August 12, 2013

Sundry Notes

SundryNotesSundry Notes (free)

Sundry Notes is a free app that provides you with the ability to import pdf files, format writing, make quick drawings, run searches on wikipedla, google, and google books, snag images off the internet, make recordings, among other functions. You can use this application to organize all of your course content and store it in one place. Math instructors might also enjoy the ability to work on ‘virtual graph paper'.

Online Readiness Faculty Development Project

The purpose of this project is to ensure that all school of education faculty are conversant with the technology tools and elements of design and delivery so that each may participate fully in the development of a framework for online courses that is appropriate for individual programs. Please select all sessions that you feel can contribute to your understanding of online course design, development, and delivery.

Additional sessions on systems such as Bb Collaborate (a virtual classroom environment), Taskstream (portfolios), and other tools will be offered at a future time based on level of interest.

All workshops will be held at the Center for Teaching & Learning unless otherwise noted. Click on the Workshop title for a description.

You can register for all applicable workshops at one time. Register here

Workshop Title Session Date Session 1 Session 2
Blackboard Workshops
Foundations Monday 3/25 12:30 - 2:00 2:30 - 4:00
Basic Tools Friday 3/29 1:30 - 3:00
Grade Center Monday 4/1 12 - 1:30
Discussion Boards, Wikis, Blogs, and Journals Friday 4/5 12:15 - 1:45
Discussion Boards, Wikis, Blogs, and Journals Monday 4/8 12:30 - 2:00
Foundations: Sessions #3 and #4 Wednesday, 4/10 9 - 10:30 1 - 2:30
Basic Tools: Sessions #2 and #3 Thursday, 4/11 9-10:30 1 - 2:30
**Session date changed due to scheduling conflict Friday 4/12
Course Development Sessions:
Online Course Design Monday 4/15 12:30 - 2:00 2:30 - 4:00
Faculty Forum: Good Practice for Blackboard** Friday 4/19 10 - 11:30
Teaching Presence in Online Environments Monday 4/22 12:15-1:45
Faculty Forum: Good Practice for Online Courses Friday 4/26 10-11:30

This workshop will introduce you to basic best practices for organizing, optimizing, and uploading content into a blackboard course. The course is intended for novice and new users of Blackboard. Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Check the java version on your computer
  • Organize content within a Blackboard course shell
  • Navigate the Blackboard Interface
  • Manage course content using the course menu and control panel
    • Including adding menu links and adding content to a content area
  • Communicate with students using Blackboard’s communication tools
Recommended for xx Novice users (click for more information)
What to Bring: Content that you would like to upload to a blackboard course shell xx Register

Basic Tools
This workshop is designed for non-experienced users of Blackboard Learn who have already taken the Blackboard Learn Foundations workshop. In this workshop participants will learn how to manipulate Bb Learn's basic tools, create links to course tools, and set adaptive release on tools and other content items.

  • Tools Availabilty and Visibility
  • Creating Discussion Boards
  • Creating Blogs & Journals
  • The Tests, Surveys and Pools menu
  • Creating a test
  • Set adaptive release
Recommended for xx Novice and/or intermediate users (click for more information)
What to Bring: Content that you would like to use for formative or summative assessment and/or student interaction xx Register

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Grade Center
In this workshop participants will learn how to use, manage, navigate, and customize the grade center. The workshop is for users who have already attended the Bb Learn Basic Workshop or the Bb Learn Enhanced workshop. Topics covered during this workshop include:

  • Creating Columns
  • Creating Calculated Columns
  • Managing the Grade Center
  • Running Reports
  • Downloading the Grade Center to Excel
  • Automatic Regrading of Tests
  • Creating a rubric in Blackboard
Recommended for xx Intermediate users (click for more information)
What to Bring: The grade structure that you would like to create for your course xx Register

Discussion Boards, Wikis, Blogs, and Journals
In this workshop participants will learn how to set up course tools for students to use, how to grade tools, and elements of good practice for assignment design using these tools. Topics covered in the workshop include:

  • Creating groups
  • Design discussion, wiki, blog, and journal assignments
  • Grade assignments built using these tools


Recommended for xx Intermediate users (click for more information)
What to Bring: Content that you would like to use for formative or summative assessment and/or student interaction xx Register

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Online Course Design
This session will provide you with a set of principles and practices for designing and organizing your course in a blended or online environment. This session explores implementation of principles developed by UAB faculty, and include:

  • Designing and Organizing Content: Key Elements
  • Creating an Online Syllabus
  • Enhancing content for online delivery
Recommended for xx All instructors with little or no experience teaching online
What to Bring: Course syllabus xx Register

Teaching Presence in Online Environments
This session will provide you with a set of principles and practices for delivering your course in a blended or online environment. This session explores implementation of principles developed by UAB faculty, and include:

  • Developing Instructor Presence in online environments
  • Setting and Communicating Expectations for Students
  • Creating a Collaborative Environment


Recommended for xx All instructors with little or no experience teaching online
What to Bring: TBD xx Register

Faculty Forum

The panel sessions are intended to bring faculty together to discuss good practice and initiate development of a framework for online courses that make sense for individual programs, or departments.

Faculty Forum: Good Practice for Blackboard, Friday 4/12
• a panel discussion between faculty on uses and limitations of education technology tools, particularly Blackboard
• a focus group session to identify principles and practices that will help individual departments create a framework for online courses
Faculty Forum: Good Practice for Online Course Design, Development, and Delivery 4/26
• a panel discussion between faculty on experiences in online learning environments
• a focus group session to identify principles and practices that will help individual departments create a framework for online instruction

Recommended for xx All interested School of Education Faculty and instructors
What to Bring: Questions xx Register


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Preparing to use i>Clickers is your Course

A. Download the integration files:

  1. Click heretto download the integration files needed to ensure you can transfer information (You will be prompted to enter your blazer ID and password).
    1. Click on the drop-down menu
    2. Select iClicker and follow the directions provided.
  2. Extract the appropriate set of files (Select appropriate set of files for Windows [4 files] or Mac[3 files])
  3. IF you intend using both Windows and MAC, [e.g. a classroom PC and a home Mac] you will need to take these steps .
  4. Copy the selected files to the resources folder within the i>clicker software on your flash drive

B. Set up the student registration link in your course:

  1. Create a content area in your course (alternatively, you can use an existing content area. Click here for help on creating a content area).
  2. Within this content area, Select Tools, More Tools, then Select i>clicker Remote Registration:


The following page will be displayed, just click Submit:


When your students enter your course, they will see the following link:



Students will click on the link and enter their remote ID:


July 11, 2013

UAB Clickers

UAB Clickers

In an effort to establish a well supported, cost-effective use of clickers ("classroom interactive response systems"), and to assist with their integration across campus, UAB has selected i>Clicker as the standard UAB Response System. The i>Clicker2 system was chosen for its ease of use, compatibility with UAB computing environment and technical support.

How Do I get Started?

How Do I Get Started?

Faculty interested in using i>clickers should request an instructor kit. Once requested, a kit can be acquired at the Center for Teaching & Learning. It includes a base receiver and USB cable, flash drive and instructor remote unit.

During Spring 2013, instructors will be asked to carry the i>clicker2 receiver to their classroom. The Receivers will be added to standard classroom equipment as of Summer, 2013.

A list of technology enhanced classrooms that will be equipped with i>clicker2 receivers is available HERE.

For use in other classrooms, faculty should use the individual receiver included in their instructor kits.

Allow 5 - 7 business days for shipping. When the kit comes in, we will send an email so that the requesting faculty may come by to pick it up.

Student i>clicker2 units are available through the Barnes & Noble UAB bookstore and Snoozy's. The current retail price is $45 per unit; there are no annual license fees. To register the unit, please review the following instructions. The unit can be used in multiple classes. Students who have already purchased an eps or Turning point clicker through the UAB bookstore will be able to exchange that unit for the i>clicker2 unit at no additional charge. This exchange option will be available until 8/31/2013.

Used properly with well-designed questions, clickers have been found to enhance learning through increased interaction and motivation, and with students engaged in what is happening in class. Clickers also provide on-the-spot valuable data about students' understanding of class material, allowing faculty to adjust instruction accordingly.
Benefits to Students

Students can...

  • Become active participants in class
  • Get instant feedback on their knowledge and/or comprehension
  • Receive instruction adapted to their immediate needs
  • Find out how they measure up to the rest of the class
  • Voice their opinion without apprehension or embarrassment
  • Express themselves in spite of shyness
  • Identify areas they need to improve on


Benefits to Faculty

Faculty can...

  • Gather data to gauge students' comprehension before moving on
  • Poll students and display class results instantly
  • Enhance large lecture class with increased student participation and interaction
  • Increase students' understanding and retention of topics by keeping them engaged
  • Allow anonymity on controversial questions
  • Provide feedback to students on their understanding
  • Check if students can apply a concept to a different context
  • Transform one-way teacher lecture into teacher-student interaction
  • Get a large volume of individual answers immediately
  • Reduce time on administrative tasks such as grading and taking attendance


For issues with the i>Clicker2 Response System units, software and features, please contact:

i>Clicker Technical Support Team
Phone: 866.209.5698

Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST
Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST

or e-mail:

For issues using the i>clicker2 Response System within your technology enhanced classroom, please contact:

AskIT at 205-996-5555 (6-5555 on campus) or submit a ticket.

Respondus and LockDown Browser

Respondus is a test authoring tool for generating and managing test questions and pools. This software is a desktop application; you can download from UAB Information Technology's software download website.

Document Guides
Respondus Quick Start Guide
Lockdown Browser Quick Start Guide

Demonstration videos

Creating and formatting questions
Using publisher test banks

Lockdown Browser:
Preparing an exam

Workaround for Uploading tests into Blackboard
Please Note: Currently, we have to employ a workaround for uploading tests created in respondus to blackboard. Please use this procedure until further notice.

Blackboard Collaborate Plan and Publish

Blackboard Collaborate Plan is a tool you can use to organize, script, and package a session prior to your real-time, online session. Unlike other products designed for self-paced viewing,

You can download plan here.

You can access a recorded demonstration on the plan tool, sample plans, and the user guide here.

The Publish tool allows you to create video and audio podcasts as well as standalone recordings.
Download the tool here. Click here for a recorded demo and the user guide.

Bb Collaborate Product Overview

Collaborate is a flexible product can that can be used in much the same way as Wimba as a virtual classroom, online meeting space, a location for virtual office hours, among other uses. Essential features include two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording.

New features include:

  • a redesigned user interface;
  • an object-based whiteboard that is more flexible and in which annotations persist throughout a session;
  • audio buffering to improve audio quality and echo cancellation that eliminates the need for headphones
  • up to 6 simultaneous video streams
  • multimedia presentation tool
  • private chat monitoring
  • mobile access to sessions for students

In addition, two desktop tools are available to develop content and activity before a real-time session: Plan and Publish.

The Plan tool will help you organize and script session content ahead of time, allowing you to devote more session time to interaction with your students. Publish allows you to create standalone recordings or video files from session recordings to allow for asynchronous review.

Features of the Wimba system that are not available in Collaborate include:

  • persistent settings and content
  • content organized by presentation
  • tracking information available to moderator
  • open ended polling

The Pilot program began in the summer 2012 term and will continue through spring 2013. Both systems will be deployed for use in Blackboard for the summer 2013 term, and the full switchover will be made at the beginning of the fall 2013 term. Wimba will be disabled at the end of the summer 2013 term.


Click for the Collaborate implementation timeline

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard purchased the Elluminate and Wimba systems in 2010 and announced its intentions to merge both products into a single solution. As result, Collaborate will be the online classroom solution for UAB as of Fall 2013 (See Timeline). We are preparing for this transition with pilot projects, which began in Summer 2012, a series of communications to ensure that everyone is made aware of the transition, and extensive workshop events to ensure that all Wimba users can successfully transition to the new software.

Much like Wimba, Blackboard Collaborate is a platform of tools that provides synchronous video and audio interaction, display, and collaborative tools for online and blended courses.

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 moderator perspective. The student support page contains information on how Collaborate works from the participant perspective.

General Resources Wimba - Collaborate Comparison Summary
Check System Requirements Quick Start Guide
Moderator Guide System Overview
(Will require that you download the Collaborate client)
The whiteboard Application sharing
Introduction to web tour System feature demos



Visit the Turnitin instructor training site for more information.