Category: Announcements

2022 Adobe Celebration Week – Sept. 12-16

Join OIT for a kick-off event on the Quad Sept. 12 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm as part of the 2022 Adobe Celebration Week, Sept. 12-16. All week we’ll feature guest presenters and host workshops focused around the Adobe Creative Cloud Tools.

During the 2022 Adobe Celebration Week, we’ll dive into new Adobe offerings that utilize some of the most exciting trends in emerging technology: interactive design, on-the-go video storytelling, and more. As a reminder, Adobe Creative Cloud is available to all UA students, faculty and staff. This event is designed to spur creativity and encourage the use of Adobe Creative Cloud software across campus. We hope you’ll join us!

See a full list of the 2022 Adobe Celebration Week events and virtual workshops!

Adobe Celebration Week September 12 through September 16, 2022

Instructional Technology News – August 15, 2022

Welcome to the Fall 2022 Semester 

The Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) welcomes you back for the Fall 2022 semester. Below are a few resources to help you and your students get prepared for classes. 

The Center for Instructional Technology exists to help with your instructional technology and accessibility needs. We provide training, support, workshops, and consultations for UA’s instructional technologies which include Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Flip (formerly Flipgrid), Gradescope, Hypothesis, Panopto, websites, Respondus, Turnitin, PointSolutions responseware (formerly Turning Tech TurningPoint clickers) and Zoom 

Learn more about each of these technologies on our website. Some noteworthy items to bring to your attention: 

Blackboard Learn 


  • Creating Turnitin assignments in Blackboard Learn is now under “Build Content” and no longer under “Assessments.”  
  • PeerMark assignments no longer automatically generate or populate Blackboard grade center columns.  
  • Resources about 2022 Turnitin changes. 


Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) generated captions are now automatically generated and available for editing and importing for Panopto videos. Accurate captions enhance learning and ensure access for all. Be sure to review and edit captions for accuracy. 

Tool name changes 

  • Flipgrid is now called Flip. No changes to access or use. 
  • Turning Tech’s Turning Point clickers and mobile response tools are now owned by Echo360 and called PointSolutions. No changes to access or use, but we are still updating tutorial resources to reflect the new name. 

Please let us help! 

We’re here to help. You can reach us at or 205-348-3532. Join us at an upcoming webinar or schedule a consultation with us.  

Classroom Support 

Most classrooms across campus are supported by OIT’s Audio Visual Solutions (AVS) team. Use the classroom help phone (Dial 2) to reach the AVS help desk for immediate help with classroom technology. You can also contact AVS at 205-348-3453 or email 

Support for Informational Technology needs 

Visit for more information about IT services including email, internet, account access, and more. You can also reach us at the IT Service Desk or 205-348-5555, we are here to help.  


CIT uses this list to communicate essential information about instructional technology updates and resources. All members of the UA community who are currently instructors in Banner or Blackboard Learn are subscribed to the listserv. Messages are sent at the most weekly unless a service interruption or ongoing issue merits more frequent communications. 

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Clicker software is now named PointSolutions

Turning has a new name! Our clickers & mobile polling software has been rebranded to PointSolutions and is powered by Echo360.

Turning has merged with Echo360 and the software and mobile app have changed their name to PointSolutions. The processes in the desktop software (for instructors) are the same, but with new branding from Echo360.

For more information about Echo360 visit the CIT Knowledge Base or

Blackboard Learn course term names changed

Blackboard Learn course terms are used to define the beginning and end of a period of study. The course term defines where a course appears on the Courses page. Here you can also select a term from the dropdown menu to move between past, current, and upcoming courses. CIT recently revised the course term names to display text labels rather than term codes (e.g., 2022 Spring instead of 202210 and 2022 Fall instead of 202240).

Blackboard Instructor app support ending, download the Blackboard app

CIT has learned that support for the Blackboard Instructor iOS and Android apps will end in September 2022. Instructors, Assistants, and Graders should download the Blackboard app for iOS or Android.

More from Blackboard:

Unified Blackboard App
Blackboard Learn SaaS, Blackboard Learn 9.1
Ultra Experience, Original Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: Instructors, Assistants, and Graders

In the past we had two separate mobile apps: the Blackboard App and the Blackboard Instructor App. The two apps caused confusion for many instructors. They did not realize that they needed to use a different app to manage their courses.

With this release, we are consolidating to a single app for both instructors and students. The user experience will change based on the user’s role within a course. Instructors can use the updated Blackboard app for both Original and Ultra courses.

Action needed: Support for the Blackboard Instructor iOS and Android apps ends in September 2022. Instructors, Assistants, and Graders should download the Blackboard app for iOS or Android.

For administrators: There are no configurations needed. We encourage admins to notify instructors of the need to download a different app.

Real-time information about Blackboard status, as well as updates about scheduled maintenance and past incidents, is available on the Blackboard status page.

Personal Pronouns in Blackboard Learn

UA students and instructors can now display personal pronouns in Blackboard Learn. A recent Blackboard Learn update introduced the ability for users to specify their personal pronouns in myBama and have them appear to other users in various locations in Blackboard Learn.

To display pronouns in Blackboard Learn:

  1. Log in to myBama with your myBama username and password.
  2. Students: Search for and select View/Update Personal Information (or select Update Personal Information from the Student tab). Employees: Search for and select Employee Profile then select More Personal Information.
  3. Choose Edit to edit the Personal Details section.
  4. Choose your pronoun from the Personal Pronoun drop down menu.
  5. Select Update.

If you have already specified a pronoun in myBama, you may need to make and save a change to your Personal Information in myBama in order to now display the pronoun in Blackboard Learn. To “push” the change to Blackboard Learn, you may change your pronoun to Not Applicable, update to apply the change, then make your actual pronoun selection and update again.

Your pronouns will appear to other users. In your courses, they will display in various locations of interactive tools, group activities, and name lists. If you do not want others to see your pronouns, select Not Applicable from the Personal Pronoun drop down menu, then select Update.

Additional information about pronoun presentation in Blackboard Learn:

  • How do I display my personal pronoun in Blackboard? – CIT Knowledge Base
  • Profile (Ultra Course View) – Lists locations where users can see other users’ pronouns in Ultra Base Navigation and in courses using Ultra Course View. The Profile is where UA users should go to quickly determine if they are sharing a pronoun in Blackboard Learn.
  • Original Course View: If a user has pronoun or pronunciation information, it is displayed on a profile card. Selecting any avatar icon in Original Course View displays the profile card. All avatars are selectable in user lists, course tools, and grading workflows.

Turnitin Scheduled Maintenance – July 8

Turnitin will have a scheduled system maintenance July 8, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (July 9) CDT. Due to the maintenance, Turnitin will be unavailable between those times.

Real-time information about Turnitin status, as well as updates about scheduled maintenance and past incidents, is available on the Turnitin status page.

Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View Update – Fall 2022 live course pilot

UA instructors now have the opportunity to explore Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View. Ultra Course View offers a simple, modern, intuitive, and consistent interface across devices and a simpler, more streamlined experience for instructors and students. Learn more about Ultra Course View and apply to participate in UA’s Ultra Course View pilot: Blackboard Learn Ultra Course Pilot

CIT began piloting practice or developmental Ultra Course View courses in Spring 2022 and invites instructors to begin exploring by requesting an Ultra Course View practice course: Blackboard Learn Ultra Course Request

During the Fall 2022 semester, we hope to pilot 20 live course sections using Ultra Course View. Instructors interested in teaching with Ultra Course View this Fall should submit a request via the CIT portal: Blackboard Learn Ultra LIVE Course Pilot Request. CIT will help you determine whether your course meets participation requirements. Any course offered though UA Online (part of a fully online program offered through the College of Continuing Studies) is not eligible for the live course pilot.

Following the pilot period, instructors will be able to choose whether to use Original Course View or Ultra Course View for live courses. Pilot feedback will inform the timeline, along with feature and third-party tool availability.