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Resources for Teaching Online During School Closings

Occasionally Downstate's colleges may need to temporarily suspend on-site activities. This can be due to extreme weather events or infection prevention, such as the current COVID-19 virus pandemic.

Below is a list of resources available to teachers and students so that you may continue your curricular activities.

Schedule a training session

I want to host an online lecture

PANOPTO

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Lecture capture and playback

  • Record lectures, makes them automatically available to students via integration inside Blackboard Learn
  • Can be used to prerecord lectures or stream them live
  • Full control over user access
  • Tracks lecture usage

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BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE

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Host live web meetings (similar to Zoom, WebEx, GoToMeeting)

Watch a video demo

  • Uses a webcam or your laptop's internal camera/microphone to stream your video/audio
  • Call in to meetings via phone — no microphone needed!
  • Share your desktop — show PowerPoints, demonstrate software, etc.
  • Integrated with Blackboard Learn — every course already has it available to teachers/students.
  • Guest link: email a link to non-Downstate users.

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I want to give an exam online

RESPONDUS LOCKDOWN BROWSER WITH MONITOR

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Exam security desktop software
  • Works with tests in Blackboard Learn LMS
  • Students install LDB software on their own computer
  • "Locks" the computer during a test so students cannot access other browser pages or applications
  • Video monitor proctoring:
    • Records a movie of the student during the test
    • Uses artificial intelligence to flag possible suspicious activity
    • Instructor can review the recording after the exam

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RESPONDUS 4 TEST PUBLISHER

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Test import/export desktop software
  • Imports preexisting tests from a Word file or from a textbook publisher question bank and pushes them into a course inside Blackboard Learn.

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I want to stay in touch with my co-workers

MICROSOFT TEAMS

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Free chat, video and audio calling 
  • instantly chat with colleagues
  • make audio calls
  • host video meetings*
  • share your desktop
  • schedule a meeting
  • store files and collaborate on them live​

* video is currently only available upon request

I need to share class materials

BLACKBOARD LEARN

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Learning management system (LMS)
  • Post content files — PowerPoints, PDFs, downloadable forms
  • Computerized exams (works with Respondus LDB/Monitor for assessment security — see below)
  • Assignment drop boxes — accept and grade submitted student papers
  • Interactive activities — discussion forums, blogs, journals, wikis

MICROSOFT ONEDRIVE

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Sync files, work collaboratively
  • All Downstate faculty, staff, students have a OneDrive account, with 1 terabyte of storage
  • Can synchronize, access files across multiple computers/devices
  • Collaborate with others on editing a single shared document.

MICROSOFT OFFICE 365

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Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Annual license included with your Downstate email account
  • Download and install on up to 5 devices

I want to access my work computer remotely

DOWNSTATE VPN

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Connect to campus applications or your office PC
  • Secure encrypted enterprise-level virtual private network
  • Connect to Downstate-hosted applications from home
  • Connect to your Downstate office PC from home

I want to change my NetID Password

DOWNSTATE NETID

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Go to the Office 365 Login Page:

https://portal.office.com

  • Your NetID account authenticates your login to a variety of other systems.
  • If you have forgotten your NetID password, or if it has expired, use Password Self Service to reset it
  • NOTE: you must set up your Password Self-Service in advance