May 11, 2023

End of Semester Tasks

End of Semester Tasks

The end of the Spring semester is coming soon. After the final grades are posted, and the course is closed for the students, you may want to have a last look at your course. Each semester the course content must be copied from the old course to the new course. If the old content is…

April 15, 2023

Best Practices for Synchronous Online Learning

Best Practices for Synchronous Online Learning

Rhonda Partney-Wakelyn, MA, M.Ed In an online learning environment, student engagement is imperative. However, many instructors struggle to make their online courses interactive and engaging-enter synchronous learning. In a world of self-paced online learning, many instructors and students feel they miss the engagement they enjoy in a live, in-person classroom. So, how, in an online…

February 23, 2023

Best Practices for Asynchronous Learning

asynchronous learning

Rhonda Partney-Wakelyn, MA, M.Ed What does Asynchronous mean? In an asynchronous learning environment, communication does not occur in real time. In other words, different time/different place. Course materials are self-navigated, and students progress through the learning materials at their discretion. Students often find this design more convenient. However, interaction can be minimal, and many may…

February 1, 2023

Beating ChatGPT

Beating ChatGPT

Jake Martar, M.Ed. Ever since the public launch of ChatGPT academic circles have been alarmed by its potential for abuse. Let’s talk about some strategies for mitigating its’ use in class. But first, what is ChatGPT? ChatGPT is a chatbot powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to respond in human-like conversational tones. Simple inquiries through ChatGPT…

January 27, 2023

Spring Cleaning: Declutter Your Content Collection

Blackboard Spring Cleaning

It is that time of the year again; the new semester started, and the courses are now available for the students. You may have created a new course or copied and updated the content from previous semesters. In either of these cases, you added course materials. It is important to monitor the course storage to…

July 7, 2022

New Name Pronunciation Features in Blackboard

Beginning July 7th, Blackboard has enabled name pronunciation features. This enables users to add text guidance and an audio recording of their name to Blackboard. Users will be able to see and listen to your pronunciation when they click your profile picture. Please see the video demonstration for more information.   Faculty and Staff can…

May 3, 2022

New Session Engagement Insights-Collaborate Ultra

Session Engagement Insights

Session Engagement Insights is a new tool companion in Collaborate Ultra. Now, moderators can view data on audience engagement during a live session! For example, moderators can see at-a-glance attendees’ interactions such as the number of hands raised and the number of chat messages sent throughout the session. Please note: The Session Engagement Insights panel…

April 28, 2022

SafeAssign Plagiarism Detection

SafeAssign Report

SafeAssign is a Blackboard tool used by instructors and students to review the originality of assignments. SafeAssign compares submitted assignments against a database of academic papers and identifies overlap between the assignment and existing works. SafeAssign reports the originality of the assignment with a score. Both instructors and students can use the report to review…

January 3, 2022

Keep your class going with Blackboard

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…

November 15, 2021

Common Accessibility Mistakes, Part Two

Written by Bonnie Kenney, MEd Creating course materials that are accessible for all students is important.  This article will attempt to address a few of the most common mistakes made when creating materials that will be disseminated electronically.  PDFs When using PDFs, follow these suggestions: Make sure the document has a title. You can check…

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