In accordance with the Provost’s message (PDF) 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 components: 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.
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 Ultra||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.|
|LinkedIn Learning||Vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills.|
|Panopto||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, and Kaltura||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||Kaltura or Panopto|
|Select a LinkedIn Learning course as an alternative online activity for students||LinkedIn Learning|
|Post video clips of relevant historical and current events for discussion in Blackboard||NBC Learn|
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 Panopto|
|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
The Office of Academic Technology supports end-users and training for Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, Kaltura, and a variety of other classroom technologies.
Contact Academic Technology to:
- Work with a consultant on your blended or fully-online course design.
- Schedule one-on-one training for any of our academic tools.
Phone: (914) 773-3664 / (212) 346-1661
The Educational Media teams support classroom A/V equipment, video conferencing rooms, and Lecture Capture software including Panopto. 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 Panopto.
- Learn about Active Learning Classrooms
- Learn about classroom A/V equipment.
New York Campus
Phone: (212) 346-1583
Room: Miller Hall 31
Phone: (914) 773-3338
White Plains Campus
Room: Aloysia Hall 303
Phone: (914) 422-4060
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.
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.
A Note for Faculty:
While we understand that not all courses are conducive to remote and online learning modalities (e.g., nursing labs; lab sciences including chemistry, forensics, and biology; and/or performing arts), the academic continuity plan is essential to providing Pace students an uninterrupted academic experience. Additionally, planning ahead of time in anticipation of inclement weather or other events that result in campus closure, is key to staying on schedule. For further questions or for clarification, please contact your department chair directly.