Upload Your Syllabus

On the course home page, on the top left corner of the page, you will see a list of links similar to the image below. This is the course menu. To add a link to your syllabus in the course menu:


Click on the syllabus link to access the content area you have created and you will see this set of menus across the top of the content frame:


On this page:




At this point, just ignore the Standard Options listed under "2." and hit submit. You’ll then see this screen, with Blackboard helpfully telling you that you have succeeded in your quest:


And it speaks the turhth, you have now successfully uploaded your syllabus. For the skeptics among us, we can confirm using that students can access what we've uploaded using the Edit Mode OFF view:


The syllabus is loaded. A couple other useful features allow you to communicate with students: email, and Announcements.
Let's look at email first.

The Course Home Page

Now we're at your course home page. If you've never edited any item in a course shell before, you'll see this view, containing 3 major components:

  1. The course menu
  2. The content frame
  3. The control panel


Click here if you want to learn more about the course home page. But, if you just have some very specific needs, we'll address some essentials here:

IF all you want to do is….

Click on on any of the above to get started.

Logging in the Blackboard LMS

If you made it here, there’s no point in sending you somewhere else to log in. BUT, in case you find yourself in BlazerNet, you can access your courses through the Faculty Dashboard on the Faculty Resources tab. Because you are already logged in using your Blazer ID, clicking on a course name will take you directly to that course shell.

Here, we're going to walk through logging in from this site.
First, note that the Bb icon on the right side of the screen below is available on the site home page only; the login link on the top navigation bar is visible from any page on this site:

Enter your blazer ID and password, and you will see the My Institution home page:


Click here for all the gory details about the My Institution home page. Right now, we're just concentrating on the course home page. Once you select the course shell you would like to access you will see the course home page.

Course Home Page

Getting Started in the Blackboard LMS

You can access your blackboard course shells through the Faculty Dashboard under the Courses & Training tab in Blazernet. But since you're already here, this page will walk you through logging in to the system from this web site, right after we list a few blackboard basics:

  • Maximum individual Course size = 2 GB : the sum total of the files you load into your course cannot exceed 2 GB (this does not include files loaded by students in a given term)
  • Maximum Individual file size = 50 MB: but you really shouldn't test this maximum out. Large files are difficult to access for some students on the other end (particularly if they have limited bandwidth connections at home). You should use our streaming server for large files.
  • Only instructors from the previous and current terms, and students enrolled in the current term will have access to the system
  • Seminars and labs don’t get populated with instructors. If you are teaching a course that contains a B,D, or E in its banner ID then you will have to request to be placed in the course as instructor (https://ask.it.uab.edu)
  • Standard Course Timeline:
    • Course shell loads 35 weeks before the academic term starts: you will be able to access and edit the course shell at this point in time; e.g. course shells for the Fall 2012 term (start date of August 15th) were loaded into the system on 12/14/2011.
    • Note: You will not have access to any course shell unless you have been entered into Banner as the instructor of record.
    • By default students can access their courses on the first official day of term; instructors can change this through the course request form
    • By default, students have access to their courses for 10 days beyond the last day of term; instructors can change this using the course request form
    • Instructors can view student enrollment details 15 days prior to the start of term, but you won’t be able to communicate (e.g. send announcements or email) until the first day of term unless you request that students get access to your course prior to the first class date.
    • Your courses will be archived after 2 years plus 1 term beyond the course completion date.

Click to learn about logging in

Course Materials Overview

This section contains material that is directly linked to content covered in each of the four Blackboard Learn courses offered through UAB's Instructional Technology department.

Click one of the course icons below to access a matrix that links each topic contained in the course to help resources in the instructor manual, the Blackboard online help manual, and/or this website.

If you don't know where to start, click here

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July 03, 2013

Web 2.0 Tools







Delicious.com-This online tool makes it easy to mark sites you find interesting to use for later research or to send to friends and project partners.

WordPress- WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

YouTube-Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos.


Google Groups-The new Google Groups is an improved way to participate in online discussions.

Google Docs- With this program from Google you can take notes online, save them, and even send them to your peers for collaboration.

Tumblr- lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme's HTML.

Diigio-Your all-purpose digital library on iPad - bookmarks, archives, annotations, notes, images, and screenshots. Collect everything, find fast, share easily, and access anywhere.


Blogger- a simple and quick way to get a blog up and running. You can use it for your own professional diary, to run a blog for your course or for your students to keep their own learning journals.

Voice Thread-a great venue for a presentation that allows docs, video, audio, photos; great for my students to teach their students; by the time students pass middle school, they are sick of creating PPTs; easy, flexible, shareable

Zoho Show-This great online tool allows you to create, edit and share presentations online making it easy to create interactive homework assignments or to organize your notes in an audio-visual format.

Thinkature-This site allows real-time collaboration on flow charts, diagrams and mind maps with features that include color organization and freehand drawing.

Jing Project-Simple and FREE, Jing is the perfect way to enhance your fast-paced online conversations. Create images and videos of what you see on your computer screen, then share them instantly!

Facebook- is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.

Wikipedia-is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based on an openly editable mode

Gliffy-Gliffy makes it easy to lay out ideas in flow charts and diagrams or to create floor plans and technical drawings to help you bettervisually understand information.

Empressr-The result is the first free online visual storytelling and presentation rich internet application that is so innovative and easy to use, we think it just might revolutionize the way presentations are created.

PB Works-PBworks Basic Edition is a great way to get started with a collaborative learning experience for your classroom or course. It's free for academic use by up to 100 students, teachers or parents.


Digital Vaults-The Foundation for the National Archives works in partnership with the National Archives to “open the stacks” of the Archives and enable millions of visitors to interact personally with the original records of our democracy through the National Archives Experience, filling the public spaces of its flagship building in Washington, D.C., with exciting exhibitions and varied learning opportunities.

Yahoo! Bookmarks is an online service that lets you save links to your favorite websites on Yahoo! and access them from any computer anywhere in the world.

Glogster-Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond.

FlowChart-Flowchart.com is an online multi-user, real-time collaboration flow charts service. It's Flowcharting made easy.

CiteULike-is a free service to help you to store, organise and share the scholarly papers you are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser so there's no need to install any software. Because your library is stored on the server, you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection.

Flisti-create free online polls without signing-up

Google Video -Google Video is chock full of educational videos that can help explain everything from how to use Second Life to learn to explanations of psychological illnesses.




App of the Month for Mobile Device Users

There are over 500,000 apps in the Apple and Android Marketplace App Store. If you are like many mobile device users, going to the app store is like an online, endless mall—so many apps, so little time.

Although strolling through the App Store is a lot of fun, it can be overwhelming. So, the UAB Instructional Technology (ITIT) department invites you to attend our ‘Apps of the Month’ sessions where we share with you some of the interesting apps that we have found.

No mobile device, but still interested. No problem! ITIT has a limited number of iPads for use during these sessions.

Below you'll find summary information on some apps we've reviewed to date:

Sundry Notes Mobile Air Mouse Dropbox
Groupboard Zigzag Board screenchomp
ShowMe Educreations Flipboard
Screen Sync Screen Sync Readability
Go-to Meeting JabberPad Encore B2B
Groupworld Discovr Apps WebCapture

Embed NBC Learn Content in your Course

There are three ways to embed NBC Learn content into your course:

  1. Insert NBC Learn modules onto your course homepage. This will display a module that allows you and your students to browse through and watch relatively current content in categories such as business and finance and general news items.
  2. Embed content directly from the Build Content menu in a content area. This allows you to browse all NBC archives and embed content into a course item.
  3. Embed content through the mash-up tool in the visual text editor. This is the most flexible option, allowing you to bring content into any Blackboard component that allows access to the text editor.

Insert NBC Modules

To insert one or more modules, click Add Course Module, scroll to NBC content, then select Add. The screenshot below shows two modules on display:

Click for additional detail on adding modules. Note that you can add/delete modules to your institution home page in the same way as you would your course home page. The difference is that you control what students view on your course home page.

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Embed Content directly from the Build Content Menu

To embed content directly from the Build Content menu:

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Embed content through the mash-up tool in the visual text editor

To embed nbc learn content into a specific content item, into an interactive tools such as a discussion, board, or an assignment, use the mashup tool mashup in the text editor. This is the most flexible method of adding content, as it will allow you to add to items, blank pages, content folders, assignments, interactive tools, and test items:
Then follow the same steps described under the previous directions for adding the selected content.

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July 03, 2013

Using NBC Learn

Using NBC Learn

The NBC Learn building block in Blackboard allows you to access resources through the NBC news archives and incorporate them into your course.
These archives allow you to access over 10,000 thousand video clips, news footage, documents, and images related to a number of fields in the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and humanities. This service also include electronic artifacts such as primary source documents, images, charts and graphs from NBC partners.

This content can be embedded in a variety of locations within your course, including menu links, course items, discussion boards, blogs, wikis, and test questions.

This tool allows you to reinforce course concepts through historic video footage and bring real-world examples into the classroom that can help students connect theory to application. Students can view interviews with notable individuals from the arts, politics, science, and technology fields; they can also access a range of news stories from macro-social issues such as immigration and foreign policy all the way down to the impact of NAFTA on individual communities. This content includes:

  • Collections organized around 28 subject areas
  • Primary source documents predating the revolution up to the present
  • Universal newsreels from 1930 to 1960
  • Access to full transcripts, bibliographical citation and closed captioning
  • A continuously updated archive that maintains currency in ongoing events
  • Downloadable content that can be used in presentations

NBC News Archives: Bring Real Events into Course Instruction

NBC News Archives On-Demand allows you to bring historical and current events directly into course material and classroom discussions.
This tool is now integrated with the Course Delivery and Community Modules of Blackboard Learn.
You can access 12,000+ pieces of professionally created educational multimedia content archived in dynamic collections, then download video clips and embed them directly in the Blackboard course environment. Search the archives in multiple ways, including by subject area, related topic or keyword.

NBC Archives

Play videos at full-screen when used in the classroom. Read full text transcripts. The archives contain news footage of historic and current events, critical analysis and mini-documentaries covering topics from early American history to the modern day.