I’m writing to follow-up on my March 3 message to you encouraging you to begin planning for a potential shift to remote instruction. To support you in these efforts, the Center for Teaching and Learning has developed a teaching continuity website. The site includes strategies for using university-supported applications (i.e., Blackboard, MS Teams) and detailed how-to documentation for several other instructional technologies. In addition, CTL is working with UVM faculty to compile ideas for redesigning assignments and classroom activities for remote instruction that will be published in a searchable blog.

The Center for Teaching and Learning also has special spring recess open hours this week: daily from 9:00 – 3:30. What are CTL Open Hours? In 303 Howe Library, CTL has a comfortable place for faculty to drop in to get help from instructional technology and course design experts.

Other resources and support:

For Blackboard questions (how to log in or how to open a course; for help with a network connection, computer hardware, or your NetID:

Contact the UVM TechTeam
Call: (802)-656-2604
Submit a ticket by emailing techteam@uvm.edu

For help teaching remotely—effective use of Blackboard tools (grade center, assignment design, strategies for organizing content):

Contact the Center for Teaching & Learning:

Submit a ticket by emailing ctl@uvm.edu
Call: (802)-656-4460
CTL Open Hours walk-in schedule
Teaching with Blackboard
UVM’s Knowledge Base Blackboard for Instructors
CTL Teaching Continuity website

We will be providing the campus community with further information before spring recess concludes. In the meantime, thank you for your planning efforts, and take good care of yourselves.