Cyber Day

Winter weather can grind everything from work, to play, to travel to a halt. Don't let student learning get caught in its path! The Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Technology have collaborated on Cyber-Day: Keeping Class on Track. This resource is designed to help faculty keep learning momentum going in their classes when the University postpones or cancels a face-to-face session due to inclement weather.

Review the following resources to pick up tips and techniques:

  • Determine which class content is appropriate for online, and which content should be saved for face-to-face interaction
  • Provide extensions of learning opportunities presented in class and new entry points for class content learning in the absence of face-to-face interaction
  • Utilize innovative technologies to convert what would have taken place in class into engaging, interactive learning opportunities online
  • Communicate with students via available technologies so that your class can stay on track
  • Encourage students to learn how to use the Blackboard tools by enrolling and completing DIS095 - Online Orientation for students. In this free course, students will learn how to navigate Blackboard, learn and communicate online, learn how to upload assignments, use the Discussion Board, and take Bb tests
  • Encourage students to check their Wilmington University email often and set up their mobile device to get their WU email

For an overview of Cyber Day, please read the document on "Keeping Class On Track" and view the workshop video archive below:

Here are detailed instructions for each topic covered in Cyber Day:

Topic / Link to Video

Instruction Sheet
(right click to download; click to view)

Creating Announcements

Creating Announcements.pdf

Creating an Assignment

Creating an Assignment.pdf

Grading Assignments

Grading Assignments.pdf

Creating and Replying to Discussion Boards

Creating a Discussion Board Forum.pdf

Grading Discussion Boards Grading a Discussion Board Forum.pdf
Converting a Test to Blackboard Convert a Document Test to a Blackboard Testl.pdf
Using Excel to Create a Blackboard Test Test Using Excel - Sample.xlsx


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Narrating a PowerPoint with Kaltura

To ensure that unexpected closings have minimal impact on the flow of student learning the cyber day concept will replace the need to schedule make-up days. However, a course with special equipment or resources may be granted a classroom during reading week.

Submit a request by site using one of these forms: