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Faculty Resources

Learning Management Software (LMS) 

The University is in the midst of transition away from Blackboard and toward Canvas as our LMS. We have therefore made two self-paced courses available within Canvas to learn more. 

  • Canvas Instructor Basics: To access the course, log on, then select “Canvas LMS.” Once you’re within Canvas, choose “Canvas Instructor Training (ModA).”  NB: This module covers ADA features in Canvas 
  • Online Pedagogy Basics:  To access the course, log on, then select “Canvas LMS.” Once you’re within Canvas, choose “Remote Pedagogy Fundamentals (ModB).” NB: This module includes resources on Inclusive Teaching practices. 

Please see the  Center for Teaching and Learning events website for more details on these modules, as well as on additional professional development opportunities. If you have any difficulty logging on to Canvas, please call (718) 990-5000.  

Migrating Blackboard Course Content to Canvas 

It is important to note that Canvas courses have a 500MB limit for course storage, so if you have a large amount of content, please work with IT to determine the best way to manage this on Canvas. 

    Key Resources 

    Health and Wellness Resources

    • If a faculty member feels ill contact chair 
    • If faculty needs to quarantine/self-isolate – move class to online

    Classrooms 

    In accordance with local guidance and St. John’s policies, classrooms have been arranged to assist with maintaining 6 feet of social distance, with extra chairs and other furniture removed. In addition, “general purpose” classrooms hosting fully in person or hybrid courses are equipped with camera and lecture capture capabilities to ensure that content can be shared online with students as appropriate.  

    • Prior to the start of semester, we will check all classroom technology to ensure that it performs as expected; a pre-recorded session will be saved as verification. 
    • Once a faculty member logs into the podium system, their preferences for that class (e.g., for audio, video, showing PowerPoint presentations, etc.) will automatically be saved for a quicker launch going forward. 
    • Documentation for faculty on how to pre-schedule Webex ahead time will be provided (or we can provide link here), allowing Webex to automatically start a meeting when they login 

    Faculty Guide

    Please refer to the Faculty Guide distributed by the Office of the Provost, providing a comprehensive guide to fall 2020 teaching. Topics covered include:  

    • Planning for new course formats, including pedagogical approaches for teaching in the new rotating hybrid modality. 
    • Preparing for contingencies, including a possible shift to a fully online semester if health conditions warrant. 
    • Seeking supports to resolve student issues that may arise. 

    Updates to the Faculty Guide 

    August 17, 2020

    This section adds detail to information provided in the fall 2020 faculty guide, with new suggestions for how to communicate your choice of Learning Management System (LMS) to your students.

    Beginning-of-Semester Email Notification

    By day’s end on August 17, 2020 (11:59PM EDT), faculty members need to contact students through email via UIS, or via your chosen LMS platform. (Instructions for emailing your students via UIS can be found here). That email communication should include information on:

    • Your course’s LMS (Blackboard or Canvas). Let students know which LMS will serve as the central online repository and “meeting point” for your course (as needed).  IT has already set up course shells for all courses in both LMS systems (Canvas and Blackboard). Faculty should make their courses available/visible in only ONE LMS system and leave the course inactive in the other system. You can find directions for making your course visible/active in your chosen LMS here (directions for Blackboard; directions for Canvas); leave your course “inactive” in which system you have not selected.

    Sample email content for students

    Blackboard users

    Welcome to the fall 2020 semester. For your information, we will be using Blackboard as the Learning Management System for [specify class here, e.g., ACC 602]. It is important that you familiarize yourself with our Blackboard course environment. To access Blackboard:

    • Log on to St. John’s at https://signon.stjohns.edu. Your username is your email address without the “@my.stjohns.edu.” Then enter your password. The first time you log on, you may need to go through an authentication process. Please complete this process as soon as possible prior to the beginning of the semester.
    • Click the Blackboard (Bb) button. Once you are in Bb, select “Courses” from the navigation bar (vertical red bar on the left side of your computer screen).
    • Then select our course, [enter course here, e.g., ACC 602], from your list of fall 2020 courses. 
    Canvas users:

    Welcome to the fall 2020 semester. For your information, we will be using Canvas as the Learning Management System for [specify class here, e.g., ACC 602]. It is important that you familiarize yourself with our Canvas course environment. To access Canvas:

    • Log on to St. John’s at https://signon.stjohns.edu. Your username is your email address without the “@my.stjohns.edu.” Then enter your password. The first time you log on, you may need to go through an authentication process. Please complete this process as soon as possible prior to the beginning of the semester.
    • Click the Canvas button. Once you are in Canvas, select the “Courses” button (it looks like a book) from the global navigation bar (vertical red bar on the left side of your computer screen).
    • Then select our course, [enter course here, e.g., ACC 602], from your list of courses.

     

    • How online (a)synchronous communication for the class will work, either because that format will always be central to your class, or because an online format could become central in the event of a shift to fully online instruction.
      • How students can access your office hours. For example, should they make an appointment by email for a Webex session?
      • Their assigned rotation (applies only to hybrid rotating classes). Let students know which in-person/online group they have been assigned to (either A/B, or A/B/C, depending on the nature of your course’s rotation), and what their assignments means for class participation. For example, students in group “A” need to know that they are expected to attend in-person classes with you the first week, while students in group “B” (and “C” if relevant) need to know to log in from home. (For more information, see “Rotating Hybrid Course Planning” below.)

     

    August 24, 2020

    The use of computing resources in violation of international and federal copyright laws is strictly prohibited. These federal laws provide to the author of an original work, whether that work is a video, a sound recording, software, or printed material, the exclusive rights to reproduce, adapt, publish, perform and display that work.  Anyone other than the copyright holder is required to obtain the express permission of the copyright holder to use the work for any of these purposes. Visit the “Computer and Network Use Policy” websitefor more information (look for the “Copyrighted Material” section).