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:
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.
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.
Barnes & Noble Nook Study
The nook study application is intended to be a study companion and provides students with some useful tools for studying and organizing course content, not to mention some significant savings if they elect to use the electronic version of a text.
As an instructor, the tools you will be primarily concerned with are:
- Textbook List Tool
- Link to Nookstudy tool
The textbook tool allows you to create a link to assigned course text(s) and give students the option to purchase it in digital or print form from within the Blackboard LMS.
The Nookstudy tool allows you to integrate etexts into your syllabus, course content, or assignments: You can create links to chapters, sections, or individual pages of an ebook for your class.
To add a a text link to your course:
Cick on the (add course link) button select Add Tool Link, and then click on Barnes & noble NOOKstudy:
|ccc||Find your text using the search tool:
|Select your text and add a description:
This review will show you how to create a link to a text location inside a content area.
The full building block integration guide provides additional information; and this webinar provides additional inforamiton.
NOOKstudy is a feature-rich and easy-to-use software application that allows you to store and manage digital content for your classes – eTextbooks, class materials, personal notes, and teacher handouts - in a single location.
NOOKstudy is a free download, and can be used on either a Mac or PC. You should note that it is not available on nook readers - a little confusing and a cause of some irritation if you check out discussion boards - this is due to the nature of textbook presentation and something that Barnes & noble is working on for future iterations.
Some Key features:
- The ability to create course specific files where you can maintain and organize all electronic content related to your courses: syllabi, hand-outs, scanned written notes, links to content
- The flexibility to electronically highlight and take notes in a variety of colors for easier recall and improved organization
- Tools that allow you to tag content for future reference
- The option of having multiple eTextbooks open simultaneously to make studying more efficient
- One click access to complementary online reference materials and resources (e.g. Google, Wikipedia, dictionary, etc.) directly from the eTextbooks
Submitting Assignments using Turnitin
Some of your instructors might use Turnitin to manage written assessments. The document below walks you you through the process of submitting work to this system.
Submitting Turnitin Assignments
Blackboard Collaborate is a platform of tools that provides synchronous video and audio interaction, display, and collaborative tools for online and blended courses. It is the result of a merger between the elluminate and Wimba systems.
This system is being used on a pilot basis on some UAB courses during the Fall 2012 term. It provides many of the same features and functions that Wimba does, and will be the UAB online classroom tool from Fall 2013 forward.
The following links provide information on using the system from the participant perspective. If your course uses Bb Collaborate, please use these links to familiarize yourself with this tool.
|Collaborate Online Orientation||Check System Requirements|
|Participant Reference Guide||Quick Start Guide|
Checking Your Version of Java
What is Java?
Java is a programming language and is critical for running a number of web-based programs and utilities. The java run time environment (which is commonly shortened to JRE, or Java) allows java-based applets to run in your browser.
Why do I need Java
A number of Blackboard tools require java to run: the text editor, collaboration tools such as the chat window and whiteboard, and other tools such as the Wimba live classroom, all run using Java applets. A lot of web-based content that you can link to from your course will also require Java to run.
How to Check your Version of Java
You can check the supported Java version on the same page that identifies Blackboard's supported browsers.
To check the version you have on your computer:
- Click on the Start menu (lower left corner of your screen)
- Click Control panel
- Double-click Java; then click About in the Java control panel.
- Click Close.
How to clear Java Cache
- Close all browser windows.
- Go to Start, then choose the Control Panel.
- Click on the icon named Java. On the General Tab, under the section labeled Temporary Internet Files click the button Delete Files.
- Then choose to delete all the types offered.
- Close the control panel by clicking OK and restart your web browser.
- In Finder search for Java Preferences.
- Open Java Preferences and click on the Network tab.
- Click the Delete Files button.
About Browser History and Caching
A cache is a temporary storage area where frequently accessed data can be retained for rapid loading. A web browser cache holds copies of pages that pass through it - all items you have accessed or downloaded from the Internet, including images, sounds, Web pages, and cookies. These items are stored on your computer, usually in the Temporary Internet Files folder.
Why clear your cache?
You may occasionally encounter an error message, a "Page Not Found" display, a "Momentarily Unavailable Message" etc. This could be due to a problem with the system, maintenance, or a number of other reasons. If you decide to go back to this url later, you may see this same message even though the problem is corrected because your browser has pulled the page from your cache.
How to clear your cache:
- In Internet Explorer:
- Click on the Tools menu, click Internet Options. The Internet Options box should open to the General tab.
- On the General tab, in the Browsing the Internet section, click the Delete button. This will delete all the files that are currently stored in your cache.
- In Firefox:
- Click on Tools, Options, then select the Advanced panel. In the Offline Storage section, click Clear Now.
- In Safari (Mac OS X):
- Click on the Safari menu, select Reset Safari. Select the items that you want to reset, then click Reset.
You can set your browser to automatically clear cache, and you can re-size your cache storage to maintain more cached files to speed up performance; this, however, increases the likelihood that you will access stale content.
How to set your browser to automatically clear cache:
- Click on the Tools menu, click Internet Options. The Internet Options box should open to the General tab.
Checking Your Browser
Browsers change, web content changes, and frequently pages don’t render exactly the way a developer wants them to in different browsers or browser versions.
Blackboard maintains a list of browsers that are supported, compatible and certified.
Here’s how to check your browser version:
1. Open your browser:
2. Click on the following:
- Click Help, then About Internet Explorer, the version number that you are using (e.g. Internet Explorer8) appears in the dialog box
- Click Help, then About Mozilla Firefox, the version number that you are using (e.g. Firefox version 3.6.13) appears in the dialog box.
- Click on Safari in the Safari menu
- Select About Safari from the drop-down menu, the version number (e.g. Safari 5.0.3) appears in the dialog box.
STUDENT QUICKLINKS & CONTACTS
2013-2014 Academic Year
UAB Information Technology strives to provide consistent, accessible, personalized and collaborative environments to enhance the student experience. The quicklinks below provide a ‘get-started’ list of the most common services students ask about. For even more information and resources available to the student community visit uab.edu/it/home/students.
BlazerID and Password
Most of UAB's secured online resources require you to log in using your BlazerID and password. You probably already have a BlazerID; however, if you are not sure or if you need to change your password, you can visit BlazerID Central at uab.edu/blazerid. As of January 1, 2014 a new password/passphrase standard is in effect. In accordance with the new standard student passwords will expire at 180 day intervals. You will receive multiple advance notifications of a pending password expiration date.
Using your BlazerID and password, log into BlazerNet, UAB's student portal - uab.edu/blazernet. From there you will be able to link to class registration, grades, financial aid and other academic resources.
Your UAB e-mail address (BlazerID@uab.edu) is the place to look for all official correspondence from UAB. To check or update your e-mail preferences, visit BlazerID Central at uab.edu/blazerid. To register a UAB account, click “Get A UAB Email Account” on the left side of the web page. This service is available at no cost to all active students, and provides up to 1GB of mail storage. Currently, you can access your account with any Microsoft Outlook client, or through the web via mail.ad.uab.edu. Beginning in May 2014 UAB will be transitioning students to Microsoft Office 365 email. This will provide 50GB of storage plus other features. If your email account has been migrated to Office 365, you should use www.outlook.com/uab.edu to access your mailbox. For help with email configuration, visit the FAQ link:to uab.edu/it/email.
File Size & UAB Dropbox
Your mailbox has 1GB of space, and the size limit for attachments is 30MB. Large attachments should be sent via the UAB Drop Box at uab.edu/dropbox.
Stay connected on campus by accessing the UAB WiFi network using your BlazerID and password: uab.edu/it/wireless.
Have an Apple or Android mobile device? Download the free UAB Mobile app which provides access to class schedules, maps, Campus Directory, news and athletics, and Blackboard Mobile Learn: uab.edu/app.
Online Classroom/Blackboard & Canvas
Online courses are available via UAB’s online classroom, Blackboard (log in with your BlazerID and password at uab.edu/bb). For support, check out the Blackboard self-help options at uab.edu/bblearn/student-support. Students generally have access to their specific Blackboard courses on the first day of the term, but faculty may arrange for earlier or later access. Beginning in Summer 2014, UAB will begin transitioning to Canvas as the learning management system. All courses will be in Canvas for Fall 2014. To access Canvas, visit the Canvas website at www.uab.edu/canvas
Recommended System Specifications & Computer Setup
UAB IT provides recommendations on computer specifications for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows PC laptop and desktop systems, and guidance on how to prepare your computer for use at UAB (before you arrive on campus). Visit uab.edu/it/students and select from the available resources for more detail.
Software & Computers
UAB IT offers an extensive library of software for free or at discounted pricing, including antivirus software, Microsoft Office products and more. Through UAB's relationship with Dell, many computer products are available at a discount to students (and parents on behalf of students). Visit uab.edu/it/students and select from the available resources for more detail.
UAB maintains several student computing labs which are open to all current students with a valid BlazerID. For locations and hours, visit uab.edu/it/labs.
The online directory contains contact information for students, faculty, staff and all UAB entities: uab.edu/directory.
Higher Education Opportunity Act & Digital Rights Compliance
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) includes provisions to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing of movies, videos, music, etc. More information, including how UAB detects and responds to illegal downloading activity, can be found at uab.edu/it/heoa.
Individuals who use UAB technology resources are required to read the Acceptable Use Policy in its entirety. This and other IT policies, standards and best practices can be found on the UAB IT website: uab.edu/it/policies.
For support with all things IT contact AskIT, UAB's IT help desk. Many self-help articles and FAQs are available on the AskIT website. To access the FAQs, open a ticket or chat with an agent visit uab.edu/askit, or call AskIT at 205-996-5555. Hours of operation vary and are posted on the website.
Students can register their cell phone for various notifications from around campus. From notifications about postings in the learning management system, to reminders about registration deadlines, to being able to reset your BlazerID password remotely (24x7)...it all starts with registering your cell phone and selecting which services you want to take advantage of. Visit uab.edu/enotify and sign up today.