Emergency Support for Teaching and Learning with Blackboard:
Quick Start Technology Toolkit - For Faculty
This "Technology Toolkit" has been created to help faculty to communicate with and provide learning experiences for students during situations that limit on-campus access. It is designed as a quick start guide for faculty who do not have experience using the online course management system - Blackboard.
All UAB academic courses (except labs/seminars/independent studies ) have a course site automatically created in a system called Blackboard.
- The course site is made available to students the first day of class to the last day of class.
- Faculty have access to the course from 16 weeks prior to 10 days after the official term start and end dates
If your course is a lab/seminar/independent study and you would like to make a course site available for you and your students, please complete the Course Request form.
- Please note that this form is also used to make any request related to the course section you are teaching (e.g. adding a teaching assistant, copying content from a previous course, cross listing your course with another course you are teaching).
Your online course site can be used as much or as little as necessary to fit your teaching needs. Here are some options and things to consider for this online course site:
- Save the basic course information that is ordinarily handed out in class - syllabus or course schedule.
- Create sessions/folders with course material - PDF versions of PowerPoint slides, vocabulary lists, instructor-produced written materials, photographs, illustrations, recorded lectures, etc.
- Post student grades so they can be privately accessed by the student as desired.
- Link to other websites (internal and external) for additional materials or content.
- Use discussion forums, blogs and chat to generate participation and collaboration.
- Create live audio and video sessions.
- Create assignments for students to submit online.
Login to Blackboard
(*Note: To login, enter your BlazerID and password)
To quickly get started in using the Blackboard and other teaching tools, seven steps have been created below:
provides basic information for faculty and students to get setup and on Blackboard.
includes some quick start guides/steps on understanding the Blackboard course interface and posting content into your course.
3 and 4
describes options to communicating with your students when away from a physical class environment
goes into more detail about additional tools that are available for faculty when teaching in the virtual environment
describes the resources available to assist students in using the features of the Blackboard course.
Steps 6 and 7
lists training, tutorials and guides, tips and individual resources available for faculty.
Step 1: How do faculty and students get started using Blackboard?
Make sure your computer is properly setup. If you have questions or problems with any computer setup steps, please contact AskIT at 205-996-5555 or email@example.com
Instruct students to set up their computers properly. Let students know to contact ASKIT at 996-555 or firstname.lastname@example.org , if they are having any issues with Blackboard, whether computer setup or any other general system issue.
- Personal Computers
- Click here to test your browser compatibility.
- If the browser check results in an error, select your operating system and follow the setup instructions below, or contact AskIT at 205-996-5555 for assistance.
- Review the technical requirements of your system and assure that they are up-to-date, including popup blockers, plug ins, java, security certificates
- Mobile Devices
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Step 2: How do I structure and upload content to my Blackboard course?
Upon entering your online course, you'll be presented with the home page, course menu, and control panel.
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Step 3: How do I communicate with my students?
You can communicate with students in several ways, either within your Blackboard Vista course or externally using the Classroom Email Distribution System (CEDS) or through normal UAB email. Within Blackboard a coursemail feature lets you send and receive mail for each individual course. You can also communicate through the chat feature and draw on a white board that is visible to all students logged into the course. For more information on each option, click on one of the links below.
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Step 4: What other tools are available for teaching?
Create an audio or video recording
- Use Wimba Voice Tools to create an audio recording (podcast) of your lecture
- Use Wimba Live Classroom to create an audio and video archive of both your voice and most items that are shown on your computer/projector. You can also use Wimba Live Classroom to broadcast your lecture live to all students in your course. Click on the links to each tool for more information.
Develop and deliver tests and quizzes
- Create quizzes and tests with Respondus
- Create quizzes and tests using Questionmark
Ensure integrity and honesty on online quizzes with Respondus Lockdown Browser
Check the originality of papers using Turnitin
Maintain accurate grades using the Blackboard grade center.
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Step 5: What resources are available for students to show them how to use the Blackboard course features?
Several resources are available to get students started in using the Blackboard course:
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Step 6: What additional support resources are available for faculty?
The following tools and services are available for use when UAB employees and participants are off campus. For more information , check the Remote Access Technology Toolkit
- Access to on campus computer desktop
- UAB phone and voicemail system
- UAB email
- Web and telephone conferencing for group meetings
The Instructional Technology department has additional material and training for faculty. Check out the links below for more information.
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Step 7: Who can I contact for assistance or if I have problems?
For faculty looking for more individual guidance and support related to course content and usage (non-technical issues) Instructional Technology designers are available to assist. In addition many of the Schools and Departments have internal resources available to their faculty.
- College of Arts and Sciences - Sun Feng and Aeron Gault (for psychology)
- School of Business - Elizabeth Fisher
- School of Dentistry - Candice Reese
- School of Engineering - Gregg Janowski
- School of Health Professions - Pam Paustian
- School of Medicine - John Taylor/Kristina Panizzi Woodley
- School of Nursing - Dan Murphy
- School of Optometry - Bryan Rosenow
- School of Public Health - Courtney Felton
- Graduate School - Terry Harrington
- Student Information Services - David Beeching
For support related to technical issues with the system or help setting up your computer contact the UAB IT HelpDesk (AskIT) at 205-996-5555 or by email at AskIT@uab.edu.
All students should be referred to AskIT for assistance, not directly to Instructional Technology.
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