Scaling Teaching and Learning Online in Response to COVID-19

Helping you Navigate your Remote Instruction Journey

The pace of change sparked by the Coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented. We are truly inspired by the impressive response of administrators, educators, students, and institutions as a whole. In support of your efforts, our global teams have been working around-the-clock to scale our solutions to new levels of usage, and to create new solutions and resources. 

Below you’ll find links to information, resources, and offers designed to help you scale your remote teaching and learning. These include continuity of education resources, product and service package offerings, as well as free access to products, resources, and training. 

Please bookmark this page. It will be updated as we find additional ways to support you in this challenging time.  Also, we encourage you to share your ideas and plans with the global Blackboard community on our Continuity of Education Community Site page.

Activate a Virtual Classroom in Minutes

To help you quickly transition your face-to-face classes, we’ve launched a new self-service portal enabling departments to order Blackboard Collaborate within minutes and turn on their virtual classrooms within a day. With simple, reliable collaboration tools, Blackboard Collaborate enables teaching and learning from anywhere.

Get the Training Needed to Scale Digital Teaching and Learning

To ease your transition to remote instruction, we are now providing educators with free 30-minute webinars for Blackboard Collaborate and Learn. Additionally, Blackboard’s Digital Teaching and Learning Series provides a comprehensive curriculum and certification on integrating digital technologies into every aspect of the teaching and learning experience. Our portal makes it easy to order training as quickly as you need it.

Create Accessible and Inclusive Online Content

To help meet unique learning needs and preferences, students can use our free File Transformer to convert digital course content into alternative formats. As your institution shifts to online instruction, delivering content that is inclusively designed and accessible is even more paramount. Blackboard Ally integrates with the major learning management systems to help institutions build a more inclusive online learning environment.

Ensure Educators and Students Can Get the Technical Support They Need

To help you keep pace with increasing demand for support, our quick-to-implement IT Help Desk solutions expand your institution’s service capabilities and free up valuable resources for your support teams. With our Redundancy Model, you can leverage a short-term initiative that provides out-of-the-box support for students, faculty and staff. Our Phased Implementation Model is our most effective support model and extends support throughout the year.

Get Critical Information to Students with Quick Communications

To keep your campus regularly informed during this rapidly changing environment, our multi-modal (email, SMS, phone) outreach quickly disseminates key information to students, educators, and staff and points them to your campus resources – scaling the effectiveness of your teams. Additionally, we gather valuable feedback through surveys for continuous improvement.

Additional Educator Resources

As your partner on this teaching and learning journey, we are here to support you.