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Office of The Online and Distance Learning (ODL)
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
sais.odl@jhu.edu
+1 (202) 663-5959
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Keep Teaching, Learning & Working

Johns Hopkins SAIS has put resources and measures in place to ensure continuity of teaching throughout the fall semester. 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.

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.

Do I need an account to use Zoom?

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.

How to I acquire a Licensed Zoom account?

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.

How do I receive training on Zoom?

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

Create a Zoom Meeting and Share it with Students

How to use Zoom (Video)

Zoom Interface at a Glance

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

How do I Receive Training on Blackboard?

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

Best Practices in Assessment in Online Instruction
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

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.         

How do I Receive Training on Panopto?

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).

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

Course Readings

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