Teach Remote

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We want to thank our faculty members for adapting quickly to this unprecedented change of direction for course delivery. Just like some of our students, there may be some faculty members who are more comfortable than others with the online/remote learning environment and that is okay. Please take a look at the resources that we have gathered to help you transition your course to an online/remote environment. Resources for your students can be found on LEARNremote.



We recommend using Blackboard, the college’s Learning Management System, to deliver your course content online. However, other tools and resources are available for online use. Information on this page is intended to help you determine your approach for remote learning. If you are unsure, email the FCTL to help you decide which approach best fits your needs.

What you can do… How to deliver course materials Students submit work Grading options Blackboard
If you want to use the least amount of technology, you can email files to students, including readings, lecture information, assignments, communicate with students. Email via Email Paper grading book, Excel or other spreadsheet for grading. None needed
If you want the closest approximation of the face-to-face experience without having to learn a lot of technology. You and your students meet in real-time. Use email to exchange materials with students. Blackboard Collaborate (or sessions through Skype, Zoom, Google Meets, etc.). Email for sending/receiving files. via Email Paper, Excel or other spreadsheet. May use online Blackboard grading. Blackboard Collaborate Essentials
If you want to use a variety of online tools for a more comprehensive online experience. Use Blackboard to post lecture materials, readings, videos, discussion boards, links to websites, or other activities. Blackboard Collaborate to recreate the in-person lecture experience, have consultations with students, or have students give presentations. via Blackboard.

May choose to submit via email if you prefer.
Paper, Excel or other database, Online Blackboard grading Blackboard Essentials (necessary for new Bb users)

Transitioning Your Course Material (recommended)

Plus, additional workshops below depending on your specific needs.



Some sessions will be recorded so you can watch them “on-demand” if you are unable to attend a session. Email fctl@ric.edu and we will add you to the list to send when they are available.


Webinar Recording- https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/7de514c306e54b4a8275877be95c621d


Webinar Recording - https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/83c11b9031f140ebabbbe0727a2bc749


Webinar Recording - https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/0956262bab784db1b6073c03b5c26a17


Webinar Recording - https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/1f2f7e747e9640058e13f4fd98c72568


Webinar Recording - https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/927717526ae1416f890f21dc3095e8bf


Webinar Recording - https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/ac8ca1f62f374b6dab60aaf7882d0a12  



Zoom Instructional Videos/Articles:

How to Access Your RIC Zoom Account - https://servicecenter.ric.edu/TDClient/1794/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=109227 

(Video) Adding the Zoom Tool to Your Course Menu - Adding the Zoom Tool to Your Course Menu.mp4 

(Article) Adding the Zoom Tool to Your Course Menu - https://servicecenter.ric.edu/TDClient/1794/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=111586 

(Video) Scheduling_a_Zoom_Session_within_the_Zoom_LTI_Tool_in_BB_Course - https://emailric-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/sbadger_ric_edu/EXkC6AQjPrlIh1XedK_5mVoB3PJO57p2LOVFdLFoIURijA?e=Oq2Lmy 

Helpful Information for hosts and Participants who Join a Zoom Meeting Handout -  Helpful Information for hosts and Participants who Join a Zoom Meeting - updated.pptx 


Microsoft Teams is one of the apps you have access to in your Microsoft 365 account. Teams allows you to chat (via audio and video), meet online, collaborate on documents and more. You may choose to use Teams instead of Blackboard to interact with your students. Once you create a team, your students will be able to join.

You can access and Microsoft Teams training materials by authenticating your RIC credentials (username and password), below.

Please note that sharing these documents outside of Rhode Island College is a copyright violation and is prohibited. 


Rhode Island College provides limited or no support for the following resources.
When using these resources, Rhode Island College reminds all faculty, staff and students to follow all FERPA recommendations and ADA requirements.

Google Apps
Currently, G Suite is only supported for Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

  • G Suite Enterprise for Education is active until July 1.
  • Meetings can support a maximum of 250 participants.
  • Live streaming up to 100K in your domain.
  • Record meetings.

WebEx offers video conferencing, cloud calling and virtual team collaboration. Learn more about integrating WebEx into remote work or learning.

Skype is built for both one-on-one and group conversations and works wherever you are – via mobile, PC, Xbox and Alexa.


The following information about Blackboard will help you get started with your online course environment.

All Rhode Island College courses are now available and accessible within Blackboard. Enrollments are managed automatically, so students who are registered for your course this semester should already be able to access your course within Blackboard. If you are experiencing difficulty with enrollments, contact User Support Services Help Desk.


If you teach multiple sections of a course (also called “child courses”), you may manage all of your sections though a single “master” online course. If all enrolled students have access to your master course, you can place an announcement in the child courses to refer students back to the master course, where you’ll be posting your new content. Learn how to manage child courses.


You can maintain interrupted communication with your students through two primary communication tools within Blackboard: 

  • Announcements – You can create and send announcements to all of your students. These are posted on an announcements page within your course, but you can also send these announcements by email. Learn how to create an announcement.
  • Email – Blackboard also allows you to email your students directly, through your course. You can email all students, or you can select groups of students to reach out to. These emails will go to your students’ RIC email accounts. Learn how to email your students in Blackboard.

Remember, you can also follow up on your Blackboard communications with concurrent communications in Outlook Mail and Microsoft Teams. Sometimes more communication, although redundant, can be better.


To deliver content to your students in Blackboard you’ll need to upload and structure your content:

  • Create a Content Area – A content area is a container to organize and present your content in a structured way, such as by week or topic.
  • Create a Content Folder – A folder can contain content or other folders.
  • Create a Learning Module – A learning module can help you integrate related content and learning activities.
  • Create a Lesson Plan – A lesson plan will outline the key information students will need to understand in the lesson, such as instructional objectives, as well as content needed to complete the lesson.


Once you’ve created and organized your content areas, adding course content is quite easy:

  • Add Content to a Content Area – You can create your own bespoke content in text and image, and you can upload attachments.
  • Attach Files – You can add all types of files as your course content, including text files, such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files, and PDFs, as well as images, audio and video.
  • Add Links – You can embed links to websites with content you’d like your students to review, for example as required or supplemental reading. The link can direct your students to a specific website, video or even a file you’ve saved on your Microsoft 365 OneDrive.
  • Edit or Move Your Content – You can change how your content is placed, and viewed, at any time.
  • Add Another Content Folder – You can place folders within folders to assist with organizing your content.


Want to record a lecture and then upload it? No problem with Kaltura Capture. You can use Kaltura to record your audio narration within your PowerPoint presentations, record your computer screen and audio narration, or record just yourself with a video camera (or phone) and/or accompanying audio.

If you just want to use your own camera to record a quick video, without installing Kaltura Capture, you can use Kaltura Express Capture.


Many faculty use Blackboard Collaborate to hold virtual office hours, synchronous live meetings with students and/or record meetings for later asynchronous viewing. A number of functions are available to you with Blackboard Collaborate, including:

  • Share your desktop to teach students about a specific topic.
  • Share files with groups.
  • Initiate and moderate chat sessions.
  • Share files.
  • Conduct polls.
  • Record and capture audio and video content shared during a session.

Take our self-paced course, “Collaborate Ultra: V13 Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience,” to get you quickly up to speed. The course will teach you about the key features and core functions of the Collaborate user interface. You’ll learn about session roles and how to effectively manage the communication tools, understand audio indicators, manage session and participant interaction, display the whiteboard and PowerPoint content, record a session and more. For access to the course, email ittraining@ric.edu

Another option you might explore is meeting with your students online through Microsoft Teams, which is one of the apps available to you through Microsoft 365.


Blackboard offers a variety of tools that allow your students to interact and submit work. 

If you need more help, you can access Blackboard support 24/7. Here you can access live chat and open a new case.

You can also use Blackboard Collaborate technical support 24/7 to chat live any time.

For students experiencing difficulty with Blackboard, you can direct them to student Blackboard support. This portal provides clarification on common issues experienced by students using the Learning Management System.


Using how-to videos, this self-paced on-demand help/tutorial guide was created for anyone who is looking to learn how to use and navigate through Blackboard or is looking for a refresher on how to use specific options and/or tools. When you enter your Blackboard account, you will see that you are a student of this “course.” The boot camp will be updated as steps and/or tools change.

If you have any questions about Blackboard, contact User Support Services Help Desk at 401-456-8803 or helpdesk@ric.edu


Librarians are here to help faculty, staff, and students in this new all-digital instructional environment. In addition to the general Distance Education LibGuide, reference librarians have the ability to provide direct support for your new or newly redesigned digital courses. We are eager to discuss the possibilities including course, theme, or project-specific LibGuides or tutorials emphasizing digital resources. Contact Tish Brennan, Amy Barlow (Spring & Fall), or Dragan Gill.

Reference and Research Support will be providing research support through our digital reference services including email, text, and chat.


The Disability Services Center (DSC) is working collaboratively with User Support Servicesthe Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) and members of the faculty and staff to ensure that reasonable disability accommodations are met within the remote, accessible learning environment. Visit LEARNremote for more information about student ADA accommodations.


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the teaching and learning environment fosters an educational experience that makes the curriculum inherently flexible, accessible and applicable to students with different backgrounds, learning styles and abilities, ultimately leading to success for the greatest proportion of students.

Faculty members who are interested in learning more about UDL may check out these resources:


Both User Support Services and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) have designed a set of workshops for faculty to transition their courses to an online environment. Please contact the Help Center at 401-456-8803 or email helpdesk@ric.edu for any training or support needs.

Some sessions will be recorded so you can watch them “on-demand” if you are unable to attend a session. Email fctl@ric.edu and we will add you to the list to send when they are available.