Alternative Instruction Guidelines

In the event CCBC faculty need an alternative delivery method to teach courses, the Office of Instruction and the Department of Online Learning have compiled the following resources for both faculty and students to assist them in navigating an online environment.

For faculty:
Keep teaching

The goal in these alternative delivery scenarios is not to build an online class, but to place relevant documents, presentations, videos, projects, etc. in Blackboard to allow students to continue to learn.

The most basic principle is to keep navigation well organized in your Blackboard course. Make sure instructions and expectations are clear and that you communicate often with your students.

For additional guidance, access the Keep Teaching Guide and attend Keep Teaching training sessions, online or in-person.

Set expectations

If students need to complete readings, assignments, or other work due to disruption of face-to-face sections, update your syllabus with specific due dates and post in your Blackboard course.

Communicate with students

Communicate with your students by using the Announcement Tool or Course Messages in Blackboard. You can also email the class using the email student’s tool in Simon. Make sure you ask students to check their email often, and you do the same. Establish a time frame for student and faculty responses.

Establish office hours. Having face time with a student or a conversation using a chat tool fosters communication with your students. Please make sure to check your junk email often.

Distribute content

There are many ways to disseminate information to students. Upload your PowerPoint presentations or lecture notes in the order in which they should be viewed and title them correctly. Find articles or videos for students to view and post those links as well.

You can create your own short videos (3-5 minutes) using a webcam with Zoom or your smartphone. The videos should be uploaded to YouTube and links placed in Blackboard. Please note, students should not be recorded without their consent. These short lectures should be instructor-led only.

Any uploaded documents (videos, presentations, PDFs, etc.) should be made accessible for all learners. Ensure that all videos and multimedia used in your course are correctly captioned. Follow guidelines in the Keep Teaching Guide at the top of the page.

Let students know your exact course expectations and ensure students know when and how they can contact you with questions. Set up specifically defined times you will be available “online” (via email, Zoom, chat tool, etc.).

Assessing learning

Use Blackboard, not email, to have students submit assignments and remind them they can use Office 365 to write any papers, etc. Generate assignments in Blackboard and provide specific instructions for students on how to upload a file. Again, be specific regarding deadlines and other expectations.

Exam and quiz suggestions and alternatives

The Blackboard exam/quiz tool has a timer and the ability to randomize a pool of questions; both features are designed to maintain the integrity of the exam or quiz. Completion of the exam or quiz is not recommended on a smartphone or tablet; required activities may need an alternative, such as a written project or assignment.

Blackboard has a remote proctoring tool (Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor) to help maintain the integrity of the test or quiz. The Lockdown Browser requires a laptop or desktop computer and the student’s ability to download the application. It prevents the student from accessing websites while taking the exam.

The Respondus Monitor requires the student to have a webcam on their computer device. It records the student taking an exam using facial recognition software. Understand that students may not have access to these technologies. Please allow students to complete alternative assignments as needed.

Unless CCBC closes offices, the Testing Center will remain open to support students in need of a proctored testing environment. If an exam absolutely must be administered in a physically proctored environment please review the Testing Center’s Faculty Guide for information about submitting exams. The Guide and proctored testing form are available via SharePoint/Forms/Testing Center.

Accommodations for students with documented disabilities

Ensuring accessibility of your Blackboard course is essential for students with disabilities (e.g., students who are visually impaired or who use assistive technology) and is also beneficial for all students.

The most common academic accommodation is extended time for exams/quizzes. Blackboard allows faculty to provide extra time on all timed assessments (quizzes, midterms and final exams).

Students with disabilities who do not have access to assistive technology, may visit the CCBC Libraries, Student Success Centers, or Testing Centers during the college's operating hours. Faculty should contact the assigned Disability Support Services counselor noted on the student's accommodation letter with any questions or concerns.