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Instructional Resources

Student Assistance & Intervention for Learning Success (SAILS) – Early Alert System

SAILS College Training - Explanation, Description, Demo, and more.
SAILS Email templates with business practices
Accessing SAILS: On-Campus Training

Getting Started Guide for:

Students in distress

eBook – Recognizing Students in Distress

There are a variety of resources on-campus and in the community that can help you be an effective gatekeeper. Remember, you are not alone when it comes to helping a student in distress. Use your resources! – Local Resources

This is a free resource to all Virginia colleges and universities provided by the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia, at The Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services – James Madison University.

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Panopto Recordings – capture and publish every element of a presentation – screenshots, lecture notes and powerpoint presentations with just one click.

To get access to create recordings, complete the Panopto user creation form.

Click Here for Instructions on Installing the Panopto Recorder (PDF).
Click here for Instructions on how to use the recording software (Video).
Click here for Instructions on Enabling Panopto Downloads (PDF).
Click here for Instructions on Changing your Server Address (PDF).

Intelecom Videos - Repository of video learning objects in various subjects. Videos can be connected or linked into your Blackboard course for students to view. If you are interested in using the videos for your course, please email Timothy Hoffman or Leslie SmithWatch a short video tutorial on how to link your Intelecom Video to Blackboard .  Printed Directions here> Logging in and incorporating Intelecom into Blackboard.

Collaboration & Conferencing

WebExweb conferencing system that allows students to interact with their instructor in real time. Learn to do more with WebEx through the WebEx University. For more information about using WebEx, please contact Leslie Smith, or Kristy Walker.

Blackboard Collaborate

Collaborate is a web conferencing system that allows students to interact with their instructor in real time.  Many instructors in our distance learning program use this program to facilitate online office hours, but it lends itself to any synchronous online activity – including online lectures or presentations. This tool is now built into Blackboard itself. If you are using Collaborate, your students will be required to download and install some software prior to your first session.  This is a one-time only download and is very quick over a broadband connection (it can take up to 1 hour to download on a dial-up modem.)  To get started, please visit  If you have difficulty downloading the software, contact the distance learning office at or Tim Hoffman for assistance.

For more information and Instructor help resources, please see the Blackboard Collaborate section on our  Faculty & Staff Resources page.  Student help is available from our Help Desk site.

Click on the link to view the Blackboard Collaborate Participant Orientation.

Did you know, there really IS an app for that?  Check out details here> Blackboard Mobile Collaboration.  Find it on the App Store.

Training & Help

Atomic Learning - Atomic Learning is a great tool for learning little bits of information at a time.  This resource is available free for all RCC faculty, staff, students and their families.  Email for login information. If you are located on-campus you will not need a login.  For all off-campus use contact the RCC Helpdesk.  For full details, check out our Atomic Learning page.

For additional Software or Web Based tools that you can use to create content for use in your Blackboard course, please see our Software Page.

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