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Online Teaching - Course Continuity and COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Given the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we want to provide you with information and resources regarding the continuation of learning while all classes are being conducted online. Please see the supplements below for more detailed information about providing course continuity online and providing online video coaching.

University and Health Organization Information and Resources

Fordham University and the Graduate School of Education have assembled and will continuously update online learning methods and tools to ensure educational instructional time is not lost. These resources can be found through the web links below.

  1. Fordham University-wide resources are available from ITAC (Informational Technology Academic Computing): Fordham IT Remote Teaching Resources: Course Continuity Resources and online resource for course continuity.

  2. Provost's Office: Communicating with Students has a list of suggestions for establishing a communication plan, as well as four handouts that give directions for basic Blackboard functionality.

Additional communications will follow as new information is presented about COVID-19 and how it’s affecting the Fordham Graduate School of Education community. Read detailed information on the University’s preparation and planning, including a Coronavirus FAQ. If you’re interested in more information about COVID-19, the resources listed here may be of some assistance:

Online Teaching Information for Faculty

GSE Course Continuity Plan

Last updated April 9, 2020

As of March 11, 2020, the university is suspending face-to-face instruction on all of Fordham’s New York area campuses. The GSE Online Team and University IT are here to support you by providing a continuity strategy and answering your technology questions for your online course delivery.

Contact Information for Assistance

Contact the staff in the Faculty Technology Center for assistance to create a hybrid or online version of your course:

There is 24/7 Blackboard support available on for chat or call 877-310-4667 (for both students and faculty).

For any technical assistance including internet connectivity or a computer at home, contact Fordham IT at 718-817-3999 or click on the Tech Help tab at My.Fordham.

If you’d like a one-on-one consultation to help translate your face-to-face course into an online format, please contact Dr. Rachel Um, GSE Director of Online Learning, at or GSE Online Team at

Steps for Your Course Continuity

To quickly move your class online, take the following steps:

  1. Locate your course in Blackboard
  2. Make your course available to students
  3. Post your syllabus
  4. Confirm your course name and roster
  5. Plan Live, Synchronous Class at the same time you normally hold class
    1. Blackboard Collaboration
    2. Zoom - If you have an account, set up a meeting for your class
  6. Communicate the location of your virtual class in Blackboard by creating an announcement and checking the box “send email”
  7. Please share this content with students who are new to online classes: GSE Student Course Expectations and Online Etiquette. This document includes: 1) general course requirements and expectations; 2) expectations for live, synchronous class sessions using Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, Webex, Google Hangout Meet, etc.; 3) other technological concerns; 4) Fordham University policies.

Free Technology to Support Course Conversion

  1. Google Hangout Meet just extended their limit of meeting participants from 25 to 250 people for video conferencing.
  2. SMART Learning Suite Online is available to all schools affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

With additional time to plan, you can incorporate different learning strategies into your online course:

  1. Plan assignment submissions
  2. Discussion board
    1. Generating and Facilitating Engaging and Effective Online Discussions via TEP at University of Oregon
    2. Discussion Board Rubrics via iRubric for inspiration in creating your rubic
    3. Additional resources
  3. A/V recommendations

Note: assignments that take place offline or asynchronously will count towards the credit hour policy. Communicate regularly with your students using a weekly progress email, reminders, etc. Respond to your students within 24 hours.

Online Workshops and Video Resources

Online Webinars
Fordham IT has scheduled a series of highly recommended online webinars to help you prepare your courses for online delivery. Introductory online webinars offer:

  • Strategies for Course Continuity
  • Blackboard Intro.
  • Synchronous Tools - Blackboard Collaborate and more
  • Asynchronous Tools - Screencasting and more

YouTube Tutorials for Delivering Instruction

  1. Online Learning Environments: An Introduction - This video reviews the differences between synchronous and asynchronous approaches.
  2. Communicating with Your Students During an Interruption - This video reviews the various ways faculty might communicate with their students using simple tools.
  3. Managing Online Discussions - This video provides some guidance on how to conduct online asynchronous discussions and shares some evidence based practices.
  4. For Synchronous Instruction -- Zoom. The interface is relatively user-friendly, and it has features (like breakout groups) that could be used to promote small group discussions. We will be using Zoom for all dissertation defenses and meetings.

Zoom Video Conferencing Tool

Zoom is now available to all students, faculty, and staff. It supports remote office work and course continuity. By now, you should have your own zoom account with your Fordham email. If you have any problems with your account, please contact

Fordham Zoom Quick Overview

Check this information regarding your Zoom account and quick How-To’s such as “Schedule a meeting and invite,” “Using breakout rooms,” etc. 

Zoom Q&A Workshops

Fordham IT scheduled several workshops on the Zoom video conferencing tool. Use the link to check and register for workshops for using Zoom as well as for other Academic Technology support. 

For those who are experienced with Zoom, this 30-minute video may be helpful. It includes information about breakout groups. For basic Zoom support information, click here.

Screencasting Software -- for Asynchronous Sessions

Asynchronous Content

Remember that asynchronous content can be just as purposeful and meaningful as live, synchronous class sessions. Some key tips for creating asynchronous content:

  • Objectives. Include an objective at the beginning of each activity. For example, “By the end of this activity/lesson, you should…”

  • Clarity. Use very clear and succinct language when writing any kind of directions. It is also helpful to specify a length range for written responses, i.e., 250-500 words, so students know what the expectations are.

  • Motivation. Address the students as “you” so that they feel engaged when reading about what they have to do.

  • Choices. There are many ways that students can share their understanding of content. You can tap into their creativity by giving students a choice of how to respond to a posting; for example, they can write a regular text response, upload a voice recording, or film themselves. Offering students choices can energize them by providing different ways to express themselves.

  • Timing. Although students learn at different paces and take varying lengths of time to read or complete other assignments, providing an approximate length of time that you think it will take them to complete an assignment is helpful for students to schedule their day. Use your best judgement when providing these time guidelines.

  • Personalization. It’s okay to insert your personality and voice into asynchronous work. If you want to add a dose of humor, go for it! 

5 Tips for Distance Learning from Library Resources

This link takes you to the Fordham Library’s blog. Here, there are tips for distance learners. Though the blog post was originally written for MSW students, the content is all applicable to our GSE students. 

Feel free to distribute among your students and encourage them to reach out to our Distance Learning Liaison Kirsten Lee ( with any questions about library resources and services. The content includes: 1) Familiarize yourself with ARES; 2) Learn how to find the resources you need at Fordham (and beyond); 3) Ask for help; 4) Build relationships; 5) Make the most of Fordham University services.

Please check the various resources our University IT put together for your course continuity: Fordham IT Remote Teaching Resources: Course Continuity Resources.


Keep up-to-date with GSE communications on COVID-19 virus and university communications.

Online Video Coaching for Field Specialists

Online Video Coaching Information (COVID-19, Coronavirus)

Last Updated March 10, 2020

As per Fordham University policy, as well as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus disease, we will be providing you with an online video coaching system, GoReact, with which to observe your student teachers. If you are already using GoReact as an observation tool, please ensure that the student teachers are uploading their videos in a timely manner.

GoReact is a user-friendly video coaching system that enables student teachers to upload their teaching videos so that they may receive in-time feedback from their field specialists who make comments as they watch the video.

We will be providing weekly trainings via Zoom and ongoing individual support for the GoReact system. You may access their website now and view training videos for instructors at

The student teachers will be instructed to continue student teaching at their placement sites as long as their schools remain open. In the event that their schools close due to the coronavirus, they have been instructed to inform their field specialists and advisors.

I also advise you to ensure that your student teachers complete their four observations as soon as possible in the event that their placement sites close.

We will advise you shortly as to when the first training session will be. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns:

Karen Andronico, Ed.D., Director of Field Based Education and Accountability, Fordham Graduate School of Education, Division of Curriculum and Teaching:


School Council Meeting Information

School Council Meeting Recording

Access Password: SC0420

You can view our school council meeting and the presentation about Course Continuity Status and Zoom Classroom Tips. The presentation begins at 28:20.  The Zoom tips include:

  1. Log in as a host
  2. Securing your Zoom meeting room
  3. Waiting room
  4. Sharing your screen
  5. Setting password to enter room
  6. Include meeting room link to Blackboard
  7. Recording
  8. Recording options and settings
  9. Sharing recordings
  10. Other tips: video touch-up, changing background, sharing computer audio

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