eLearning Blog

    Grade Student Assignments with Bb Annotate

    May 14, 2020 | Cristina Gamalie

    Starting with June 1st, 2020  Blackboard assignments will be gradable inline with a new tool called Bb Annotate.  This tool will replace the Box tool. Old Box tool   New Bb Annotate tool Instructors can access information about Bb Annotate here .  A video tutorial is included in the documentation. After Bb Annotate becomes available, Box annotations…

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    Spring Cleaning: Declutter Your Content Collection

    April 23, 2020 | Janay White

    Over the last few weeks, we all have been working hard to effectively deliver instruction online. We have added course materials, videos, lectures, and more to our courses in attempts to mimic our face to face interactions. With all of the content being added, it’s important to monitor our content collections and specifically, our course…

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    Be ready! Prepare a Backup Plan for Teaching

    March 6, 2020 | Cristina Gamalie

    Extended closures or one-time class cancellations can occur for a variety of reasons: inclement weather, natural disaster, unexpected events, etc.  It is important to have a contingency plan which will help you continue course work successfully.  Blackboard provides faculty with a multitude of tools to assist with keeping courses live. All official UAMS courses have…

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    End of Collaborate Classic

    February 14, 2020 | Janay White

    Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing software that can be used to host meetings, guest speakers, virtual office hours, and lecture/presentation recordings. Blackboard has announced that the Classic/Original version will be discontinued on December 31, 2020. On the UAMS campus, there are two versions of Collaborate available: Classic/Original and Ultra. The most recent and preferred…

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    Blackboard Testing is Easy with Respondus 4.0 (update information included)

    January 15, 2020 | Cristina Gamalie

    Respondus 4.0 is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard and other eLearning systems. To learn more, you can visit Respondus 4.0 Resources. You can type test questions in Word, import them to Respondus 4.0, and publish them to Blackboard.  The reverse process…

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    New Log-In Page for Blackboard

    December 6, 2019 | Janay White

    During the Christmas/New Year holidays (Dec. 23, 2019 – January 1, 2020*), UAMS Blackboard Learn 9.1 will be updating to switch from managed hosting to SaaS. SaaS (software-as-a-service) is a cloud technology that will give us a single version of Blackboard that is continuously updated. Advantages of SaaS deployment are fast releases with zero scheduled…

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