textiles, SUNY Oneonta, Over the course of the semester, there may be numerous occasions when you might want to communicate with individual students, a particular student group, or the whole class. Although emailing students from Outlook is an option, it isn’t always easy to locate and type their names/email … Communicating with Students in Blackboard Read More »
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Alternative Assessments to Avoid Plagiarism

Dr. Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs, Department of Secondary Education and Educational Technology, SUNY Oneonta, This short video discusses a few ways to creatively avoid potential plagiarism and non-sanctioned collaborative teaming (AKA cheating) in online course environments. It highlights online tools and authentic assessment approaches to written papers in which students must think outside of the box to … Alternative Assessments to Avoid Plagiarism Read More »
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Participation Activities in Online Videos

Dr. Emily Riddle, Department of Human Ecology, SUNY Oneonta, I haven’t introduced any new resources that I could link others to in my classes since transferring online. However, I have continued to use in-class participation activities, in both my synchronous and asynchronous classes. For asynchronous classes, I record 3 mini lectures for every 1 normal … Participation Activities in Online Videos Read More »
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A Faster Way to Get Your Test Questions into Blackboard (finally!)

Dr. Sarah Portway, Department of Human Ecology, SUNY Oneonta, If you have ever tried to create a quiz or test in Blackboard, you’ve probably noticed that the part where you have to copy and paste the questions from your word processing file into the quiz’s text boxes takes a lot of time. Thanks to a … A Faster Way to Get Your Test Questions into Blackboard (finally!) Read More »
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Breakout Groups for Dialogic Exercises

Dr. William Walker, History Department, SUNY Oneonta,  Professor Will Walker explains the effective use of breakout groups for dialogue-based activities. Will explains how this is done quite simply by using the breakout group function in Blackboard collaborate.  This is part of a series of posts collected by the TLTC and Faculty Center to share ideas and tools that have been helpful in the shift is teaching during the … Breakout Groups for Dialogic Exercises Read More »
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Virtual Whiteboard Solutions

Dr. Keith Jones, Mathematics Department, SUNY Oneonta,  One of the best pieces of advice I saw early in the online switch was to pick up a relatively inexpensive document camera and use that as a virtual whiteboard. It is very natural since, well, we’re already familiar with writing on paper! Unfortunately, I had already panic-bought a Microsoft Surface. I … Virtual Whiteboard Solutions Read More »
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All About Blackboard (Polls, Screenshots, and Grading Exams)

Dr. Keith Jones, Mathematics Department, SUNY Oneonta,  Blackboard Collaborate Polls  I am used to running a classroom where students speak just as much as I do, but it has become much more difficult to get students to speak up in video conferences than it was in class. I do not require them to have their cameras on, … All About Blackboard (Polls, Screenshots, and Grading Exams) Read More »
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Using LaTeX with Blackboard

Dr. Keith Jones, Mathematics Department, SUNY Oneonta,  LaTeX is the universal standard for typesetting mathematical communications; so any subject that involves the use of equations can benefit from LaTeX. Blackboard technically has built-in LaTeX support, but it is very poor. It generates image files which it loads onto the webpage, which is frankly not acceptable for current-generation webpages. These … Using LaTeX with Blackboard Read More »
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Using Perusall

Dr. Keith Jones, Mathematics Department, SUNY Oneonta,  About the Website The website Perusall is designed to facilitate reading and discussion online. It provides a platform which integrates textbook (or other document) reading with annotations that spawn discussion threads. One reader can highlight a portion of the text and make a note or ask a question, and then any other readers … Using Perusall Read More »
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Another Day, Another Folder

Dr. Sallie Han, Anthropology Department, SUNY Oneonta,  I reorganized the folders on Blackboard so that each one contains all the materials for one day/lesson, and my students have told me that this has been helpful for keeping their work organized. Previously, I had organized the course so there was a folder of readings, another of quizzes, etc.  Now, each day/lesson has … Another Day, Another Folder Read More »
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Blackboard Collaborate: Polls, Breakout Groups, and how I use them

Dr. Elizabeth Small, Foreign Language & Literature Department, SUNY Oneonta,  Beth Small provides some helpful tips and tricks on how to interact with students remotely on Blackboard. Dr. Small explains how to use Blackboard’s functions to their maximum in order to keep those in her remote courses active with both herself and their peers, mimicking a normal classroom set up as closely as possible.  This … Blackboard Collaborate: Polls, Breakout Groups, and how I use them Read More »
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Creating A Custom Landing Page in Blackboard

Dr. Gregory Fulkerson, Sociology Department, SUNY Oneonta, Greg Fulkerson has some ideas for how to change the landing page when logging into a Blackboard shell. Making these alterations in a few short steps allows faculty to customize the page the students see when logging into Blackboard. “I love having control over what students see and … Creating A Custom Landing Page in Blackboard Read More »
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Valuable Online Teaching Resources

Valerie Bolger,  Health and Fitness Department, SUNY Oneonta,  There are many resources I utilize while teaching online higher education courses that engage students in their virtual learning experience. A side from course content, I ask the students to upload a photo of themselves into Blackboard. This way there is always a face to name during discussions. Reaching … Valuable Online Teaching Resources Read More »
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