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Academic Continuity Plan

Overview

In accordance with the Provost’s message promoting faculty to use Virtual Presence, ITS has developed this Academic Continuity Plan to encourage proactive steps that can allow learning to continue in the event of a university closing. This plan has two componenets: 1.) Pre-steps include setting up your virtual classroom tools and preparing materials in advance 2.) In the event of a closing, faculty can trigger their virtual classrooms and switch from face-to-face instruction to online instruction. Also included on this page are descriptions of technologies, important departments, contact information, and resources for training.

 Download the Academic Continuity Plan


Virtual Presence Checklist

Virtual Presence refers to the idea of extending your teaching presence through technology. An instructor with a fully virtual presence can deliver course content, send announcements, lead discussions, engage with students, and grade assignments – all from a computer connected to the internet. In some cases, Virtual Presence can be used to build fully-online courses. In other cases, it can be used to supplement face-to-face learning in a blended course design.

The Virtual Presence Checklist is a list of suggested tools and steps that can help you start building a Virtual Presence. Virtual Presence is an important part of having an Academic Continuity Plan. Visit the Virtual Presence page for more information.


Instructional Technologies at Pace

The Academic Continuity Plan you employ for your course can include a variety of tools and pedagogical approaches. These tools can be integrated as part of your course design.

Blackboard Online gradebook, send announcements, post documents, create assignments with rubrics, and use discussion boards.
Blackboard Collaborate Allows live web conferencing and screen sharing with students.
Kaltura Upload your own videos, record webcam lectures, and share them in Blackboard
Skype for Business Web Conferencing and screen sharing.
Poll Everywhere Ask a question and poll students. Can be used in a live presentation.
NBC Learn Video library of historical and current events to use as examples in Blackboard.
Echo360 Personal Capture software allowing you to record and post a lecture.


Academic Continuity Plan

The Academic Continuity Plan requires setting up your virtual classroom first. By following the Part 1: Pre-steps, you will be prepared to transition smoothly from face-to-face learning in the classroom to your virtual classroom should the university need to close during an emergency.

Part 1: Pre-Steps

Follow these steps at the beginning of the semester to ensure you can have a virtual classroom ready-to-go when you need it.

Familiarize yourself with online technologies at Pace including Blackboard, Collaborate, Kaltura, and Echo360 Digital Toolkit
Download and install any required plugins, programs, and prerequisites prior to your class. HelpDesk for Assistance
Consult with an Academic Technologist at Pace for training and support Email Us
Post the course syllabus and schedule online Blackboard
Setup the Online Gradebook Blackboard
Create and save one backup assignment Blackboard
Upload course materials and readings Blackboard
Post announcements online Blackboard
Have at least two pre-recorded lectures prepared Echo360 or Kaltura
Select a Lynda.com course as an alternative online activity for students Lynda.com

PART 2: USE YOUR VIRTUAL CLASSROOM DURING A UNIVERSITY CLOSING

In the event of an emergency closing, instructors should shift to using online instruction through virtual presence.

Record progress and grades in the Grade Center Blackboard
Post your pre-recorded backup lecture Blackboard and Kaltura or Echo360
Use the Announcements and Email features to communicate Blackboard
Use the Discussion Board for discussions Blackboard
Post your backup assignment Blackboard
Schedule a web conferencing session during your regular class time Blackboard Collaborate or Skype for Business

Contact, Training, and Resources

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGIES

The Office of Academic Technologies supports end-users and training for Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, Kaltura, and a variety of other classroom technologies.

Contact Academic Technologies to:

  • Work with a consultant on your blended or fully-online course design.
  • Schedule one-on-one training in Blackboard, Collaborate, ExamSoft, Respondus, Poll Everywhere, NBC Learn, Lynda.com, Skype for Business, or video editing.

Email: acadtech@pace.edu
Phone: (914) 773-3664

Educational Media

The Educational Media teams support classroom A/V equipment, video conferencing rooms, and Lecture Capture software including Echo360. Lecture Capture software allows you to record your face-to-face lecture or solo presentation and upload it online for students.

Contact Ed Media to:

  • Ask questions about getting started with Lecture Capture and Echo360.
  • Learn about Active Learning Clasrooms
  • Learn about classroom A/V equipment.
 

New York Campus
Room: E312
Email: sramkumar@pace.edu
Phone: (212) 346-1583

Pleasantville Campus
Room: Miller Hall 31
Email: gchacko@pace.eduPhone:
Phone: (914) 773-3338

White Plains Campus
Room: Aloysia Hall 303

Email: asoares@pace.edu
Phone: (914) 422-4060

DIGITAL TOOLKIT

The Digital Toolkit is a collection of tutorials, videos, and resources designed for faculty and students using educational and classroom related technologies supported by ITS at Pace.

EMERGENCY CLOSINGS

For Emergency Closing and Weather Alert information, please check the Pace home page or the MyPace portal for special announcements, or call the Emergency Closing Information for Campus Closing Information.

  • For Lower Manhattan and Midtown Center – (212) 346-1953
  • For Pleasantville, Briarcliff, and White Plains – (914) 773-3398
  • You can also sign up for the Pace University Emergency Alert System to receive a phone call, text message, and emails regarding emergency communications.