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This page provides consolidated information and advice for School of Architecture Faculty and Teaching Assistants on the tools and techniques available to deliver teaching and learning in the event that:

  1.  Faculty or TAs have self-isolated and need to deliver teaching remotely or
  2.  Students have self-isolated and need to be taught remotely.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Faculty and TAs can continue to teach and support students online with different methods, including through synchronous live sessions, through providing materials and activities that students can interact with asynchronously; or a blend of both. This page aims to help you decide the delivery method that can best benefit the learning experience of your students. 

Tips: 

Teaching and Technology Tuesdays - Syracuse University

Online Success Toolkit - Syracuse University

Rapid Online Course Development Guide  - Syracuse University

Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Blackboard

Blackboard Learn  is the recommended learning management system by Syracuse University. Please let your students know which platform you are using for your class.

Note:  Please review the guides below for common Blackboard tasks.

Zoom & Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra are the two popular web conference tools used by many at Syracuse University, and both are integrated into Blackboard. Please let your students know which platform you are using for your class.

Note:   Please review the guides below before creating and running your first Collaborate Ultra (video conference) session.

Kaltura

Syracuse University has implemented Kaltura for Education,  a leading video platform powering any video experience for any organization.

What can Kaltura do?
The initial deployment of Kaltura at Syracuse University includes:

• Personal video capture tools to create video content
• Tools to upload, configure and share video content created with other tools
• Integration between Kaltura and the Blackboard system
• The Kaltura MediaSpace video portal

In the coming months, users also will be able to migrate existing videos from Ensemble to Kaltura and take advantage of Kaltura Lecture Capture.

Is training available?
Yes! You can register for online training sessions.

PlayPosit

PlayPosit is a tool for adding rich content and dynamic interactions to video. It is currently configured for use through Blackboard for instructors to overlay video content hosted in YouTube, Vimeo, and Kaltura. It includes a variety of tools for understanding viewer engagement and to assess viewer learning.

Conceptboard

Conceptboard is an intuitive digital whiteboard platform that allows students and faculty to engage and participate online in the architecture learning experience. This shared digital workspace allows communication and co-creation to continue seamlessly, regardless of location and features over 100 templates (Whiteboarding, Brain Storming, Design Collaboration, Workshop, etc.). Users can also easily share boards with external guests and critics during reviews and studios. For best results, use Conceptboard in conjunction with a meeting tool like Zoom or Teams, and get people to login to both so that you can see their faces and their contributions both at the same time.

Teaching Activities

Note: The table below provides suggestions and alternatives (with how-tos) for different teaching activities. The Additional Support Pages section can help you find answers to other questions you may have.

Teaching activity

Suggested alternatives and links to guidance (Synchronous/Asynchronous/Blended)

Engagement
  • Make your course available and update your Blackboard courses regularly.
  • How will you conduct office hours?
  • Set up a Discussion Board to answer any FAQs, and use this to communicate with and respond to your students.
  • If applicable, use Announcements to let students know when you will be online or alert students of alternate activities to avoid lots of individual emails.
Lecture
  • Deliver your lecture via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or Zoom, using the Chat function to take questions from students.
  • Use the Record function so that students who aren’t able to attend can watch later.
  • Please make Video Captioning available as needed.
Seminar and tutorial
Collaboration and group discussion
Share content and files
Student activity
Reviews and Studio
  • Create a Conceptboard board to allow interactive pin up activities as well as critics.

Digital Tools

Disclaimer: We cannot stop you from using other tools that are not supported by SU. Please use such tools at your own risk. SU's accessibility requirements still apply.

Product

Purpose

Platform

Audience

Campus Supported

Guide

ZoomWeb conferencing, screen sharingDesktop AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu )YESHow-to
Blackboard CollaborateWeb conferencing, screen sharingWeb App

Campus (NetID@syr.edu)

YESHow-to
Microsoft TeamsWeb conferencing, screen sharingDesktop/Web AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)YESHow-to

Google Hangouts

Web conferencing, screen sharingWeb App

Campus (NetID@g.syr.edu)

YESHow-to
Adobe Acrobat Pro DCView, edit, annotate PDFsDesktop AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)YESHow-to
ConceptboardVisual CollaborationWeb AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)YESHow-to
Google SuiteOnline ProductivityWeb AppCampus (NetID@g.syr.edu)YESHow-to
Google DriveFile-sharingDesktop/Web AppCampus (NetID@g.syr.edu)YESHow-to
One DriveFile-sharingDesktop/Web AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)YESHow-to
KalturaVideo PlatformDesktop/Web AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)YESHow-to
PlayPositVideo InteractionWeb AppCampus (NetID@ syr.edu )YESHow-to
Premier RushVideo EditingDesktop AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)NOHow-to
OBS StudioVideo StreamingDesktop App
NOHow-to
WetransferFile-sharingWeb App
NOHow-to
Modelo3D Model CollaborationWeb App
NOHow-to

Technology Support

Online delivery and learning are dependent on individual computer set up, speed of one’s internet connection and location. Wherever possible, faculty and students are advised to use a wired, stable, high-speed internet connection.

Note: Please contact archit@syr.edu before you plan to teach remotely; it's important to make sure all of your technology are functioning correctly and up to date.

  • Questions regarding computing support or recommendations: email Architecture IT support at  archit@syr.edu
  • Blackboard specific questions:  email Central Blackboard support at bb@ot.syr.edu

Available Hardware

  • IPEVO digital document camera (can also be used as webcam; streaming capable)
  • Logitech headset mic
  • MXL tabletop conference mic
  • Ethernet (network) adapter/cable
  • Wacom drawing tablet (limited supply)
  • Web conference kit (for use in Slocum) - includes webcam, headset mic, conference mic, ethernet adapter, ethernet cable

System Live Status

Additional Support Pages