Peabody faculty have access to a variety of tools to accomplish their learning goals in their academic courses. Start with the Faculty Guide to Flexible Course Design to help with defining your goals, then explore the areas below.
The primary enterprise system for teaching and learning and Johns Hopkins University is the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). Available at https://blackboard.jhu.edu, the Blackboard LMS is our central hub for announcements, discussion, grading, and resource sharing. More than just an alternative to the physical classroom, Blackboard is used by many faculty even when teaching face-to-face courses. The possibilities multiply in the online format.
Using Blackboard, faculty can:
The Microsoft Teams is a complementary platform to Blackboard. In Teams, faculty and students can:
Microsoft Teams sites can be created from the Student Information System (SIS), just like your Blackboard sections, and enrollments will be automatically handled by the system so faculty don’t have to worry about whether the right students have access.
Zoom is Peabody’s video conferencing solution. For comprehensive information on Zoom, please visit the Faculty Guide to Zoom.
Microsoft OneDrive is an online file storage service (cloud file sharing service) that can help keep your files secure and easily sharable with your colleagues, whether affiliated with JHU or not. Through JHU’s Office 365 license, every Johns Hopkins affiliate has access to 5 terabytes of storage. It is a great way to share large files too big for emailing. You can also work collaboratively with colleagues on files stored in OneDrive.
(Note: “JHOneDrive” is the JHU branded instance of Microsoft’s OneDrive for business made available through JHU’s Microsoft license.)
For instructions on how to get started, please visit: https://cer.jhu.edu/tools-and-tech/onedrive.
Students can access all the tools on this page with their JHED, and many are already familiar with multiple tools. As these tools gain greater adoption, faculty need not gather email addresses, invite students, troubleshoot access, teach a new tool, etc. Faculty and students are automatically enrolled in courses via a SIS integration. All of these tools are also accessibility-compliant for students with a variety of learning needs. The more faculty use these tools, the more familiar they become for everyone, and the less the technology gets in the way of teaching and learning. Faculty and students are 100% supported in their use of these tools by IT@Peabody and the Learning Innovation team.
You will need to revise the format of your assessments so students can submit them remotely. Several tools are available to deliver and receive assessments: Blackboard, email, and OneDrive.
Blackboard offers several options for assessments:
Direct, synchronous supervision of assessments and exams is difficult and/or cost-prohibitive in a remote teaching environment. Another option is to use a timed, open book format that makes it difficult for students to cheat.
Blackboard allows you to schedule exams to release at a specific time and for a limited amount of time. Be mindful of student bandwidth issues and time zone differences when using time limits. Please remember that student accommodations are still in effect.
Email. Email students a written test to complete and return via email.
OneDrive. Outlined above, OneDrive could also work as an easy way to share files, especially large projects. For instructions on how to get started, please visit: https://cer.jhu.edu/tools-and-tech/onedrive.
Additional strategies and suggestions can be found here, https://cer.jhu.edu/teaching/assessing-students-remotely
Here are the most frequent questions we get about Blackboard, organized in order of functions that require increasing effort to learn and use:
Please visit the Zoom FAQ on the Faculty Guide to Zoom page.