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(Updated 8/18/2020 - Added SUNY resources section)
For Campus Status please check the DCC Updates Page. The information below is for faculty, should a situation arise that requires alternate
In the event of an emergency, the ability to teach courses on campus may be affected.
This guide helps you identify alternatives to face-to-face instruction for use during
situations when campus may be closed and teaching must take place fully online. Please
contact email@example.com for assistance or more information.
General Pre-Emergency Planning Tips for Faculty
At the beginning of each semester:
- View and update your class list information from your official class lists on myDCC.
If you plan to use Blackboard, your students are automatically loaded into your Blackboard
courses. You do not need to add students yourself.
- Send your students a welcome email and Course Announcement in Blackboard that includes
your contact information. Encourage students to keep the email until the end of the
- Post your syllabus, schedule, and other important class documents to Blackboard. Remind
students to download/save and print a copy of the syllabus. Include your contact information
in the syllabus.
- You may wish to offer your students multiple ways to contact you - Blackboard course
messages, myDCC email, etc.
- Backup copies of your teaching materials prior to the start of the semester in the
event you are unable to access the files on myDCC/Blackboard.
Resources from SUNY
SUNY Resources for Transitioning Online
SUNY Workshops and Recordings
Accessing your Desktop at Home
Faculty are able to access their work desktops from home using the Horizon VM Client.
Instructions for accessing this client for both Macintosh and Windows computers are
located below. We suggest that this client be used to access files and programs that
are not accessible at home. We do not suggest streaming video, recording video, or
doing live webcasts such as Zoom within the Horizon client. Video/audio will work
better from your personal computer or mobile device.
Installing the Horizon Client for Windows
Installing the Horizon Client for Macintosh
Video Tips for DCC Faculty and Staff (Recorded by Eric Greenop)
Creating Super-Simple Videos for Teaching Online (Michael Wesch, Kansas State University)
How can I offer synchronous lectures/meetings for my students?
Collaborate Recording: Synchronous Methods Webinar (3/19/20) (56 minutes)
Zoom is a web conferencing application where many individuals can join the same meeting
and share audio and video. It also allows for screen sharing and presentation mode.
Free Zoom accounts allow anyone to set up sessions lasting up to 40 minutes.
- Device with a good internet connection, preferably Wi-Fi (laptop, tablet, smartphone)
- Headphones or earbuds (optional)
- Microphone (if possible; a separate microphone can be better than your device’s built-in
- Web camera (optional, preferred for face-to-face contact)
- More information about using Zoom can be found at the Zoom Help Center.
Instructions on Hosting a Meeting
Meeting Participant Instructions
Zoom Features: Using a Second Camera - If you have a second camera available to connect to your computer, you can use
it as a document camera to possibly present written examples.
Zoom Features: Breakout Rooms - You can do small group rooms with your students on Zoom.
Zoom Features: Waiting Room - This feature allows you to put a queue on your Zoom meeting and allow participants
in when you are ready.
Sending Messages to Participants in the Waiting Room
Participants do not need their own Zoom account to join a meeting. They can either
install the app on their computer/tablet/phone to join a meeting, or they can join
from a web browser.
Blackboard Collaborate is also a web meeting application where your class can join a synchronous session
directly from your Blackboard course (on the web or on the Blackboard Mobile App).
This software is available at DCC for the Fall and Spring 2020 Semester.
Faculty may access Collaborate from the "Blackboard Collaborate Ultra" link in the
"Course Tools" section of your course menu. In order for students to access it from
the web, you can point them towards the "Tools" menu, or you can add Collaborate as
a "Tool Link" on your left-hand menu.
Adding a Tool Link for Collaborate in Your Course
By default, Collaborate creates an open "Course Room" for each course that can be
used at any time. If you plan to use Collaborate in your course and would rather not
allow your students access to the Course room unsupervised, you can find information
on how to turn the room off at the following link.
Blackboard Help: The Course Room
Video: Working with the Collaborate Course Room
Scheduling Collaborate Sessions
For Students: Joining a Collaborate Session
You can find more information at the Blackboard Help Center for Collaborate.
Blackboard Help: Moderating Sessions
How can I pre-record asynchronous lectures and videos for my students?
Collaborate Recording: Asynchronous Methods Webinar (3/17/20) (32 minutes)
YouTube allows you to record a video right on your smartphone, laptop, or tablet and upload
it directly to the video-sharing platform. You can opt to make your video public (accessible
to anyone), private (only accessible to you), or unlisted (accessible to anyone who
has the link). The TLC recommends that instructors upload course-related content,
such as lectures, as unlisted. Users can control the availability of their YouTube uploads at their YouTube Studio dashboard. To share the recording with your students, you can provide the YouTube
URL in your Blackboard course using the URL resource.
Uploading a Video to YouTube
Screencast-O-Matic allows you to record your screen with audio, a webcam with audio, or both the screen
and a webcam with audio. It is used to create most of the video tutorials found on
this page. This program is free and easy to use for tutorials, examples, assignment
feedback, and any other screen recording you may need to do. A free account is provided
hosting space for videos, which can be uploaded directly from within the recorder
interface. The videos can also be saved as files or uploaded to YouTube. The free version can record videos up to 15 minutes long.
Beginners' Guide to the Free Screencast-o-Matic Video Recorder (From Screencast-o-Matic)
Blackboard Online Tool Information
Collaborate Recording: Basic Blackboard (3/17/20) (48 minutes)
How can I activate my Blackboard courses so students can see them if I haven't been
Activating your Blackboard courses is simple, but you must do it for each course you
plan to use, and you must do it each semester.
Activating your Blackboard Course
How can I post course materials on Blackboard so my students can view them?
Posting course materials, Powerpoints, links, and other materials on Blackboard is
a simple and easy way to make sure your students have access to them no matter where
Creating Organizational Folders on Blackboard
Posting Files on Blackboard
Linking to Other Websites on Blackboard
How can I facilitate course discussions with my students digitally?
The Discussion Forum object provides an easy way to add discussions to your Blackboard
course when you can’t meet face to face with your students. For whole class discussions
on open ended topics, we recommend using Standard View. If you want students to provide
their answer to a question first before seeing what other students have said, then
you will want to choose "participants must create a thread in order to view other
threads in this forum."
Creating a Discussion Forum
For Students: Working with Discussion Forums (Recorded by Terri Burke)
Grading a Discussion Forum
How can I collect student assignments digitally?
The Blackboard Assignment feature allows faculty to collect assignments digitally,
provide students feedback, and share student grades. Faculty can grade PDF and Word
documents directly within the Blackboard interface, complete with annotations. Safeassign
is also available for plagiarism checking.
Creating an Assignment
For Students: Working with Assignments (Recorded by Terri Burke)
Grading an Assignment
How can I share student grades confidentially and digitally?
Blackboard allows you to communicate individual grades and total grades with students.
This is facilitated by the Blackboard Gradebook. Students will only ever see their
own grades and not the grades of anyone else in the course.
Quick and Simple Gradebook Setup
How can I communicate updates, changes, and other relevant information to my students?
The TLC recommends that instructors use the Course Announcements tool in your Blackboard
course to quickly and easily send information to your entire course. Course Announcements
allows you to both post an announcement that students will see in the Blackboard mobile
app and on the course home page, and to email the same announcement to students if
Sending a Course Announcement
How can I facilitate exams/quizzes digitally with my students?
Blackboard offers a Test tool that allows you to create tests of varying question
types from scratch or import questions from a test bank such as Examview.
Creating a Test from Scratch
Blackboard Test Converter: Convert a test from a Word document to a Blackboard Test
Deploying a Test for Students
Setting Up Extra Time or Other Test Exceptions
For Students: Working with Tests in Blackboard (Recorded by Terri Burke)
(Prepared with inspiration from Purchase College's "Teaching during Campus Closure" page.)