You should notify the Office of Distance Education regarding any special needs you have for your videoconferencing course.
Any materials that need to be available to students at remote sites should be delivered to the Office of Distance Education no later than one week prior to the first day of classes as noted in the Academic Calendar. We strongly encourage using Blackboard to supplement your videoconferencing course. Blackboard can eliminate problems of students and faculty in different locations as the syllabus and other important course documents are easily uploaded to Blackboard and accessible to students regardless of geographical location. We also encourage the use of Blackboard for assessments, including exams and assignments. Computer labs available at the videoconferencing sites may serve as testing centers if arranged ahead of time by the instructor. For more information about supplementing your course with Blackboard, please refer to the Supplementing Courses section of our website and feel free to contact the Office of Distance Education for assistance.
Distance Education staff will need a brief period of time at the beginning of your first class meeting in order to recruit cooperating students for each site. The cooperating students will be trained by Distance Education personnel before and after the first few class meetings.
At least one week prior to the first class meeting, inform Distance Education staff of your class meeting schedule, primarily where the schedule results in any or all sites not meeting over the videoconferencing system. Provide updates throughout the semester if that schedule changes.
It is strongly suggested that you send an email to all students in your course prior to the first class meeting to let them know how to get started in your course. This email can set the tone for students' performance and your expectations in your course. This email would be a great way to also remind students about the Blackboard system requirements and 24/7 Blackboard support, if you are using Blackboard as a supplement to your course.
As the course begins and progresses, we recommend that you closely monitor your official roster and the Blackboard student roster in your course(s) to ensure you know who is in your course, especially during the drop/add period at the beginning of the semester. If using Blackboard to supplement, please note that you should not enroll or unenroll students from your Blackboard course. Enrollments are automated between Banner and Blackboard. If you have questions about student enrollments, contact the Office of Distance Education. Please note that you should also not attempt to merge sections of your online courses. If you wish to merge courses, you should contact the Office of Distance Education prior to the start of the term (before students access the course).
Instructors are the primary point of contact for students regarding course information and assistance, as well as other information related to their university experience. Maintain good communication prior to and throughout the semester with every student and inform the students of your preferred form of communication. If you have had no correspondence or evidence of course activity from a student in a reasonable amount of time, you should contact the student to determine why and offer appropriate assistance or instructions. If using Blackboard to supplement, various features like the Last Access column in the Grade Center, the Performance Dashboard, and the Early Warning System will assist you with determining a student's last access to Blackboard.
Please be sure that you check your JSU e-mail often and encourage your students to do the same. If your JSU e-mail is not your preferred e-mail account, please forward your JSU e-mail to that account. This is very important for both you and your students, as much important information from the Office of Distance Education and the University is sent to your JSU e-mail account.