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=Academic Continuity During Unplanned Course Interruptions=
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[[File:DigitalOnline.jpg|Online device choices||alt="Devices connected digitally"|250 px|left|Image by <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/geralt-9301/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=1231889">Gerd Altmann</a> from <a href="https://pixabay.com/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=1231889">Pixabay</a>]]In the event of an emergency situation (such as the current contagious disease outbreak,natural disaster, safety situation, etc.) affecting all or parts of the campus, your ability to continue your class in your regular manner may be impacted. The following guide may assist you in finding alternatives for these situations. Please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning ([mailto:ctl@uwindsor.ca ctl@uwindsor.ca]) or the Office of Open Learning ([mailto:openlearning@uwindsorca openlearning@uwindsor.ca]) for help and more information.<br />
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'''Keep an eye on this page for updates to resources during the disruption!'''
  
Keep an eye on this page for updates to resources during the disruption.
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<span style="font-size:120%>'''Need virtual help using Blackboard?'''</span>
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Join us in the [https://blackboard.uwindsor.ca/webapps/collab-ultra/tool/collabultra?course_id=_2511_1&mode=view '''BB Cafe''' virtual classroom] 
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(If that link doesn't work, [https://ca.bbcollab.com/guest/2ac0b2254939431890e1faf9c82eb85f '''click here to enter as a guest'''])<br />
  
<span style="color:red;font-size:x-large>'''PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD ANY LARGE FILES (video, audio, or otherwise) TO BLACKBOARD''' during this time.</span><span style="font-size:x-large> For more information please visit our [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Sharing_Large_Files '''Sharing Large Files wiki''']</span>
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For updated hours of support, further instructions about how to access the Cafe, as well as links to other resources and supports, please visit the [[COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops| COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops]] wiki page.
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=<span style=color:#246FB2;font-size:24pt> '''Students!''' </span>=
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* Click [http://www.uwindsor.ca/coronavirus/ here for updates]
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* Click [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvsy8vjcNcU&feature=emb_logo here to learn how to access your '''virtual classroom''']
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* Click [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Getting_Started_Students_Bb#Blackboard_Tools here for instructions on how to use common Blackboard tools].
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=<span style=color:#AA1F26;font-size:24pt> '''Instructors!''' </span>=
 
  
==<div style="background-color:#CFE2F3;font-size:large;padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:5px; padding-left:10px"> [https://blackboard.uwindsor.ca/webapps/collab-ultra/tool/collabultra?course_id=_2511_1&mode=view Click here] to get '''virtual help''' on the [https://blackboard.uwindsor.ca/webapps/collab-ultra/tool/collabultra?course_id=_2511_1&mode=view '''BB Cafe'''] </div>==
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<!--* <span style="font-size:large>[[BbStarter_Strategies#Checklist_for_a_Quick_Start|'''Beginning of Semester Checklist''']]</span>-->
* The link above will only work if you are logged into Blackboard. If you need to access the site as a guest, [https://ca.bbcollab.com/guest/2ac0b2254939431890e1faf9c82eb85f '''click here'''].
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* <b>Setting up a Test?</b> Check our [[Tests Best Practices and Troubleshooting|Best Practices in Setting up Tests]] page to minimize problems.  Also, introductions to test, assignment, and grading settings can be found on our [[Instructors:Assessments|Assessments help page (Tests and Assignments)]], and our [[Instructors:Grading|Grading Help Page]]
* <span style=color:red>If you are having trouble getting into the session</span>, please '''make sure you are using ''Google Chrome'' '''
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* This document details instructor [https://blackboard.uwindsor.ca/bbcswebdav/pid-280916-dt-announcement-rid-15581662_1/xid-15581662_1 '''best practices, settings, and considerations for tests''']. -->
** Click '''Add''' beside '''Allow''' (toward the bottom of the screen).  
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* '''PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD ANY LARGE FILES (video, audio, or otherwise) TO BLACKBOARD.''' For more information, visit our [[Sharing_Large_Files|Sharing Large Files Article]] 
** Then enter "ca.lti.bbcollab.com" and click '''Add'''.
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* Check out essential videos for using Blackboard at [HTTP://www.uwindsor.ca/bbvideos uwindsor.ca/bbvideos].
*** This allows your browser to accept cookies and local storage from the Collaborate server.
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*** You won't need to restart your browser, but you will need to '''re-click the Collaborate link'''.
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* If you cannot access BB Cafe, and ''still need help'', submit a ticket at [http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp '''http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp'''] and a member of the team will respond as quickly as possible.
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==<div style="background-color:#C5E03B;font-size:large;padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:5px; padding-left:10px">Click [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Exams_and_Alternate_Assessments_During_Disruptions here] for '''Alternative Assessments''' [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Exams_and_Alternate_Assessments_During_Disruptions  Wiki]</div>==
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* Click [https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1nIw3Fr6Fb-5OS1XKyH8YA7DbgVVfATQvZpHBBVFYB00/edit?usp=sharing here for '''help making decisions about your final assessments''']
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* Click [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Academic_Integrity_at_UWindsor here for '''Academic Integrity''']
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* Click [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Tips_for_accessibility here for '''Accessibility Considerations''']
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* Click [https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/5a348c5d-9818-4c44-a957-4e2088440b78 here for a video showing you how to '''create an assignment''' on Blackboard]
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* Click [https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/cec70ca3-320e-4e1e-8ae0-695a61b02f24 here for how to '''Grade Assignments on Blackboard''']
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==<div style="background-color:#FFF37D;font-size:large;padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:5px; padding-left:10px">Click  [https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/153nqwGhoo56nZNvAmm2skGdEqrSXLbJb_O2MHWBEaz4/edit?usp=sharing here] for a a pivot-strategy decision-making [https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/153nqwGhoo56nZNvAmm2skGdEqrSXLbJb_O2MHWBEaz4/edit?usp=sharing workflow]</div>==
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'''Want to practice using some of Blackboard's tools?'''<br>
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Log into Blackboard, go to your Courses tab, and scroll to the bottom of your course list to the section that says "No Term Assigned". You will see a course there called ''SO-20-21: Student Orientation to Blackboard'' where you can learn about Blackboard and practice using Tests or Assignments and visit a tutorial on using the Virtual Classroom.
[[File:Screenshot-OnlineDelivery-Workflow.jpg|500px|right|alt="screenshot from Google Doc of workflow for making decisions during a disruption to classes"|Image from [[https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/153nqwGhoo56nZNvAmm2skGdEqrSXLbJb_O2MHWBEaz4/edit?usp=sharing Google Docs]]]]
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* Click [https://uwindsor.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1975/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=101215 here for how to record your PowerPoint Presentation] and export it directly to [https://uwindsor.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1975/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=101464 Microsoft Stream] <br>
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* Click [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN4XL_EziKU&feature=youtu.be here for how to record a screen capture video with '''PowerPoint''']
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* Click [https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/b3918cfb-37b7-4b37-a890-6f4b6450ebbe here for how to upload and share using '''Microsoft Stream''']
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* Click [https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/7076fa57-a114-48fa-b5ca-b669a05e3728 here for how to upload and share using '''YouTube''']
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* Click [https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=kpCIhxZhyxA&feature=emb_logo here] for how to [https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=kpCIhxZhyxA&feature=emb_logo access your '''Virtual Classroom''' on Blackboard]
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** Click [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTb_hICTrPw&feature=youtu.be here for audio, video, and recording]
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** Click [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q56GLfyJaI&feature=youtu.be here for how to use chat, whiteboard, and screen sharing]
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* Click [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Tips_for_accessibility here for '''Accessibility Considerations''']
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* Click [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA5v6t9TrYg&feature=youtu.be here for how to share files from OneDrive to Blackboard]
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=Academic Continuity During Unplanned Course Interruptions=
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The following resources will also help you with Blackboard and online courses:
[[File:DigitalOnline.jpg|alt="Devices connected digitally"|250 px|left|Image by <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/geralt-9301/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=1231889">Gerd Altmann</a> from <a href="https://pixabay.com/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=1231889">Pixabay</a>]]In the event of an emergency situation caused by any number of factors (such as disease outbreak, all or parts of the campus are closed due to natural disaster, safety situation, etc.) your ability to continue your class in your regular manner may be impacted. The following guide may assist you in finding alternatives for these situations. Please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning ([mailto:ctl@uwindsor.ca ctl@uwindsor.ca]) or the Office of Open Learning ([mailto:ool@uwindsorca ool@uwindsor.ca]) for help and more information.
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*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvsy8vjcNcU&feature=emb_logo A YouTube video with instructions about how to access your '''virtual classroom''']
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*[http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Getting_Started_Students_Bb#Blackboard_Tools Online self-help page for instructions on how to use common Blackboard tools].
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*[http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Student_Test_Taking_Best_Practices Best Practices for Taking Tests Online]
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*[HTTP://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp Having trouble in Blackboard?  Submit a Service Request.]
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The [https://www.uwindsor.ca/together/ UWindsor Together Information Page] has information for current and incoming students about university resources and supports, learning online, and the Winter 2021 term
  
==General Pre-Disruption Planning Tips==
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The following tips are a useful practice regardless of any emergency or threat to assist instructors in preparing for an interruption in a regularly scheduled class.
 
The following tips are a useful practice regardless of any emergency or threat to assist instructors in preparing for an interruption in a regularly scheduled class.
 
* Download student contact information from either [https://blackboard.uwindsor.ca/bbcswebdav/xid-14567649_1 UWinsite Student] or [[Bb_QuickStart_Guide#Grade_Center_-_Class_List|Blackboard]] should you need to get in touch with your students.
 
* Download student contact information from either [https://blackboard.uwindsor.ca/bbcswebdav/xid-14567649_1 UWinsite Student] or [[Bb_QuickStart_Guide#Grade_Center_-_Class_List|Blackboard]] should you need to get in touch with your students.
 
* At the beginning of the term/semester, send your students a welcome email of post an Announcement in Blackboard that includes your contact information. Suggest that they hold on to the message until the end of the course in case they need to get in contact with you.
 
* At the beginning of the term/semester, send your students a welcome email of post an Announcement in Blackboard that includes your contact information. Suggest that they hold on to the message until the end of the course in case they need to get in contact with you.
 
* Remind students to download or print a copy of the syllabus.
 
* Remind students to download or print a copy of the syllabus.
* Back up copies of any prepared teaching materials prior to the start of the term/semester in case you are unable to access the files on the UWindsor network.
 
* Learn how to use the [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Disruption_to_Classes#Virtual_Classroom_training_videos: Virtual Classroom]available in all Blackboard Course sites (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra).  A tutorial for your students on using this tool and instructions on how to embed in your course site is found in the "Get Help" tab at the top of Blackboard Learn.
 
* If you have a laptop, consider taking it home with you after your day ends on campus in case you may need to work from home.
 
* Ensure you have set up your Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) so that you can log in from home.  MFA is now required for secure access to major campus systems and needs to be set up advance.  More information in [https://uwindsor.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1975/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=89145 the Multi-Factor Authentication article by ITS.]
 
 
* Copy into your site previous materials from older sites and update them to save you time recreating content.  Course Copy can be a Blackboard utility to bring in parts of a course as well as the entire site.  [https://youtu.be/ouvhuGrPtnQ Course Copy Part 1] and [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_k4ZkR9evU&feature=youtu.be Course Copy Part 2] videos can help save you time.
 
* Copy into your site previous materials from older sites and update them to save you time recreating content.  Course Copy can be a Blackboard utility to bring in parts of a course as well as the entire site.  [https://youtu.be/ouvhuGrPtnQ Course Copy Part 1] and [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_k4ZkR9evU&feature=youtu.be Course Copy Part 2] videos can help save you time.
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* Back up copies of any prepared teaching materials prior to the start of the term/semester in case you are unable to access the files on the UWindsor network.-->
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* Learn how to use the [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Disruption_to_Classes#Virtual_Classroom_training_videos: Virtual Classroom]available in all Blackboard Course sites (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra).  A tutorial for your students on using this tool and instructions on how to embed in your course site is found in the "Get Help" tab at the top of Blackboard Learn.
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* Ensure you have set up your Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) so that you can log in from home.  MFA is now required for secure access to major campus systems and needs to be set up in advance.  More information in [https://uwindsor.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1975/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=89145 the Multi-Factor Authentication article by ITS.]
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* Here is a [https://answers.syr.edu/display/AC/Summer+Online+Course+Checklist checklist from Syracuse University] that can help you organize and plan for the upcoming semester
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* Visit [HTTP://www.uwindsor.ca/teaching-online HTTP://www.uwindsor.ca/teaching-online] to discover practices, supports and resources to help you develop your online teaching at UWindsor.
  
===University Coronavirus General Support Page===
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==<div style="background-color:#FACC2E;font-size:large;padding-top:1px; padding-bottom:1px; padding-left:10px"><font color="#005398"><font color="#005398">''Accessing Help''</font></font></div>==
* The university has an article on dealing with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  '''Please visit [http://www.uwindsor.ca/coronavirus/ http://www.uwindsor.ca/coronavirus/].''' 
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* Library Services: [http://leddy.uwindsor.ca/library-services-during-disruption http://leddy.uwindsor.ca/library-services-during-disruption]
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* The World Health Organization's advice is found in their [https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak article]
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===University Workshops or Support Sites to Manage the Transition===
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===[http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/COVID-19_Preparedness_Workshops COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops, Tutorials, and Resources Link]===
*[[COVID-19_Preparedness_Workshops|COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops or Options]]
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For a complete list of support resources for teaching online, including virtual one-on-one support; workshops; links to videos, tutorials, and self-paced courses; support for GAs and TAs; and more visit [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/COVID-19_Preparedness_Workshops COVID-19_Preparedness_Workshops, Tutorials, and Resource Link]
  
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===[https://www.uwindsor.ca/together/ UWindsor Together]===
===Accessing Bb Cafe Virtual Classroom for Support===
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For all topics related to how the campus is being supported through the current situation, including information about COVID-19, and relevant FAQs for students, instructors, researchers, and staff, visit the [https://www.uwindsor.ca/together/ UWindsor Together main page].
<span style="color:red">'''*There will be ''virtual support'' from OOL and CTL every day 9 am - 5 pm, until further notice in the Bb Cafe Virtual Classroom*.</span>
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[[File:Getting to Bb Cafe Virtual Classroom.jpg|alt="Steps to get to the Virtual Bb Cafe Classroom - Visit Organizations, select Bb Cafe - choose Virtual Classroom from the menu, select Click here to join the Virtual Classroom, then Join Session|thumb|right|Steps to join the Virtual Bb Cafe Classroom, click image to enlarge]]
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* To join the '''BB Cafe''' [https://blackboard.uwindsor.ca/webapps/collab-ultra/tool/collabultra?course_id=_2511_1&mode=view log in to Blackboard first to use this link to the virtual classroom]
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* If you aren't a member of Bb Cafe, you can use the [https://ca.bbcollab.com/guest/2ac0b2254939431890e1faf9c82eb85f guest link].  
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When making the move to online, there are '''three key things''' to keep in mind:
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# how to '''communicate''' with your students (and others)
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Join us in the '''[http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/images/2/2d/Getting_to_Bb_Cafe_Virtual_Classroom.jpg Bb Cafe Virtual Classroom]''' for one-on-one support, any time between 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. (Please note that you need to be logged into Blackboard for this link to work)
# how to '''deliver content''' to your students
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* If you are having trouble getting into the session, [https://ca.bbcollab.com/guest/2ac0b2254939431890e1faf9c82eb85f a guest link is also available.].  We also recommend that you use Google Chrome, and have cookies enabled.  For more information about how to do this, please see [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/COVID-19_Preparedness_Workshops#Join_us_in_the_Bb_Cafe_Virtual_Classroom_-_Drop-in_Sessions Bb Cafe Drop-In Session detail]
# how to '''assess''' your students
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* If you cannot access Bb Cafe, submit a ticket at [http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp '''http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp'''] and a member of the team will respond as quickly as possible.
  
The following sections will help you with all three of these components.  
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===[http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Webinars_Revisited_-_Past_Training_Session_Recordings Webinars Revisited - Past Training Session Recordings]===
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Looking for a training session that we hosted in the past? Missed a Sprint Session? Want to review content from a session that you attended? Visit our [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Webinars_Revisited_-_Past_Training_Session_Recordings '''Webinars Revisited - Past Training Session Recordings'''] page to look for recordings of sessions related to teaching and learning in the online space.
  
''Also... ''
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===[[COVID-19_Preparedness_Workshops#Remote_Teaching_Support.2FTutorials|Tutorials for Virtual Classroom, PowerPoint]]===
* [http://www1.uwindsor.ca/openlearning/73/planning-for-teaching-during-disruption Quick Guide to Planning Your Teaching During Disruption]
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Instructors have been asking how to use Blackboard's Virtual Classroom and preparing PowerPoint presentations with audio so they can interact with their students or provide material for exploring topics asynchronouslyWe have prepared [[COVID-19_Preparedness_Workshops#Remote_Teaching_Support.2FTutorials|tutorials for Virtual Classroom, and adding audio to PowerPoint]] for enhanced learning.
* Dave Cormier of the Office of Open Learning has prepared an informative ''' "Online Learning in a Hurry" Blog ''' which offers pedagogical insights for getting ready quicklyVisit at [http://oliah.ca/ oliah.ca].
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**[http://oliah.ca/pedagogy/start-with-communication/ Start with Communication] (by Autumm Caines)
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**[http://oliah.ca/pedagogy/a-pivot-strategy-document/ A Pivot Strategy Document] (by Autumm Caines)
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**[http://oliah.ca/pedagogy/thinking-about-the-in-between-time/ The First 5 Minutes]
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**[https://youtu.be/ZZDqr_itGZQ?t=26 Teacher Self-Care]
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**[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmadrpnIGRs Simple Content Delivery]
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* [https://www.chronicle.com/article/Going-Online-in-a-Hurry-What/248207 Going online in a hurry?  Review this Chronicle of Higher Education article by Michelle Miller] with tips from Derek Bruff, Jenae Cohn and Beth Seltzer, which provides some '''share-worthy tips and tricks''' from some leading experts in the field.
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=='''Communication'''==
 
  
===How do I communicate updates to my students?===
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===[[Essential_Bb_Videos_and_Articles|Are there any videos to help me learn quickly?]]===
* Blackboard has an [https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Interact/Announcements Announcements] tool that is available in all course sites on the left course menu. Remember to select '''"Send an email immediately"''' found at the bottom of the Create Announcement screen if you wish the announcement to arrive in the student's email.  Announcements will also maintain a copy of the announcement on your course site.  
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We have a page in this wiki called [[Essential_Bb_Videos_and_Articles| Essential Videos]] where we list the task you'd like to learn, followed by a brief description and the length of the video so you will know how long to set aside.-->
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===How do I communicate with my students?===
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In times of disruption, communication is key.  We encourage you to communicate  frequently with students to help reduce their anxiety and ensure they are aware of your plans going forward. Let students know that you are on their side, and  will do your best to ensure that any accommodations they require will be addressed.
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* Blackboard has an [https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Interact/Announcements Announcements] tool that is available in all course sites on the left course menu. Remember to select '''"Send an email immediately"''' found at the bottom of the Create Announcement screen if you wish the announcement to arrive in the student's email.  Announcements will also maintain a copy of the announcement on your course site.  
 
* Alternatively, you can get the student roster with emails from UWinsiteStudent or use the '''Email''' tool found in your course site left menu where you can easily send attachments.
 
* Alternatively, you can get the student roster with emails from UWinsiteStudent or use the '''Email''' tool found in your course site left menu where you can easily send attachments.
  
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Yes! You can have your voicemail forwarded to your email so you can retrieve your messages even if you are not in your office.  Please read the [https://uwindsor.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1975/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=11816 TeamDynamix article on voicemail forwarding].
 
Yes! You can have your voicemail forwarded to your email so you can retrieve your messages even if you are not in your office.  Please read the [https://uwindsor.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1975/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=11816 TeamDynamix article on voicemail forwarding].
  
===What communication strategies can I use?===
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===How can students share comments and content?===
*Shifting from in-class to online, particularly midstream, can be anxiety provoking for allThe following strategies can help reassure students and transition your classroom community to an online format:
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[[File:DiscussionsLinkCourse.jpg|175px|thumb|alt="Course Menu with Discussion Board link"|Course Menu with Discussion Board link|left]]
**Be transparent and matter of fact about the transition, what you plan to implement, and how long you expect it to take. Provide regular updates.
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Students can share comments, files, links to videos with the entire class or within smaller groups using the Discussions tool (the link can be found in the left navigation bar).   
**Communicate your concerns about how the transition will affect student accommodations, and your willingness to find ways to ensure that those accommodations will still be honoured.
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*Blackboard's [https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Interact/Discussions/Create_Discussions '''instructions for setting up the Discussions tool can be found here''']
**Consider surveying your students to ensure they have the necessary equipment and connectivity to move to an online formatThis can also help you make decisions as to what you might try in your online classroom.
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*Other tools to promote student interactions include blogs and wikisFor more information, please see our [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Instructors:Communicate_and_Collaborate  Communication and Collaboration Tools Wiki].
  
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A range of other tools will allow you to post files or stream content for students. There are some [[COVID-19_Preparedness_Workshops#Remote_Teaching_Support.2FTutorials|  '''Tutorials for Virtual Classroom and PowerPoint lectures''' here.]] The [[Essential_Bb_Videos_and_Articles| '''Essential Videos Collection''' will provide guidance on other methods and tools.]]
* We have a page in this wiki called [[Essential_Bb_Videos_and_Articles| Essential Videos]] where we list the task you'd like to learn, followed by a brief description and the length of the video so you will know how long to set aside to watch the resource. You can also access it quickly at [http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbvideos http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbvideos].
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=== What is the maximum file size that should be uploaded into Blackboard?===
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===Engaging Students===
Our main concern is videos being uploaded to Blackboard as Blackboard is not designed to be a media streaming service, In addition, consideration must be taken for students who have a slow/unstable internet connection. Our recommendation is that files larger than 50-100MB be uploaded to an [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Sharing_Large_Files external service, and then link them to Blackboard.]
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Remember to consider accessibility when creating materials and assessments onlineWhile there are many advantages to online course delivery, including potential improvements to accessibility, there are also some notable risks. Both the institution as a whole and individual instructors are considered “educational service providers” under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and are required to provide equitable access for students with disabilities. The duty to accommodate persists so long as teaching, learning and assessment continue - even in the face of disruptions due to severe weather, outbreaks of communicable illnesses, and labour unrest. Learn more in the '''[[Accessibility and Blackboard|Accessibility and Blackboard]]''' wiki page.
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** [https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Moderate_Sessions/Recordings Record Sessions]
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** [https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Join_Sessions/Blackboard_Learn#create-and-edit-sessions_OTP-8 Create and Edit Sessions]
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** [https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Moderate_Sessions/Breakout_groups Setting up and using Break-out Sessions]
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*[https://youtu.be/gTb_hICTrPw How to set up Audio, webcam, and turn on recording]
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*Using Blackboard Collaborate
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The shift from in-person, invigilated exams to online formats often raises concerns that students will be more likely to cheat. The [[Academic Integrity at UWindsor|'''Academic Integrity at UWindsor''']] article provides several strategies to mitigate dishonesty.  Note that online proctoring will be possibility (stay tuned!), but comes with many implications for cost and student privacy.  Where possible, alternate assessment strategies are recommended.
**[https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Moderate_Sessions/Recordings Record Virtual Classroom Sessions]
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*''If you've read through the materials above and you are experiencing issues or errors, please file a ticket at [http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp] and someone will assist you as soon as possible.''
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* [https://youtu.be/fN4XL_EziKU This YouTube video will demonstrate how to use PowerPoint to create a video that records your screen]
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=='''Assessments, Assignments, & Exams'''==
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===Can I collect student assignments online?===
 
===Can I collect student assignments online?===
  
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* Blackboard has a feature to collect assignments digitally, provide students with feedback, and share student grades called AssignmentsView this [https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/5a348c5d-9818-4c44-a957-4e2088440b78 short video on how to find, create, and retrieve assignments] in Blackboard
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Blackboard's Assignment tool allows you to collect assignments digitally, provide students with feedback, and share student grades.  We have produced a short video on how to [https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/5a348c5d-9818-4c44-a957-4e2088440b78 create and access an assignment] to make the process easier to understand if you prefer watching videos.
* Please note when accessing Blackboard's online help pages for this tool, to use the Original Experience pages, not the Ultra version. The University of Windsor has the Original Experience ''except for the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra tool'' (see above).
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* We have developed a helpful video which will walk you through the process of creating an assignment which can be found on [https://youtu.be/i6fYAE4ccD0 Youtube] and [https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/5a348c5d-9818-4c44-a957-4e2088440b78 Microsoft Stream]
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===How can I facilitate online tests with my students?===
 
===How can I facilitate online tests with my students?===
 
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Blackboard has a Tests, Surveys and Pools tool that enables instructors to author multiple-choice, essay, short-answer, and up to 17 different types of questions. The Test Options screen enables you to control when each test is available and other editable features such as a timer, or when the test is available or unavailable to students. You can also analyze how students perform by question and see general information about a student's performance on the assessment (time to complete, etc.) from within the Grade Centre column options (available from the header of the column). There are also options enabling you to provide extra time or different release dates for specific student accommodations.
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* To learn how to set up a test, please see '''[[Instructors:Assessments|More on tests and assessments]]'''
* [https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Tests_Pools_Surveys/Create_Tests_and_Surveys Setting up a test]
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* <span style=color:red>'''Caution:'''</span> '''Do not enable the Force Complete''' setting'''.  For more information about best practices and known issues for instructors, please visit our [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Tests_Best_Practices_and_Troubleshooting  Test Best Practices and Troubleshooting Wiki page].
* [https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Tests_Pools_Surveys/Test_and_Survey_Options Deploying a test and test options]
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* Do you have a publishers' testbank that can be imported into the [https://wpslive.pearsoncmg.com/cmg_instructor_testgen_1/ TestGen] software?  If so, [https://youtu.be/YzOyqeSWDJo this video will show how to import it to Blackboard].
* [https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Tests_Pools_Surveys/Grade_Tests Grading a test]
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* There are a few test generators with online software that may produce a useful version (though it doesn't always produce great results).  There is online documentation to support their use as well. [https://quondam.csi.edu/blackboard/bbquiz/ https://quondam.csi.edu/blackboard/bbquiz/]
* [[Instructors:Assessments|More on tests and assessments]]
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* Do you have a '''test already prepared in MS word''' that you would like to convert to Blackboard?
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** There are a few test generators with online software that may produce a useful version (though it doesn't always produce great results).  There is online documentation to support their use as well. [https://quondam.csi.edu/blackboard/bbquiz/ https://quondam.csi.edu/blackboard/bbquiz/] and [https://resources.online.nwtc.edu/blackboard/test-generator/ Northeast Wisconsin Technical College(Does not work on Firefox)]
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** Use at your own discretion!
 
** Use at your own discretion!
  
==Can I share student grades online confidentially?==
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===Can I share student grades online confidentially?===
  
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Blackboard allows you to communicate individual grades, category grades, and total grades with students through Blackboard's Grade Centre.  Students view their grades through the My Grades tool.
* There are many tools that can utilize online grading, which are built directly into Blackboard, including Journals, Wikis, Assignments, Tests, Discussions, Self and Peer Assessment.  
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* Additionally, instructors can add new columns to capture grades that occur outside of Blackboard, such as a face-to-face midterm, presentations, participation, etc.
* Online help pages for using the Grade Centre are available at [https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Grade Blackboard's Grading pages]
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* Online help pages for using the Grade Centre are available at [https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Grade Blackboard's Grading pages]
 
* The University of Windsor has created some customized tools to facilitate online grading and transferring of grades including Import to Grade Centre, and Transfer Final Grades, both found in the Course Tools section of the left menu when an instructor is in Edit Mode "On."
 
* The University of Windsor has created some customized tools to facilitate online grading and transferring of grades including Import to Grade Centre, and Transfer Final Grades, both found in the Course Tools section of the left menu when an instructor is in Edit Mode "On."
  
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Academic Continuity During Unplanned Course Interruptions

"Devices connected digitally"
In the event of an emergency situation (such as the current contagious disease outbreak,natural disaster, safety situation, etc.) affecting all or parts of the campus, your ability to continue your class in your regular manner may be impacted. The following guide may assist you in finding alternatives for these situations. Please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning (ctl@uwindsor.ca) or the Office of Open Learning (openlearning@uwindsor.ca) for help and more information.

Keep an eye on this page for updates to resources during the disruption!

Hot Topics
"Steps to get to the Virtual Bb Cafe Classroom - Visit Organizations, select Bb Cafe - choose Virtual Classroom from the menu, select Click here to join the Virtual Classroom, then Join Session
Steps to join the Virtual Bb Cafe Classroom. Click image to enlarge

Need virtual help using Blackboard? Join us in the BB Cafe virtual classroom (If that link doesn't work, click here to enter as a guest)

For updated hours of support, further instructions about how to access the Cafe, as well as links to other resources and supports, please visit the COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops wiki page.


Students

Want to practice using some of Blackboard's tools?
Log into Blackboard, go to your Courses tab, and scroll to the bottom of your course list to the section that says "No Term Assigned". You will see a course there called SO-20-21: Student Orientation to Blackboard where you can learn about Blackboard and practice using Tests or Assignments and visit a tutorial on using the Virtual Classroom.

The following resources will also help you with Blackboard and online courses:

The UWindsor Together Information Page has information for current and incoming students about university resources and supports, learning online, and the Winter 2021 term

Instructors

The following tips are a useful practice regardless of any emergency or threat to assist instructors in preparing for an interruption in a regularly scheduled class.

  • Download student contact information from either UWinsite Student or Blackboard should you need to get in touch with your students.
  • At the beginning of the term/semester, send your students a welcome email of post an Announcement in Blackboard that includes your contact information. Suggest that they hold on to the message until the end of the course in case they need to get in contact with you.
  • Remind students to download or print a copy of the syllabus.
  • Copy into your site previous materials from older sites and update them to save you time recreating content. Course Copy can be a Blackboard utility to bring in parts of a course as well as the entire site. Course Copy Part 1 and Course Copy Part 2 videos can help save you time.
  • Learn how to use the Virtual Classroomavailable in all Blackboard Course sites (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra). A tutorial for your students on using this tool and instructions on how to embed in your course site is found in the "Get Help" tab at the top of Blackboard Learn.
  • Ensure you have set up your Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) so that you can log in from home. MFA is now required for secure access to major campus systems and needs to be set up in advance. More information in the Multi-Factor Authentication article by ITS.
  • Here is a checklist from Syracuse University that can help you organize and plan for the upcoming semester
  • Visit HTTP://www.uwindsor.ca/teaching-online to discover practices, supports and resources to help you develop your online teaching at UWindsor.

Accessing Help

COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops, Tutorials, and Resources Link

For a complete list of support resources for teaching online, including virtual one-on-one support; workshops; links to videos, tutorials, and self-paced courses; support for GAs and TAs; and more visit COVID-19_Preparedness_Workshops, Tutorials, and Resource Link

UWindsor Together

For all topics related to how the campus is being supported through the current situation, including information about COVID-19, and relevant FAQs for students, instructors, researchers, and staff, visit the UWindsor Together main page.


Communication

How do I communicate with my students?

In times of disruption, communication is key. We encourage you to communicate frequently with students to help reduce their anxiety and ensure they are aware of your plans going forward. Let students know that you are on their side, and will do your best to ensure that any accommodations they require will be addressed.

  • Blackboard has an Announcements tool that is available in all course sites on the left course menu. Remember to select "Send an email immediately" found at the bottom of the Create Announcement screen if you wish the announcement to arrive in the student's email. Announcements will also maintain a copy of the announcement on your course site.
  • Alternatively, you can get the student roster with emails from UWinsiteStudent or use the Email tool found in your course site left menu where you can easily send attachments.

Can I get my voicemail messages?

Yes! You can have your voicemail forwarded to your email so you can retrieve your messages even if you are not in your office. Please read the TeamDynamix article on voicemail forwarding.

How can students share comments and content?

"Course Menu with Discussion Board link"
Course Menu with Discussion Board link

Students can share comments, files, links to videos with the entire class or within smaller groups using the Discussions tool (the link can be found in the left navigation bar).

Deciding and Delivering Remotely

"student puzzled about choosing internet applications to use"

Moving Your Classes Online

The first consideration when moving your classes online is whether you will need real-time synchronous lectures and what content you can share asynchronously. Blackboard's Virtual Classroom and MS Teams are both available for conducting lectures or meeting in real-time with your students. See our Comparison between Blackboard and Microsoft 365 for Use in Classes chart to help you decide.

A range of other tools will allow you to post files or stream content for students. There are some Tutorials for Virtual Classroom and PowerPoint lectures here. The Essential Videos Collection will provide guidance on other methods and tools.

Engaging Students

There are many tools built directly into Blackboard, including Journals, Wikis, Discussions, Self and Peer Assessment that can help you actively engage your students in discussing and reflecting on course material, both synchronously and asynchronously. Most of these tools in can also easily be set up for grading so they can also be used to help ensure students are on the right track, as well as for summative assessment.

Accessibility

Remember to consider accessibility when creating materials and assessments online. While there are many advantages to online course delivery, including potential improvements to accessibility, there are also some notable risks. Both the institution as a whole and individual instructors are considered “educational service providers” under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and are required to provide equitable access for students with disabilities. The duty to accommodate persists so long as teaching, learning and assessment continue - even in the face of disruptions due to severe weather, outbreaks of communicable illnesses, and labour unrest. Learn more in the Accessibility and Blackboard wiki page.


Assessment and Grading

Exams, Alternate Assessments, and Academic Integrity

There are many options available to shift from in-person to online assessment. Blackboard has a range of tools that can be set up as gradable alternate assessments, including Assignments, Tests, Discussion Boards, Blogs, Wikis, and Journals. These can facilitate individual, group, and class assignments, as well as provide opportunities to students to interact with each other. More about alternate assessment tools and more ideas for alternate assessment strategizing.

The shift from in-person, invigilated exams to online formats often raises concerns that students will be more likely to cheat. The Academic Integrity at UWindsor article provides several strategies to mitigate dishonesty. Note that online proctoring will be possibility (stay tuned!), but comes with many implications for cost and student privacy. Where possible, alternate assessment strategies are recommended.

Can I collect student assignments online?

"Create Assignment location"
Create Assignment location in Content Area link

Blackboard's Assignment tool allows you to collect assignments digitally, provide students with feedback, and share student grades. We have produced a short video on how to create and access an assignment to make the process easier to understand if you prefer watching videos.

  • To add an assignment to your Blackboard course site, access a Content Area (such as Resources). Once you open this area, you will notice four menu items at the top: Build Content, Assessments, Tools, Partner Content
  • Select the Assessments menu and from the drop-down list, choose Assignments
  • Complete the details you wish to customize the assignment and provide instructions for students (please visit the Assignments Tool Warnings for Instructors page for issues to be aware of)
  • For more information on setting up and using Assignments, please visit the Creating and Marking Assignments Wiki page

How can I facilitate online tests with my students?

Blackboard has a Tests, Surveys and Pools tool that enables instructors to author multiple-choice, essay, short-answer, and up to 17 different types of questions. The Test Options screen enables you to control when each test is available and other editable features such as a timer, or when the test is available or unavailable to students. There are also options enabling you to provide extra time or different release dates for specific student accommodations.

Can I share student grades online confidentially?

Blackboard allows you to communicate individual grades, category grades, and total grades with students through Blackboard's Grade Centre. Students view their grades through the My Grades tool.

  • Additionally, instructors can add new columns to capture grades that occur outside of Blackboard, such as a face-to-face midterm, presentations, participation, etc.
  • Online help pages for using the Grade Centre are available at Blackboard's Grading pages
  • The University of Windsor has created some customized tools to facilitate online grading and transferring of grades including Import to Grade Centre, and Transfer Final Grades, both found in the Course Tools section of the left menu when an instructor is in Edit Mode "On."

The Instructor's Most Frequently Asked Questions article is changing frequently, so if you have a question that isn't listed there, contact the LMS Team at by submitting a Service Request at HTTP://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp

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