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Faculty: Teaching Remotely


From Dr. Herman A. Berliner, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


Guidance for course completion in Spring 2020

Supporting students

Accommodations for students

Final exams

  • Final exams and capstone project due dates can be posted on Blackboard as an announcement that remains in view through the end of term
  • Online examinations can be proctored through Respondus, a browser-locking resource
  • Consider alternative formats for final exams. These are a few suggestions from the faculty:
  • One-on-one orals exams over Zoom
  • Time-limited open note-open book exams through Blackboard. We are an honor code institution and for some faculty, that is sufficient to trust students to not provide or receive unauthorized assistance

Other guidance

Summer sessions 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to keep our community safe and healthy while allowing students to further advance their studies. Please view our updated summer offerings, below:

Summer Session I (May 20 - June 24)

  • All courses are offered in a remote teaching and learning format:
  • Courses listed with specific days and times are taught synchronously. Instructors teach students online on the scheduled days and time periods
  • Courses listed without specific days and times are taught asynchronously. Instruction and assignments are scheduled flexibly, with instructional activities and assignment due dates listed on the course syllabus.
Course listings for Summer I can be found here.

Summer Session II (June 25 - July 30) and Summer Session III (August 3 - August 21)

  • While many course offerings will be offered in a remote teaching and learning format (i.e., synchronous or asynchronous teaching) as has been the case in previous summers, we are waiting for updated public health guidelines before making further decisions.
Course listings for Summer II can be found here.
Course listings for Summer III can be found here.

What resources can I use to teach remotely?


Start here

Post your syllabus, and every class session make announcements to your students using Blackboard.

  • First things first:
    Communicating with your students
  • How to make your course available on Blackboard
  • How to post a syllabus and course materials on Blackboard
    Video One-Sheet
  • How to post an announcement to Blackboard
    Video One-Sheet

Complete option 1, then:

Create Blackboard discussions to facilitate class communication.


Complete option 2, then:

Live broadcast a presentation to your class.

  • How to host a live broadcast using Zoom
    Video One-Sheet
  • How to host a live broadcast using Blackboard Collaborate
    Video One-Sheet
  • Pre-recorded webinar by the Customer Success team at Zoom (March 2020):
    • "Zoom for Education"
    View Webinar

Resources and Support for Remote Learning

From the Library

  • The Library is ready to support you and your students. Please visit our "Teaching Remotely with Hofstra Library" page for guidance.
    Web Page
  • Library Zoom Lounge

    Drop in via Zoom and consult with library faculty on integrating the library information resources into your courses.

    Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m.
    Join Library Zoom Lounge

From the Hofstra University Museum of Art

  • The Hofstra University Museum of Art and its professional staff are available to support students, staff and faculty as we transition to virtual learning. While in-person visits to the Museum's exhibitions are not possible at the moment, we will work with you to bring a comparable experience to your virtual classroom.
    One-Sheet Web Page

From Student Access Services

  • SAS has produced a one-sheet guide for faculty who are teaching remotely.

Additional Resources from ITS EdTech

ITS EdTech Virtual Office Hours

ITS EdTech is offering appointment-based, virtual office hours to assist faculty with Hofstra's suite of digital tools such as Blackboard, VoiceThread, Kaltura, Respondus. Faculty can also ask questions about and receive advice for designing hybrid, online or flipped classes.

Online Teaching Workshop

ITS EdTech Distance Learning Course
May 18 to June 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to think differently about what's possible for us, for our students, and for our courses. And though we plan and expect to be back in person as of the fall semester, we have as a community gained a new understanding around the benefits and challenges of remote teaching and learning. Zoom, Blackboard, and "synchronous online instruction" became a major part of our vocabulary in just a few weeks - but there must be something more. Join your faculty colleagues and the ITS EdTech team in the Online Teaching Workshop designed to explore what's possible in distance learning and hybrid courses.

This is a fully asynchronous course in Blackboard that runs from May 18- June 22 and is comprised of five modules: Introduction to Teaching Online, Course Design Building Blocks, Activities and Interaction, Assessing Your Learners, and Faculty Presence and Teaching Online.

If you would still like to participate, please contact mitchell.s.kase{at}hofstra.edu.

What's the best way for me to remain in touch with the University?

All students, faculty, and staff have a Hofstra e-mail account, which is the primary channel for communication between you and the University. Departments, including the Office of the Provost and Information Technology Services (ITS), will stay in touch with you by sending messages to your Hofstra e-mail account, so you should check it often.

If you need assistance with your Hofstra e-mail account, please contact the ITS Help Desk using the information below.

Where can I find help?

Beginning Monday, March 23, the ITS Help Desk will have new expanded hours on days when classes are held.

ITS Help Desk

Support via Phone and E-mail:

  • During the semester, on days when classes are held:
    Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Between semesters and on days when classes are not held:
    Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In-Person Support:

How to reach us:

Communicating with your students


How to make your course available on Blackboard


How to post a syllabus and course materials on Blackboard


How to post an announcement to Blackboard


How to facilitate class discussions using Blackboard


How to host a live broadcast using Zoom


How to host a live broadcast using Blackboard Collaborate


Did You Know?
  • There were 30 educational institutions that experienced data breaches in 2014. Learn more about data security at //bit.ly/1GVcG4b.

  • Hofstra Telecommunications works on the TV network, the data network, and the various outdoor emergency endpoints in addition to the telephone system.

  • There are about 3,500 phones, 2,000 TV connections and 10,000 data connections on campus.

  • Three out of five Hofstra students prefer a learning environment with some online components.

  • 62% of Hofstra students agree that technology makes them feel connected to what's going on at the university.

  • You have your own personal email blacklist. When you receive spam, right click on it, choose Junk, then choose Block Sender or Junk E-mail options.

  • Spam and Phishing emails are different! Spam is annoying but harmless. Phishing is malicious and needs to be reported. Learn more at www.hofstra.edu/itsecurity.

  • During the average month the Hofstra IT department blocks 109,000 Spyware / Viruses.

  • You can use the Previous Versions feature of Microsoft Windows to restore local or network files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted.

  • You can access your mapped drives (F:, S:, etc.) from any web browser on or off campus through the myfiles feature in the Hofstra portal.

  • Not a fan of "Conversation View" in Office 365? You can switch by clicking the arrow next to All in your Inbox and selecting "View As - Messages."

  • Planning for the yearly Memorial Day Banner software upgrade starts in November and involves almost every administrative department on campus.

  • You can get Help Desk Info, Tech Tips, and Microsoft Online Learning info at Hofstra by going to this link.

  • The programming department creates and maintains programs and forms that enable students and faculty to use Blackboard.

  • The programming department creates and maintains programs and forms that enable students and faculty to use tutortrac.

  • The programming department creates and maintains programs and forms that enable students and faculty to use TK20.

  • The programming department creates and maintains programs and forms that enables UG admissions to process 100,000 recruits a year via more efficiently.

  • The programming department creates and maintains programs and forms that enables Payroll to process employees information more efficiently.

  • The programming department creates and maintains programs and forms that enables the registrar to assist students in registering more efficiently.

  • The programming department creates and maintains programs and forms that enables the student and registrar to use the degree works degree auditing tool.

  • The new my.hofstra.edu portal is responsive and can be used on a mobile device or tablet.

  • The SEAS Co-Op program help students prepare for their career in technology and engineering by forming partnerships with companies.

  • SEAS launched its Center for Innovation last year and it aims to connect faculty with regional partners which then meets with students.

  • The SEAS Big Data Lab is currently supporting research and teaching initiatives that support virtualization and process intensive tasks.

  • Hofstra maintains over 1,400 lab computers for student use.

  • What to know to how to effectively integrate a teaching tool into your course? Contact FCS.

  • Did you know FCS can you help you think of strategies to improve information retention for your students?

  • What to know what virtual reality is all about? Curious if virtual reality is a fit for you curriculum? Give FCS a call.

  • FCS provides multiple workshops on various teaching tools. Call us to schedule an appointment at 463-7777, option 2, then 1.

  • What to know how that thing works in the classroom? Give FCS a shout at FCSHelp@hofstra.edu

  • You have heard of the Smartboard, but don't know how to use it. Call FCS to find out what its all about at 463-7777, option 2, then 1.

  • Want to up your Blackboard skills? Contact FCS at FCSHelp@hofstra.edu

  • Your students love to collaborate with their classmates. Let FCS show you how to achieve new teacher-student and student-student collaboration.

  • Did you know that Production Control has an email product that allows you to customize/personalize an email that can be sent to thousands of people in seconds.

  • Did you know that you should check with the Help Desk before upgrading your Java version?

  • Hofstra's electronic document storage tool contains 2.4 million documents spanning over 7 million pages? That's the equivalent of 350 4-drawer filing cabinets.

  • Most classroom problems can be fixed in less than 24 hours if reported to the Help Desk right away.

  • Hofstra IT is testing wireless projection from laptops and other devices in a few classrooms on campus. Call FCS @ 3-6894 and let us know if you're interested.

  • Every classroom should have wireless internet access. If you're experiencing a weak signal, or no signal at all please report it to the Help Desk.

  • Hofstra IT replaces all classroom AV and computer equipment on a set schedule, greatly reducing in room failures and repair times.