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  • Email or talk to your students and let them know you are planning for remote teaching in case it is necessary. Be sure to communicate how students will receive information in the event of a campus closure.
  • Establish a plan that includes:
    • How to access live sessions 
    • How to check course updates and information 
    • Minimal expectations for remote attendance 
    • How and when to contact you for help or assistance 
  • Once you have a plan in place, share this with students in a variety of ways including paper copies, email, and as an uploaded document in Blackboard.
  • Follow the steps on the Remote Teaching Checklist (pdf) to ensure that you have connected with students and are properly following guidelines for equity and accessibility.
  • Think about the activities and learning that normally take place in your course. Start with the things that can easily be taught remotely.
  • Limit the technology you include. Unless you and the students are familiar with the technology, try to limit the requirements you set to only a few. Include only sites or apps that are necessary to continue instruction.
  • Review the Determine Your Remote Teaching Strategies section to read suggested ways you could move content from in-person to remote.

At a minimum, you will want to become familiar with:

  • Messaging your students
  • Setting up and hosting a Blackboard Collaborate session
  • Blackboard tools such as the gradebook and creating assignments

Learn more about these processes in the Use Blackboard, Determine Your Remote Teaching Strategies, and Prepare Your Course Materials sections.

Your local leadership may have already set specific guidelines and procedures for remote teaching. Check with them first to ensure you are following the correct process for your program and college.