August 3 Instructor Technology News

Fall 2023 Faculty Prep Days

Join the Center for Instructional Technology August 16 and 17 to get your Fall courses polished and ready to go. CIT is hosting two days of workshops and one-on-one technical and pedagogical assistance. Register for a session(s) you would like to attend or drop by and receive one-on-one help setting up your courses. All sessions will take place in Gordon Palmer Hall, Room A232, A236, and A204. Refreshments will be served all day.

Registration is appreciated, but it is not required to attend. Questions? Contact us at 205-348-3532 or

View the complete schedule and register online at

Changes to Third-Party Integrations in Blackboard Learn

We continue to make the necessary changes to third-party tools in Blackboard Learn, including several textbook publisher tools. We are working closely with each vendor to document any changes in the workflow or appearance of these tools. Instructors may also be contacted by textbook providers if adjustments are needed to the steps instructors must follow to use these digital resources in Blackboard Learn.

Stay up to date as we make these changes by subscribing to the CIT Announcements page.

Collaborate End of Use

Class Collaborate will be removed from Blackboard Learn on Aug 10. UA departments using Class Collaborate OUTSIDE of Blackboard may still access Class Collaborate until Sept 30. CIT suggests instructors use Zoom or Teams for synchronous class meetings and Panopto for lecture capture.

Join CIT for the Using Microsoft Teams Meetings for virtual class webinar on Monday, August 7 at 12:00pm.

Using MS Teams and Zoom conferencing for online sessions in your courses

Instructional Tech Resources and Reminders

The CIT Knowledge Base is your clearinghouse for tutorials, known issues, and best practices.

Getting Started with Blackboard (includes helpful links for start of semester)

Blackboard Browser Checker

Ultra Course View Pilot Continues 

Instructors interested in teaching with Ultra Course View in an upcoming academic term should submit a request via the CIT portal: Blackboard Learn Ultra LIVE Course Pilot Request.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

We have been hard at work putting together workshops and webinars to meet the needs of UA faculty and instructors! Most August sessions are listed below, but keep up to date on all the training sessions at

Teaching with Blackboard

These CIT-led workshops and webinars aim to help you get started with and get the most out of Blackboard Learn, UA’s learning management system. Upcoming sessions include:

  • Teaching with Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Basics, Thursday, August 3, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams
  • Teaching with Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Basics, Wednesday, August 9, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 AM – Meets in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall
  • Teaching with Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Basics, Thursday, August 10, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams

Register for CIT-led Teaching with Blackboard workshops and webinars.

Teaching with Turnitin Sessions

Turnitin provides tools for grading and peer review and helps deter and prevent plagiarism by checking student-submitted work against an extensive online database. Learn more in these upcoming sessions:

  • Teaching with Turnitin: Turnitin Basics, Wednesday, August 9, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams
  • Teaching with Turnitin: Turnitin Basics, Thursday, August 10, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Meets in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall

Register for CIT-led Teaching with Turnitin workshops and webinars.

Adobe Professional Faculty Training

These training opportunities, led by Adobe experts, are provided exclusively to UA instructors.

  • Academic Faculty Taster Session – August 14 (in person + virtual) – explore how you can supercharge your creativity in Higher Education and learn the essentials of digital creativity, focusing on presentations, podcasting, video, data visualization, and how Adobe tools can support student outcomes. This introductory interactive session will incorporate hands-on learning and live feedback.
  • Storytelling with Video – August 18 (virtual only) – This course is perfect for the beginner or as a refresher for anyone wanting to discover how Adobe Premiere Pro can enrich your learners’ creative communication and digital skills. Using storytelling principles and visual language can help convey complex ideas, or explain a strategy, philosophy or method which, in turn, can generate understanding, support, extra funding or further advocacy. During the workshop you’ll create and complete inspiring projects you can take back to the classroom, through active, hands-on learning guided by our expert tutors.
  • Student Research Journals Workshop – August 31 (virtual only) – Discover 10 simple steps to create research journals, digital papers, reports and presentations. Learners explore options to create and share their work as an Adobe Creative Cloud Express web page instead of using a word processor or slide deck. 90-minute session.
  • Create visuals in Express and Illustrator – Sept. 8. (in person +virtual) – This workshop is a excellent professional development solution to help faculty enhance their students’ communication skills with Adobe Express and Illustrator. We’ll share ideas and resources for infusing creative thinking, communication, collaboration and project-based learning into your classes, and show you how your students can quickly and easily transform essays, student writing, lab reports, posters, worksheets, presentations, and other common classroom projects into creative digital images, dynamic web pages, infographics, videos, posters, visual reports and more. Participants will leave with ready-to-use resources and ideas for the classroom.

Register for Adobe sessions.

Simple Syllabus 

Multiple dates in August offered both In-Person (Gordon Palmer, A232) and Virtually

In this one-hour session of UA’s new syllabus platform, Simple Syllabus, we’ll cover:

  • How to access Simple Syllabus
  • How to navigate and edit the syllabus
  • UA statements included on the syllabus
  • Required items to be completed by the instructor
  • How to add items to the syllabus
  • How to save and submit the syllabus
  • How to access the syllabus from Blackboard Learn.

Register for an upcoming session

LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor: Protect the Integrity of Online Tests

This comprehensive training webinar, led by Respondus experts, is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session provides a detailed demonstration of both applications, including enhancements that make Respondus Monitor even more effective and easy to use.

  • Tuesday, August 8, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 17, 1:00-2:00 pm

Register for LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor

Respondus 4.0 and the Test Bank Network: Quickly Create Online Exams

Wednesday, August 16, 2:00-3:00 pm

Find out how Respondus 4.0 allows you to create and manage exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to your LMS, and how the Test Bank Network enables instructors to create online tests from official publisher test banks.

Register for Respondus 4.0

Flip Basics  

Thursday, August 24, 12:00-1:00 pm

Explore the features inside Flip, UA’s video discussion tool, and learn how to level up the ways your scholars communicate and share their learning.

Register for Flip Basics

Zoom Basics  

Monday, August 28, 10:00-11:00 am

Learn the basic features for conducting a zoom meeting including an overview of Zoom’s web portal and desktop client, how to schedule a meeting and invite others, and we’ll review the in-meeting host and participant controls.

Register for Zoom Basics

Zoom Advanced 

Tuesday, August 29, 10:00-11:00 am

This CIT instructor led session will explore Zoom features including recurring meetings, breakout rooms, polls, and reports.

Register for Zoom Advanced

Introduction to Panopto 

Tuesday, August 29, 1:00-2:00 pm

Join CIT for a webinar that covers the basics of using the lecture capture and video platform, Panopto.  This webinar is designed for new users and beginners who would like to learn how to use the Panopto interface and recording features.

Register for Introduction to Panopto

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As always, we are available Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:45 to help you. We look forward to working with you soon.

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