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June 13, 2022

Farewell, Zac!

Zac Walthall has been the Office of Educational Development’s media guru for the last two-and-a-half years. Hired right after his graduation from Henderson State University, Zac used his digital expertise to update OED’s media output. Under Zac’s guidance, OED began writing, producing, and editing a variety of video materials, which now have a home on…


May 11, 2022

Office of Educational Development Update 5/11/22

  Hello UAMS — I’m Zac with the Office of Educational Development, here to give you a brief update of what’s happening on campus. Campus Phishing Scam A lot of you may have received a suspicious email from your supervisor, asking if you can meet, inquiring about your availability, or asking for gift cards. It…


April 26, 2022

Three Helpful Cybersecurity Tips

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Transcript Hello, I’m Zac with the Office of Educational Development and today we’re going to be talking about three cybersecurity tips that could keep you and your students safe. Let’s get started! Tip One: Keep Your Software Up-To-Date We’ve all been there before: you’re working on a huge project and then you get a notification…


April 11, 2022

Educational Innovation Grant Deadline Coming Soon

Transcription Hello, I’m Zac with the Office of Educational Development, letting you know that the application deadline for our Educational Innovation Grant is rapidly approaching. All applications must be submitted by May 1, 2022. If you’re interested in the application guidelines, visit our website to learn more.


December 27, 2021

How to Use Box Sync

Box Sync Download Transcript Hello, I’m Zac with the Office of Educational Development and today we’re going to be talking about how to use Box Sync — Let’s get started! To use Box Sync, you must first download the Box Sync app. You can find the download here. After this is installed, you should see…


December 13, 2021

Farewell, Bonnie!

Written by Bonnie Kenney, MEd The last eight years have seen many changes in higher education. Some have embraced these changes with open arms, while the rest have dug in their heels and been dragged kicking and screaming into the future. Change is not easy. Whether you have a year to transition from a face-to-face…


December 6, 2021

How to Turn On Dark Mode in Microsoft Word

Transcript Hello, I’m Zac with the Office of Educational Development and today we’ll be talking about How to Turn on Night Mode for Microsoft Word. Let’s get started! As you can see, the default theme of Microsoft Word is pretty bright — this can be particularly annoying after spending hours at the computer, grading papers….


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…


August 24, 2021

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back UAMS

Transcript I’m Dr. Steve Boone with the Office of Educational Development. I wanted to take a minute and welcome you back to campus and remind you that if you need help with educational scholarship, Blackboard, instructional design, or teaching techniques, OED is here to assist you in meeting your students’ needs.



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