Continuity Resources for Faculty


This article summarizes the information and resources available to Faculty as they transition to online course delivery




In response to the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and as a precautionary measure to help to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus Saint Peter’s University is moving all classes to online instruction.  The Office of Information Technology, along with partners from across the University, is here to help. On this page, you will find information about office hours, web resources, and other forms of assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need help.

What do I need in order to keep working?

  • Communicate and keep informed - check your Saint Peter’s University email regularly to stay up to date as the situation evolves.  Communicate regularly with your students, let them know what you are trying to do and what you expect from them. Reach out for help or advice when you need it.  Reach out to us, to your Dean or the Provost, and to your faculty colleagues.
  • Many of the applications that you will need are already available from off-campus, in particular, Gmail, Blackboard, Google Meet. and the IT Client Portal  Your Saint Peter’s University “MyApps Dashboard” is a good starting point to get to these.
  • As always you can use SPIRIT Online and Colleague Student Planning from off-campus
  • As seen in a recent email from the Office of the Provost here are some remote instruction resources:
    • Google Meet- This tool allows for either synchronous or asynchronous classes. Some faculty are meeting their classes during the regularly scheduled class meeting times through Google Meet. Classes/lectures can also be recorded. 
    • Audio Powerpoint- A tutorial about adding audio to your Powerpoints that can then be loaded into Blackboard. 
    • Blackboard- General information and instructions about key features of Blackboard. 
    • Remote Course Delivery (Google Slides presentation)- This slide presentation contains useful ideas and links for remote course delivery using a variety of tools. 
  • Many advising functions can be done remotely via Colleague Student Planning.  An excellent resource page for Student Planning has been assembled by the Center for Academic Success and Engagement.
  • Phone System - Includes instructions on how to forward your extension, change your voice mail greeting, and check your voice mail from anywhere.  

Where can I get technology help?

Though this may change as the situation evolves, currently the IT Service Desk is available remotely but otherwise as usual.   Our support hours are Mon-Thu 8 am-7 pm and Fri 8 am-5 pm.  The ways to get help are:

  • LMS Consultation  - if you'd like an appointment with an IT team member to help you understand and use Blackboard, Google Meet or related technology for your course
  • Password Reset- this article will assist you with resetting your password.
  • Get Help  - for more general technology concerns
  • Email - send your email to

Please remember this is a significant challenge for everyone As always the Office of Information Technology team will do our best to be transparent and patient; we ask the same of you as we work through these challenges together. 


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