Instructional Continuity Plan
In the event of a campus closure, this guide will help you to continue teaching and communicate with your students through the college’s learning management system, Blackboard. This guide will support the continuation of instruction via an asynchronous format (self-directed learning). In addition, you may also use additional technology tools to conduct live (synchronous) online meetings/lectures.
All faculty and students in credit-bearing courses at Westchester Community College are automatically enrolled in a Blackboard course shell. To access Blackboard, faculty/students can log into Blackboard, via the login page. The MyWCC username and password will be used to log into Blackboard. Once faculty have successfully logged into Blackboard, they can access their course(s) from the My Courses area by clicking on the course name.
For Blackboard support call Open SUNY @ 1-844-673-6786 (844-OPENSUNY) or visit their website https://online.suny.edu/help/. Let them know that you are a Westchester Community College faculty/student and need assistance with Blackboard.
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Use Blackboard Announcements
Post Announcements with messages for your students. This is the easiest way to communicate with your entire class from within Blackboard. Students can see these announcements as soon as they log into Blackboard. In addition, announcements can be sent to student email addresses.
Use college email
Use your college email account to send communications to your students. Log in to your email on this page.
Upload documents to your Blackboard course shell
Faculty can upload their syllabus and other important documents to their Blackboard shells. Students will then be able to access these files when they log into Blackboard.
Use the Assignments Tool in Blackboard
Blackboard has a tool that allows students to submit assignments online, and instructors are able to access the assignments, grade and provide feedback, all online.
Asynchronous Teaching Method
This online teaching method allows for student participation at different times during a one week time period.
Set up a Class Discussion Forum
Faculty can use the discussion board in Blackboard to bring the conversation outside of the physical classroom.
Record and upload lectures to Blackboard (optional)
Create a YouTube video of your lecture using TechSmith Snagit software
Please do not upload video files to our Blackboard system. Upload video files to Youtube, as an unlisted video, and then place the link to your Blackboard course shell.
Synchronous Teaching Method
This online teaching methods requires live, scheduled meeting times.
Westchester Community College now has in place Blackboard Collaborate (online conferencing system) for faculty to use with their students in Blackboard without any time limitations.
Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session.
- Note: For faculty, leading a session as a moderator, the best and recommended web browser is Google Chrome.
Equipment needed to conduct live lectures and online class meetings:
- Device with a good internet connection
- Headphones or earbuds (optional)
- Microphone (if possible; a separate microphone can be better than your device’s built-in mic)
- Web camera (optional, preferred for face-to-face contact)
Blackboard Collaborate Tutorial Links
Use the Grade Center to grade student work
The Grade Center in Blackboard allows instructors to enter grades and feedback for students to view. Students only see their own grades and not the grades of anyone else in the course.
Facilitate Exams/Quizzes Online (optional)
Quizzes and exams can be created in Blackboard, using a variety of questions types, such as multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching and more. Exams can also be configured to grade automatically.
Online Exam Proctoring (optional)
Westchester Community College has partnered with ProctorU to provide live proctoring services. Using a webcam and a reliable high-speed internet connection, students can take exams anywhere. ProctorU is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Visit the ProctorU portal for more information.
For pricing information, please view or download the ProctorU Pricing Information PDF.