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Otterbein Academic Continuity

This guide is designed to give suggestions and support for when there are obstacles for face-to-face instruction. For instance, a snow day, power outage, and other unplanned closures.


Online Workshops & Drop-In Sessions

CTL Online Workshops and Drop-in Practice Sessions
Connect with the CTL via Collaborate Ultra
1) Blackboard Learn, The Basics, Getting Started
2) Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Moderator Certification
3) Digication, ePortfolios for class assignments
Online short video tutorials, see videos below
Apps and High Impact Practices, ex. Perusall, Flipgrid, Watch2gether, Playposit, etc.
Screen Recording and Streaming: ex. Camtasia, Quicktime and Capture
Collaborate Ultra Libguide has video tutorials to share with students

Workshops and Practice Sessions  (subject to change)

*please use Chrome and your first and last name when joining sessions 
We have moved the sessions to our Remote Learning BB Course, see link below for the session schedule


Classroom Management Recommendations and Tips:
1) Ask students to add their first and last name when they join
    -In your announcements, ask students to open Collaborate Ultra in a new Chrome tab
    -Students enter as participants, and can up reassigned to presenters as needed
2) Record all sessions when you begin and stop recording at the end
3) Model the class expectations as you would in face-to-face classes
4) Limit chat during instruction time and ask students to raise their hands
     -You can turn off the chat in the settings tab
5) Take the pulse of the class with the status features, happy, sad, confused, away, etc.
6) Ask students to click on the leave session when your session is done

Quick videos

Collaborate Quick Video



Short video tutorials (no-cost applications)

Video Table of Contents

  1. Snagit is a screencasting application
  2. TechSmith is similar to Watch2Gether, a  way to watch videos together virtually
  3. EdPuzzle is similar to PlayPosit application for video annotation and allows for pause points 
  4. FlipGrid is a virtual discussion application using selfie-like videos
  5. Perusall is a document annotation tool

Technical Support Help Numbers

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: 1-888-788-5264

Digication ePortfolio:

Center for Teaching and Learning: 614-823-1035,

IT Helpdesk: 614-823-3100,

Otterbein University Police, 614-823-1222