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Faculty: Teaching Remotely


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


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

Library Support for Remote Learning

  • The Library is ready to support you and your students. Please visit the Library's "Teaching Remotely with Hofstra Library" page for guidance.
    Web Page
  • The link to this page is also highlighted on the Library web page, hofstra.edu/library. Contact information is located on the lower right of the Library page.

    Need other types of Library support? Please contact Howard Graves (e-mail).

HU Museum of Art Support for Remote Learning

  • 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

Resources and Support from Student Access Services

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

Live Drop-in Lounge and Webinars from ITS EdTech

Schedule for the week of March 30:

  • ITS Zoom Lounge
    Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Mon.-Thu., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    "Drop in" via Zoom and meet up with colleagues, technical support specialists and instructional designers to bounce ideas, ask and answer questions, and share experiences and lessons learned.
    Join Zoom Lounge
  • Webinar: Intermediate Blackboard
    Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    Join Zoom Webinar
  • Webinar: My Students are not Engaged/Responding. Now What?
    Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    Join Zoom Webinar
  • Webinar: Creating Tests in Blackboard
    Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Join Zoom Webinar
  • Webinar: Online Proctoring with Respondus Monitor
    Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Join Zoom Webinar

Examples of Teaching Remotely

One example of how to organize an 85-minute synchronous online class meeting

All instructors at Hofstra will be adapting their courses for remote teaching. If you are considering the use of synchronous online lectures and discussions as your mode of remote teaching in the weeks ahead, here is one example for how to organize an 85-minute synchronous session.

  • Begin the class session -- say, a Zoom Room session -- with a 20-minute interval to take attendance, answer questions, and provide an overview of the topic for the day. For this overview, a few presentation slides could be "shared" with students. Zoom has a "Polls" function that allows you to poll students, anonymously or not, on the fly or by using a poll created before your session. You can use the poll to ask "Where are you now? (Home / School)" or "How clear was the article you read for today? (Very clear/Mostly clear/Mostly unclear/Very unclear)" If you wish to make the live broadcast available to students unable to attend the live-stream, you can turn on the "record" function, use the "Save to Cloud" option, and distribute it (or not) to one or more students after the Zoom session ends. You can also make a separate recording of the covered material to share with students not able to attend the class live stream.
  • With the Zoom session still live, instruct your students to open a browser screen and navigate to Blackboard Discussion, where you have already posted a "Discussion Forum" with content to be read and discussed. The forum question could require students to read a passage online or in a text, post a comment of 100 words or so, and reply to one or two other students' posts. You can also direct students to view online a video program or portion of a program; Sarah McCleskey of the Axinn Library can help you obtain a link to video content. Alternatively, you can have a live discussion in Zoom, and the current speaker's image and audio will show in the foreground. Zoom has a Breakout Rooms function where you can automatically or manually assign groups of students to separate Zoom Rooms, drop in to each Breakout Room to monitor progress and offer guidance, and then end the Breakout Rooms sessions and return all students to the main Zoom Room. Students who cannot join by video can still join by computer audio or by telephone.
  • Use the last 20 minutes of class to wrap-up your Zoom session: Recap important points, walk through additional material using a shared presentation slide set, field questions, etc. Give a brief preview of the topic for the next class session, assign work to be completed before the next session, and let students know how to reach you if they have further questions. End the Zoom session.

This is just one example of how to organize a live broadcast of a class session. It is for you to decide how to arrange remote teaching to meet our obligations to students in this challenging time. We are asking a lot of our faculty and students to adapt to life off campus and a remote teaching and learning environment. We owe it to students to be available. A live broadcast of a class session is one of many teaching resources available to you.

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.