Instructional Support

Whether your Fall 2020 course will be taught in the classroom, online or in a hybrid mode, the Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership (ITLAL), Information Technology Services (ITS) and Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) have developed workshops, webinars and related supports to assist you as you prepare your instruction. 

Workshops and Webinars

ITLAL has prepared a series of workshops on Course Design and Development to support your overall course approach, goals and strategies regardless of delivery mode, as well as workshops to support a holistic transformation of a course to online delivery. 

ITS has developed Technology Tools to Support Pedagogy webinars to provide you with the skill to apply technology solutions that meet your pedagogical objectives.

Blackboard Resources

All Fall 2020 instructors have been added to the Blackboard resource, “Fall 2020 Keep Teaching Course Development and Planning Resources.”  

This is a self-paced, structured guide that will bring you through the process of designing and developing a fully online course, with access to in-person support from ITLAL and ITS staff. 

Please visit our Technology Guidelines page for information on the enhanced course template that has been added to Blackboard shells for all Fall 2020 courses. 

Access Blackboard and Zoom Training. Please also review the University’s Zoom security guidance

Individual Consultation

ITLAL and ITS consultants are available for individual consultation and support. CDIT graduate students are also available to assist instructors with course design.   

Request an ITLAL consultation for teaching-related concerns. 

Request an ITS consultation for technology-related concerns. 

Remote Teaching Brown Bag sessions

ITLAL will offer virtual brown bag sessions every Friday at noon using Zoom. These are informal opportunities for instructors to share challenges and learn from the collective wisdom of their colleagues. Join the weekly Zoom meetings using this link.

School & College Support

Each School and College will develop a plan to support instructors at the departmental level and coordinate their course development.  

Some Schools and Colleges may seek faculty volunteers to serve in peer-to-peer instructional support capacities. Volunteers will have access to ITLAL support as needed. 

Department Chairs will serve as liaisons with the Academic Continuity Work Group throughout the summer to share questions or concerns from their departments. They will also work with instructors to ensure all courses have a plan to move to fully remote instruction, if it becomes necessary to do so.

Deans will submit a “Return to Teaching” report by August 10 that confirms all instructors are aware of their course delivery modes and are prepared to begin teaching on August 24. 

Library Services

Current students, faculty and staff will be able to physically access our libraries, if needed, during the Fall 2020 semester. (Please check online for the most up-to-date hours of operation.)

However, we encourage all students, faculty and staff to first contact the library to see whether the services they need can be accessed virtually instead.

Please read this message about the electronic reserve services and other virtual library options available to instructors during the Fall 2020 semester.

Librarians are available to assist students with their research questions through chat, email and telephone. Students can even request one-on-one virtual research consultations. 

The University Library also offers information literacy tutorials, in-depth subject guides and online workshops. 

Visit the library website to get started. 

Looking for more resources? Please read the “Teaching Modalities Tools & Resources” message sent to instructors on August 4, 2020.

In addition, the Provost and members of the UAlbany Forward Together Task Force will hold bi-weekly summer town halls to engage in conversation and hear feedback from the campus community. 

Note: Faculty without the necessary technology at home can utilize their on-campus office. Please visit the Returning to the Workplace page for additional guidance.