March 17, 2020 St. Patrick's Day
Online Teaching Strategies & Tools 2
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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Dia duit (Hello in Irish)

The FCTL is reaching out to share some resources that can help the cause during our current stage of response to the Covid-19 crisis. The first thing I would like to suggest is to visit the Resources for Online Delivery of Courses   site put together by our Distance Education and Instructional Design (DEID) folks. There is a link to "Online Teaching Resources" at the "Mymoreheadstate" landing page.

Today we will take a look at the Strategies for Remote Teaching link and offer some additional resources. At this link you will find information on synchronous vs. asynchronous facilitation of your courses, backing up files, determine schedule changes and communicating effectively. Here are a few more resources:

Going Online in a hurry: What to do and where to start.

Here are a couple of sources from Pearson:

Tips for moving a class online quickly. Moving class online quickly

Tips and Tricks for moving a course online. Tips and Tricks
Backing up computer files
For assistance on Backing up your computer files here are some resources offered by our knowledgeable folks in IT:
  • From ANY device, a current MSU employee or student may access Office365 applications by opening a browser and going to
  • Click on the ‘Sign In’ button and you will be redirected to an MSU page where you will login with your normal MSU credentials ( & current password).
  • Once you are logged in, you will be able to access all of the Office365 applications….Outlook, OneDrive, etc. 

 Here is a link to a ‘Beginner’s Guide for OneDrive for Windows’ on YouTube ( Users may want to Google ‘OneDrive videos’ as there are many online resources for training videos for Office365 applications. If there are questions please contact the IT Help Desk at 606-783-4357

Okay, that's it for this issue. Have a read, ruminate on the material, write down some thoughts, communicate with others, make a plan and then work to make the plan happen.

As you know, We're here to help the cause so if you need assistance, need to chat, or want to share some resources, reach out.

Enjoy St. Patty's Day,

Blackboard Buzz
Blackboard Mobile App
Do you want students to have access to Blackboard anytime, anywhere? Does your student forget the deadline? Check out Blackboard mobile app, a very useful supplemental tool now support all major mobile phones.

Today's active learners have a need for speed. The Blackboard app gives them the information they want, the connections they crave, and the personalization they demand, on the go. We're putting learning directly in the hands of your students, so they can stay connected with their educational journey anytime, anywhere. (Form Bb mobile website)

For general information about Blackboard mobile app, visit here .
This YouTube demonstrates what Blackboard mobile app can achieve. Email for additional information and on-campus support.

Magna (Online) Webinars
24/7 Professional Development for Faculty
Featured Webinar:

Online Course Design
In this webinar you will get information on the following:
  • Data Driven Decision Making for Online Instructional Design
  • Online Group Work: Making It Meaningful and Manageable
  • Six Practical Strategies to Improve Your Online Course
  • Using Student Analytics for Online Course Improvement
  • Using Universal Design to Support All Online Students
  • How Can I Get Started With the Virtual Classroom?
  • How Do I Align Learning Objectives with Technology Using Backward Design?
  • How Can I Save Time and Money by Repurposing Online Content?
  • How Do I Choose Between Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities?
  • How Do I Set Students Up for Success in Online Courses?
  • What Do Students Want in Online Courses?

Accessing Webinars:

These licensed Magna resources are available through a password-protected website. For access, faculty need to:
  • Log into MSU’s employee portal;
  • Look under the My Classes (Blackboard) section for the Magna Training Site;
  • If Magna isn't showing up in your list of courses, please send a request to be added to
  • When you click on the Magna Training Site, the Blackboard shell will open. Please note, you will be asked to submit a "Terms of Use" agreement before viewing any webinars.
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