Suggestions for Teaching in an Emergency

The Center for Teaching with Technology offers support to faculty members in the following ways for dealing with the possibility of an emergency. 

Preparation Strategy 

Before facing any crisis, consider the following ways in which you can prepare a course. You need not employ all the possible strategies mentioned below, but you can choose those most appropriate for you and your students. CTT will be happy to discuss with you which options would be best.

Access Blackboard:
a) Select the WPU Bb URL:, or
b) Sign in to WPConnect and select the Bb icon on the right side of the header

  • Using alternative technologies and methods of delivering lectures and assignments
    - Utilizing a faculty web page to post announcements, syllabus, lecture notes and assignments
    - Using Blackboard to distribute announcements, syllabus, lectures, assignments, or tests
    - Recording your lectures with Blackboard Collaborate system and deploying them over the Internet
    - Providing audio podcasting to listen to the lectures your students have missed
    - Encouraging your students to use Journals to show their individual work progress

In-person Support

  • For specific questions file a ticket with the Help Desk. When you are logged in with your WPUNJ username and password select Blackboard and identify the subject of your query.
  • In-person workshops are offered (between this date and that at times TBA)
  • One-on-one workshops are available daily from (this date to that). Walk-ins are welcome but make an appointment to ensure you'll have our full attention: 973-720-2659

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Contingency Strategy

In the event of an emergency, course requirements, course delivery methods, deadlines for assignments and grading percentages are subject to change. Please feel free to choose any of the following methods in which you might want to change your course(s):

  • Modify the course requirements
    - Inform students how they can communicate during their absence to receive full credit on assignments
    - Reset due dates for assignments
    - Adjust the student's grade based on remaining work
    - Provide detailed information on making up any missed assignments
    - Adjust the deadlines for assignments and Grading percentages
  • Be flexible in delivering course content
    - Make adjustments to course content, assignments and other substantive elements of the course
    - Post any course related materials and web links using Blackboard
    - Record class lectures using Blackboard Collaborate for later viewing and downloading
    - Create voiceover slideshows using MS PowerPoint for students at home
    - Utilize Blackboard's Discussion Board to promote discussion among students
    - Set up alternative means of collecting assignments using the Blackboard Assignments feature
    - Use Blackboard's online test features
    - Provide service to collect assignments

For more information or assistance in teaching in an emergency, please contact CTT.