Digital Teaching

First Day of Teaching Online

This guide provides you with the key actions and resources to help you make the shift to online teaching as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Log in to Blackboard and complete the following tasks on the first day of online teaching for each of your courses.

1. Send an Email to Students

Click on this box to download a Word email template that you can use to send to students.

2. Create an Assignment

Click on this box to download a Word template of an assignment that you can post for students.

3. Create a Forum Discussion

Click on this box to download a Word template of a forum topic that you can post for students to discuss.

4. Create a Video

Click on this box to download a Word file with ideas of how to structure a video recording.

How to Get Started Teaching Online Courses in Blackboard

Use existing digital platforms to enable teaching and learning to continue seamlessly online. Below are resources and instructions to get started with the technology used to complete common teaching tasks online.

Access Blackboard Courses

Access Northeastern’s Blackboard learning management system online at Use your myNortheastern username and password to log in.

Post a Syllabus and Course Material

Upload course policies, assignments, readings, and other materials required for students to complete the course.

Send Emails to Students

Use Blackboard to communicate to all students in a course or just to individual students.

Record a Lecture in PowerPoint

Create simple lecture videos using audio and slides in PowerPoint.

Post and Grade Assignments

Assign work for students to submit in Blackboard, and then provide grades and feedback.

Post and Grade Tests 

Build and share a test for students to take in Blackboard, then grade and provide feedback as necessary.

Meet with Students Online

Hold class, group discussions, or office hours using the real-time conferencing tool integrated into every Blackboard course.

Build Online-Ready Learning Experiences 

After getting started, explore common questions, best practices, and strategies for teaching online.

Common Questions When Teaching Online

Find answers and go-to tips for effective lectures, activities, assignments, grading, office hours, and more. 

Strategies for Teaching Online

View more tips and tricks for effective learning resources, engaging students, and more.

Support and Training

Find out about training sessions, drop-in hours, consultations, and other university resources for teaching online and staying connected, even when afar.

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