Maintaining Learning Continuity in the Event of Planned or Unplanned Class Cancellation
If additional assistance and consultation are needed, the CIS staff are available to support you. To obtain assistance, please email CIS@cmich.edu or call 989-774-3615.
Developing a Plan
- What elements of your class sessions can be supplemented or replaced by using online content?
- What elements of your HyFlex course can be continued or adjusted?
- Which options best fit your course? For example:
- Uploading course materials to Blackboard
- Utilizing a Discussion Board to create a virtual classroom discussion
- Recording and posting your lecture content to Blackboard
- Hosting a live/synchronous class meeting via WebEx
- Hosting a live/synchronous meeting via Microsoft Teams
- Review the following overview videos to consider the available tools:
- Plan how you will communicate your learning plan to the students:
- Make sure the course Blackboard shell is made available for student viewing
Online and Remote Delivery Strategies
Each idea can be used independently, added to, edited, and/or used in conjunction with elements from other suggestions. This collection is not meant to address every possible scenario, and we recognize that every instructional situation is unique. Precisely which strategies you implement will be a function of the needs of your class, how prepared your students are, and your readiness to use certain tools and systems.
Adding, Organizing, and Deleting Course Content and Files in Blackboard
Course content and materials (e.g., PowerPoint slides, diagrams/charts projected to the front of the classroom) can be added to the course’s Blackboard shell and made available to students for review and reading. Watch this video overview of basic Blackboard functionality for additional information.
Pre-Recorded Interactive Video Lecture
- Ensure you have appropriate equipment for recording (e.g., a working microphone and camera). Most laptop and desktop computers have these built in as standard.
- Configure, download, and open Panopto recording software. For guidance, review this tutorial. For a more comprehensive overview, watch the Recording Quick Start Video.
- Consider the advice offered on our website for DIY video.
- Record your content, recognizing that the recording may not be perfect and that it will likely be better, especially in the case of an unplanned class cancellation, to provide students an imperfect product than nothing at all.
- Create a video link in Blackboard or distribute the video link by sending the students an email.
Synchronous (Real-time) Online Class Session Via WebEx or Microsoft Teams
- Review this WebEx tutorial or watch this short
WebEx Overview Video.
- Learn more about Microsoft Teams:
Scheduling Meetings and Automatically Adding Links to Blackboard Course Shell
- Notify students of a planned session including where to meet (your WebEx room or via Teams) and expectations for preparation for the session.
- Create a purposeful agenda for the session.
Create a Discussion Forum to Enhance Interaction
- Locate an appropriate video (e.g., from CMU Libraries Kanopy Database, TED Talks, or YouTube).
- Author questions relating the reading/video content to course content.
- Author student response requirements.
- Create a discussion forum with an appropriately descriptive title.
- Communicate to students.
Create, Receive, Grade, and Return Assignments Online
- After identifying an assignment you wish to create and receive online, review the steps in the Creating Online Assignments/SafeAssignments tutorial.
- As a final check, you might use the Student Preview option in Blackboard to access and test the assignment yourself to be sure it is configured as you wish.
As students upload their work, the submissions will be available to you in the course’s Grade Center. Several options are available for providing comments and detailed feedback to students, as well as sharing their grade.
Create and Deliver Online Assessments (Quizzes and Tests)
- To understand the overall test workflow, review the Getting Started with Blackboard Testing tutorial.
- Next, consider whether you will need to author your own questions, import questions from another source, or both.
- After creating and/or importing questions from publisher test banks, you can build the test or quiz and add it to any content area of your Blackboard course for student access, and consider implementing additional LDB/RM security.
- Now, you should review and configure the test options to align with your expectations and needs.
- As a final check, you might use the Student Preview option in Blackboard to access and test the assessment yourself.
After students have completed the test, the results will be available to you in the course’s Grade Center.
Maintain Contact with Students
- Hosting Virtual Office Hours: Virtual office hours provide flexibility and convenience for both faculty and students. Here, we provide best practices for hosting office hours in virtual spaces.
- Emailing students by obtaining a class list through CentralLink.