Now that you have decided how to adapt your course for planned remote delivery, this page will help you familiarize yourself with the available technologies to build your planned remote course. 

How to build your remote course

The first thing to do is set up your Blackboard course.

All USask courses have an associated Blackboard course. This space will become your virtual classroom in the planned remote environment.  You will use Blackboard to communicate with your students, post your syllabus, display Panopto lectures, provide assignment details, collect assignments, create and facilitate discussion groups, and other remote activities. Learn the main features of this tool and basic set up information using this step-by-step setup guide.

The second task is to choose your tools. 

Panopto and WebEx are two other technologies that are supported by USask and available to you to use.

Panopto Panopto provides instructors and students with simple and easy-to-use tools to record, edit, manage and distribute video content. Learn how to download Panopto, create instructional videos, student video assignment submissions, and much more.
WebEx WebEx is a campus wide, centrally-supported web conferencing solution that enables you to provide office hours, host remote lecturers/guest presenters, facilitate remote collaboration and provide synchronous learning opportunities.
Textbooks and Resources

Discussions and Community

Facilitating Discussions and Virtual Learning Communities (VLC)

In planned remote learning courses, the Blackboard Discussion board can be an important way for students to connect with each other to engage and enhance their learning.  Remember that asynchronous discussions provide more flexibility for students and instructors.  As a remote instructor, you help students make connections with course materials by designing prompts or questions for your discussion boards.  We have created a page with ideas and tips for creating a healthy virtual learning community. Students connecting to each other and the big ideas of a course is always important, but it is more important when people are physically isolated.  Working hard to establish community in your class is an important part of prepared remote instruction.

This infographic - Do This, Not That - was created by Alison Yang,

and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


Additional thoughts:

GMCTL Sessions on Remote Teaching Essentials: (please register via our online system)

  • If you're looking for support in creating or adapting your course for the Spring/Summer 2020, GMCTL leads a series of Remote Teaching Essentials sessions on remote teaching.

    Courses and workshops

IT Training Services:

Learn how to use these tools with training videos for USask supported technology tools or connect with IT Support Services for support with a technology that is not working.