Welcome West Point Staff and Faculty! The purpose of this site is to provide educators with helpful tips for teaching in a remote environment. Please click on the links below to learn more about each aspect of remote teaching and learning; some links may require O365 authentication. Be sure to check back for updates!

 


 

For questions, concerns, and recommendations regarding the Remote Teaching environment, please contact your Remote Teaching Fellows:

  • Set up a discussion board on MS Teams or Blackboard. For a comparison of capabilities, click here.
  • Pre-Record a Lecture or Powerpoint Lesson
  • Change Powerpoint Slideshow functions to manage multiple screens when teaching
  • Gather Attendance: ask students to turn on their video cameras and do a "radio check" or ask them to raise their hands (both Teams and BB)
  • Add a personalized background in MS Teams
  • Share Slides, Screens, Whiteboards, and Videos on MS Teams (for videos, be sure to click "Include system audio". Share Slides, Screens, Whiteboards, and Videos on Blackboard Collaborate.
  • Post a poll or question requiring immediate student feedback using MS Teams or Blackboard Collaborate. For MS Teams, use the chat function to post a question, post the answers, and ask students to "thumbs up" an answer. Use Blackboard Collaborate to assess student's understanding using feedback tools. For a comparison of capabilities, .
  • Use Kahoot for multiple-choice and True/False questions
  • Host Group Work/Breakout Groups in MS Teams (create private channels for each group) or Blackboard
  • Host a meaningful classroom discussion on any platform: assign lesson objectives or speaking roles before class, refer to student comments from a discussion board (using OneNote), share meeting notes, or ask all students to turn their videos on.
  • Record a meeting or class in MS Teams or Blackboard
  • Preparing for and Adjusting to breaks in Communication: gather cell phone numbers and develop contingency plans (email, private chat)

  • Click the following links to access department-level remote-teaching tools (may require O365 access):
    • Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (POC: CPT Tara Middlebrooks)
    • Department of Chemistry and Life Science (POC: CPT Preston Dihle)
    • Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (POC: LTC Jacob Bruhl and MAJ Briana Fisk)
    • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (POC: Dr. Charles "Chip" Schooler)
    • Department of English and Philosophy (POC: MAJ Vince Worrell)
    • Department of Foreign Languages 
      • Arabic – MAJ Kathy Nowak
      • Chinese – Dr. Li Hsing C Ho
      • French – Dr. Julia Praud
      • German – Dr. John Benjamin
      • Persian – Ms. Stephanie Irani-Tehrani
      • Portuguese – Dr. Josh Enslen
      • Russian – Dr. John Pendergast
      • Spanish – Dr. Sherry Maggin
    • Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering (POC: LTC Ben Wallen)
    • Department of History (POC: LTC Luke Frank)
    • Department of Law (POC: LTC Ron Alcala)
    • Department of Mathematical Sciences (POCs: COL Joe Lindquist & Dr. Diane Thomas)
    • Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (POCs: COL David Phillips, MAJ Cat Barker, CPT Gini Coghlan)
    • Department of Social Sciences (POC: MAJ Kyle Wolfley)
    • Department of Systems Engineering (POC: COL Hise Gibson)
  • Additional Remote Teaching Department Points of Contacts:
    • Department of Physical Education:
      • Physical Education (PE215) – Dr. Todd Crowder, (PE450) – CPT Andy Ferreira, KN Courses – Dr. Jesse Germain
    • Defense and Strategic Studies
    • Department of Military Instruction (CPT Chauncey Jinks)
    • Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic (MAJ Kim Kopack)

Suggestions for improvements to this website or other best practices to capture? Please send them to Major Kyle Wolfley at kyle.wolfley@westpoint.edu