Continuity of Instruction

Continuity of Instruction

While Winthrop's campus is closed in compliance with state and national guidelines for COVID-19, our dedicated Admissions team is available to help you. To speak with someone from Admissions, please call 803-323-2191 between the hours of 9am-3pm (Monday-Friday) or email any questions to Admissions@winthrop.edu. The health and safety of our staff and students is of the utmost importance so we will do our best to be available for you as long as we can.

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The Office of Online Learning has created the following resources to help faculty prepare for the continuity of instruction in the event that classes at Winthrop need to be offered remotely.  These resources are intentionally streamlined to make them useful for new users and for quick response situations. For additional assistance, contact the Winthrop Office of Online Learning.

Being prepared

Let your students know in advance that when classes switch to remote delivery, they should check their Winthrop email daily and access Blackboard--or your course website or other LMS--several times a week to participate and stay on track. Direct students to the Preparing for Remote Learning page for student resources.

The resources below will help faculty use the Winthrop-supported digital tools for continuity of instruction during a temporary move to remote delivery.

Quick Start Guide

Remote Teaching

Accessibility

Visit the Office of Accessibility's Q&A page for information about classroom accommodations as we move to an online classroom environment.

Retention

Maintain regular communication with students and monitor their activity and progress in Blackboard. Contact students to offer support should you notice a decrease in participation.

Interaction

Note: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a video conferencing platform that is available in every Blackboard course. However, during periods of temporary remote instruction, not every student will be equally able to participate in online synchronous sessions due to Internet access, available equipment and/or time zones.  These sessions should be optional, rather than mandatory, and should be recorded so they can be shared with students who cannot attend. A microphone headset is recommended for the best experience.

Course Content

Consider the key content and instruction that you were planning to deliver in a face to face format and how that can be delivered remotely. 

Note: Blackboard Ally scans your course and indicates which documents have issues with accessibility, provides instructions for how to improve the accessibility, and provides alternative formats for the documents.

Assessments

Grades

Library Resources

Dacus has access to over 200,000 eBooks.  Faculty should be aware that there are limitations on simultaneous user access to some ebooks, depending on the purchase or subscription model and publisher.

  • Visit the Remote Access to Library Services page for instructions on accessing the library's electronic resources from off-campus. 
  • EBSCO ebooks in our Academic Collection subscription do not have access limitations. This is the preferred collection to use when possible. Titles in the All Academic Collection allow 1 to 3 simultaneous users.
  • ProQuest Ebook Central
  • Winthrop has access to titles that have been individually purchased by Dacus; or are included in our subscription to Academic Complete.
  • Titles purchased by the PASCAL Consortium for its members, or are included in PASCAL’s subscription allow 1, 3, or unlimited simultaneous users.

If there are specific titles you are interested in using, you can check the availability at the provider’s site or email the library.

  • Librarians are regularly checking the Reference Desk email at refdesk@winthrop.edu.
  • Librarians are available for reference needs through live chat from 9am-9pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-7pm Friday, 1pm-6pm Saturday, and 1pm-9pm Sunday throughout the remote instruction period.
  • Virtual Book-a-Librarian appointments are available at http://libcal.winthrop.edu/appointments.
  • Visit the Library Services for COVID-19 Response Guide for information about library services, remote access, updated electronic resources, and more. 

Remote Meetings and Advising

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra can be used to host virtual meetings and conduct academic advising outside of Blackboard.  Please request a Collaborate Scheduler account by contacting the Office of Online Learning at 803-323-2212 or blackboard@winthrop.edu. A microphone headset is recommended for the best experience.

Last Updated: 3/29/20