Resources for Alternative Teaching Methods

Faculty members who are teaching a face-to-face class should start planning how to continue instruction through alternate methods.

This may be through use of Blackboard, Zoom, email or other means of communication.

Using Blackboard

Information services is building a Blackboard shell for every class that doesn’t currently have one.

Blackboard allows you to:

  • Engage with your students
  • Upload files into your course
  • Embed external videos
  • Have students turn in assignments
  • Create assignments, tests, quizes and discussions
  • Grade assignments, quizes and tests 
  • Pre-record a presentation from your computer
  • Host online office hours and chat sessions using Collaborate Ultra
  • Hold asynchronous class discussions

If you have questions that aren’t addressed, If you have questions that aren’t addressed, please contact the office of academic affairs, 417-255-7272.

Utilizing Zoom technology

Many faculty and staff members already have full Zoom licenses, but we are rolling out additional licenses. Zoom allows unlimited time in meetings and recording.

You can request a new Zoom pro account if you don’t have one by contacting the academic affairs office.

If you already have a pro account, you don’t need to do anything different to continue to use Zoom. Resources for installing, using, and hosting Zoom meetings can be found at the Zoom Help Center.

If you have any questions or need assistance, call the IT support line at 417-255-7995. An additional number will be provided to staff and faculty if the campus is closed.


You may need to adjust your syllabus and expectations for what can be completed during this time. Labs, presentations and interactive clinics might not be possible.

Flexibility will be very important as we transition our in-person classes to alternative delivery methods.