#InItTogether During COVID-19 and Beyond: How Institutions Are Advancing Remote Learning Through Creativity


Over the past several months, higher education institutions across the globe have quickly moved to fully remote teaching and learning environments due to COVID-19. During this time, we’ve had the privilege of witnessing an incredible community of educators come together to share innovations, best practices, and successes while navigating these uncharted waters at an unprecedented rate. Watch the client stories below to learn about the creative ways institutions are leveraging Blackboard tools and solutions to advance learning, help students stay connected to instructors and each other, and drive student engagement.  We’ll be sharing additional client stories over the next several weeks, so bookmark this page to stay in the know!

Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas

Hear LMS Administrator Dara A. Anderson, M.Ed., describe the unique ways the ASU community came together to ensure instructors and students had the resources needed to effectively use Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate, continue to deliver remote tutoring, and replicate peer-to-peer learning through virtual breakout groups.

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana

Professor and Department Chair Mark Abram-Copenhaver of Saint Mary’s College used synchronous teaching via Blackboard Collaborate for all of his classes, including “Theatre Management.” Learn how he used breakout rooms to drive student engagement and replicate group activities that he would traditionally facilitate during in-person classes.

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins University transferred over 1,000 courses online. Hear Joseph Cutrone, Senior Lecturer and Director of Online Programs, explain how the university was able to seamlessly transition “thousands and thousands” of students to remote instruction.

Sam Houston State University (SHSU), Huntsville, Texas

According to Executive Director for SHSU Online Dr. Ruth Chisum, within the first week of fully remote instruction, SHSU experienced over 659,000 logins in Blackboard and more than 3,000 Blackboard Collaborate sessions. The institution also witnessed a surge in the use of Blackboard announcements, tests, assignments, and the grade center. Watch the video below to learn how Dr. Chisum worked with her team to transition 3,000 face-to-face classes to fully remote in just five days.

California Baptist University, Riverside, California

Learn some of the out-of-the-box strategies Dr. Ed Garrett, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Discipline Lead for Sport & Performance Psychology at California Baptist University, uses online to engage his students and connect the curriculum to the current environment.