Rubin and Distance Learning

Yes, the world has changed.


But at Rubin, we are built for these times.



Emerge, our signature online platform for employability and business communication, has always allowed distance learning students to gain professional skills in three ways:

  • Synchronous — learn in real time with the instructor (ex: Google Meet)
  • Asynchronous — complete online assignments separate from live instruction and submit as directed (ex: Google Classroom)
  • Printable worksheets — engage with the assignments with paper and pen (ideal for students without reliable internet access at home or students who struggle to learn through a computer screen)


The Skills Students Need and Employers Expect

We provide self-directed readings, videos, assignments, quizzes and digital achievement badges (see the sample “Email Etiquette” badge above) across 15 core topics. Each topic gives students hands-on practice for life in an office setting and beyond.

Click on a topic in blue to see sample curriculum material.


Synchronous and Asynchronous


Through live virtual instruction or self-directed online assignments, Emerge is there with pinpoint guidance for in-demand communication topics (ex: email and phone etiquette).

Watch the brief video to understand.


LMS Integrations


To make distance learning even more seamless, Emerge integrates with the most popular learning management systems (LMS) available today.

Through an LMS integration, students do not need a separate username and password for Emerge. They can complete all Emerge assignment from their LMS course page.

Click on your preferred LMS to learn more:




Desire2Learn (D2L)


Non-LTI Options

Google Classroom

Create an Account through the Emerge Website Directly


Printable Worksheets


Students should never fall behind because of a poor internet connection.

Emerge features 100+ printable assignments that mirror the online versions. No matter the circumstances at home, students are able to complete the work and submit as directed.

At Rubin, we believe distance learning should mean opportunity for all.

Learn more about our printable materials on our blog.

Listen to Tina Caras, a business and information technology teacher at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, talk about the value of Emerge printable worksheets.


Distance Learning Pacing Guide


The instructions below will help you assign and evaluate any of the 100+ Emerge assignments.

  1. Post or deliver opening instructions for Emerge assignment by Monday morning (ex: How to send a strong email to inquire about an internship)
  2. Host optional Zoom/Google Meet conversation for Q and A on Tuesday afternoon
  3. Check for understanding on Wednesday afternoon
  4. Host optional Zoom/Google Meet conversation to close on Friday morning
  5. Collect work on Friday afternoon
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