Teaching Toolbox: Taking Your Course Online; Guidance from IT team; Tips from our Faculty; SUNY Remote Teaching Clinic

SUNY New Paltz’s first-ever Peer Instructional Design Teaching Mentors (email them!)
·         Helena Costakis (Business)
·         Martine Green-Rogers (Theatre Arts)
·         Andrew Higgins (English)
·         Caroline Hopenwasser (Teaching & Learning)
·         Blair Proctor (Black Studies, New Faculty Mentor)
·         Rachel Rigolino (English)
·         Kevin Shanley (Engineering)
Here is a link to some video resources made by our Faculty Mentors.



Autumn Joy Florencio-Wain (School of Education, SUNY NP) shared her Group Discussion/Project form.

Florencio-Wain Group delegation and feedback form


Rachel Rigolino (English, SUNY NP) shared her Discussion Board rubric.


Maintain an online presence for your students. Kiersten Greene, PhD, Education SUNY NP shows us how:

Kiersten Greene, PhD | she/her/hers


General advice for taking an online class (Rebecca A. Longtin, Ph.D. Philosophy, SUNY NP )

  • Use a notebook. Keeping detailed notes will help you keep up with the work and stay organized.  Take notes when you read, listen to online lectures, search for examples online, brainstorm for a writing assignment, analyze a work of art, and work on your posts or responses for the discussion boards. Writing—especially by hand with pen and paper—helps with remembering information, drawing connections, and discovering new insights.
  • Annotate the readings. Make sure you download all the readings to your computer or tablet and save them in a file so you can highlighting and take notes as you read. This practice helps with comprehension and retention.
  • Focus and avoid distractions. Make sure your family, friends, and loved ones respect your study time and do not interrupt or distract you. Don’t try to multitask: close all other tabs on your computer and put your cellphone on airplane mode and hide it. Instead, clear your physical and mental space to focus your full attention on the reading, video lecture, discussion board, or writing assignment. It might help to find a space where you can focus and avoid interruptions.
  • Manage your time carefully. Pay attention to what time of day you work best and make sure you carve out enough time in your schedule to complete assignments by the deadlines.
  • Think for yourself. Online classes require independent learning. Ask yourself questions, challenge yourself to think more deeply about your answers, and develop the ability to look at an idea from multiple perspectives.
  • Immerse yourself in the subject. If you use social media regularly, there are many ways to immerse yourself in the [art world]. See Blackboard for a list of blogs, websites, Instagram accounts, etc. to follow if you want to discover new art or find inspiration for this class.


FDC discussion on Communication & Community-Building in Class FDC Communication & Community Building


As New Paltz faculty, you are automatically enrolled in this course: Training: Developing a Blended Learning Course which you can find under “my courses” when you log onto Blackboard.  You can also find the Accessible Classroom: Faculty and Staff Toolkit on Blackboard under “my community” to learn about how you can make your materials ADA compliant (Americans with Disabilities) and thereby accessible and user friendly to all students.

Kate Bohan and Rich McElrath’s Instructional Design course_planner_template


Review your own courses using the OSCQR Rubric

OSCQR Guide 2020 with_links

SUNY Remote Teaching Clinic




SUNY Provost Tod Laursen has asked us to consider additional resources to help insure our online courses include all student voices and a range of perspectives:
Below are links to best practices for inclusive instruction that address accessibility concerns as well as issues of micro-aggressions in the classroom.  We want to proactively address issues of inclusion and equity that may arise in the online and distance learning environments.

·       This is a link to instructional resources from San Diego University presented in a NADOHE (National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education) webinar focused on maintaining equity in a virtual classroom. https://diversity.sdsu.edu/resources/inclusive-pedagogy

·       This link is to a website maintained by the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California that focuses on tools and strategies for inclusive teaching. It is organized around different facets of diversity – gender, sexual orientation, race, social class, disabilities, etc. — and includes web resources and scholarly articles from a variety of leading institutions. https://rossier.usc.edu/tools-for-inclusive-teaching/

·       This link from Appalachian State University offers insight into “humanizing” on-line instruction. https://cae.appstate.edu/inclusive-excellence/inclusive-online-teaching

·       This blog from Rice University’s Center for Teaching Excellence offers tips on how to create a more inclusive learning environment while teaching remotely. https://cte.rice.edu/blogarchive/2020/3/13/inclusion-equity-and-access-while-teaching-remotely

·       This website for general audiences focuses on identifying and responding to bias incidents and offers 10 tips for identifying bias and 7 tips for responding to bias. https://www.tolerance.org/professional-development/identifying-and-responding-to-bias-incidents

In addition, we welcome volunteers from SUNY faculty already well-versed in these practices to develop a webinar for faculty colleagues as part of the SUNY Remote Teaching Clinic.  Those interested should contact the Office of the SUNY Provost Tod Laursen by email, provost@suny.edu.

Additional Inclusive Teaching Resources / suggestions

Pro-actively address inter-cultural competency with these resources for students, staff & faculty

Recognizing Microaggression 


Inclusive Teaching

“Want to Reach All of your Students? Here’s How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive,” Viji Sathy and Kelly Hogan, Chronicle of Higher Education 22 July, 2019. Making Your Teaching More Inclusive (CHE 7-22-19)


Association of American Colleges & Universities: “Safeguarding Quality, Equity, and Inclusion as Learning Moves Online” (due to COVID)

presentation slides:

Quality Online amid COVID 19 AAC & U Webinar

webinar recording:

Webinar: Safeguarding Quality, Equity, and Inclusion as Learning Moves Online


Sojourner Truth Library Resources:

E-Resources for Online Learning http://newpaltz.libguides.com/onlinelearning


From Kate Bohan, Shala Mills and the Information Technology team:

  • Choose the simplest format possible for your course delivery.  Synchronous delivery is seldom the simplest form.  It is almost always much easier to record in advance and post.
  • Asynchronous gives you more control.  In an asynchronous format, you can pre-record your content, post it, and test that it is working properly.  If something goes wrong, you will likely have time to resolve the problem before your students access the content.  For that reason, you may wish to rely more heavily on asynchronous content and limit the synchronous elements, perhaps by using synchronous sessions only once a week, or for short mini-lectures or Q & A sessions.
  • Get appropriate training on technology that our campus supports.  Synchronous technologies are not necessarily “hard” to use, but you do need to be familiar with them.  If you plan to use synchronous tools, and you have not done so already, please get training.  Check the OIT Events Page for upcoming events and the Campus Contingency Guide on the ITS knowledge base for documentation and recorded training sessions.  Be sure to use technologies our campus supports.  This will not only ensure that you can get the support that YOU need from OIT, but it will also reduce the number of platforms your students will have to learn and ensure that they have also access to campus support.
  • Choice #1 for you is Bb Collaborate  (students can use for group work)
  • Choice #2 for you is WebEx  (training video below)
  • Use your regularly scheduled class session. It is essential that you schedule your synchronous class for its regularly scheduled class session.  Most students are enrolled in multiple courses.  If faculty do not keep to their regular class schedule, then students may have rescheduled synchronous sessions that overlap or conflict with one another.
  • Be prepared for the likelihood that you or your students may encounter technical difficulties that disrupt or prevent the synchronous delivery.  The global move to online education is taxing broadband services.  Your own or your students’ internet connections may falter.  Some of your students may have limited internet access.  You or your students may have trouble using new technologies with which you are not familiar. 
  • Test first.  Consider scheduling one or more “test” class sessions with your students where you have no intention of delivering content, but, rather, are giving everyone a chance to become familiar with whatever system you are using for your synchronous course.  Ask students for feedback on what challenges they experienced in the test sessions and then work to resolve those issues before holding a session involving the delivery of course content.
  • Record for students who can’t access the synchronous session.  It is very important that you record your synchronous session for students who are unable to join the session.  Students may experience technical difficulties.  Students, like faculty, may be working from remote locations that are less than ideal.  Having a recording of the session will enable them to participate once their technical or other challenges have been resolved.  Knowing that the session will be recorded may alleviate anxiety they may experience over this type of remote learning.
  • Have a back-up plan and make sure that you and your students know what the back-up plan is if you experience technical challenges that require you to abandon your original plan.
    • How will you communicate that you are moving to your back-up plan?  Will you post an announcement in Bb or send an email?
    • Will you move to a synchronous “chat” space where you and your students can type your communication?
    • Will you record the intended content and post it later that day?
    • Will you move to an alternate synchronous platform?
  • Have an experienced colleague on stand-by to assist.  If you are inexperienced with synchronous technologies, you may want to consider asking an experienced colleague to be available to you by cell phone during your first foray into this learning environment.  That way you will have immediate access to someone who can help you troubleshoot any problems you or your students might be having.
  • If you have problems:
  • Check with the ITS Knowledge Base before sending in a ticket and use the search bar there to type your inquiry.  Your question may already be answered there.
  • Try to resolve your problem within your department before reaching out to OIT.  Colleagues from your own discipline or from disciplines with similar pedagogical approaches are often well equipped to help you think about what works best with the sort of content you are delivering.
  • OIT is training additional staff to assist with tickets, but OIT resources are heavily taxed right now.  So please recognize that there may be some delay before OIT staff can respond to your ticket.
  • Instructional Technology has created a link with helpful information for students they will continue to update at:



Provost Barbara Lyman’s syllabus template (ADA compliant) and syllabus requirements, including information and policies for COVID-19 Fall 2020


Syllabus Requirements 2020-21 (pdf)

Syllabus Requirements 2020-21 (doc)




The Higher Ed Learning Collective has emerged as a leading resource for institutions of higher education in the time of COVID-19.
They’ve been mentioned in a few articles (including The Chronicle ), and have been linked on over twenty educational institution and organization websites.
Contact Kiersten Greene for further information (greenek@newpaltz.edu)

Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (published in 1956 and revised in 2001) provides a format to express SLOs in a way that reflects cognitive skills, affective skills and psychomotor skills. These resources are especially helpful:

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Write Effective Learning Objectives (University of Arkansas)

Developing Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes (University of Florida)

Excellent webinar on Communication and Community-Building Strategies for Online Classes

(SUNY Binghamton, Andrea MacArgel and Cherrie Van Putten)


Resources for Remote Teaching:

“Quick Start Guide to Building Online Lessons” from the Provost:  https://newpaltz.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1905/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=100508

For support using various instructional platforms like Blackboard, including video help and training request forms, visit the “Campus Contingency Guide” at https://support.newpaltz.edu.  And for help with virtual conferencing tools like Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Webex, follow this link:


For additional resources, please explore the following sites: Writing Discussion Forum Questions, Designing Effective Discussion Questions, and Questions to Provoke Critical Thinking .

For more ideas, please review Community Building Through Icebreaker Discussion Forums.

Webex Training

If you are interested in learning how to run Webex as a host, please view the following demonstration.
This Webex video will walk you through:
  • Logging in via newpaltz.webex.com
  • Scheduling a meeting
  • Inviting attendees
  • Starting and running a meeting
  • Recording
  • Sharing content
  • and other details as well

Remote Teaching in the Disciplines: Business and Accounting  —  https://sunyedu.workplace.com/groups/2926149804087039/

Remote Teaching in the Disciplines: Visual & Performing Arts  –

–  https://sunyedu.workplace.com/groups/577691076168814/


BOOKS on PEDAGOGY under discussion at the Faculty Center and available via Sojourner Truth Library & online

Teaching With Compassion: An Educator’s Oath to Teach from the Heart by Peter Kaufman and Janine Schipper (Rowman & Littlefield 2018)

The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber (U Toronto 2016)

Small Teaching Online by Flower Darby and James Lang (Jossey-Bass 2019)

What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain (Harvard 2004)


MAGNA offers free videos on online instruction.

MAGNA: Taking Your Teaching Online

Free 20 minute videos


TEACHING EVALUATIONS Teaching Observation template Penn State

WORKING FROM HOME: article from the New York Times

Teaching philosophies FDC faculty orientation quotes