Learning Innovation & Technology
Prepare for Fall
Quick Links to Resources
- Connect with the LIT Team: Virtual hours from 8:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday over Email (email@example.com) and Phone (617) 989-4500. Individual consultations by appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to meet with an instructional designer.
- For faculty teaching technology needs for the fall, please email TechSpot@wit.edu if you need a web camera, headset with microphone, or Wacom tablet to facilitate remote teaching
- LeopardWeb Self-Service Solution for Faculty to view a detailed schedule, class list, and submit midterm/final grades.
- Get Your Syllabus Ready, download the accessible syllabus template, learn about accessibility features, review and include netiquette language and guidelines
Organize Your Course:
- Create a consistent and engaging student experience by centralizing content, assignments, and assessments in your Blackboard Learn course. Create a clear and easy to understand organizational structure for course material, LIT can help!
- Use the Online Faculty Course Readiness Checklist to guide your preparations.
- Use asynchronous communication methods, such as prerecorded lectures, announcements, and email communication to supplement synchronous classes.
- Communicate clear expectations for when can students connect live to instructors, when can students connect live with other students, and what communication, deadlines, etc. are you using to keep students motivated. Have clear deadlines for assignments. Engage students who are in different time zones. Manage connectivity issues (lagging internet, technical challenges. Student tips and resources are on the Academic Resources Tab in Blackboard.
- Explore WIT Online Learning Hub Faculty Resources
- Learn with WIT Online Webinars and Podcasts: Blackboard essentials online course template, online teaching strategies to manage your course, strategies to establish and maintain on online presence, meaning feedback strategies, essentials of online engagement, and leveraging library resources
- Explore Remote Assessment Strategies to minimize students’ perceived need to cheat. Watch the assessment strategies video for ideas.
- Explore WIT Online Faculty Toolkit Self-Paced Course
- Library and Online Learning Resources for faculty and students
Academic Technology Tools:
- Familiarize yourself with the LIT Academic Technology Toolkit, a one stop repository of all academic technology teaching tools at Wentworth
- Learn about Zoom for live lectures and office hours. Record Zoom lectures and post recordings in your Blackboard Course, here’s how
- Check out LinkedinLearning on-demand video library
- Integrate plagiarism detection and education tools
- Explore polling options for lecture engagement
- Panopto video repository and recording tools Students prefer lectures from the instructor themselves and not simply rely on lectures created by others that are available on YouTube, etc. Create your own mini-lectures and make them interactive.
Make Your Course and Materials Easier to Access!
Wouldn't it be great if all of your students could easily access your course content in the ways that best fit how they learn? With a little effort and assistance, you can design your content so it can be read, listened to, and watched using different kinds of devices. This helps students who use assistive technology, commute, like to listen to content while doing something else, and are not native English speakers. The end result is the ability to learn anytime, anywhere. A new tool was turned on in Blackboard called Ally that allows you to identify and correct accessibility issues in your course content. Ally provides you guidance on how to correct any accessibility issues. Ally automatically creates alternative versions of your files so students can choose the type of file they want that best suits their needs. While you’re in the process of improving files, students can still access alternative copies. Using videos that you’d like to caption? Contact LIT for captioning assistance. Do you like self-help resources? Visit this accessibility webpage and LibraryGuide that provides just in time resources. Increase student success by using transparency in assignment purpose, task, and criteria. Learn more about Universal Design for Learning practices to reach and engage the most learners!
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