Follow Remote Teaching Practices

  • Keep your course schedule as close to normal as possible. Use Blackboard Collaborate to hold regularly scheduled sessions at the time class normally begins. If you are having students call in, you will need to show up a little early because they will not be able to call in without you in the session.
  • You can end early after giving instructions and allow students to work in groups or independently but starting at the same time as class normally starts will help keep students on-track and establish a sense of community from a distance.  

Not all students have the same access to internet and data, which means connectivity may be a problem. To help deal with connectivity issues: 

  • Record Collaborate class sessions to allow students to go back and listen if their connection gets disrupted. 
  • When possible, provide opportunities for multiple means of connectivity (e.g., internet, phone, etc.). 
  • Provide resources in advance if you believe remote teaching is impending. Students can often download and access materials in advance and use them later. Use Collaborate settings to allow students to download recordings. 
  • Students may have to share devices and internet with others in their household. They may also need to participate during hours that are outside of the normal class schedule because of new responsibilities (e.g., helping children with homework, etc.). Please accommodate students’ schedules and access during these unique times.
  • Download all platforms you plan to use for remote teaching in advance (e.g., Blackboard for Instructors mobile app, KCTCS app, etc.) on multiple devices support team or use the resources available through KCTCS (See Use Blackboard: Ask for Help) to troubleshoot problems in advance. (e.g., your home computer, laptop, smartphone, etc.). 
  • Test all apps and websites to ensure you know how to use them (e.g., does your video and audio work on all of them?). 
  • Work with your local IT support team or use the resources available through KCTCS (See Use Blackboard: Ask for Help) to troubleshoot problems in advance. 
  • Prepare students in advance by providing your plan of action for remote teaching. Use the KCTCS Remote Teaching form (pdf) to aid this process. Give this to students in multiple formats (e.g., paper copy, via email, as a document in the Blackboard shell). 
  • Reach out to students who are not attending virtual meetings. Ask students, in advance, how they prefer and need to be contacted during times of emergencies.  

Don’t just lecture to students, give them things to do and complete for your course. There are lots of ways students can work independently or in groups to complete work remotely including:  

  • Completing reading guides of relevant materials, including the textbook 
  • Defending positions or explaining processes in their own words during virtual meetings 
  • Organizing into groups (students can call one another, set up their own preferred online meeting spaces, use Blackboard discussion boards, or Blackboard Collaborate) and working on special questions and assignments.
  • Checking understanding with quizzes.