New Grade Publishing Pilot Underway

The Banner team, with assistance from eLPS, is conducting a pilot study for a new grade publishing feature. Faculty in different departments/schools representing various courses are currently participating in the pilot program. The new feature is expected to be available for the Spring 2016 Term.

OLC Innovate 2016 Proposals Deadline Extended to Dec. 2

The deadline to submit proposals for the 2016 OLC Innovate Conference has been extended to Wednesday, December 2. Learn more about OLC Innovate.

Faculty to Self-Publish Canvas Courses Beginning in Spring 2016 Term

Beginning in the Spring 2016 Term, Faculty will self-publish their courses, rather than the system automatically publishing all courses on the first day of class.  Please note that once your course is published, your students will be notified when changes are made to published items (example: assignments).

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UAB and Canvas to Hold a Strategic Partnership Meeting

Dr. Curt Carver, CIO, and Dr. Elizabeth Fisher, Interim Executive Director of eLearning and Professional Studies, teamed up to arrange for a group of UAB senior leaders, faculty, and staff across several academic and functional units to meet with the Canvas key leadership team on Thursday, November 19. Canvas is UAB’s learning management system. The purpose of the meeting is to develop a strategic partnership between UAB and Canvas.

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Veterans CAN! Program Provides Faster Track to Nursing Degree

UAB School of Nursing has developed a new program specific to veterans. The program, Veterans CAN! takes advantage of the skills sets that many veterans already have and provides a faster track through the nursing program. Learn more about the Veterans CAN program.

CTL Releases Schedule for Nov/Dec Training Events

The Center for Teaching and Learning has release its November/December training events calendar. To register for an event, visit

Alabama is now a SARA State

After several years of negotiations including legislative changes, the State of Alabama has become positioned to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), established to support delivery of quality online learning among member states and U.S. territories.

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UAB eLPS Welcomes Justin Moon as New Manager of Media Production

UAB eLearning and Professional Studies (eLPS) is proud to announce the hiring of Justin Moon who will serve as the division’s new Manager of Media Production. Moon is overseeing the implementation of a new media management system that will house and secure videos and allow interaction with media content.

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UAB Ranks for Affordable Health Care Administration Degree

UAB's Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration degree programs have been ranked by the Healthcare Administration Degree Programs website. UAB was ranked #20 out of 30 total universities. The School of Health Professions offers a blended (online and face-to-face) MSHA in Health Administration, ExecutiveRead more on

UAB Programs Recognized by (ACOnline) has ranked two UAB degree programs in their "Best Online Programs" list. UAB's online Master of Construction Engineering and Management was ranked #3 in the site's "2015-2016 Best Online Construction Management Programs" list, while the UAB Collat School of Business Bachelor of Science in Marketing ranked #26 on the site's "2015-2016 Best Online Marketing Programs" list.

Gunnells to Host First eLPS Lunch & Learn Event

Dr. Ken Gunnells with Collat School of Business will host the first eLPS Lunch & Learn event on Thursday, November 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Center for Teaching and Learning Room 241C. Dr. Gunnells will talk about how to move your class to online team-based learning. This is the first in a series of events that will address different topics about Canvas, Academic Technologies, and best practices in online education. Learn more.

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OLC Launches New Prize Competition

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) recently announced the launch of a new annual competition - The OLC Digital Learning Innovation Prize. This new program recognizes quality and excellence in online courses, honoring faculty teams and institutions. A $10,000 prize will be awarded to up to 10 faculty-led teams per year and up to three institutions will be honored with a $100,000 prizes. Learn more about OLC prize competition.

2015 OLC Conference Available Online for UAB Faculty

UAB eLearning and Professional Studies (eLPS) is making the 2015 Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Conference recordings available to UAB faculty at no charge. The conference took place October 14-16 and addressed some of the leading topics in online education. The recordings will be available online for one year. Contact Heather Thompson with eLPS for more information and instructions on how to access the OLC Conference recordings.

Turnbull Recognized by QM for Business Course

Collat School of Business Professor Elizabeth Turnbull has recieved a QM Recognition for her course BUS 102. QM-recognized courses meet a strong set of standards for online education developed by Quality Matters (QM). See other Quality Matters recognized UAB courses.

Dr. Huang Earns QM Course Certification

Dr. Xuan Huang with the Collat School of Business received a Quality Matters recognition for her course: Quantitative Methods I. Dr. Huang submitted her course for a Quality Matters Course Review, a process that includes 21 essential standards that the course must meet to pass.  We are proud of Dr. Huang for her achievement and for striving to meet the Quality Matters standards. See other Quality Matters recognized UAB courses.

Laouzai Receives QM Certification

UAB eLearning and Professional Studies (ELPS) Manager of eLearning Services Samira Laouzai has been approved as a QM Peer Reviewer for Continuing and Professional Education, having completed the Quality Matters (QM) Peer Review certification course. The peer review certification is part of UAB's committment to implementing the Quality Matters Standards. Learn more about Quality Matters at UAB.

Quality Matters™ Approves UAB QM Implementation Plan

UAB has earned recognition from Quality Matters (QM) for its QM Implementation Plan, which will guide UAB’s efforts to implement the Quality Matters standards for the design of online and/or hybrid courses. The plan was developed to meet one of the objectives of the UAB eLearning Strategic Plan that pertains to ensuring the development and delivery of quality online education content at UAB.

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UAB eLPS Launches New UAB eLearning Website

UAB eLearning and Professional Studies (eLPS) has launched the new eLearning website. The new website includes a revamped navigation structure, making it easier for prospective and current students, faculty, and others to find information relevant to them. The site also features expanded resources for faculty members, including Faculty Toolkit and Quality Matters Initiative sections. A Canvas Help Center has been created to provide easy-to-find help resources for Canvas and other academic technologies.

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7 Things to Know About: Continuing Education

What's important to know about Continuing Education at UAB in Fall 2015? Read the 7 Things to Know About: Continuing Education information sheet to find out.

Three eLPS Instructional Design Staff Members Receive QM Certification

We are proud to announce that three staff members of our eLearning and Professional Studies Instructional Design team have completed the Quality Matters (QM) Peer Review certification course.

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Must-Have Apps at UAB has put together a must-have list of 7 apps you need as a UAB student. #1 on the list? Canvas. This app gives you access to your online courses on your phone or tablet. We agree with this recommendation. Check out the other UAB Must-Have Apps.

OLC 2015

The 21st Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference will be held October 14-16, 2015. See conference details.

Upcoming Deadlines

Oct 5 - Account balance due; failure to meet payment deadline results in late fee charges of up to $250.
Oct 23 - Last Day to Withdraw
Oct 26-30 - Assigned Time Registration for Spring 2016
Nov 23-Nov 27 - Fall/Thanksgiving Break

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7 Things to Know About: eLPS

What's important to know about eLPS in Fall 2015? Read the 7 Things to Know About: eLPS information sheet to find out.

UAB Professor Hasan Honored for Mobile Learning Project

UAB Assistant Professor Ragib Hasan recently won a prize for his mobile learning project developed for South Asia. Read the article.

UAB's Walk-up AskIT Desk to Move to Sterne Library

The walk-up AskIT desk will be moving to the Sterne Library on September 24.  More details can be found on the UAB Inforamtion Technology website.

Fall B Term Publishing

The first day of class for the Fall 2015 B Term is October 19th. For B Term, all courses will be published automatically. Publishing will take place on October 15th, 2015. If you should need additional assistance please contact eLearning and Professional Studies teaching support at

ProctorU Services Now Available

eLearning and Professional Studies is pleased to announce the installation of the ProctorU LTI in Canvas.

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Next Steps on FAFSA

Students are now able to apply for financial aid three months earlier and with two-year-old completed tax forms. What are the next steps for FAFSA? Read this news item on the Insider Higher Ed website.

Applying for Financial Aid Just Got a Little Easier

Students will be able to file financial aid applications three months sooner than previous years. Read this news item on the website.

White House Releases New College Scorecard, Updated Consumer Information

The Obama Administration have released new data tools to help make choosing a college easier for families. Read this news item on the NASFAA website.

Center for Teaching & Learning Presents September Workshops

The UAB Center for Teaching & Learning presents:

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