Contingency plan for move to online delivery

In the event of University closure, standard learning events (those not dependent on specialist software, laboratory equipment or student-based teaching) are to be replaced with recorded materials or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra webinars.

On this page, we are including links to all the information you need to make desktop recordings and/or set up and run webinars. We’ve also included a link to information on discussion boards, as you may want to consider setting one up on your module site, to take questions from students, as a place for students to communicate with each other, or to set up a learning activity.

Using Panopto to create desktop recordings

Desktop recording (using Panopto) for staff should cover all the basic information you need to make a variety of recordings. In addition to this, if you want to add some interactivity into your recordings, see

In addition, you might want to provide your students with a link to Student tips for watching Panopto event capture recordings which includes some useful guidance for them to get the best viewing experience.

You may also find this article helpful: Panopto: What to do if you record to the wrong folder.

Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to run webinars (online classes)

Please refer to our Delivering webinars: Guides for using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra article. This includes guidance for staff and also a Participants’ Guide for your students.

Using Discussion Boards

Please refer to our article on Discussion Boards; this also includes some netiquette guidelines which you can share with your students.

For additional support, please email or call in and see us in 3Q64.

Virtual Office Hours

Staff may also want to consider setting up Virtual Office Hours to help manage communication if there is a move to online delivery.


Please refer to our guide to setting up contingency assessments.


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