Summer 2020 Semester Information for HCC Faculty

All courses with the Summer 2020 semester code (202030) will open on Tuesday, May 19. To help you navigate technology and have a successful semester, the eLearning team has put together information on Blackboard and Office 365 resources such as Teams and Stream, tips for teaching online, and more. To learn more, please review the information that follows.

The College's eLearning department provided this information for HCC faculty teaching during our summer 2020 semester. All of us – faculty, staff, and students – will be starting this semester still dealing with a variety of challenges. The eLearning team has been working hard to provide a variety of resources to help you navigate the technology and pedagogy skills you need for a successful semester. If you haven’t already, please visit the Instructional Continuity document we’ve created to learn more about Blackboard, our Office 365 resources like Teams and Stream, and our tips for teaching students online. If you have questions, please reach out to your division Instructional Designer for assistance. They are here to help you with your online course development and design.

Course Open Date

Courses will open for students on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. All courses with the Summer 2020 semester code (202030) will open on this date.

Hiding Content, Copying Content, and Supported Browser List

Please visit and navigate to the Faculty Support tab > Blackboard Resources (left side navigation link) for help with the following:

  • Hiding course content if your course is not student-ready
  • Copying content from a previous semester course
  • Supported browser list and Blackboard browser checker

ALLY Accessibility Tool Update

During the Spring 2020 semester students downloaded over 5,000 documents converted by ALLY into user friendly formats. ALLY can help you improve the accessibility of your course documents, sometimes with just a few clicks. Quick start information can be found here; additional training will be coming soon. If you have questions, please reach out to your division instructional designer; contact information is at the end of this message.

Academic Integrity

Promoting academic integrity in online courses is critical to positive student outcomes. You can offer students alternatives to traditional assessments with creative projects like portfolios and journals, or you can use an online proctoring tool like Honorlock that provides live proctoring sessions for Blackboard assessments. For more information, please visit the Faculty Support tab in Blackboard and check out our Honorlock training and our Assessments & Assignments webinar recording.

Let us know how we can help! If you have any questions or concerns just contact me (Melissa) or send a message to your division contact listed below. If your students need assistance, please encourage them to call our support line at 443-412-2256 or email

Melissa Harris
Coordinator for eLearning

Greg Priebe
CEBAT and Arts & Humanities

Richard Smith
STEM, Behavioral & Social Sciences, and Nursing & Allied Health Professions

Adam Fantom
Special Software, Faculty Technical Support & Training