In the university’s efforts to mitigate against any unforeseen interruption that may occur due to disasters or emergencies such as the Corona virus, it may become necessary to continue the delivery of instruction remotely. Blackboard Learn, Learning Management System (LMS), along with other instructional tools and resources can help mitigate the disruption brought about by severe, public health emergencies, and/or unsafe campus conditions. It may be necessary to move learning material online for instructional continuity. USIU-Africa Online is putting together a program to help faculty prepare for any eventuality should they be required to teach off campus through Blackboard.
All active classes in a semester at USIU- A have a corresponding Blackboard course shell. In the event that university closure initiates the restructuring of face-to-face instruction, faculty need to prepare to continue the following types of core classroom activities in an online format:
Communicating with students,
Distributing, collecting, and grading student work,
Administering tests and grades,
Encouraging student participation and managing group work,
There are several online tools in Blackboard that can be used to maintain communication with your students. Faculty are encouraged to select one or two of these tools that students can come to expect will be your primary means of relaying important and relevant information.
We recommend using Blackboard Announcements, which will post a message in your course, and it can also be sent as an email.
Guide your students where to locate course information in Blackboard and provide detailed instructions for assignments, online meetings, and tools that will be used to substitute face-to-face time.
Lectures and presentations can be delivered either synchronously or asynchronously.
Meet virtually to hold online real-time, interactive classes and office hours. This allows you to share your screen, poll students, live-chat, and discussions. These sessions can also be recorded for those that cannot attend a synchronous class through the use of video conferencing applications such as Zoom, or Bluejeans the campus-licensed web conferencing service.
Record a narrated presentation (narrated PowerPoint) and embed it in your course.
Video lectures can be recorded and streamed in Blackboard using a webcam and a microphone. Most laptops have integrated webcams and mics.
For lab sections, find virtual labs online or arrange for alternative activities in place of the lab.
When instruction moves online, logging into a course is not sufficient by itself, to demonstrate attendance. Students must have participated in one of the following “academically-related” activities in order to be counted present:
Student submission of an academic assignment,
Student submission of an exam, test or quiz,
Documented student participation in an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction,
A posting by the student showing the student’s participation in an online study group that is assigned by the institution,
A posting by the student in a discussion forum showing the student’s participation in an online discussion about academic matters, and
An e-mail from the student or other documentation showing that the student-initiated contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.