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Remote Instruction Guide: Remote Teaching How-Tos

Introduction and General Resources

This page provides access to resources that were curated and created for the Summer 2020 Faculty Professional Development Course: Essentials for Teaching and Designing Online and Hybrid Courses lead by Julie Shattuck and Dina Yagodich. The focus is on providing tutorials and guides for:

Other Guides are also available from CTL, and provide important resources and tools for the teaching and designing of online and hybrid courses:

How To Use Blackboard and Online Teaching Best Practices

A series of guides and video tutorials to help you use Blackboard Collaborate more effectively:

A series of guides and tutorials to help you use the Blackboard Discussion board:

A series of tutorials on some of the basic functions and tools in Blackboard:

Blackboard Survey Video Tutorials 

There are many best practices for making students feel welcome and connected to an online course. Discussion and examples of these best practices can be found below:

Best Practice Discussions and Tutorials

Examples of Best Practice Videos and Resources

OLLI has created guides on how to use many Blackboard features and is always happy to assist you with any problems. Below is a link to all of the OLLI workshops and the OLLI Request Help form:

Both Synchronous and Asynchronous trainings are also available from the OLLI Team: 

How to Create, Upload, and Caption Videos

FCC recommends using Collaborate for most course content.

For synchronous class sessions, using Collaborate gives students a common interface across classes, the ability to use Stream or to close caption, and to keep interactions with students within the FCC platform. For privacy reasons, if you are capturing personal identifiable images or voices of students during a synchronous session, we recommend using YouTube to caption videos and creating private links to post in your course. Stream videos can be accessed by any one in the College unless you specifically limit access to the students in your course for each video posted.

For asynchronous sessions, faculty can use Collaborate and Steam the same way -- you can reuse the videos from Steam from semester to semester.  

Use these guides to help you create and download videos using Blackboard Collaborate:

Microsoft Stream, available as one of FCC's online Microsoft Apps, is a great place to upload, host, and caption videos you create:

When to use YouTube

You can upload and caption videos on YouTube, which has a good automated closed captioning system that allows the automatically generated captions to be edited for small errors and punctuation.

The simple rule of thumb is that videos links can only be accessible to the students actively enrolled in the class if they contain identifiable student video image and audio capture or name in chat. To make a video link only accessible to students in your class, complete the recording in Blackboard Collaborate and close caption in YouTube to create an “unlisted” link. The unlisted link is then only available to those with the link.

Increasing your video length limit in YouTube

By default, you can upload videos that are up to 15 minutes long. Verified accounts can upload videos longer than 15 minutes.

To verify your Google Account:

  1. On a computer, go to
  2. Follow the steps to verify your Google Account. You can choose to get a verification code through a text message on a mobile device or an automated voice call.

Make sure you're using an up-to-date version of your browser to upload files greater than 20GB.


Using Zoom in your Course

There are a limited amount of Zoom licenses available to the FCC community. If you have a deaf student enrolled in your course, you will be required to use Zoom for any synchronous class sessions or meeting with that student. Other request for a Zoom license can be made through your Department Chair.

Other Faculty Created How Tos

IT Help Guides

IT has also created help guides for using many FCC systems. Links to those guides can be found below:

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