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Tools and Support

Support resources are available throughout Saint Louis University to assist instructors with preparing their courses to be taught virtually.

Instructional Development Workshops and Support

  • The Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning offers online seminars — open to all faculty and graduate students teaching in fall 2020 — that introduce the basics in distance education pedagogy and training using University-supported tools, including Blackboard. Faculty who have not yet done so are strongly encouraged to participate in one of these seminars as soon as possible.
  • The Reinert Center  also has a variety of resources to support the development of virtual instruction.
  • Faculty experienced in online course delivery are being identified and will be available to other faculty to serve as mentors and resources in their departments/colleges. Consult your department chair or dean for colleagues with this experience and/or contact the Reinert Center to see if your college/school has a faculty liaison who can provide additional support.

Course Tools and Technologies

Many University-supported tools and technologies are available to support virtual instruction and student learning. However, some faculty employ pedagogies that require additional tools/technologies. Below we offer a few notes about the adequacy and availability of such technologies as we plan for expanded needs in fall 2020:

  • Use of Blackboard (Bb) is required for all Fall 2020 courses taught virtually at any point in the term (with limited exceptions).
  • The stability and reliability of Blackboard has been enhanced and is continually monitored. Key ITS resources have been dedicated to the increased support of Bb.
  • Instructional technology needs for fall 2020 (and beyond) are being re-assessed now. All faculty are asked to share details about their currently-used technologies and other technologies needed to shift their courses to virtual delivery. Having the full faculty provide input enables ITS, the Reinert Center, and others to discern which needs can be met with technologies scaled for multiple versus individual users.
  • President Pestello and Provost Gillis are committed to allocating funding to obtain as many needed technologies as financially and operationally feasible.
  • University-sponsored and implemented technologies will be supported to ensure faculty and student use is robust and uninterrupted.