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Teaching Virtually: Workshops and Resources for Faculty

Virtual Instruction Plan


Zoom Training Blackboard Training C-TIE Virtual Pedagogy Workshops NYU Steinhardt Teach Camp Hybrid Classroom Designs for Higher Ed Accessibility Training Office Hour Training Resources Continuity of Instruction


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Marymount Manhattan College will continue training sessions in September to enable faculty to learn more about the various instructional platforms the College utilizes, as well as to provide guidance and assistance about the pedagogical frameworks, strategies, and resources available for teaching in both online and blended formats.

Below you will find links to the various training sessions. These sessions will be facilitated by MMC faculty and staff who have expertise in using these programs. For Blackboard and Zoom, the training sessions are being offered at various levels based on the learner’s own current comfort level with the platform. Course descriptions, including a link to the session syllabus, are provided below.

Blackboard and Zoom sessions will be capped at 10-15 participants each and will generally run for 60 to 90 minutes. For Blackboard, we are also offering faculty an opportunity to sign up for One-on-One assistance sessions.


Zoom Training

Register below for Zoom training sessions. Click on “View Syllabus” to learn more about what will be covered during the session. If you are interested in participating in one of the sessions, simply click on “Register for this Session” and then choose a date and time from the available options. Please be reminded that sessions are capped, so register early. You will receive a confirmation email that you have successfully registered for the session. 

Zoom Basics

This class is targeted to Faculty who need assistance with setting up Zoom meeting and monitoring meetings. This class will have basic and intermediate steps for Zoom meetings.
View Syllabus | Register for a session | Support – 8:00 am – 7:00 pm - techsupport@mmm.edu

 

Zoom Advanced 

This class is targeted to Faculty who require assistance with advanced features in Zoom. This class will cover procedures for handling issues relating to managing participants, screen sharing, and posting scheduled meeting to Blackboard.
View Syllabus | Register for a session | Support – 8:00 am – 7:00 pm - techsupport@mmm.edu

 


Blackboard Training

Register below for Blackboard training sessions in September. If you are interested in participating in one of the sessions, simply click on “Register for this Session” and then choose a date and time from the available options. Please be reminded that sessions are capped, so register early. You will receive a confirmation email that you have successfully registered for the session.

For Blackboard you may also schedule a time with one of the trainers for One-On-One Consultations, please click on “Register for this Session” and then choose a date and time for what is available. Please be reminded that these sessions are capped at one person for each 30-minute session, so register early. You will receive a confirmation email that you have successfully registered for the session. 

For questions, please email bbtraining@mmm.edu

September Sessions Available

 

THE GRADE CENTER AND GRADING WITH RUBRICS

This forty-five-minute session covers how to manage your gradebook in Blackboard.
Register for a session

 

BLACKBOARD ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS

Need additional help? Schedule a 30-minute consultation on Blackboard.
Register for a session

 

Creating a Blackboard Assignment

This thirty-minute session covers creating an assignment in Blackboard.
Register for a session

 

Uploading Documents in Blackboard

This thirty-minute session covers uploading documents on Blackboard.
Register for a session

 

Using Communication Tools in Blackboard

This thirty-minute session covers announcements and email in Blackboard.
Register for a session

 

Creating and Using Discussion Forums

This thirty-minute session covers using the discussion forum in Blackboard.
Register for a session

 

Grading with Rubrics

This thirty-minute session covers how to upload a rubric and how to grade assignments using a rubric in Blackboard.
Register for a session

 

Creating self-grading tests and quizzes in Blackboard

This thirty-minute session covers the Blackboard test function.
Register for a session


C-TIE Virtual Pedagogy Workshop

Register below for a Virtual Pedagogy Workshop. Click on “View Syllabus” to learn more about what will be covered during the session. If you are interested in participating in one of the sessions, simply click on “Register for this Session” and then choose a date and time from the available options. Please be reminded that sessions are capped, so register early. You will receive a confirmation email that you have successfully registered for the session. 

 

Basic Workshop: The Basics and Best Practices

This workshop covers the basics of teaching remotely, including pedagogical best practices especially crucial to the virtual format and time-saving hints for transforming your in-person course to a virtual format.
View Syllabus | Register for a session

 

Organizing Your Online Presence

This workshop covers the important ways a Blackboard site can keep you and your students on track, by designing a logical, organized, and accessible site that is easy to navigate and minimizes confusion for your students.
View Syllabus | Register for a session

 

Maximizing Student Engagement and Autonomy

This workshop covers the various ways you and your students can remain present and engaged in a virtual class environment, as well as ways to allow the students to gain more autonomy and ownership over their work.
* Four new sessions available in August
View Syllabus | Register for a session

 

Assessment of Learning and Giving Feedback

This workshop focuses on the need to give concrete and productive feedback to student as well as the both formative and summative assessment throughout the term.
View Syllabus | Register for a session

 

How to Teach Art in the Midst of a Revolution

This experiential workshop will explore our responsibilities and opportunities as educators in relation to the radical changes we are currently witnessing in the creation, production, and preservation of art. The Covid-19 Pandemic, the sharp visibility of racially-based systemic oppression and violence, and the complete economic devastation of the arts that 2020 has offered us, combine to inspire this conversation on rethinking pedagogical approaches to creative practice.
View Syllabus | Register for a session


NYU Steinhardt Teach Camp

Register below for the NYU Steinhardt Teach Camp. Taking place from August 11 to the 13, this workshop is a conference-like event intended to prepare and excite instructors for the unusual fall semester heading our way. The roughly 30 “camp classes” range from the technical courses on management systems, to more exploratory and pedagogically-focused discussions on how to stimulate student participation in the remote environment and creating dynamic and cooperative group-learning experiences. Examples of upcoming camp classes include:

  • Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19
  • Experiential Learning: Creating “Field Trips” in the Remote Environment
  • Interactive Improvisation for Community Building
  • Tips For Giving Great Online Presentations

Registration opens on July 31 and requires access to a personal Zoom account.
Register for NYU Steinhardt Teach Camp


Hybrid Classroom Designs for Higher Ed

Register below for the Hybrid Classroom Designs for Higher Ed. Taking place at 12:00 p.m. on August 10, leading expert Joe Way will present a case study of an enterprise hybrid roll-out. You will learn how to identify the areas in your organization essential to building and delivering on a successful hybrid classroom plan.

Register for Hybrid Classroom Designs for Higher Ed


Accessibility Training

The Introduction to accessibility course will cover scanning documents to determine their accessibility level with Microsoft Word and Blackboard Ally. We will look at hyperlinks, tables, headers, character spacing, and alt text. The goal of this class is to have a fully accessible syllabus for all classes going into the Fall semester.
View Syllabus | Register for a session


Personal Virtual Office Hour Training Session

Register for a Blackboard Basics session
Register for a Blackboard Interactive session
Contact Susan Behrens for Personal Pedagogy session: sbehrens@mmm.edu


Resources for Faculty

These are pages that have online resources that you can use to familiarize yourself with the features and functions of both Blackboard and Zoom. You can also find links to pedagogical resources that you can use in designing your course.

Zoom

Blackboard

Pedagogy


Continuity of Instruction

  • Developing a Plan to Teach Remotely

    It is essential that all faculty develop a plan to deliver instruction as we have now moved to remote instruction.

    Guidelines for Submitting the Continuity of Instruction plan:

    • If you are teaching multiple sections of the same course, you only need to submit one plan.
    • If you are teaching more than one course, submit a separate plan for each.
    • If you have already have spoken to your Department Chair, please still submit your plan(s) on the web page, using the form below, so we have an inventory of all plans.

    Indicated below are some suggestions to help you prepare a plan that will allow you and your students to be ready for any disruption.

    • Make sure you have logged into your semester Blackboard course shell(s) and are familiar with the basic features. All you need in order to log into Bblackboard is your MMC Email and password.  If you need help with either your email or password, please contact the MMC Help desk at 212-517-0580.
    • If you are not familiar with Blackboard, you can review any of the available online training resources or attend an in-person training session.
    • Establish a mode of communication in the case of an emergency using Blackboard or MMC email.
    • Make sure your course syllabus is posted in Blackboard.
    • Prepare assignments in advance that could be deployed in the event if a disruption.
    • Have a plan to interact with students regarding course content in the event of a disruption.
  • Blackboard Platform

    Marymount Manhattan College’s Learning Management System (LMS) is Blackboard Learn, which includes many features and capabilities that allow faculty to communicate and interact with students during any closure. Each semester, a Blackboard course shell is created for every course section, and faculty use and develop that shell as a resource to deliver course content and instruction. Depending on course pedagogy, the Blackboard Learn Platform should be the primary method faculty use to continue to deliver course instruction in the event of a disruption. Faculty who teach courses not considered appropriate for online instruction (lab, performance, production, or studio classes) will work with their Department Chairs to develop an instructional continuity plan.

    The Blackboard platform enables faculty to:

    • Communicate with students either as a group or individually, via the course announcement and email functions;
    • Post course content, including readings, documents, PowerPoints, videos, and web links;
    • Post and collect course assignments;
    • Continue class discussions through the discussion forum feature; and
    • Post quizzes and tests online.
  • Resources for Blackboard and Zoom

     Request Blackboard or Zoom Support from IT

     

    Online Resources

    There are are online resources that you can use to familiarize yourself with the features and functions of both Blackboard and Zoom.

     

    Blackboard 

    Below are links to online training resources for creating and using a Blackboard course shell for your course(s):

    https://mmm-library.libguides.com/c.php?g=951074

    https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLontYaReEU1tzu1T5gfiX-JQA5nBc3isN

     

    Zoom

    Zoom is a video-conferencing platform that enables you to interact remotely with your students in real-time. There is no limit on the number of faculty or students who can be using Zoom at any one time. However, each session is limited to 40 minutes in duration.

    If you do not have a Zoom account, you can sign up fro a free account at https://zoom.us/signup. When you sign up please make sure you use your MMC email to create the account so IT can provide support. The Library Guide resource below, and this file, can provide guidance to you in setting up your account.

    Below are links to online training resources for setting up a Zoom session to deliver instruction directly to students:

    https://www.mmm.edu/offices/information-technology/technology-training/zoom-web-conferencing-user-guide/index.php

    https://www.mmm.edu/offices/information-technology/zoom/index.php

    https://mmm-library.libguides.com/c.php?g=951074&p=7293761

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U0IGj9EfxY

    How to Keep Your Zoom Sessions Secure

     

    YouTube

    Directions for video recording lectures and uploading to YouTube

    This will be easiest to do on a smartphone. First, download the YouTube app from the App Store (apple) or Google Play (android).

    Tips for videorecording

    • Break material into segments no longer than 10 minutes each—easier and faster to upload this way, and more digestible for students
    • Where possible, pause to ask students a question, or create a task for them to do in between videos—helps to keep them engaged
    • Keep in mind that YouTube is strict about copyright, so for instance don’t embed a Beatles song in your audiofiles. (You probably don’t know how to do this anyway, so all is well.)

    Using YouTube

    • If you haven’t ever uploaded before, you can get basic directions for how to create a YouTube account and upload a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLDjiFSCSVE
    • Make sure to title each video you upload distinctly, using logical naming conventions that will be easy for your students to follow (e.g., Comm123 2020-03-12 Part One)
    • If you don’t mind anyone in the world being able to access your videos, just make sure to share your YouTube channel’s name with your students via email—they’ll easily be able to find you. However, if you’d prefer restricted access, you might consider selecting the “Unlisted” privacy option when you upload; this means that only people with the link (which you’d have to send to your students, presumably by email) can access the video.
  • Can I forward my office phone to my cell phone while we work remotely?

    Yes, instructions for setting up call forwarding are available here if you will be in the office to access your phone yourself.

    If you will NOT be in the office to physically access your desk phone, contact the IT department (212-517-0580 or usersupport@mmm.edu) and they will be able to set it up remotely for you. You will need to provide both your office extension number and the number to which you would like your calls forwarded. 

  • Are there any free/affordable internet resources?

    In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, nearly 80 broadband and telephone services providers and commissions have signed on to what it’s calling the “Keep Americans Connected Pledge.” The agreement is aimed at ensuring residents and small businesses don’t lose broadband and phone service during the current pandemic, which has led to many service and employment disruptions.

    Check out this article for a list of companies (major providers, as well as local and regional companies) who have committed to fulfilling the pledge. These providers service a variety of regions and may not all be relevant.

    Please note that you are responsible for contacting individual providers yourself. The College is permitted to call on behalf of any student, faculty, or staff member.

  • Access to Reports on the Faculty Portal

    The reports available to you on the Faculty Portal live on a secure server, which requires VPN access. If you need to run a report, e.g. the “Major/Minors Distribution Lists”, please contact techsupport@mmm.edu.

  • What support is available for faculty through C-TIE?

    MMC’s Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (C-TIE) provides online education resources as well as faculty mentoring and support during this period of remote instruction.

    Check out these resources here.

  • Key Contact Information

    Your Department Chair can provide you with guidance on how to prepare your course in the event of a disruption. Other key contacts that can provide assistance include:

    System Log on and Credential Issues

    If you need help logging on to the MMC network, accessing email, or logging into Blackboard, you can reach out to:

    IT Help Desk  212-517-0580

    Blackboard or Zoom Remote Support

    If you require assistance with Blackboard or Zoom, please complete this form and a member of the IT team will contact you shortly.

    Blackboard Support

    Brian Rocco (Library Director): brocco@mmm.edu

    Richard Sheldon (AVP of Academic Affairs): rsheldon@mmm.edu

    The following faculty are available to assist other faculty in their divisions who may need assistance in creating a blackboard shell and course content.

    Business:

    Emily Goldsmith, Ph.D. (egoldsmith@mmm.edu)
    Lorraine Martinez-Novoa, Ph.D. (lmartinez-novoa@mmm.edu)

    Communication and Media Arts:

    Laura Tropp, Ph.D. (ltropp@mmm.edu)
    Sarah Nelson Wright, MFA (swright@mmm.edu)

    Humanities and Social Sciences

    Brad Herling, Ph.D. (bherling@mmm.edu)
    Mary Brown, Archivist and Bibliographer (mbrown1@mmm.edu)

    Sciences

    Ann Aguanno, Ph.D. (aaguanno@mmm.edu)
    Benedetta Sampoli Benitez, Ph.D. (bsampoli@mmm.edu)

    Fine and Performing Arts

    Christine Riley, M.M. (criley@mmm.edu)
    Prof. Lori Zepp (lzepp@mmm.edu)

    Zoom Support

    MMC Tech support (TechSupport@mmm.edu)

    Help Desk: 212-517-0580


Virtual Instruction Plan


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