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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…


November 1, 2021

Common Accessibility Mistakes, Part One

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.  Images Add descriptions or alternative tags (alt tags) to images.  This description is a textual alternative for…


October 26, 2021

Introducing Groups in Collaborate Ultra

Group Sets

Course Groups are now integrated with Collaborate Ultra What does this mean? This means that you can now pull groups from your course into Collaborate Ultra to quickly create Breakout Groups. How do I get started with groups? First, you must make sure you have Group Sets set up in Blackboard. This feature does not work…


October 11, 2021

Introducing Grade Import

screenshot showing the grade import button.

Instructors are now able to pull Final Grades from Blackboard to GUS through the Grade Import tool. How does it work? A new Import Grades button will appear on the Grade Roster page in GUS. How to Get Started Step 1: Configure your Grade Column in Blackboard If you’re already using a column to track…


June 18, 2021

Introducing Collaborate Gallery View 

gallery view showing 25 participant videos

Gallery view is a highly requested feature for Collaborate at UAMS. We’re happy to announce that Blackboard has enabled Gallery view for all users through the Google Chrome web browser.   Gallery view lets you see the most students at one time. With this view, you can see up to 25 attendees on a page….


May 3, 2021

Introducing Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally Logo

Blackboard Ally is here for all courses. What is Ally? Blackboard Ally is a course accessibility tool with multiple features that can help instructors, students, and the institution. It provides automated alternative file formats,  feedback, and accessibility reports. How does Ally help? Alternative Formats. Ally does a lot of work for instructors and students out…



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