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About Blackboard

Blackboard is a web-based platform that enables instructors to offer course content; post and collect assignments, including online tests; provide...

More on About Blackboard Updated 9/30/19 by R. Davidson
Activities: Online, Face-to-Face, Equivalencies and Time Estimates

Whether you're teaching a face-to-face class, an online class, or a hyflex class that includes an online group and a face-to-face group,...

More on Activities: Online, Face-to-Face, Equivalencies and Time Estimates Updated 8/26/20 by R. Davidson
Blackboard status

Having a problem with Blackboard, Collaborate, or one of it's related services? You can check on Blackboard's status here: Blackboard...

More on Blackboard status Updated 11/4/19 by R. Davidson
Faculty Classroom Checklist

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, instructors teaching in-person classes are asked to take the following steps to support the health of our campus...

More on Faculty Classroom Checklist Updated 8/12/20 by R. Davidson
Getting help with Blackboard

The Instructional Design Studio provides the Detroit Mercy community with Blackboard training and support. IDS provides individual and small group...

More on Getting help with Blackboard Updated 8/2/20 by R. Davidson
Guidelines for Accessibility of Course Content (Universal Design of Instruction)

University of Detroit Mercy is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to participate in the university's programs,...

More on Guidelines for Accessibility of Course Content (Universal Design of Instruction) Updated 7/31/20 by R. Davidson
Guidelines for Lecturing Online

Most online course sites will require some amount lecturing to help you get your students on the right page. Here are some tips to help you create...

More on Guidelines for Lecturing Online Updated 7/22/20 by R. Davidson
Guidelines for Providing Copyrighted Content Online

The guidelines presented here should not be taken as legal advice. Detroit Mercy faculty must adhere to copyright law when posting content to their...

More on Guidelines for Providing Copyrighted Content Online Updated 7/21/20 by R. Davidson
IDS Supported Tools for Online Education

The Instructional Design Studio endeavors to provide Detroit Mercy faculty and students support and training in the use of a broad range of tools...

More on IDS Supported Tools for Online Education Updated 8/2/20 by R. Davidson
Install Office 365 Apps

While the web-based versions of Office apps Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are both useful and convenient, they are not as full-featured as the desktop...

More on Install Office 365 Apps Updated 7/24/20 by R. Davidson
McNichols Campus Syllabus Guidelines and Required Syllabus Statements

University of Detroit Mercy recognizes the importance of syllabi as documents that reflect the creative and intellectual endeavors of its faculty....

More on McNichols Campus Syllabus Guidelines and Required Syllabus Statements Updated 8/19/21 by R. Davidson
Student Support Services

  University of Detroit Mercy encourages all students, faculty, staff and administrators to be aware of and utilize these resources for...

More on Student Support Services Updated 10/21/20 by R. Davidson
Tips for Providing Office Hours Online

1. Be proactive. If you see a student struggling or if you notice a student is not participating as they should, reach out to them and schedule a...

More on Tips for Providing Office Hours Online Updated 7/21/20 by R. Davidson
Winter 2021 Guide for Faculty & Department Chairs

This PDF provides links and information for faculty and department chairs teaching in Winter 2021.

More on Winter 2021 Guide for Faculty & Department Chairs Updated 12/14/20 by R. Davidson
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Call IDS:
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Current Detroit Mercy faculty should visit the Alternatives to Attendance site on Blackboard for more information

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IDS Services

Merging courses

If you're teaching a single course that's split into multiple sections, or multiple courses that will use the same content, you may want to...

More on Merging courses Updated 8/16/17 by R. Davidson
Word-to-test conversion

The question-creation process in Blackboard can be a little tedious. If you’re looking to create a test or pool of questions quickly, a faster...

More on Word-to-test conversion Updated 9/1/17 by R. Davidson
Laptop loans for faculty

The Instructional Design Studio has a small number of laptops available for faculty interested in developing online content for their courses. These...

More on Laptop loans for faculty Updated 2/27/19 by R. Davidson
Pedagogical support services

IDS knows that good teaching involves pedagogical risk taking and we are here to support you as you try out new things. We also know that even...

More on Pedagogical support services Updated 8/14/17 by E. Royal
Rubric creation and Blackboard upload assistance

Did you know that you can post your rubrics on Blackboard and link them to assignments to speed up grading and assist in student understanding of the...

More on Rubric creation and Blackboard upload assistance Updated 8/14/17 by E. Royal
Camtasia video production

If you've recorded a lecture in Camtasia and would like help getting it onto your Blackboard course site, the Instructional Design Studio is here...

More on Camtasia video production Updated 8/14/17 by R. Davidson
Mobile lecture capture

The Instructional Design Studio has two Swivl lecture capture units available to Detroit Mercy faculty interested in recording a live lecture or...

More on Mobile lecture capture Updated 8/14/17 by R. Davidson

Teaching online?

100% online course or program

When the University offers a 100% online course or program, it will be offered with the expectation that students need not visit campus for any...

More on 100% online course or program Updated 8/14/17 by R. Davidson
Contact hours

The Higher Learning Commission is required by the U.S. Department of Education to assure that all its member institutions are complying with the...

More on Contact hours Updated 8/14/17 by R. Davidson
Defining ordinary and extraordinary services

Ordinary support Detroit Mercy's instructional designers would be happy to meet with you to discuss your plans for your online course or...

More on Defining ordinary and extraordinary services Updated 8/2/20 by R. Davidson
Distance education proposal checklist

Online and hybrid courses and programs developed and offered at the University of Detroit Mercy must meet a standard for quality, sound learning...

More on Distance education proposal checklist Updated 12/5/19 by R. Davidson
Distance learning terms

Defining commonly used terms offers faculty and administration a way of communicating ideas effectively when developing online materials, courses, or...

More on Distance learning terms Updated 6/17/21 by R. Davidson
Faculty compensation for development of an online program

To ensure that students in a program have consistently high quality education experiences, courses developed for an online program need to be owned...

More on Faculty compensation for development of an online program Updated 8/14/17 by R. Davidson
Faculty selection to develop and teach online courses and programs

The University will make every effort to use full-time Detroit Mercy faculty to both develop and teach online courses, provided the faculty are...

More on Faculty selection to develop and teach online courses and programs Updated 8/2/20 by R. Davidson
Guidelines for Accessibility of Course Content (Universal Design of Instruction)

University of Detroit Mercy is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to participate in the university's programs,...

More on Guidelines for Accessibility of Course Content (Universal Design of Instruction) Updated 7/31/20 by R. Davidson
Guidelines for Lecturing Online

Most online course sites will require some amount lecturing to help you get your students on the right page. Here are some tips to help you create...

More on Guidelines for Lecturing Online Updated 7/22/20 by R. Davidson
Guidelines for Providing Copyrighted Content Online

The guidelines presented here should not be taken as legal advice. Detroit Mercy faculty must adhere to copyright law when posting content to their...

More on Guidelines for Providing Copyrighted Content Online Updated 7/21/20 by R. Davidson
IDS Supported Tools for Online Education

The Instructional Design Studio endeavors to provide Detroit Mercy faculty and students support and training in the use of a broad range of tools...

More on IDS Supported Tools for Online Education Updated 8/2/20 by R. Davidson
MFA Online Course / Program Approval Process

Whether you're transforming an existing course or program or creating a completely new online program, the McNichols Faculty Assembly has...

More on MFA Online Course / Program Approval Process Updated 8/15/17 by R. Davidson
Online program codes

Effective July 1, 2010, the Higher Learning Commission stipulated that the University of Detroit Mercy was authorized for “Initiation of...

More on Online program codes Updated 8/15/17 by R. Davidson
Online Program Development Framework

The Instructional Design Studio has developed this framework for program development with four foundational goals in mind: Program longevity...

More on Online Program Development Framework Updated 11/6/17 by R. Davidson
Ownership and Use agreements

When developing an online course, it's very important that all parties have agreed in advance on who will own the developed course and how that...

More on Ownership and Use agreements Updated 8/15/17 by R. Davidson
Student Support Services

  University of Detroit Mercy encourages all students, faculty, staff and administrators to be aware of and utilize these resources for...

More on Student Support Services Updated 10/21/20 by R. Davidson
Tips for Providing Office Hours Online

1. Be proactive. If you see a student struggling or if you notice a student is not participating as they should, reach out to them and schedule a...

More on Tips for Providing Office Hours Online Updated 7/21/20 by R. Davidson
Use of On-Campus Rooms: 75%-99% Online Course or Program Policy

There will be cases where faculty developing an online course or program will want to include one or more face-to-face sessions. This will need to be...

More on Use of On-Campus Rooms: 75%-99% Online Course or Program Policy Updated 8/14/17 by R. Davidson
What Does 'Flexible Hybrid' (Hyflex) Teaching Mean at Detroit Mercy?

What is ‘Flexible Hybrid’ (Hyflex) Teaching? For the fall 2020 term, University of Detroit Mercy will adopt a flexible hybrid learning...

More on What Does 'Flexible Hybrid' (Hyflex) Teaching Mean at Detroit Mercy? Updated 7/21/20 by R. Davidson
Who has access to my courses?

Faculty of record (as listed on Banner) and currently registered students have access to Blackboard course sites by default. Faculty may enroll...

More on Who has access to my courses? Updated 11/26/18 by R. Davidson

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