Tackling the Technology

This collection is provided to help you learn about the various educational and technological tools currently at your fingertips, including how to tackle classroom technology, you may not have experienced before. With the goal of maximizing the teaching and learning experience, these resources are geared to support instructors as they enhance their classroom and teaching practices through the implementation of supported technology.

HyFlex Resources for Students

This page is intended to provide CMU students with most of the technology-related information needed to participate in a HyFlex classroom environment. While every course and instructor are different, this information is meant to cover the most common scenarios we anticipate to apply to the majority of courses at CMU. 

Creating Effective Blackboard Assignments (10:06) 

This video will provide helpful advice and resources to create and implement assignments in Blackboard while effectively measuring the students’ learning. 

Collaborative Learning with MS Teams and WebEx (5:07)

In this video, we show how collaborative learning opportunities can be managed using MS Teams and WebEx.

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) Series

In this 2-part video series, we highlight the value of using classroom assessment techniques and how to implement them in face-to-face and remote classrooms.
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques Part One (4:07)
    In part one of this video series, we’ll highlight the value of CATs, and provide a brief overview of the platforms you can use for implementation in your course(s).
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques Part Two (7:36)
    In part two of our series on Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs), we’ll share a few ways MS Teams, WebEx, and Blackboard can be used for in-class assessment. 

DIY Content Creation(6:55)

This video demystifies some common misconceptions about DIY content creation and provides tips for recording excellent media learning objects.

Transforming your Blackboard Shell to Transform your Teaching Series

This 2-part video series supports your teaching by highlighting Blackboard shell features designed to present and engage learners with your content.

Introduction to Chipcast  (5:23)

This video provides an introduction to Chipcast, CMU’s streaming video platform, and offers an end-to-end solution for recording, editing, and sharing media learning objects in your course(s).

Blackboard Hacks

Blackboard is a powerful Learning Management System (LMS) with many features and tools. This Top 10 list highlights a few of the tools beneficial for creating eye-pleasing content, helping faculty effectively manage their courses, and ensuring a smooth-running learning experience start to finish!

Assessment Creation Series

In this 3 part series, our CIS Blackboard Expert discusses assessment creation considerations along with methods for building, configuring, and deploying tests in Bb.  

Testing Online with Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor

This 2-part video series introduces the Respondus online exam security software tools and explains how to use them.   

Teaching with WebEx Tour 

The following 2 videos provide a tour and explanation of WebEx synchronous technology features, including best practices for hosting a live class meeting.  

Quick Tips for Webex

Check out these tips to make your WebEx class or meeting run smoothly!

Securing Your WebEx Room

OIT and CIS outline some tips to help you schedule and secure your Webex “classroom”. 

Best Practices for Recording Content for your Courses (7:54)

Before sitting down to record, follow these 5 best practices to create media that students will want to watch. 

Supplemental Resource: Tips and Tricks for Remote Video Set-up - Check out some helpful media recording info from our peer teaching and learning colleagues at the University of Arizona.

Install and Use MS Teams on Your Mobile Device (5:03)   

In this video, faculty member Dr. Doug Lapp, explains how to install, sign in, and manage Microsoft Teams on your mobile device. 

Additional Resources

Here is a list of hand-picked resources and tutorials on topics specifically related to this category. Some of these are mentioned within and pertain to the items above, while others are included as additional instructive material. Note: some links will require a CMICH login for access.

Check out our other HyFlex pages to learn how these technologies can be applied to delivering content, building community and engaging students, confirming knowledge and more!



For technical assistance, the first point of contact is the OIT Help Desk. Additional resources and contact information are available on the Office of Information Technology’s Help Desk page  

If additional assistance and consultation are needed, the CIS staff are available to support you. Contact us at CIS@cmich.edu or call 989-774-3615.