Tools and technology for remote instruction and work
Information Technology Services is committed to ensuring that the NAU community has access to appropriate tools to allow for remote work, study, and instruction. This information clearinghouse can serve as a guide; don’t hesitate to contact the appropriate help desk as needed.
- Update March 24: Effective immediately, no classroom computing or AV device is to leave campus without the written consent of ITS.
- This includes computers, projectors, doc cams, laptop carts, or any other tool used for the primary purpose of classroom instruction.
- AVPs and Deans can request consent from the Chief Information Officer’s office.
- Update March 23: All support and consultation sessions in Flagstaff will be online only, starting Tuesday, March 24.
- Starting March 23: All NAU classes will be transitioned to an online format for the remainder of the semester.
Lectures, labs, and office hours Tab Open
Faculty to student communications Tab Closed
Blackboard Learn course setup Tab Closed
Lectures, labs, and office hours Accordion Open
Asynchronous discussions can provide students with the instruction and support they need without introducing new technology or increasing the traffic on the network. Please utilize the tools already at your disposal to provide students with the highest level of support. Please view the NAU Faculty Professional Development page on considerations for transitioning classes to online.
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Use Blackboard Collaborate to give online lectures and conduct virtual office hours. Schedule regular hours as you normally would, including specific appointments with students, using the Course Room in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra tool in your course.
Kaltura Capture can be used to record simple lectures. For example, you may want to narrate a Powerpoint or demonstrate a process on your computer, then post it online in your Blackboard Learn course for students to view.
Recorded lectures, presentations, or other video elements can be uploaded to Kaltura. A video capture tool is also included in this software.
Online Labs and Simulations
Labs are one of the more challenging things to translate into an online course. The following resources may be good starting points as you are searching for effective online labs and simulations.
Faculty to student communications Accordion Closed
Blackboard Learn provides multiple ways to communicate with students. The Discussion Board is a great way to hold group discussions online. Discussions can be graded, so you can easily assign points for class participation. The Course Messages tool can be used to communicate privately with individuals or small groups of students in your course. This feature uses the internal messaging tool in Blackboard Learn, not NAU email, so the individual communication is self-contained within the course.
Use the Classlist mailing list tool to quickly send emails to all of your students via NAU email. This tool also lets you create a “Welcome Message” that will be sent to all currently enrolled students as well as any students who enroll in the future.
Blackboard Learn course setup Accordion Closed
Do not wait until you are are sick to prepare your class for asynchronous instruction. Complete the following to ensure you’re ready to use Blackboard Learn.
- Upload your syllabus
- Set up your Gradebook
- Create a calendar of events and assignments
- Familiarize yourself with discussion boards
- Familiarize yourself with quizzes
Blackboard Ally automatically checks materials against current Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 accessibility. View additional information about Blackboard Ally at NAU and on Blackboard’s website.
These Blackboard Learn KB articles provide the guidance and instruction to get started.
Additional NAU resources
- Administrative online meeting resources
- Arizona Libraries Digital Inclusion
- Best Practices for Video Conferencing
- Drive-Up Wi-Fi
- Home use of University equipment
- ITS software downloads page
- LinkedIn Learning instructional videos
- NAU Remote Apps and vDesk
- Public Library Wi-Fi Availability
- Virtual Private Network