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Faculty Resources for Teaching Remotely

The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center has helpful tips on leveraging simple technologies to keep your class on schedule.

All courses have an associated Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) site and Microsoft Team channel. Whether you are a seasoned user of these instructional technology tools or a first-time user, this technology can help you by providing a secure, easily-accessible place for you and your students to access materials. All of the following University resources are available by logging in to PirateNet and selecting the appropriate app. Off-campus access to these tools and services may prompt you to verify your login with Duo two-factor authentication. 


Create Materials

Record a lecture with Echo360, hold online exams with RPNow, and create documents with Office365.


Post Materials

Post documents, videos, assignments and more to Blackboard. Create discussion boards, tests, and quizzes.



Conduct class in real-time with Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate and use Blackboard to send emails or announcements.



Instructions for accessing student PIN information and ARC tutoring support information.



Remotely access library resources, e-books, and subject guides or speak with a librarian for your research needs.



Register for a 30-minute training session on utilizing distance learning tools like Blackboard, Echo360, and Microsoft Teams.


Create your Materials

In some cases, posting accessible text-based documents via Microsoft Word or PowerPoint presentations may suffice to give students some material to cover on their own time. However, you may want to record a narration for your materials to simulate the lecture you would have delivered.

In this event, first consider your comfort level with technologies. Select a technology that you have used before. Echo360 is a screen recording software that integrates with your course and with Blackboard. Real-time web conferencing is also available with Microsoft Teams. Echo360 allows you to capture a quick lecture video in a pinch on your own time, on your own device!

Echo360 Recording Software

Lecture capture allows instructors to record instructional content on their own laptop/desktop or in their classroom. Students are then able to view the recording from within Blackboard. This provides students with a powerful tool to review content, access supplemental material or receive instruction that is web-based. Echo360 videos feature integrated closed captioning abilities and greatly expand the accessibility of your educational content.

Echo360 Download Instructions

Create and Manage Online Exams with RPNow

Remote Proctor (RPNow) is an online exam proctoring technology that enables online and distance learning students to take proctored exams from the comfort and convenience of their own home or office.

Faculty RPNow Instructions


Create Exams in Blackboard with Respondus 4.0

Respondus 4 is a Windows-based authoring tool that makes it easy to create and manage exams for Blackboard Learn. With Respondus 4, it is possible to import questions from Word Documents (*.doc or *.docx), Rich Text Files (*.rtf), or Comma Separated Value files (*.csv), edit the questions, and then export (publish) them directly to your Blackboard course.

For faculty interested in utilizing Respondus 4.0, complete the Respondus 4.0 Request Form. An installation and step-by-step user guide is available.

SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences)

SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a widely used data management and analysis program. Students and faculty are eligible to receive a license of SPSS under the university campus site license for instructional, academic, and non-commercial academic research. The current version of SPSS includes Base, Regression, and Advanced modules. SPSS is also installed in all computer labs on campus.

For information on how to request SPSS:

SPSS Tutorials


Mathematica offers an interactive classroom experience that helps students explore and grasp concepts, plus gives faculty the tools they need to easily create supporting course materials, assignments, and presentations.

Request Mathematica

Mathematica Tutorials

Post your Materials

Posting to Blackboard

After creating your materials, log in to Blackboard, access your course, and upload the materials into the course. Next, you can create a Page or an Announcement and link to the files you have uploaded, along with some contextual material.

Posting Videos

You can link videos from LinkedIn Learning, YouTube, Vimeo, or other publicly-accessible video sharing sites to your course. Once you’ve uploaded a video or selected a pre-existing video that can serve as learning material for your lesson, copy the video’s URL and share it with your students inside your Blackboard course.

If you have used Echo360 to capture your lecture, then you can copy the link to the recording and post it inside Blackboard to direct students to that recording.

Discussion Board

To promote active learning in an asynchronous environment, you may wish to use the Discussion feature in Blackboard to engage students and invite their participation. Simply post a prompt(s) and invite the students to lend their input, and/or respond to other student’s posts. Using Discussion, combined with clear instructions (due dates, netiquette expectations, etc.), can pique student’s interest in a topic and make them feel a sense of ownership in the material under discussion.

Learn more about setting up discussion forums.

Communicate with your Students

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is an Office 365 workspace where teams of people can collaborate, hold meetings and share files. The Teams product supports group conversations, video conferencing and the ability to chat and share files. A team can be formed based on a class, a specific project, a department, a club or any type of group activity. New to Microsoft Teams? View the Quick Guide (PDF)

In addition to on-campus training, Microsoft Teams video training is also available online. Topics include:

Teams can automatically generate captions and provide time-coded transcripts for video replays. Live class attendees can view captions and subtitles in real-time in up to six languages in addition to the spoken language.

The Microsoft Teams software may be accessed via the web, desktop versions for Windows and Apple Macintosh platforms, as well as Apple and Android mobile devices.

A team is automatically created for all courses . The faculty member will need to manually enable the feature in Microsoft Teams. A short video is available to explain the activation process. If you have issues initiating a video call, please check this step-by-step guide for reinstalling your camera driver


Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate helps you create virtual classrooms, breakout sessions, and meeting spaces that foster exciting new learning opportunities while also increasing student engagement. Collaborate allows you to poll your participants, work together on an interactive white board, chat with participants, allow participants to virtually raise their hands for questions, import PowerPoint slides, share your computer screen or a particular window, share the microphone, use a webcam, and more. Events also can be recorded for later viewing.

Learn more about Blackboard Collaborate
Preparing for your first Blackboard Collaborate Session (PDF)

Blackboard Announcements

Once you’ve created and/or posted your materials, you can email your class or use the Blackboard “Announcements” feature to notify your students that new course content has been posted. You can link to your materials from inside this announcement, regardless of whether the materials were uploaded to the Blackboard site or if they are an external recording.

Learn more about sending a Blackboard announcement.

Register for a Remote Teaching Training Session

Course Design: Universal Design
Monday, June 1

One size does not fit all. Discover the principles of Universal Design and how Ally, a tool available in Blackboard, supports creating course materials for a diverse learning population.

Course Design: Engagement Strategies
Monday, June 1

This workshop focuses on structuring activities to engage students with the content, with their classmates, and with the instructor in an online environment.

Additional Resources

Advising Information

Beginning the week of March 16, students will begin to preregister for summer and fall courses. Remember that students may need help in selecting courses, so we are asking our faculty advisors to be flexible and exercise care to respond to students with their questions about courses. If there are specific times when they can meet via Microsoft Teams or via a phone consultation, please give them guidance on how to contact you. An advisor toolkit is also available. This toolkit provides advisors with easy to find information about campus resources.


Instructions are available for faculty and advisors to create online office hours and online advising availability in Compass. Advisors can also record their advising notes in Compass. Questions should be directed to the Academic Resource Center at

Instructions for Accessing PIN Information

  • Log in to PirateNet and click on the “Student Profiles for Advisors” app. This can be accessed by all advisors on and off campus.
  • Advisors can look up a student by name or Student ID Number for a term. To obtain registration PINs for the upcoming semester, Fall 2020 should be selected as the term.
  • Once a term and student have been entered, ‘View Profile’.
  • Student PINs are stored under Registration Notices located on the far right side of the screen

Some students have not engaged previously in online coursework. When you transition to the online format, please be very clear to students about how to access the course information and assignments. We have been getting questions about whether the classes are “meeting” at the same time as they would on campus. Be clear about when assignments need to be completed because some students may be in a different time zone.

Library Resources

Remotely access library resources, e-books, and subject guides or speak with a librarian for your research needs. Visit the Library Resources page to learn more.

Looking for more Assistance?

The Teaching, Learning and Technology Center (TLTC) provides a number of resources available to faculty to enhance teaching and learning. If there is a tool or a resource that you would like to review further or would like to implement in your courses, please contact the Instructional Designer assigned to your department. If you experience technical issues and require assistance, please contact the Technology Service Desk at or (973) 275-2222.

The Instructional Designers serve as a primary point of contact for all faculty technology projects. Each Instructional Designer is assigned to specific departments, Schools and Colleges within the University.

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Video and Webcam Tips

  1. Lighting your face more brightly than the background makes it easier to see you.
  2. Computer mics pick up lots of ambient noise, so keep your mic muted until you're ready to speak.
  3. Do not sit or stand close to a wall. There should be some separation between yourself and your background.
  4. If recording video, shoot in landscape orientation.
  5. Use a tripod or prop your phone/tablet on a table. It will be best if the phone is secure during shooting.
  6. Use the rear facing camera, not the selfie camera. The rear facing camera produces higher quality video.
  7. Do not use the digital zoom on your phone. Digital zoom crops the image, resulting in a loss in quality. Physically move the camera closer for the best results.

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