If you normally teach in a face-to-face environment and are not familiar with online teaching, the following resources are a great place to start.
CONNECT SYNCHRONOUSLY USING ZOOM OR BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE ULTRA (RECOMMENDED)*
For students who are used to seeing you, and one another, in class everyday moving online is going to be an adjustment. Even if you plan to shift to more asynchronous activities it will be a good idea to use Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate to help students stay connected. In the coming weeks students might feel a sense of isolation and having synchronous sessions will not only help students engage with your classes, it will also help them feel more motivated and connected.
To help students engage with instructors and other students in Zoom, we offer this 12 Tip Guide to Successful Zoom Meetings. Please feel free to link this PDF into your Blackboard course or course syllabus. If you would like to copy and paste this list, please follow this link.
You can use your free Zoom account by going to our FHSU Zoom page and signing in with your FHSU ID and password for meetings up to 300 participants.
Zoom offers 24/7 live support. You will find support in the upper-right-hand section of your account page or via the blue ‘Help’ button on the bottom-right-hand side of your screen. We encourage you to bookmark Zoom Support.
University Contact: Kevin Staab
RECORD SHORT LECTURES OR USE VIDEO/AUDIO IN YOUR COURSE
Recording lecture videos or screen share presentations is an excellent way to show presence in an online environment. You can do this with VidGrid. VidGrid is available through our university license for you to use. To register for a VidGrid account, please follow this link: Register for a VidGrid Account
- *IMPORTANT: At this time, VidGrid registration is open to all users. Students now have the ability to create VidGrid accounts.
*Under the section titled ‘Adding videos to my course content (LMS Specific)’ our LMS link is the Blackboard Original Course
VidGrid offers live support M-F from 9am to 5pm CST. You can find a blue chat button in the bottom-right-hand corner of your account page or the ‘Help’ link at the top-right-hand corner of the page. We encourage you to bookmark the VidGrid Help Center to utilize their support options.