Faculty should have a continuity plan in place for any potential disruption in campus operations that may affect your classroom or course delivery. With this in mind, the Learning and Educational Center has prepared an "Instructional Continuity Module" (NSU-ICM). The NSU-ICM can easily be added to your course. The video below explains the process of adding the module to your Canvas course, and text-based instructions are available as well.
Adjusting your Syllabus
If you need to make adjustments to your syllabus, you can use the Syllabus Management System.
Canvas is the online course delivery tool used by Nova Southeastern University.
Generally, all courses at Nova Southeastern have a Canvas course created, though not everyone uses them for ground courses. It is a good idea to have content prepared in a situation where access to course materials is needed remotely, even if only in emergency circumstances.
If you aren't yet familiar with using Canvas for delivering online courses, now is a good time to learn some of the essentials. You should be able to replicate many ground activities in an online environment - delivering lectures, starting a group collaboration or giving assignments or exams.
Zoom for Lectures, Presentations and Group Discussions
Zoom is an online presentation tool similar to GoToTraining or Collaborate, allowing you to host an online meeting with optional web camera and audio access for all attendees.
You can add Zoom to your Canvas navigation menu, if it isn't already there by modifying your course navigation menu.
Additional Resources for Instructors
There are 15 videos broken out into playlists on the SharkMedia Zoom channel:
Topics include basic and advanced subject material (Whiteboarding and breakout rooms are included).
Register for a Zoom Meeting for Education Webinar
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisites: An understanding of e-mail and video conferencing principles is helpful.
In this session you will learn:
1) How to download the Zoom applications and join a Zoom meeting;
2) How to schedule a meeting and send out invitations;
3) In-meeting controls and differentiation tools (including the waiting room, share screen, breakout rooms).
Time will be allocated at the end of the session for live Q&A.
Note: We will be delivering training using Zoom's Webinar platform. This will ensure your privacy during this webinar.
Zoom Technical Support
Eager to get a jump start? Learn more about it by going to Zoom's support page and search for popular topics, dive into the video tutorials page, or call support directly. There are videos covering a wide variety of topics like scheduling a meeting, adjusting audio and video, or using breakout rooms. Most videos are under 2 minutes or less, making it easy to hop in and learn something new.
For additional questions about the product reach out to Michael Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Larry Lettie (email@example.com).
SharkMedia and Kaltura Capture for Prerecorded Media
SharkMedia is NSU's media portal, which provides you the ability to upload and manage media content that you develop. Kaltura Capture is a desktop application that helps you create media through screen recordings and your web cam.
Turnitin for Online Submissions
Turnitin provides plagiarism prevention services, and digital grading products to educational institutions around the world. The Turnitin Building Block extension in Canvas gives users of the Canvas Learning System the ability to use Turnitin products within their Canvas interface. Turnitin has two different tools that instructors can use in their courses, and both are automatically enabled in Canvas. Turnitin can be used within the Canvas Plagiarism Framework or as an External Tool.
Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. It works seamlessly with our Canvas LMS system and prevents cheating during online exams by creating a secure test environment were students are unable to copy, print, access other applications, or visit other websites during an online exam.
The sample text below can be used in your course or syllabus. It explains that students must use LockDown Browser for their online tests.
This course requires the use of LockDown Browser for online exams. Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the optional webcam feature (which may be required for some exams).
Then download and install LockDown Browser from this link:
[NOTE TO INSTRUCTOR: INSERT THE STUDENT QUICK START GUIDE FOR YOUR LMS HERE]
To take an online test, start LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam. (You won't be able to access the exam with a standard web browser.) For additional details on using LockDown Browser, review this Student Quick Start Guide (PDF)
[NOTE TO INSTRUCTOR: INSERT YOUR INSTITUTION'S DOWNLOAD URL HERE, IF APPLICABLE]
Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:
Ensure your first exam using LockDown Browser runs smoothly! Have students take an ungraded practice quiz that requires the use of LockDown Browser, before the graded exam occurs.
Leave the quiz available for the duration of the course, with unlimited attempts, so students can access it again if they use a different computer.
Respondus LockDown Browser for Students (Please share with your students)
Identify your plan
Learn about the tools available for online content delivery
Prepare for Online Delivery
Communicate with students
Transition Content to Online
Outcomes and Objectives
In the event of a disruption, communication is key. If you don't have an effective communication strategy, students may feel disconnected and unsure of what to do next.
1. Include an Instructor Contact Information page in your Canvas course
We recommend this page be at the start of your modules page, typically in a Getting Started module. This page could include office hours, email address, phone number, skype or other communication options where available.
2. Relay your communication strategy to students
What is your primary method of communication in the event of an emergency? How will your course continue or what will you do if something is postponed or cancelled?
Canvas announcements are an excellent way to inform students of last minute changes or instructions. You should communicate potential schedule changes, location changes, due date extensions or critical changes.
How do I add announcements to a Canvas course?
Consider the software and files that you will need access to such as SharkVPN (Pulse Secure) and Office 365.
SharkVPN (Pulse Secure)
NSU’s VPN service (SharkVPN) provides a secure connection to the campus network from any location, as long as the device has an internet connection. The SharkVPN can be used to access campus resources securely with a strong encryption, authenticated access to NSU network from external environments, while it proxies your network traffic as NSU.
SharkVPN is an extension of the NSU network and subject to the University’s policies. SharkVPN connections are automatically ended 24 hours after initiation for service and security reasons.
To use the VPN, you need to have antivirus software installed on your PC.
How to setup VPN on Windows
How to Setup VPM on MAC/Apple
Available now, Faculty and Staff who need assistance with Remote Help, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of productivity tools from Microsoft that helps you collaborate with students and coworkers. Whether working from campus, home or on the go, Office 365 is available wherever you are and on virtually any device.
All NSU students, faculty and staff are automatically enabled for Office 365. Get to know the multitude of features it offers by browsing the list below. More products are being added every day! Please visit our Office 365 Help page to learn more.
Faculty & Staff Support
Faculty Support Resources
NSU Student Help Desk
The NSU Newsroom provides regular University updates and News releases.
NSU Emergency Information and NSU Alerts
In the event of a real emergency, other components of NSU’s Emergency Notification System will be implemented. This includes intercoms broadcasting in classrooms, PA systems and bullhorns outfitted in all Public Safety patrol vehicles; the LCD “Sharktube” displays throughout buildings on campus; an Emergency Message “icon” on NSU’s homepage, and through the NSU’s emergency blue light phone and public address network. Each of these communications channels are tied to NSU’s Public Safety Department’s Security Operation Center.