Online Resources for transitioning to Online Instruction

In an ongoing commitment to providing details of EKU’s COVID-19 response plan, EKU IT and e-Campus Instructional Design Center (IDC) have teamed up to provide faculty with the training necessary for the temporary transition to online instruction.
In addition to the training programs offered below, remember that you can always reach out for help from the IT Service Desk.  The IDC has also agreed to assist with each department on making this transition - reach out to your department to learn which Instructional Designer will be helping you. You may also reach out to other faculty members in your department; most departments have a mix of faculty who are more and less familiar with Blackboard and who may be able to “team up” to help.
We are designing our training programs with a tiered approach in mind.  We know that faculty are coming to this with a variety of experience levels with Blackboard and online course delivery.  As a result, we will be offering different resources at three tiers so you can select the training material that best suits your comfort level.
Access the current training schedule. This calendar will be updated daily, so please bookmark it for easy access. 

Tier 1:  

Our Tier 1 trainings are ideal for those faculty who are not very familiar with Blackboard or online course delivery and who don’t have a lot of time for training.  These sessions will focus on using Blackboard to deliver your course in much the same way as you would lecture in a traditional class.
  • Moving your Class Online with Blackboard and Collaborate” - these one-hour sessions will cover using Collaborate and Blackboard to provide instruction online and are geared towards instructors who have limited experience with Blackboard
  • In-person or virtual sessions will also be available on-demand from departments or programs who would prefer a training experience with their immediate colleagues that is geared towards their specific needs - email to set these up
  • Interactive Blackboard tutorials. Everything you need to jump-start your transition to online instruction.

Tier 2:

Our Tier 2 training sessions are for faculty who have a little more time to devote to building online resources.  They will go more in-depth on some Blackboard tools and features that will allow you to change your teaching style to fit an online mold.  These sessions will be more specific on different tools and will be delivered by a variety of specialists from the IDC. 

Tier 3:

Tier 3 training is much more detailed and comprehensive and is for faculty who want to commit to online instruction heavily. This training is an excellent foundation for delivering courses online and making sure you can get the most out of the wide variety of tools that Blackboard provides.
  • PD1 - Introduction to Blackboard Online Course - sign up for this comprehensive,  self-directed online course on how to use Blackboard.  This course covers the essential features that Blackboard provides in great detail and counts towards faculty professional development. Apply in under a minute here.
  • Pedagogy sessions
  • IDC library of Online Teaching and Learning practices. Questions such as "How to be a better online teacher?", "How to facilitate discussion online?”, and "How do I migrate from the face-to-face classroom to online?" are answered here.  There is also a sample course template for online courses that can be used to facilitate the transition.
Be mindful that the EKU Pandemic Online Training Schedule is subject to change. We will communicate any adjustments as soon as possible.

Library Resources

Online resources are available through the EKU Libraries Databases at  
Please pay particular attention to the collection of streaming video resources:
If you need help embedding these in your Blackboard course, reach out to your library liaison or use the Library’s online chat service
A dedicated webpage is in development with this and further information, tools, and assistance with transitioning to online instruction.  A link to this resource will be available soon.  A follow-up email with tips and tricks for building and administering online courses will also be forthcoming.