Keep Teaching

When you need to move your course online due to unexpected circumstances, the following tools can be used to keep your class running, even if you are unable to meet in person. Join us for one of our upcoming Keep Teaching Webinars to support you during this transition. All webinars are listed below and will be recorded and posted on this site.

If you are planning to move your course online for a future semester, please contact CELT to set up an appointment to discuss development with an instructional designer. 

 

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Join us for one of our Keep Teaching Webinars (and Webinar Recordings!)

Circumstances (both expected and unexpected) may require you to temporarily move your course online. Instead of losing valuable class time, you can utilize various tools to stay connected to your students.  

Join us for one of our Keep Teaching Webinars: 

  • Grading in Blackboard - Basics, creating columns and calculating final grades: Tuesday, April 14, 2-3pm. Click here to join
  • Evidence  Based Learning Strategies in Online Learning: Tuesday, April 21, 10-11am. Click here to join
  • Grading in Blackboard - Basics, creating columns and calculating final grades: Wednesday, April 22, 11am-12pm. Click here to join

Watch Our Previously Recorded Webinars:

Other Webinars: 

Welcoming Students to your Online Environment, Thursday, April 2, 2020, 2:00pm ET

Managing your Online Presence,  Monday, April 6, 2020, 2:00pm ET 

Organizing your Online Courses, Thursday, April 9, 2:00pm ET 

Planning and Facilitating Quality Discussions, Tuesday, April 14, 2:00pm ET 

Recording Effective Microlectures, Friday, April 17, 2:00pm ET 

Engaging Students in Readings and Microlectures, Monday, April 20, 2:00pm ET 

Preparing-Here are some first steps
Blackboard: Setting up Your Course & Testing

Blackboard is Stony Brook University's learning management system (LMS), which allows instructors to supplement face-to-face classes, or launch online classes. Blackboard includes a variety of features that allows instructors to do anything from uploading course documents, to posting an announcement, to collecting and grading assignments. Since student access is tracked, it is pertinent to use Blackboard for “attendance” and grading purposes. Here is a list of the basic functions in Blackboard (click on the links to access tutorials): 

Creating a test

Creating Tests Directly in Blackboard: 

Other testing information:

Using Respondus:

Additional Resources: 

Creating and Uploading Content
You can upload content you already have access to, or create and upload new content in a number of ways:

 

 

OER Resources
Check out the high-quality digital course materials and related instructional technologies available through SUNY’s Ready-to-Adopt Course Catalog. All of these offerings:
  • Are available to SUNY students and faculty at NO COST;

  • Include ancillary materials (e.g slides, assignments, test banks, etc.);

  • Courses, which can be requested through the catalog, can be set up within a few minutes and customized to meet your own needs

  • Meet accessibility standards;

  • Seamlessly integrates with your Learning Management System (LMS).

Courses, which can be requested through the catalog, can be set up within a few minutes and customized to meet your own needs. 

Recorded Webinars:

How can I get more help with Ready-to-Adopt Courses?

Who can I contact if I can’t find content for my course in the Ready-to-Adopt catalog?

What additional resources are available for Waymaker?

What additional resources are available for OHM?

What additional resources are available for OLI?

What additional resources are available for Candela?

Assessment Tips to Prevent Cheating

Tools:

  • Respondus LockDown Browser - Require students to use the Respondus LockDown Browser with online quizzes and tests. This is a custom browser that prevents Internet searches, accessing notes or other applications on the computer, or copying the exam questions themselves, among other things.

  • Respondus Monitor [additional resources] - Uses the student's webcam to prevent cheating during non-proctored exams. NOTE: Students will need access to a webcam for this tool. 

Setting up Exams/Quizzes:

  • Mix Objective and Subjective Questions - Subjective questions may demand a deeper understanding of the subject being tested, are difficult to cheat on, and so can offset the impact of cheating on objective questions. 

  • Use Question Pools and Sets - Rather than using a fixed number of items that remain unchanged for each administration of the test, consider creating a question pool. Questions can be grouped by any number of criteria, including topic, subject matter, question type or difficulty of question. See the help page on Question Pools here. To learn more about how to use pools to create question sets, click here

  • Randomize Questions - There is a test option that allows you to randomize the selection of test questions as well as the order in which they appear. This strategy can address the issue of students who take a test at the same time in order to share answers. See the help page here for test presentation. 

  • Set a Timer - Students who are adequately prepared for a test may be less likely to rely on open book/notes compared with students unprepared for testing. See the help page here on setting a timer. 

  • Display Questions One At A Time - This will limit the ease for students to take a screen capture of the displayed questions and share them with other students. See the help page here for test presentation. 

  • Testing Options in Blackboard [video]

  • Remind students before each test/quiz or test that no phones or other devices should be within their reach (e.g., on the desk, in a pocket, etc.). Frequent reminders convey to students you take cheating seriously, without saying the words themselves.

Other Assignments:

  • SafeAssign - Enable SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism detection software, in the assignment creation options. This goes for assignment and paper drafts as well for a pre-check. See the DoIT help page on Safe Assign here

  • More quizzes, fewer exams - This encourages students to keep up on their classwork, and it reduces the incentive to cheat because the value of each quiz is lower than one comprehensive test. Consider dropping a lowest quiz grade and/or allowing multiple attempts. 

  • Vary your assessments - Tests are not the only option. If students are evaluated with various different methods, you have the best way of ensuring that there is real learning taking place. Consider breaking up papers, lab reports, and projects into multiple parts worth fewer points.

  • Articulate what kinds of collaboration are permissible in a given assignment.

  • Manage student reference use. Require references no more than 5 years old, require specific references, require annotated bibliographies and/or prospectuses.

  • Develop unique or narrow assignment topics. These are more difficult to plagiarize. 

  • Provide opportunities for peer review and comments. Students that content that is not their own are usually unable to effectively answer questions about their plagiarized content.

Academic Integrity Policy - present it to students prior to each exam. Research shows this is a powerful method to deter cheating.  Be sure to include the academic integrity policy in the course information page on Blackboard and on the syllabus. Include a detailed description of plagiarism and the plagiarism policy. Consider making a new announcement reiterating SBU’s policy.

Resources

Alternate Methods of Assessment

Alternate Methods of Assessment 

For students that might have technology or connectivity issues that can present challenges for long online exams, there are a number of alternative ways to assess them. Research shows that frequent, formative feedback results in positive student outcomes (Brookhart 1997, 2007; Black and Wiliam 1998a; McMillan 2004, Cauley & McMillan, 2010; Gikandi et al., 2011). We urge you to be creative and compassionate towards our students during this challenging time. Please email celt@stonybrook.edu with your questions and to request consultations. 

Many of these assessments fit in more than one category, but here are some general guidelines. Selected resources are linked in this list. Browse the rest of our Keep Teaching page for more. 

 

Auto Grading (great for large classes)

Assessments that are gradable by Blackboard or other software to assess student retention and application of key concepts.

  • Untimed “open-book” multiple choice quizzes and tests 
  • Tips for remote exams (from Rutgers University) 

 

Low-stakes quizzes 

Short and frequent assessments of where the students are currently which can help you gauge the class as a whole.

  • Weekly multiple choice quizzes (great for large classes)
    • You can break up pre-existing question banks and pool for weekly quizzes
  • Problem sets
  • Short answer questions
    • Have students describe how they came to a solution for another problem.
  • Utilize any TAs you have for grading 

 

Authentic Assessments 

Have your students focus on real-world application of the information from their discipline.

  • Reflections (from University of Birmingham)
  • Discussion boards
    • Craft your prompt and have students reply, and reply to another student for a grade
    •  Use a grading rubric for discussions. It speeds up your grading while making expectations clear for students.
    • Use prompts that do not have a single “correct” answer. This helps to encourage discussion
    • Assign students to be discussion board leaders where they pose questions and respond to other students
    • Utilize your TAs to help manage online discussions and provide feedback to students
  • Video presentations using VoiceThread
    • Students can upload a PowerPoint and add video/audio comments to narrate them
  • Make an e-Portfolio
  • Make a webpage/wiki - Google Sites, Blackboard wiki

 

Application Assessments

Have your students apply key concepts from your discipline to analyze information.

  • Case study analysis
  • Data/graph analysis
  • Create graphs or figures using supplied data. These can also be uploaded to the discussion board.
  • Analysis or critique of a performance, piece of artwork, poem, chapter, etc.
  • Write a meaningful paragraph with key terms provided
  • Drawings to illustrate concepts and connections 

 

Resource Development Assessments 

Have your students create a resource that can be used for the class in the future or as an example of resources that will be needed in the discipline. 

  • Supply key terms and have students connect them 
  • Student created abstracts, summaries, infographics (With Canva or Piktochart)
  • Literature reviews, annotated bibliographies
  • Research or project proposals 
  • Students create test and/or quiz questions and discussion board questions

 

Written assessments

Problem sets can be done on paper, then students can take a photo or scan with one of the following apps and send it to you: 

Synchronous Classes and Office Hours

If you need to connect with students synchronously, you can do so in a number of ways. 

  • NEW! Zoom: connect with students by using Zoom. You and your students will need a microphone and a webcam (if you would like to share video). You can share your screen as well. 

    • Visit our DoIT help page for more information on using Zoom and preventing disruptions in your meetings and classes. 

    • Using Zoom inside of Blackboard - you and your students can access Zoom directly through Blackboard. Each Blackboard class has a link that you and all of your students have access to. 

    • Accessing Zoom outside of Blackboard - you can set up meeting outside of Blackboard directly through Zoom.  

    • Note: Zoom is fully functional, but is still in beta. Because of this, you might notice text that states there is a limit of 500 participants in the meeting. This is not accurate. Zoom will be able to host 1000 participants in a meeting. Please let us know if you have any questions. 

  • Google Meet: connect with students by using Google Meet. You and your students will need a microphone and a webcam (if you would like to share video). You can share your screen as well. Use the "Turn on Captions" option for real time automated closed captioning. 

  • Skype for Business: connect with students by using Skype for Business. You and your students will need a microphone and a webcam (if you would like to share video). You can share your screen as well. 

NOTE: East Campus faculty and staff, must use Microsoft Teams for clinical purposes and Zoom for teaching purposes. Contact East Campus IT with questions

Accessibility Resources

To learn more about creating accessible course content, please see the links below:

 

Captioning and Transcription Options for Remote Tools

For students who are documented as needed accommodations, please contact the Student Accessibility Support Center (SASC):  631-632-6748 or email SASC@stonybrook.edu

Zoom 

  • Can process recording for automatic speech recognition (ASR) only if recording is saved to the cloud
  • Once the cloud transcription is complete, it will need to be edited in the recording
  • Turn on captioning option in settings for the host or a participant to type in live captions

Zoom article on captioning 

Zoom video tutorial on captioning 

VoiceThread 

  • No integrated captioning
  • For recording lectures, write out a script for yourself which can then serve as a transcript

VoiceThread Universal site is compatible with screen readers (accessible site)

VoiceThread page on captioning 

Echo Personal Capture

  • Integrated automatic speech recognition (ASR). 
  • This is a setting that needs to be turned on for your course
  • You will have to correct errors afterwards

How to Edit Echo 360 Closed Captions 

*Students who require captioning due to accessibility issues should contact the Student Accessibility Support Center. https://www.stonybrook.edu/sasc/ to get the Echo360 recordings for their course captioned.

Google Meet

  • Has a toggle button for closed captioning, *live only- captions do not save to a file that a screen reader can process
  • Record meeting and upload to YouTube (private)
  • Transcribe by hand from recording

Google Meet captions help page 

Google Slides 

  • Click CC to turn on captions (auto-captions) *captions do not save to a file 
  • Write a script for each slide that you can turn into a transcript

Google Slides captioning help page 

YouTube

  • Has an auto-captioning feature 
  • Can upload your own captions

YouTube help page on captions 

Blackboard

Blackboard help page for captioning video content


 

Tech Tips and Apps

Trying to do something and are not sure what technology to use? Here are some suggestions!

Do you or your students need to scan a document to upload it to Blackboard? 

  • There are multiple free scanning tools for mobile devices including: Adobe Scan, Microsoft Office Lens, Scannable (iOS only) 
  • Take a picture of the assignment with their phones and have them upload that image.

Do you need to record your lesson on your laptop and are concerned about audio quality? 

  • Use the earbuds that came with your mobile device. Typically, your laptop microphone is sufficient, but if you are not using earbuds or a headset, it can produce audio feedback. It is also helpful to find a quiet room to record in to reduce background noise. 

Classroom live streaming on Echo360 or Zoom will NOT successfully capture writing on the white/blackboards in classrooms. 

  • Use a program that can project anything that you want recorded. Some rooms have hardware with a stylus for doing this.  In other spaces you can use PowerPoint and use the Draw menu to draw your presentation. 

When you are recording from your office or home, you can use an external webcam as a document camera.

  • An external webcam can be positioned to point toward the table-top writing surface or object you wish to manipulate or demonstrate. 

 

 

Remote Instruction Tools

My students need to:

Stony Brook Tool

Does it connect to Blackboard?

Submit an assignment

Blackboard

Yes

Record a presentation and share with me

VoiceThread

Google Meet

Zoom

YouTube

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Complete a group project

Google Groups

Blackboard Groups

VoiceThread

No

Yes

Yes

Complete a Senior Design project and display their work publicly

Digication

YouTube

Google Sites

VoiceThread

No

Yes

No

Yes

Journal about their experience

Digication

Blackboard Journals

No

Yes

Take an online exam

Blackboard

Respondus

Yes

Yes

Web Conference with me

Google Meet

Zoom

No

Yes

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