Faculty Resources

Definition of Online Attendance:

For Distance Education, attendance is defined as an academically related activity. An academically related activity is something submitted for a grade such as an assignment, test, quiz, project, discussion board or attending a live virtual lecture. As a reminder, attendance must be reported weekly to your campus Registrar. For questions regarding online attendance, please contact Dominique Werner at [email protected].

ABHES – Free Online Training

ABHES recognizes the dramatic impact that dealing with COVID-19 is having on instructional efforts. To this end we are pleased to offer free access to the following online course to help prepare classroom instructors to teach online.


Instructors simply need to register/login on ABHES Online Training Center (ABHES OTC) and enter the master key “MK-ABHES” to enroll in the course. This complimentary key is valid through May 1st. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

ABHES OTC courses are self-paced and each course takes approximately 4 hours to complete.


Blackboard is offering free training for instructors and has even added training including:
· Teaching Remotely with Blackboard Learn and Collaborate Office Hours
· Guide to Building Mobile Content (for phones and tablets)
· Assessment & Assignments in Blackboard Learn

This is the link to register for these free 30-minute training sessions:
https://go.blackboard.com/Instructor-webinar-series — Many different dates and times are available.

About the webinar series
As you prepare to transition instruction to an online setting with virtual classrooms, we have designed a series of free 30-minute webinars to help you get started.

Teaching Remotely (Blackboard Learn Basics)
In response to growing concerns on the spread of the coronavirus, and institutions moving to fully online teaching, this webinar is designed to provide you easy step-by-step instructions on how to upload course content, create discussion boards for students to communicate, and provide an overview on the types of online assessments available in Blackboard Learn.

Getting Started with Teaching a Virtual Class (Collaborate)
Moving from in-classroom instruction to the online classroom does not have to be difficult or stressful. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a communication tool that will allow you to continue to engage with your students in a synchronous manner or record sessions for students to watch at a later time. In this 30-minute session, we will review the Collaborate interface and tools available to use while teaching online.

Guide to Building Mobile Content
In this urgent response to moving from in-person instruction to online instruction, instructors should prepare for students to access course information on the go. In this 30-minute session, we provide you with fundamentals for preparing online course content for mobile delivery. Additionally, we will review Blackboard mobile apps and provide you with a helpful worksheet on mobile content development.

Teaching Remotely with Blackboard Learn and Collaborate Office Hours
Now that you’re likely in the thick of transitioning to remote teaching, you may have additional questions. Fear not, for we are here to help! Attend our open office hours where Blackboard experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance on teaching remotely.

Assessment & Assignments in Blackboard Learn
The journey to teaching remotely is a process, and we want to ensure you have the tools you need to be successful for both you and your students. This intermediate session will provide a deeper dive into setting up assessments, utilizing different types of assessments and creating gradable assignments from Blackboard Learn Original.

Blackboard Collaborate Recorded Training Sessions are available below for your viewing. These sessions will provide you with the necessary tools needed to host LIVE sessions. This is a two-part series.

Blackboard Collaborate Essentials Recorded Training Session 1 Link:

Blackboard Collaborate for Engagement Recorded Training Session 2 Link:

Creating an Assignment Submission Box

Link for instructions to create tests in Blackboard:


Adding Students to Your Course

Adding Content to Your Course

Online Tips

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End of Course Survey

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