SUNY Canton Online

Faculty Resources

This page contains resources beneficial to faculty teaching and developing courses. Some items specific to SUNY Canton require authentication.

If you think of other materials you might find helpful, please reach out to

Professional Development

Teaching Online

SUNY Canton Resources

Start Teaching

Blackboard Faculty Access FAQ

Blackboard Faculty Orientation *Requires NetID

Blackboard Learn Competencies for New Faculty

Brightspace Information Center

Uploading Syllabus to UCanWeb

SUNY Canton's Academic Integrity Policy

Semester Preparation Checklist

Start of Semester

Student Resources – Instructor Announcement Sample

Best Practices when Teaching Online 


Communication in Blackboard 

Collaborate Ultra – Getting Started 

Collaborate Ultra for Participants 

Download Recordings in Collaborate Ultra

Microsoft Teams Tool in Blackboard

FACT2 Statement on Webcam Requirement for Remote Instruction

Teaching Accessibly

ReadSpeaker for Blackboard

ReadSpeaker for Web Browsing

Resources for Advising

Toolkit for Advising Online Students 

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for Advisors

Blackboard Tidbits

Enrolling Users in an Organization 

Extended Test Time in Blackboard

Saving Student Data in Blackboard

Archive a Blackboard Course

Blackboard Course Size

Brightspace Tidbits

Brightspace Copy Course or Components

Blackboard Course Export and Brightspace Course Import

Blackboard to Brightspace Conversion Notes from D2L

SUNY Online Resources

SUNY Online Exam Proctoring System

SUNY Online Teaching (videos)

SUNY Online Teaching (formerly COTE)

SUNY Online Teaching Gazette

Interested in Teaching Online? (Course for professional development)

The New to Online Teaching Certificate Program by SUNY Center for Professional Development


Workshops and Training

Brightspace Webinars

The Center for Learning Design, Innovation, and Online Instruction is hosting a series of webinars in which we will explore the various features of Brightspace. Please access our Spring 2022 Brightspace Training Schedule for more information.


Faculty Mentors

Course Design and Instruction Faculty Mentors - If you would like assistance with the development or instruction of your online course, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our wonderful Mentors.

Accessibility Challenge

Digital Accessibility Advocates

Campus members who successfully completed the Digital Accessibility Challenge become SUNY Canton Digital Accessibility Advocates. The Challenge task is to create a document containing accessible headings, a list, an image, and a url link, and email it to The Challenge explores these digital accessibility topics:

Accessibility for digital materials – Who is responsible?

Accessibility or accommodation?


Text formatting: Headings

Text formatting: Lists

Junk code


Contextualizing links

Closed captions


Course Design Institute

The Institute will guide you through a variety of topics related to online course development. You will learn about accessibility, best instructional design practices, and designing courses to meet SUNY Canton OSCQR standards.

The Course Design Institute has three tiers. To learn more about the Institute, please visit our Course Design Institute publication.


Many instructors have been working hard to complete the Center for Learning Design, Innovation and Online instruction's Course Design Institute. Level 3 – Influencer of the Course Design Institute asks that participants serve as a mentor for a colleague completing the course development process. The following instructors have served as a mentor and made a positive influence on SUNY Canton’s online course quality. Be sure to read the testimonials from their mentees!

Course Development

Course Development

Online Course Development Shell Form 


Creating Accessible Content

Create Accessible Products (by Section
Accessibility Guides and Tutorials (by Suffolk County Community College)
Tips for Accessible Course Design
Ally FAQ
Accessible Powerpoint – How to
Enable Automatic Captions (ASR) in Panopto 
Media Captioning Request Form (for ASR-enabled Panopto videos)
Eliminating “junk code” from your Blackboard items
Sharing Panopto videos in courses



College-approved Required Online Syllabus
CLDIOI OSCQR-friendly Syllabus (optional)
CLDIOI Course Schedule template (optional)


Course Development Tips

Blackboard Learn – Getting Started
Blackboard Learn Assignments
Blackboard Learn Discussion Boards 


Time on Task

Online courses focus on total time on task to mirror ‘seat time’ in traditional instruction and the conventional academic credit model (in which one college credit requires 15 hours of classroom time plus two additional hours of homework time per hour of classroom time). For example, time on task for viewing three, 15-minute lectures (text or video), with web links would equal 1 hr. Posting to discussions (original post, responses to three classmates’ posts, responses to responses) would equal 2 hours. Small group project meetings (web conference or asynchronous discussion) would equal 1 hour. The College’s Center for Learning Design, Innovation, and Online Instruction provides faculty with guidance on converting online learning activities to time on task to calculate equivalent hours to meet the requirements of the academic credit model. Students complete no less than three hours of equivalent work per credit per week in online courses.




Federal Textbook Adoption Dates:

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires all institutions receiving federal financial aid to "publish," in time for registration, a list of all required and recommended books and other course materials for all classes offered at the institution.

Approved Online Courses


Online Learning Review Committee (OLRC)

FLEX Course Review

FLEX courses must be fully developed for online delivery in accordance with the College approved OSCQR Rubric, with the exception of lecture recordings. Recorded lectures should be posted following class sessions and must be accessible (i.e., have to be captioned) once posted to the course. Course Developers may include a "Lecture Recording" content folder in each module when designing FLEX courses. In addition, it is recommended written lecture notes are present in the course at the time of review.


Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Rights

Copyright protection is automatic and begins when your work is permanently recorded. This means that you can't copyright your ideas, only the recorded product of your ideas. You are not required to include a copyright statement or register your copyright but there are advantages to doing so (needed if taking legal action, less appealing to plagiarism sites that upload faculty materials). The Library can provide assistance and resources on copyright rules and responsibilities.

Emerging Technologies