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Office of Online and Distance Learning

We are here to help with Zoom, Blackboard, and Panopto-related inquiries, and more! You can reach us via email at sais.odl@jhu.edu, or call +1 (202) 663-5959 during regular business hours.

Keep Teaching, Learning & Working

Campus Closures

Johns Hopkins SAIS has put resources and measures in place to ensure continuity of teaching so that the academic progress of our students is not disrupted in the event of an unexpected closure. In addition, our staff is working to ensure that administrative operations continue. Students will continue to have access to faculty, staff, peers, and learning resources. The only difference is that we will gather for lectures and meetings virtually, share course content and resources digitally, and communicate with one another using a variety of media applications – supported and provided by the school.
 
In the sections below, you can find resources and guidance to assist you in continuing to teach your courses and perform your job function.

Using ZOOM

Zoom is an online, real-time videoconferencing tool that you can use to hold meetings or virtual class sessions in lieu of meeting in person. Zoom enables you to communicate with colleagues and students via audio and video, share documents, and record meetings for later review.

Yes, in order to create and manage a Zoom meeting for your course(s), you will need to have a university-sponsored “Licensed” account.  However, your students do not need accounts to attend your class meetings.

There is an $8.88/month fee associated with a licensed Zoom account, so contact the staff/coordinator for your academic program before you sign up for your account. They will be able to provide you with the cost center information you’ll need to complete your registration. They may also be able to create an account on your behalf.   
 
When ready, sign up for your Zoom account at the university’s IT Services Catalog. When asked “Which Zoom resources are you requesting?” select Zoom User Account(s) from the drop menu. Complete the rest of the form as instructed. Your new account should be ready within 24 hours.    
 
You may downgrade to a free “Basic” account or cancel the account at any time. Note: Basic accounts will only allow you to host sessions for a maximum of 40 minutes.

The Office of Online and Distance Learning is currently conducting a series of virtual trainings, and you may sign-up to attend any of them by sending an email to sais.odl@jhu.edu. Additional information about upcoming training schedules will be emailed to faculty.

Additional Resources

Zoom Quick Guide

How to use Zoom (Video)

Zoom Interface at a Glance

Guidelines for Recording with Zoom

Using Blackboard

The Blackboard learning management system can be an effective tool for helping ensure academic continuity during a school closure.

The Office of Online and Distance Learning is currently conducting trainings to get you acquainted with specific Blackboard tools that are helpful when performing course functions remotely.
 
Training topics include:

  • Communicating with your students through Blackboard
  • Adding and managing content
  • Creating, collecting, and grading assignments
  • Introduction to discussion forums  

 
All trainings will take place virtually in a Zoom meeting space, so there is no need to appear in person. You do not need to have a Zoom account to attend training.    
 
You may sign-up to attend any of the trainings by sending an email to sais.odl@jhu.edu. Upcoming training schedules will be sent periodically to faculty via email.

Additional Resources


Communicating with your students through Blackboard

Blackboard Communication Tools (Video)

Download Handout

Adding and managing content

Uploading Content to Blackboard (Video)

Download Handout

Creating Assignments on Blackboard

How to use Blackboard Assignment Tool

Creating & Grading Assignments in Blackboard (Video)

Designing Assessments for Online Delivery

SAIS Honor Code

Blackboard Tools for Online Assessments

Recording Lectures Using Panopto

Panopto is a valuable video recording and management system that can be used to support academic continuity during a school closure. Panopto’s easy-to-use application allows you to prerecord lecture video for use in lieu of on campus meetings.  It supports a variety of lecture formats, processes all of the video’s components automatically, and allows you to share your recordings with students in Blackboard.         

The Office of Online and Distance Learning is conducting trainings to help acquaint you with some of the specific Panopto tools.
 
Training topics include:

  • Connecting Panopto with your Blackboard site
  • Setting up audio and video
  • Recording a video, including voice-over-PowerPoint and other formats
  • Sharing recordings with students

All trainings will take place virtually in a Zoom meeting space, so there is no need to appear in person. You do not need to have a Zoom account to attend training.    
 
You may sign-up to attend any of training by sending an email to sais.odl@jhu.edu. In addition, upcoming training schedules will be sent periodically to faculty via email.

Additional Resources


Panopto Quick Guide

For Windows

For Mac

How to use Panopto

For Windows (Video)

For Mac (Video)

Whom should I contact for other Panopto support and questions?
Send an email to sais.odl@jhu.edu anytime or call 202.663.5959 (M-F, 9-5).

Mason Library

For general inquiries, research questions, or to schedule an appointment with a librarian (Zoom and phone options available), please email saislibrary@jhu.edu.

The Library automatically posts required readings for your class, accessible via your Blackboard site. Materials may include full-text journal articles, ebook links and some previously scanned book chapters. Note that the Library will make every effort to find ebooks; until further notice, staff do not have access to print materials.

Additional Resources

Mason Library

Research support

Borrow and renew materials

Keep Teaching @JHU

The website provides general information to help prepare all course instructors (including graduate student instructors) for disruptions to face-to-face teaching.

Keep Teaching @JHU