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Technological Considerations

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is the official university learning management system (LMS).  This is where all course materials should be posted, course announcements should be made, etc.  Below are some resources to help you get started if you need help with this platform:

Video Conferencing Tools

These tools are useful if you would like to have a synchronous meeting with some or all of your students.

Video Recording Tools

These tools are useful if you would like to record video to share with your students for their use at any time (i.e., for asynchronous instruction).

Using Existing Video

There are lots of existing lecture videos and educational videos that may be useful for your courses.  Below are some we have identified, which will be updated over time.

Annotating Your Slides

Instead of recording videos or doing a voiceover on your slides, you could write notes into the notes section of your PowerPoint slides and share the slide set with notes with your students.  This is an easy strategy and similar to a voiceover recording.  In both cases, this would be for asynchronous instruction. 

Discussion Tools

These tools are useful if you would like your students to participate in discussions with you and/or with each other as part of the class.

Sharing/Collaboration Tools

Group Work Tools

If you include group work in your courses, there are multiple ways that you can make use of technology to facilitate that work, which go beyond the pedagogical considerations that you may already put into the development of your group work strategies. Some of the resources in the “Discussion Tools” and “Sharing/Collaboration Tools” are relevant here too, but we wanted to have a special section to acknowledge group work specifically.

  • Provide space for your teams to work and share ideas, or make suggestions as to where they can do this.
  • Make sure your students know how to use the tools you are encouraging them to use to collaborate. You can suggest the below resource, or other resources that discuss troubleshooting the specific tools you are recommending. Of note, make sure that your students know that they have access to Zoom and can use this to communicate with each other.
    • Learning Remotely- from the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE)
  • Breakout Sessions in Class - if you would like students to work together during a synchronous class session, here are some options:

Assignment Tools

Testing Tools

Online Course Materials

  • Make sure all relevant course materials are posted on Blackboard Learn, Drexel’s official LMS.  This includes the syllabus, readings, assignments, and other course information and resources.
  • Considerations:
    • Are your course readings available online?  If not do your students have access to the materials they need to do readings or other assignments?
    • Are there alternate course materials if your typical readings are not available online?

Whiteboard Options

  • Here are some resources that you can use to incorporate whiteboards into your online instruction:
    • BitPaper – Home
    • Sharing a Whiteboard - from Zoom
    • Instead of using a virtual whiteboard, you can construct a structure to hold your tablet or phone (often made out of legos), and use the phone/tablet camera to capture you writing with pencil and paper in real time (idea shared by Dr. Eric Brewe - Physics)
    • Using a tablet computer (iPad, Surface, etc.) or a drawing tablet (Wacom, etc) allows annotation of PowerPoint / Keynote presentations to develop ideas from figures or text already loaded on the slide as the camera provides video of your face as you present.
    • OneNote - you can use Microsoft OneNote as a paper log to put typed notes, pictures, and stylus-based hand written notes. The pages can then easily be archived and shared with the class as a shared notepad so they can see the original pages.