Teaching and Learning with Technology: Catch Up on Missed Classes

Was your class affected by the weather? Are you looking for a way to make up the missed hours? Do you still want to ensure that your students have meaningful learning experiences? Finding time for an extra class or adding minutes to classes already scheduled might be a challenge for you and your students.

Review resources and learning opportunities below!

How can technology help?

Blackboard: Create a Learning Module in Blackboard. Set specific learning goals, post learning materials and create an opportunity for students to engage with you and with each other by using a Discussion Board or Groups. Enable students to demonstrate that they have achieved learning goals by using quizzes or assignments.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Sometimes, you really need to meet face-to-face. Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you meet virtually, share applications, use a virtual whiteboard to interact, and even create breakout groups. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra opens right in your browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session. We will discuss other alternatives to video-conferencing.


VoiceThread: Create mini-lectures by recording a video from a webcam, uploading slides or other course materials. Students can engage in meaningful conversations using audio and video comments. These conversations are not live; they take place whenever and wherever it is convenient for people to participate. Students can also create multimedia presentations or e-portfolios and engage in reflective discussions critiquing each other’s work.

Turnitin: is a web-based application available in Blackboard that helps students improve their writing skills, reduce plagiarism and makes it easy to give your students feedback about their writing. Do you teach a writing intensive course? Do you spend a lot of time providing feedback to your students? The QuickMark Comments and Voice Comments can help you make up the missed time and save time on grading.


Don’t wait till the next snow day to engage your students in the course and use technology to support student learning.