Instructional Continuity

The College offers several resources that can be utilized to continue instruction if you and/or your students are not able to make it to the classroom.   The options for the continuality of instruction do require advanced design preparation.  In-person guidance is always available and information sessions are being scheduled.  Practice is recommended for any or all design strategies before needing to use one to avoid disruption of instruction.   While this is not an exhaustive list of all tools that can be utilized, this guide is meant to offer options to assist your preparations.


Resources for Teaching Online:

Remote Teaching:

Alternative Assessments:

  • Alternative Assessments in Canvas
  • QM Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist
  • Emporia State University Alternative Assessments
  • Open notes/open book assessments (quiz, exam, or essay) in Canvas
  • Synchronous Student presentations, individual or group, using a web conferencing platform
  • Asynchronous Recordings of Student presentations, individual or group
  • Final Paper/Essay
  • Exam in Canvas using either of the Quizzes platforms and Respondus Lockdown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor (This can be found on your course navigation in your Canvas courses.)
    • Instructor Quick Start Guide to LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor
    • Daily Training Webinars with Live Q&A – These 45-minute trainings are the best way for instructors to learn how to use Respondus Monitor for online proctoring. Each session is followed by an extended Q/A period where questions are answered live. Register
    • Rapid Rollout Guide for Instructors – Here is the essential information for using Respondus Monitor with online exams
    • Create a Practice Exam – Have students take a practice exam with Respondus Lockdown Browswer and Respondus Monitor to ensure their computer, webcam and Internet are working properly. Allow students more than one attempt on the quiz so they can try the practice exam whenever their device or networking environment changes
    • 24/7 Live Chat – Remember that students can access built-in troubleshooting and live chat from within Respondus Monitor if they encounter a technical problem. You can find more resources for students, including how to access Live Chat
    • Student Quick Guide to Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor
    • NOTE: Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor do not work on personally owned Chromebooks.

Canvas Resources:


Student Success Tips for Remote Learning

Remote Teaching for Science Labs:


Streaming Video/Film Options:

Library Services is working on options for providing streaming options for students. Please reach out to your Library liaisons with specific titles that you will be using in your courses.


Live Instruction Options: 

Canvas Conferences is a web-conferencing platform that integrates Big Blue Button with Canvas and allows for synchronous learning.  Conferences can be recorded and viewed again for up to 14 days or downloaded.  Recorded conferences can only be viewed in the course they were recorded. Recorded conferences have a time limit of 60 minutes.  Non-recorded conferences do not have a time limit.

Canvas Guides on Conferences:

Zoom is a web-conferencing platform that allows for synchronous learning and is also integrated with Canvas. Zoom can be used on laptops, smartphones, and tablets.  Participants can call into the meeting using a phone or the device’s audio.  Video is not a requirement to use this platform.  Screens can be shared and the meetings can be recorded to be viewed later.

Zoom Resources: (Complete the following how-tos in the order they are listed, if you are accessing Zoom for the first time.)


Recorded Instruction Options:

Record a PowerPoint presentation with audio.  A strategy to reproduce lecture-style instruction.  (If you need the newest version of PowerPoint on your personal devices, you can install it from https://www.office.com/.  Sign-in with your BC credentials.)  Upload presentations to Canvas to share with your course.

Add audio to slides in PowerPoint Presentations. Allows flexibility to take already-created materials and add narration to recreate in-class lectures.  Upload presentations to Canvas to share with your course.

Panopto is the institution-provided lecture-capture platform and is also integrated with Canvas. Using this platform requires some advanced planning and preparation. 

Panopto Resources: (If you plan on using Panopto on your campus computer, please email help@bridgewater.edu to request the software be installed on your office or classroom computer(s). Information on how to install Panopto on a personal computer are below in the How to start recording in Panopto from Canvas resource.)


Instruction without Audio/Video Options:

Canvas Discussions is a feature that will allow you to continue discussions outside the classroom.  You can have small-group discussions or whole-class discussions. 

Organize course materials and assignments in Canvas using Modules to create an online course design to continue instruction without disruption.


Feel free to email or call me (egoodwin@bridgewater.edu) to aid in your design and preparation for alternative delivery.