eLearning Blog

    Seven Copyright Best Practices for Online Teaching

    July 10, 2020 | Janay White

    Guest Writer: Lisa Ferris, Ed.S., Instructional Designer (OED) Seven Copyright Best Practices for Online Teaching If a video, photo, or document is on the internet, is it OK for faculty to freely use it in their course materials? Answer:  It depends!  Follow these seven best practices to help you legally use resources for your online…

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    Asynchronous vs Synchronous Activities Online

    June 15, 2020 | Cristina Gamalie

    The online environment enables us to use powerful tools for teaching and learning.  Asynchronous and synchronous eLearning strategies have benefits and limitations and they complement each other. Asynchronous eLearning is related to activities taking place when participants are not present online at the same time. Synchronous eLearning happens when participants who are not located in…

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    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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