Category: -Instructional Technology News

May Instructor News from the Center for Instructional Technology 

Join us for the 2024 Global Accessibility Awareness Week celebration! 

Please plan to join us on May 13 – 17, 2024 as we celebrate advancements in accessibility at UA! Let’s build knowledge, skills, and community together. Visit accessibility.ua.edu/GAAD for more details about the week’s activities and to register for an accessibility learning session. Thank you for being an ally; your dedication makes UA better for all!

Five ways to boost digital accessibility at UA 

  1. Design for accessibility – Convey content in multiple ways; don’t just use images, color, video, or audio. Always use headings and lists when available, alternative text for images, descriptive link text and when using colors or graphics to help communicate a message, be sure to check the color contrast of designs. Use tools like the Webaim color contrast checker to check color contrast and Wave to check the accessibility of a webpage.
  2. Provide captioned or transcribed versions of any media you use – Captioning grants are available to caption and/or transcribe UA-owned video and audio. Contact accesibility@ua.edu or visit accessibility.ua.edu to learn more about captioning and to have your recordings captioned.
  3. Build accessibility into your work practices – Take advantage of Acrobat, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook’s built-in accessibility checkers for any content you create or share.
  4. Communicate clearly and concisely – Keep the lines of communication with your users open and available. Avoid “click here”, “read more”, or other generic link/menu text. In addition, communicate to vendors/publishers/third parties that accessibility is important and ask how they are planning for accessibility. You can find suggested questions to ask vendors on the Technology Accessibility website.
  5. Attend UA’s Global Accessibility Awareness events – Join the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) and the UA Technology Accessibility team during the week of May 13 – 17 to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day. CIT and the Technology Accessibility team will be hosting virtual and in-person events that can help the UA community address accessibility needs and create a more inclusive campus. Learn more online at https://accessibility.ua.edu/GAAD/.

Reminder: Blackboard Course Retention Policy 

Academic courses in Blackboard Learn are subject to removal two (2) years following the end of the semester in which they are taught per UA’s LMS Course Retention Policy. For example, courses taught in Spring 2023 will be removed after May 2025. Fall 2022 and prior courses are being removed in May 2024. Non-academic courses, referred to as non-integrated courses, are subject to removal following two (2) years of inactivity.

Instructors should save any needed course content or student grades. Students should save any necessary coursework as well. Steps to save content are linked below.

More information on the policy and instructions for backing up Blackboard content are available in the LMS Course Retention Policy FAQ.

Eduroam Certificate Expires Thurs 5-2

The current Eduroam certificate expires on Thursday, May 2, and must be replaced. If your computer prompts you to accept a new Eduroam certificate on Thursday, please accept/trust the new certification to continue an uninterrupted Wi-Fi experience.

For more information and assistance, please contact UA’s IT Service Desk.

Explore the new Blackboard – Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View

All Blackboard courses will be designed and delivered in Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View (“Ultra”) by Spring 2026, and instructors of non-OTIDE courses can teach with Ultra now. Ultra boasts a simple, modern, intuitive, and consistent interface across devices and a more streamlined experience for instructors and students.  Learn more about Ultra on the CIT site and by exploring Blackboard Ultra for Instructors and Blackboard Ultra for Students in the Instructional Technology Knowledge Base.


Ultra Good Summer 

Summer is a great time to explore Ultra or prepare to teach with Ultra in the fall! Request a live course or request a practice course if you need a space to build or play, and follow along in our Ultra Team as we share tips, tricks, and things to try in Ultra this summer. We’ll invite you to the Team when we create your course.

Ultra Good Feature

Anonymous posts for Discussions 

Discussions play a pivotal role in nurturing peer-to-peer interaction and critical thinking. Instructors can now make Ultra discussion posts anonymous to help students feel more free to share their thoughts without judgment. You can turn anonymous posts on and off, and any posts made while anonymous keep their anonymity. You can’t grade anonymous discussions. Try it out — select the Discussion Settings button to begin!

Ultra Accessible

In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Week, explore Ultra features you can use to make course content more accessible and usable for all: the Ultra Accessibility Checker and Ally. Both automatically scan your original content, identify accessibility issues, and offer explanations so you can make your content more accessible. Ally also generates alternative formats for students to download so they can access the information they need in the way they need or want it.

Learn how Ally can help faculty and students in the short video below:

Introducing Anthology Ally for LMS

The Anthology Ally team is also joining the celebration! Register for their free Accessibility and Inclusivity in Technology webinar (5/14) and check out their upcoming Accessibility Fundamentals course (coming soon): Anthology Ally – Global Accessibility Awareness Month.

Ultra Panopto changes coming

CIT will update the Panopto integration the week of May 14, adding the ability to use content and folders with Ultra. We’ll share more information after the update, but, for now, you can see a preview here: How to Add Panopto to Your Blackboard Ultra Course


CIT Technology and Tool Highlights 

Turnitin  

Turnitin plays a pivotal role in preventing plagiarism. It compares student-submitted work against various sources, including student papers, web content, and academic journals. Upon submission, Turnitin generates a detailed report highlighting text matches and relevant data. Instructors benefit from grading tools like rubrics, voice comments, and mobile grading. Grades entered in Turnitin automatically reflect in the Blackboard grade center, and it also facilitates peer reviews among students. Overall, Turnitin enhances academic integrity and streamlines the grading process for educators.


Upcoming Learning Opportunities  

New to one of our instructional tech tools? We would love to guide you step-by-step or provide tips and ideas for using technology in your class. Just let us know how we can help!

05.02 | Teaching with Gradescope: Gradescope Basics webinar

05.02 | Build a digital portfolio and personal website

05.02 | Teaching with Turnitin: Understanding Similarity Reports and Scores webinar

05.03 | Teaching with Blackboard: Using Groups in Learn Original webinar

05.06 | Live Polling with Microsoft

05.07 | People.ua.edu Workshop

05.21 | Introduction to Panopto

05.22 | Simple Syllabus Information Session

05.23 | Meet the new Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Ultra Demo and Info Session webinar

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

Email – cit@ua.edu | Phone – 205-348-3532 | Website and Knowledge Base

April Instructor News from the Center for Instructional Technology   

Hello from your colleagues in CIT! Below, you’ll find announcements and events to assist you with teaching and learning needs.   

 

We are ready to make changes: Share Your Insights on CIT’s Monthly Instructor Newsletter  

CIT is dedicated to keeping you informed and engaged with instructional technology news. As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance communication and resource sharing, we kindly request your participation in a brief (5 question) survey online at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=jnIAKtDwtECk6M5DPz-8p5goneL_t95MgGXO0gwnZ6BURUxDMFZBTkhFQUhCMlBTWEY1UzVLODdLTi4u 

This survey aims to gather your valuable input on how we can tailor the CIT monthly instructor newsletter to best suit your preferences and needs. Your feedback will significantly influence the content, format, and delivery of the newsletter, ensuring that it becomes a valuable and enjoyable source of instructional technology news every month. 

We sincerely appreciate your time and insights as we strive to create a better newsletter for UA faculty, instructors, and academic administrators. 

 

Save the Date: Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2024! 

Please plan to join us on May 16, 2024 as we celebrate advancements in accessibility at UA! Let’s build knowledge, skills, and community together. We will soon share more details about the day’s activities. Thank you for being an ally; your dedication makes UA better for all! 

 


 

Meet the new Blackboard – Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View  

Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View (“Ultra”) offers a simple, modern, intuitive, and consistent interface across devices and a more streamlined experience for instructors and students. All Blackboard courses will be designed and delivered in Ultra by Spring 2026, and instructors of non-OTIDE courses can teach with Ultra now. Visit the CIT site to learn more about Ultra and UA’s plans, join or watch a recorded demonstration/information session, or request a practice course: Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View 

Ultra Good Features 

Unsplash royalty-free image service 

You can now easily search for and add royalty-free, high-quality images to your Ultra course! No more hunting for good visuals or copyright concerns – simply select the Image button in the content editor, choose Stock images from Unsplash as the image source, enter keywords to search, and select images to add.  

 Insert image options for Unsplash. The search terms are autopopulated from your text, but you can select the X (close) button and use your own search terms if you’d prefer. 

Try it out by creating a course banner using Unsplash. 

Anthology Community  

YOUR VOICE MATTERS! Ask and answer questions, engage in user groups and programs, submit product feedback and more – join theAnthology Communityto connect with Blackboard users around the world! Create a Community account and participate inTeaching & Learning discussions, joinproduct or user groups, and subscribe toblogs. Here are some highlights from the Community. 

Blackboard Learn Ultra User Group 

The Blackboard Learn Ultra User Group is a favorite among CIT staff. Teaching or thinking about teaching with Ultra? Check out these group meetings, led by Ultra users, that feature presentations, panels, workshops, and Q&A with institutions and experts.

Blackboard Learn Ultra Course Seminar 

Ready to start preparing your course in the Learn Ultra Course View? 

This program, comprised of two 1-hour sessions, will provide you with the information and best practices to start building and preparing your course in the Learn Ultra experience. We’ll explore the Learn Ultra course features and functions within two primary areas: 

  • Setting up and designing a Learn Ultra course. 
  • Using the course for assessment, interaction, collaboration, and learner support. 

This program is for instructors, course builders, instructional designers, and others who support educators in the design and execution of their courses. 

Upcoming webinars: 

  • April 17 & 18 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. EDT 
  • May 14 & 15 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT 
  • June 12 & 13 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. EDT 

Register here: Learn Ultra Course Seminar for Instructors 


CIT Technology and Tool Highlights  

Adobe Portfolio  

Adobe Portfolio is a tool that empowers both students and instructors at The University of Alabama  to showcase their work, build their personal brand, and enhance their professional profiles. Adobe Portfolio offers a versatile platform to curate and present your achievements. Let’s explore some exciting ways to leverage this resource: 

  • Showcase Student Work: Students can create digital portfolios to display their class projects, artwork, and other accomplishments.  
  • Highlight Coursework: Whether it’s essays, presentations, or multimedia projects, a portfolio provides a professional platform to exhibit students’ academic work. 
  • Internship and Job Search: Students can curate their portfolios to include internship experiences, relevant skills, and career aspirations.  
  • Personal Branding: Instructors and students alike can use Adobe Portfolio to establish their online presence.  
  • Project Documentation: Adobe Portfolio allows users to document and present their work in an organized manner. 
  • Collaborative Projects: Instructors can encourage collaborative projects among students. Teams can create joint portfolios to showcase group work, collaborative research, or interdisciplinary efforts. 

Members of the UA community have free access to Adobe Portfolio through our Adobe Creative Cloud license.  

How are UA Instructors using the tools?  

“Adobe Portfolio allows Hospitality Management students to create digital portfolios that showcase their internship experiences.  Students show creativity, knowledge, and professionalism through their projects.” 

  Morgan Milstead

Morgan Milstead | CFCS, CPF  

Senior Instructor and Academic Advisor 

 Hypothesis: Social Annotation in Action 

 Cerritos College and Hypothesis: Revolutionizing Engagement, Retention and Student Outcomes 

  “The retention shot up in that class in particular, it was transformative.,” – Professor Francie Quaas-Berryman, Cerritos College. 

 Don’t just take our word for it! Hear the story from faculty at Cerritos College and how they implemented Hypothesis that resulted in increased engagement, grades, and retention. 

 Learn more here. 


Upcoming Learning Opportunities  

New to one of our instructional tech. tools? We would love to guide you step-by-step or provide tips and ideas for using technology in your class. Just let us know how we can help!  

04.04  |  Meet the New Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Ultra Demonstration and Information Session

04.08  |  Live Polling with MS Forms 

04.08  |  Turnitin Basics 

04.08  |  Understanding Similarity Reports and Scores 

04.09  |  Getting Started with Panopto 

04.11  |  Gradescope Basics 

04.16  |  Doing more with Panopto 

04.17 | AnnotatED 2024 – a Hypothes.is event

04.18 | Meet the New Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Ultra Demonstration and Information Session 

04.25 |  Turnitin Basics

04.25  |  Understanding Similarity Reports and Scores 

04.26  |  Fostering Student Engagement in Blackboard Learn Original 

04.29  |  Meet the New Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Ultra Demonstration and Information Session 

March Instructor News from the Center for Instructional Technology   

Hello from your colleagues in CIT! Below, you’ll find announcements and events to assist you with teaching and learning needs.   

 

Launch of UA Accessibility Forum  

UA’s Technology Accessibility Team is excited to announce the launch of the Accessibility Forum.  The forum aims to unite the campus community and share accessibility wins, updates, and other accessibility-related information.  All UA faculty and instructors are invited to participate in the forum to learn more including accessibility in all aspects of teaching and learning at UA. Please join us for the first forum meeting scheduled for March 5 in A232 Gordon Palmer at 9:00 am.   

Kristen Kaylor, Sr. Accessibility Instructional Designer in UA Online Teaching Innovation and Digital Education (OTIDE) will be the guest speaker for this month’s meeting.  She will present A.I. Unleashed: Transforming the Accessibility of Images, Graphics, and Math Through Alt Text Automation. The team will also share important accessibility updates for the campus community. 

We are looking forward to seeing you at our first Accessibility Forum meeting! 

 

CIT at OLIS 

CIT was thrilled to participate in the Online Learning Innovation Summit, a professional development conference that brings together faculty, staff, graduate students, K-12 teachers and administrators from The University of Alabama and the region. Held March 1 at the Bryant Conference Center, OLIS featured presentations, workshops, demonstrations, and discussions around online learning and teaching technologies.  

Visitors to the CIT table were greeted with giveaway items and discussions of creative and effective ways to integrate instructional technologies into their classroom or online course. CIT staff Melissa Fortson and Dr. Rachel Thompson presented Artful Achievement: The University of Alabama’s Blackboard Learn Ultra Journey, a session on UA’s rollout of Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View. 

 


There’s more to Learn with Ultra – Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View  

From the simple, modern, intuitive, and consistent interface across devices to the streamlined experience for instructors and students, there is more to Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View. Instructors of non-OTIDE courses can teach with Ultra now, and all Blackboard courses will be designed and delivered in Ultra by Spring 2026. Visit the CIT site to learn more about Ultra and request a practice course: Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View 

Ultra Good Features 

Forms 

Do you need to collect information to place students in clinical experiences? Survey your class to gauge interests or opinions? Conduct formative assessments? Instructors teaching with Ultra can now create Forms!  

Ultra’s Forms page showing the dropdown menu for question types .

Available question types include Essay, Likert, Multiple Choice, True/False, Text, Local File, and File from Cloud Storage. Among other settings, you can adjust the due date, grade category, whether the form is graded or not, and how many attempts students have to complete the form. You can work with the responses in Learn or download them as a CSV file.  

Class Conversations 

Teaching with Ultra? You can enable Class Conversations for individual content items so students can discuss the content with you and their classmates: asking for help, sharing sources, or answering questions others have. As the conversation develops, it appears only with the relevant content. Conversations don’t appear on the discussions page.  

Conversations layer in an Ultra course 

You can enable conversations for these content items:  

  • Documents  
  • Assignments  
  • Group assignments  
  • Tests  
  • Group tests  
  • Offline submissions  
  • Links to teaching tools  

Check out Forms, Class Conversations, and other Ultra good features: Request a Blackboard Ultra Practice Course.    


 

CIT Technology and Tool Highlights  

Flip  

Did you know that 84% of educators see greater engagement from their students when using Flip.  

Here are some simple ways to use Flip to prompt student creativity throughout the school year: 

  • Introductions - A great way to start off the semester is to create an Introduction topic (assignment or activity) via Flip so students can share information about themselves and their learning goals. 
  • Prompt students to share their opinions and build presentation skills – Flip provides students with ongoing opportunities to share their experiences, opinions, or reflections any day of the year via videos vs writing. 
  • End of semester reflections - Ask students to set goals for themselves at the beginning of the semester and then revisit those at the end the semester.  

How are UA Instructors using the tools?  

“I’ve found Flip to be a game-changer in my graduate-level courses! I currently use Flip for my in-person and online courses for class discussions, assignments, and project presentations. Flip has fostered a more dynamic learning environment where everyone actively participates, and I’m truly impressed by its impact on my teaching and student learning. I’ve been particularly impressed by how much my graduate students enjoy using Flip for discussions. The asynchronous nature of Flip allows them to contribute thoughtfully on their own schedules, fostering deeper reflection compared to traditional in-class discussions. They also appreciate the increased accessibility, allowing students juggling work and personal commitments to fully participate. The low-pressure video format has been especially helpful for students who might otherwise feel hesitant to speak up in class, leading to richer and more diverse discussions. Overall, Flip has created a more inclusive and engaging learning environment for my graduate students, and they consistently express their positive experiences with the platform.”  

Elizabeth McDonald, Elizabeth A. McDonald, Ph.D.  Assistant Director for Instructional Design  UA Online, Teaching Innovation and Digital Education

Elizabeth A. McDonald, Ph.D. 

Assistant Director for Instructional Design 

UA Online, Teaching Innovation and Digital Education

 

Respondus Monitor  

Respondus Lockdown Browser is a browser that locks down a testing environment within Blackboard. Respondus Monitor is an add-on feature for Lockdown Browser that uses a webcam to record student exam sessions and flags suspicious behavior for instructor review. 

Screen Recording  

Sometimes you want to see what’s happening on a student’s screen during an online assessment. Perhaps it’s to investigate a suspicious behavior or to verify a student’s claim that a question didn’t display properly. You might require students to provide an oral explanation of a spreadsheet or watch them type a translation. There are many ways to take advantage of the new screen recording feature in Respondus Monitor: Screen Recording for Respondus Monitor 

Show Your Work  

An optional setting in Respondus Monitor, the “Show Your Work” feature allows students to show their written work or notes at the end of an online exam by taking pictures of the written materials with their webcam. Submitted photos appear in the proctoring results. Learn more: Using the “Show Your Work” feature in Respondus Monitor

Video embed: Respondus Monitor: Show Your Work Feature, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU-kf23JGTU
 

Live Chat Help 

Live chat help for students is available within LockDown Browser when using the Respondus Monitor webcam proctoring feature. Chat agents can assist test takers with pre-exam issues related to the webcam and microphone. Live chat is accessible within the pre-exam steps (select “It’s not working” at any time) and within Help Center (select the “Need More help?” button). Both options will walk users through troubleshooting steps before beginning a chat with an agent.  


 

Upcoming Learning Opportunities  

New to one of our instructional tech. tools? We would love to guide you step-by-step or provide tips and ideas for using technology in your class. Just let us know how we can help!  

 

03.04  |  Doing more with Panopto webinar  

03.04  |  Teaching with Blackboard: Creating Assessments in Learn Original webinar 

03.05  |  People.ua.edu workshop 

03.07  |  Build a digital portfolio and personal website 

03.07  |  Teaching with Blackboard: Fostering Student Engagement in Learn Original webinar 

03.07  |  Meet the New Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Ultra Demonstration and Information Session 

03.08   |  Teaching with Blackboard: Using Groups in Learn Original webinar 

03.18  |  Teaching with Blackboard: Creating Accessible Course Content webinar 

03.19  |  Live polling with Microsoft Forms 

03.21  |  Teaching with Turnitin: Turnitin Basics webinar 

03.22  |  Meet the New Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Ultra Demonstration and Information Session 

03.26  |  Flip Tech Support Office Hours 

03.28  |  Teaching with Gradescope: Gradescope Basics webinar 

03.29  |  Teaching with Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Basics webinar 

Launch of UA’s New Accessibility Forum

UA’s Technology Accessibility Team is excited to announce the launch of the Accessibility Forum. The forum aims to unite the campus community and share accessibility wins, updates, and other accessibility-related information. All campus members are invited to the first meeting scheduled for March 5, in A232 Gordon Palmer at 9:00 am.

We are excited to have Kristen Kaylor, Sr. Accessibility Instructional Designer in UA Online Teaching Innovation and Digital Education (OTIDE) as our guest speaker. She will be presenting A.I. Unleashed: Transforming the Accessibility of Images, Graphics, and Math Through Alt Text Automation. We will also be sharing important accessibility updates for the campus community.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our first Accessibility Forum Meeting!

February Instructor News from the Center for Instructional Technology   

Hello from your colleagues in CIT! Below, you’ll find announcements and events to assist you with teaching and learning needs.   

Safeguard your and your students’ rights and data. 

Please ensure that all official UA communications, including email communications between students and faculty, are conducted via approved tools such as Blackboard or your UA email account. The use of personal email accounts for conducting University business is prohibited by the Terms of Use of University Technology Resources.

Please contact cit@ua.edu if you need assistance with communication with students via Blackboard or if you have any questions or concerns. 


Simplify your Blackboard Learn course – Ultrafy it!  

Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View (“Ultra”) offers a simple, modern, intuitive, and consistent interface across devices and a more streamlined experience for instructors and students. All Blackboard courses will be designed and delivered in Ultra by Spring 2026, and instructors of non-OTIDE courses can teach with Ultra now. Visit ultra.ua.edu to learn more about Ultra and UA’s plans, join or watch a recorded demonstration/information session, or request a practice course.

Ultra Good Feature: Course Activity Report 

Table view of the Course Activity Report in an Ultra course.

Table view of the Course Activity Report in an Ultra course. 

Ultra’s Course Activity Report helps you understand how well your students are performing and how much they are interacting with your course. When you use the report in conjunction with the Overall Grade, you can:  

  • Identify potentially struggling students based on their overall grade, missed due dates, the number of hours they spend in your course, and the number of days since their last access. 
  • Message students who are falling behind and encourage them to increase their course activity. 
  • Congratulate students performing well in your course and ask them to be mentors. 
  • Customize your course alerts to identify potentially struggling students when their overall grade drops below a specific value, they’ve missed due dates, or they haven’t accessed the course for a certain number of days. 
  • Download data to analyze with other tools or share with other instructors or mentors of the course. 

Check out the Course Activity Report and other Ultra good features: Request a Blackboard Ultra Practice Course. 

Adobe Academic Essentials for UA Faculty  

Looking for ways to 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? The Adobe Academic Essentials series is for you. 

Join us starting on February 6 for the Academic Essentials learning series hosted by Adobe’s Authorized Training Professional Learning Partner EdgeGain. 

This series is free, with workshops from 60 to 90 minutes, created by faculty for faculty. 

Go to Adobe’s live Professional Learning calendar and sign up today. 


CIT Technology and Tool Highlights  

Hypothesis  

Looking to increase student engagement? Check out the upcoming events hosted by Hypothesis, UA’s platform for social annotation. 

AI and the Future of Learning – Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

This session is designed to offer valuable insights on AI in your classroom and provide strategies for AI and social annotation for 2024. Expect to gain practical tips and immediately applicable strategies for your courses.

Feb 15, 12:00-1:00 pm 

CIT Knowledge Base  

Need a quick answer? There’s a guide for that.  

You’re in luck, CIT offers a self-serve information library called the Knowledge Base. The CIT Knowledge Base supports all UA users seeking help or answers to instructional technology questions.   


Upcoming Learning Opportunities  

New to one of our instructional tech. tools? We would love to guide you step-by-step or provide tips and ideas for using technology in your class. Just let us know how we can help!  

 A few workshops are highlighted below.  Keep up to date on all the training sessions at https://cit.ua.edu/workshops/ 

  Teaching with Blackboard Sessions   

  • Blackboard Learn Ultra Demonstration and Information Session  
    • Thursday, February 8, 11 – 11:30 AM, Online 
    • Monday, February 19, 2 – 2:30 PM, Online 
  • Blackboard Learn Basics  
    • Thursday, February 15, 2 – 3 PM, Online 
  • Creating Accessible Course Content  
    • Friday, February 9, 10 – 11 AM, Online 
  • Fostering Student Engagement in Learn Original  
    • Friday, February 2, 10 – 11 AM, Online 
  • Grading and Managing the Gradebook in Learn Original  
    • Thursday, February 29, 2 – 3 PM, Online 
  • Using Groups in Learn Original  
    • Thursday, February 8, 2 – 3 PM, Online 

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. 

  • Turnitin Basics  
    • Tuesday, February 5, 2 – 3 PM, Online 
  • Thursday, February 22, 2 – 3 PM, A232 Gordon Palmer Hall
    • Friday, February 23, 10 – 11 AM, Online 
  • Understanding Similarity Reports and Scores  
    • Monday, February 12, 2 – 3 PM, Online 

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

Teaching with Gradescope Sessions  

Gradescope helps instructors quickly grade and provide feedback on paper-based and online assessments: exams, quizzes, bubble sheets, homework, problem sets, programming assignments (graded automatically or manually), and more.  

  • Gradescope Basics  
    • Thursday, February 22, 11 AM – 12 PM, Online 

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

 

People.ua.edu Workshop 

Create your professional faculty website using our easy, drag and drop web platform. In this session, you’ll learn how to add text and pictures, create column layouts, add video, audio, and hyperlinks, and add and rearrange pages.

Wednesday, February 7, 10 – 11:30 PM 

Register for the People.ua.edu workshop.

Introduction to Panopto 

This webinar aims to cover the basics of using the lecture capture and video platform, Panopto.

Thursday, February 8, 1 – 2 PM 

Register for the Introduction to Panopto workshop.

Flip Tech Support Office Hours 

Join CIT for a virtual Flip office hour pop-in session. Drop-in at any time during the virtual session to receive personalized assistance or guidance for using Flip.

Tuesday, February  27, 2 – 3 PM 

Join the FLip Support Office Hours for February.


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

Email – cit@ua.edu | Phone – 205-348-3532 | Website and Knowledge Base

January Instructor News from the Center for Instructional Technology 

Happy New Year from your colleagues in CIT!  Below, you’ll find announcements and events to assist you with teaching and learning needs.   

 

Join CIT for the 2024 Spring Faculty Prep Days  

Save the date for the Center for Instructional Technology’s 2024 Spring Faculty Prep Days on Jan. 8 & 9. Join CIT for two days of workshops and one-on-one technical and pedagogical assistance to get you ready for the Spring semester. View the full schedule of events online.  

Register for a session

Register for a one-on-one consultation

UA instructors can now teach with Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View! Schedule a demo and info session for your area. 

A simpler, more modern Blackboard is here! An alternative to the traditional Blackboard Learn experience, “Ultra” offers a simple, modern, intuitive, and consistent interface across devices and a more streamlined experience for instructors and students. CIT and the Office of Teaching Innovation and Distance Education (OTIDE) have established a goal of having all courses designed and delivered in Ultra by Spring 2026. Learn more about Ultra and UA’s plans: Blackboard Learn Ultra Course Pilot 

We invite you to learn more and begin to prepare by scheduling a demonstration and information session for your department, program, or area. Contact CIT to request a presentation. We will also host several open sessions this term: 

  • Friday, January 19, 10 – 10:30 AM, Online  
  • Monday, January 22, 2 – 2:30 PM, A232 Gordon Palmer Hall 
  • Thursday, February 8, 11 – 11:30 AM, Online  
  • Monday, February 19, 2 – 2:30 PM, Online  
  • Thursday, March 7, 2 – 2:30 PM, A232 Gordon Palmer Hall 
  • Friday, March 22, 10 – 10:30 AM, Online  
  • Thursday, April 4, 11 – 11:30 AM, Online  
  • Thursday, April 18, 2:00 – 2:30 PM, A232 Gordon Palmer Hall 
  • Monday, April 29, 2 – 2:30 PM, Online  

 

Register for a Blackboard Learn Ultra Demonstration and Information Session.  

 


CIT Technology and Tool Highlights  

Hypothesis  

Learn from experience! In this short article, learn how an English professor at Modesto Jr. College uses Hypothesis to ensure their students actually read the syllabus. 

Annotate the Course Syllabus Assignment – https://web.hypothes.is/resources/annotate-the-course-syllabus-assignment/?utm_campaign=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=285655738&utm_content=285652686&utm_source=hs_email 

Panopto 

Panopto is rolling out significant enhancements to its user design and interface, focusing on refining the overall look and styling of key components, along with a few helpful updates in the form of stability improvements for its Blackboard integration and Remote Recorder features used by some UA colleges. For further details, visit Panopto’s Community page. https://community.panopto.com/discussion/2226/14-10-ui-ux-changes?mkt_tok=NTc1LUJLRi00MTQAAAGQJrdsP8PNuSI-9G-dB6b_b84vnP8vdbhnGMVGNVp-LWibDuKAO0BSZ9XioCVpJTNZLkGJCdDACC1BTahQS53o-Z-sIh7nAhtxAr0M1XUq6T3X0Q#latest 

 


Upcoming Learning Opportunities  

New to one of our instructional tech. tools? We would love to guide you step-by-step or provide tips and ideas for using technology in your class. Just let us know how we can help!  

 A few workshops are highlighted below.  Keep up to date on all the training sessions at https://cit.ua.edu/workshops/ 

Teaching with Blackboard Sessions  

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.  

  • Blackboard Learn Ultra Demonstration and Information Session 
  • Friday, January 19, 10 – 10:30 AM, Online  
  • Monday, January 22, 2 – 2:30 PM, A232 Gordon Palmer Hall 
  • Blackboard Learn Basics 
  • Thursday, January 11, 11 AM – 12 PM, Online 
  • Grading and Managing the Gradebook in Learn Original 
  • Friday, January 12, 10 – 11 AM, Online 
  • Creating Assessments in Learn Original 
  • Thursday, January 25, 2 – 3 PM, Online  

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. 

  • Turnitin Basics 
  • Thursday, January 25, 11 AM – 12 PM, Online 

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

 

Teaching with Gradescope Sessions  

Gradescope helps instructors quickly grade and provide feedback on paper-based and online assessments: exams, quizzes, bubble sheets, homework, problem sets, programming assignments (graded automatically or manually), and more. 

  • Gradescope Basics 
  • Monday, January 29, 2 – 3 PM, Online 

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

 

Simple Syllabus Session 

Learn how to navigate and add your Spring 2024 syllabus content to Simple Syllabus, UA’s new syllabus tool. By default, Simple Syllabus will populate section information and materials, as well as instructor information, from other UA systems, such as CourseLeaf and Banner. We’ll learn how to add and rearrange content, and how to publish and share a syllabus.  

Face-to-face sessions are held in Gordon Palmer Hall, Rm. A232.  

  • Tuesday, January 9, 10 AM 
  • Monday, January 15, 10:30 AM 

Register for a face-to-face Simple Syllabus session.  

Virtual sessions are held via Teams webinar. Please click on the appropriate link to register. 

  

Editing Videos in Rush 

Tuesday, January 23, 10 – 11 PM

Learn the essentials of creating video presentations using images, video, and audio in Adobe Rush. Develop your storytelling skills whether it be for a class project, department presentation or personal story.

Register for the Editing Videos in Rush workshop.

 

Introduction to Panopto 

Thursday, January 25, 2 – 3 PM

This webinar aims to cover the basics of using the lecture capture and video platform, Panopto.

Register for the Introduction to Panopto workshop.

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Check out more instructional technology workshops at https://cit.ua.edu/workshops/   

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

Email – cit@ua.edu Phone – 205-348-3532 Website and Knowledge Base  

Spring 2024 Faculty Prep Days

Save the date for The Center for Instructional Technology’s 2024 Spring Faculty Prep Days on Jan. 8 & 9. Join CIT for two days of workshops and one-on-one technical and pedagogical assistance to get you ready for the Spring semester.

Register for a session Register for a one-on-one consultation

Registration is appreciated, but it is not required. Questions? Contact us at 205-348-3532 or cit@ua.edu.


Schedule of Events 

Monday, January 8 

9:00 – 10:00 AM | Teaching with Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Basics (Original) | Gordon Palmer A232

10:00 – 11:00 PM | Live polling with Microsoft Forms | Meets virtually via MS Teams

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Meet the New Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Ultra Demonstration and Information Session | Gordon Palmer A232

1:00 – 2:00 PM | Simple Syllabus | Virtual

Tuesday, January 9

9:00 – 10:00 AM | Meet the New Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Ultra Demonstration and Information Session | Gordon Palmer A232

10:00 – 11:00 PM | Introduction to Panopto | Meets virtually via MS Teams

10:00 – 11:00 PM | Simple Syllabus | Gordon Palmer A232

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Teaching with Blackboard: Blackboard Learn Basics (Original) | Gordon Palmer A232


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

Email – cit@ua.edu Phone – 205-348-3532 Website and Knowledge Base – http://cit.ua.edu

December 1 – Instructor News from the Center for Instructional Technology 

Hello from your colleagues in CIT! Below you’ll find resources to help with finals and grading. If you need help with instructional technology, including assistance with your exam and grading setup, please contact cit@ua.edu.  

 Resources for Exams and Grading:  

A Simpler, More Modern Blackboard is Here 

UA instructors can now explore—and teach with—Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View. 

An alternative to the traditional Blackboard Learn experience, “Ultra” offers a simple, modern, intuitive, and consistent interface across devices and a more streamlined experience for instructors and students. CIT and the Office of Teaching Innovation and Distance Education (OTIDE) have established a goal of having all courses designed and delivered in Ultra by Spring 2026. 

See Ultra for yourself and start to prepare: Request a Blackboard Ultra Practice Course  

Like what you see? Instructors of non-OTIDE courses may now teach with Ultra. Request a Blackboard Ultra Course View LIVE Course and CIT will help you determine whether Ultra meets your needs. 

Learn more about Ultra and UA’s plans: Blackboard Learn Ultra Course Pilot


Upcoming Learning Opportunities  

New to one of our instructional tech. tools? We would love to guide you step-by-step or provide tips and ideas for using it in your class. Just let us know how we can help!  

 A few workshops are highlighted below.  Keep up to date on all the training sessions at https://cit.ua.edu/workshops/ 

 

Teaching with Blackboard Sessions  

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  
    • Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 10:00 –11:00 AM – Meets in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall  
    • Thursday, December 14, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams  
  • Teaching with Blackboard: Creating Accessible Course Content  
    • Wednesday, December 20, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 AM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams  
  • Teaching with Blackboard: Fostering Student Engagement in Learn Original  
    • Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Meets in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall  

 

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, December 6, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Meets in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall  
    • Thursday, December 7, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams  
  • Teaching with Turnitin: Understanding Similarity Reports and Scores  
    • Thursday, December 7, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams  
    • Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Meets in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall  

 

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

 

People.ua.edu Workshops 

Wednesday, December 6, 1:00 – 2:30 PM (virtual) 

Tuesday, December 12, 10:00 – 11:30 AM 

Create your professional faculty website using our easy, drag and drop web platform. In this session, you’ll learn how to add text and pictures, create column layouts, add video, audio, and hyperlinks, and add and rearrange pages. 

Register for a People.ua.edu workshop.  

 

 

Gradescope for Final Exams (partner event) 

Friday, December 1, 12:00 – 1:00 PM 

Gradescope helps instructors quickly grade and provide feedback on online and in-class assessments. This workshop, led by the Gradescope team, will offer guidance of assignments that are paper-based. They will also cover the grading and rubric-building workflow on Gradescope and walk attendees through the instructor interface for creating an assignment and student interface for viewing feedback. 

Register for the Gradescope for Finals Workshop  

 

Gradescope Bubble Sheets (partner event) 

Tuesday, December 5, 10:00 – 11:00 AM 

Gradescope helps instructors quickly grade and provide feedback on online and in-class assessments. This workshop, led by the Gradescope team, will offer guidance on using Gradescope Bubble Sheets (as a scantron replacement). You will learn how to digitally create answer keys, easily edit bubbling mistakes electronically, provide students with feedback, and return graded work electronically.   

Register for the Gradescope Bubble Sheets Webinar  

 

Simple Syllabus Overview 

Tuesday, December 5, 10:00 –  11:00 AM 

Learn how to navigate and add your Spring 2024 syllabus content to Simple Syllabus, UA’s new syllabus tool. By default, Simple Syllabus will populate section information and materials, as well as instructor information, from other UA systems, such as CourseLeaf and Banner.  

Register for the Simple Syllabus Overview Webinar  

 

Live polling with Microsoft Forms 

Thursday, December 7, 3:00 – 4:00 PM 

In this introduction to polling with Microsoft Forms workshop, users will learn how to create surveys, quizzes, and polls for both synchronous and asynchronous classes. Instructors can see and/or present real-time polls results as students respond using almost any web browser or mobile device. Results can be exported to Excel for further review. 

In this session, we’ll cover: Quiz and poll creation, sharing options, permission control, and result options.  

Register for Live polling with Microsoft Forms  

 

Build a digital portfolio and personal website 

Thursday, December 14,  2:00 – 3:00 PM 

 Join CIT as we explore tools and strategies to setup up digital portfolios and personal websites.  Learn how to easily build creative webpages and portfolios using Adobe Portfolio and Microsoft Sway to capture, edit and publish a unique website.   

Register for Build a digital portfolio and personal website.    

 

  

Digital Storytelling for the Classroom 

Thursday, December 21, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Explore tools and strategies to setup up digital storytelling assignments for your class.  Learn how to develop the steps for implementing creative webpages and portfolios in your course and of course the software and hardware tools to capture, edit and publish the final products. 

In this course we will take a look at Adobe Express Pages, Adobe Portfolio and Microsoft Sway.  

Register for the Digital Storytelling for the Classroom webinar.  

 

November 1 Instructor News from the Center for Instructional Technology

Below, you’ll find announcements and events to assist you with teaching and learning needs. As always, email cit@ua.edu, call 205-348-3532, or stop by A203 Gordon Palmer Hall for assistance with UA’s instructional tech tools. 

 Instructional Tech Resources and Reminders 

The CIT Knowledge Base is your clearinghouse for tutorials, known issues, and best practices. The Blackboard Browser Checker and CIT’s How-To Articles can help you use instructional technology with fewer headaches and hiccoughs. 

 

New Zoom cloud recordings will also be saved to Panopto  

Beginning Oct. 27, 2023, a copy of all new Zoom sessions recorded to the cloud will automatically be saved to Panopto, UA’s media manager and lecture capture tool. Users will experience no changes to their Zoom account and will continue to have the options to store recordings on their computer or in the cloud. Sessions recorded to Zoom Cloud prior to Oct. 27 will not be affected.  

  • New Sessions Only: This automatic process only applies to new sessions recorded to Zoom Cloud.  
  • Zoom meeting hosts who save recordings to the cloud will continue to receive a view link email notification from Zoom once the session has ended.  
  • A copy of new Zoom sessions recorded to the cloud will be saved to a “Meetings Recordings” folder within a user’s “My Folder” in Panopto.  
  • Zoom cloud recordings are only saved to the Zoom cloud for a limited amount of time. Saving a copy of recordings to Panopto will ensure long term storage. 

 

Anthology Community & Idea Exchange  

We’re highlighting two opportunities to share Blackboard Learn best practices and ideas: The Anthology Community and the Anthology Idea Exchange. Anthology is the company that owns Blackboard Learn.  

Join the Anthology Community to ask and answer questions, connect with other Blackboard Learn users, engage in user groups and programs, and submit product feedback.  We encourage you to create a Community account and participate in Teaching & Learning discussions, join product or user groups, and subscribe to blogs.  

 

The Anthology Idea Exchange allows you to submit an idea and share, like, vote, and comment on ideas shared by other Anthology clients. Are you seeking solutions for attendance in larger courses? Would you like to print tests or filter and search course messages? Perhaps you have an idea of your own! Join the Teaching & Learning Idea Exchange to make your voice heard.  

 

Blackboard Learn Ultra Course Pilot 


UA instructors can now explore Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View, a simpler and more modern course experience. Learn more and request a practice or developmental course: Blackboard Learn Ultra Course Pilot 

Workflows and tools are easy to find and use in Ultra Course View. You can quickly add content to your course, check the course calendar, drop in on class discussions, access the course gradebook, send a message, take a look at your course analytics, and more. We also like Ultra’s responsive design, continuous updates, Flexible Grading, Course Activity Report, and course content search, and so much more.   

 See Ultra in action: Introduction to Blackboard Learn (Ultra Course view starts at 1:00).  

  

Tech Highlight – Hypothesis for Social Annotations 

Hypothesis is a relatively new tool to UA that can turn any piece of digital content into a collaborative learning experience. Online annotation helps to improve reading proficiency and critical thinking skills. Plus, it easily integrates into Blackboard courses assignments. Check out the great learning resources by Hypothesis and add a social annotation assignment to your course! 

 

Upcoming Learning Opportunities 

New to one of our instructional tech tools? We would love to guide you step-by-step or provide tips and ideas for using it in your class. Just let us know how we can help! 

A few workshops are highlighted below.  Keep up to date on all the training sessions at https://cit.ua.edu/workshops/ 

Teaching with Blackboard Sessions 

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 
  • Wednesday, November 1, 10:00 – 11:00am – Meets online via Microsoft Teams 
  • Thursday, November 9, 3:00 to 4:00pm – Meets in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall  
  • Teaching with Blackboard: Creating Accessible Course Content 
  • Thursday, November 16, 11:00am – 12:00pm 
  • Teaching with Blackboard: Grading and Managing the Gradebook in Learn Original 
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2:00 – 3:00pm 
  • Thursday, November 30, 3:00 – 4:00pm 
  • Teaching with Blackboard: Creating Assessments in Learn Original 
  • Thursday, November 2, 3:00 – 4:00pm 
  • Teaching with Blackboard: Fostering Student Engagement in Learn Original 
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2:00 – 3:00pm 
  • Teaching with Blackboard: Using Groups in Learn Original 
  • Wednesday, November 15, 10:00 – 11:00am 

 

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 
  • Thursday, November 2, 11:00am – 12:00pm 
  • Teaching with Turnitin: Understanding Similarity Reports and Scores 
  • Thursday, November 9, 11:00am – 12:00pm 
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2:00 – 3:00pm 

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

 

Hypothesis – Social Annotation 

Hypothesis is a social annotation tool installed directly in Blackboard. Adding Hypothesis to readings in your course supports student success by placing active discussion right on top of readings, enabling students and teachers to add comments and start conversations in the margins of texts. 

 

To learn more about making reading active, visible, and social using Hypothesis, please join us in one of our upcoming workshops. Click on each link to learn more and register. 

 

Capture your Classes: Classroom Recording with Panopto 

OIT’s Audio/Visual Solutions (AVS) team for a special Panopto workshop on how to easily record lectures in the classroom using Panopto.  

  •  Thursday, November 2, 3:30 -4:30pm – College of Arts & Sciences  
  • Monday, November 6, 1:00pm – 2:00pm – College of Education 
  • Monday, November 6, 3:30 – 4:30pm – College of Communication and Information Sciences  
  • Friday, November 10, 2:00 – 3:00pm – College of Engineering  

Register for CIT-led Capture your Classroom Recording with Panopto 

 

Zoom Basics 

Tuesday, November 21 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 

Wednesday, November 22 10:00 – 11:00 am  

This webinar session builds on the Zoom Basics workshop. We’ll explore how to set up recurring meetings, breakout rooms, polls, and reports. 

Register for Zoom Advanced 

  

Flip Basics  

Monday, November 13 11:00pm to 12:00am 

Explore the features inside Flip and learn how to level up the ways your scholars communicate and share their learning. 

Flip is a free app from Microsoft where educators create safe, online groups for students to express their ideas asynchronously in short video, text, and audio messages. 

Register for Flip Basics  

 

Creating and Editing Videos in Rush Webinar 

Tuesday, November 21 2:00 – 3:00pm 

Learn the essentials of creating movie presentations using images, video and audio in Adobe Rush. Develop your storytelling skills whether it be for a class project, department presentation or personal story. Register for Creating and Editing Videos in RushRegister for Creating and Editing Videos in Rush 

  

Check out more instructional technology workshops at https://cit.ua.edu/workshops/  

 

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

Email – cit@ua.edu Phone – 205-348-3532 Website and Knowledge Base 

October 10 Instructor News from the Center for Instructional Technology

Happy Fall!  

Below, you’ll find announcements and events to assist you with teaching and learning needs. As always, email cit@ua.edu, call 205-348-3532, or stop by A203 Gordon Palmer Hall for assistance with UA’s instructional tech tools. 

 

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 

 

Midterm grades due Wednesday, Oct 11 at 11:59 PM  

Midterm grades are required for 100- and 200- level courses. For more information, visit Grade Reporting – Registrar’s Office. If there are discrepancies between course rosters in myBama and in Blackboard Learn, contact cit@ua.edu. 

Grade Center Assistance 

Test and Exam Assistance 

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 

New to one of our instructional tech. tools? We would love to guide you step-by-step or provide tips and ideas for using it in your class. Just let us know who we can help! 

 A few workshops are highlighted below.  Keep up to date on all the training sessions at https://cit.ua.edu/workshops/ 

 

Teaching with Blackboard Sessions 

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 

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams 
  • Thursday, October 19, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Meets in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall 
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams 

Teaching with Blackboard: Creating Accessible Course Content 

  • Thursday, October 12, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams 
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Meets in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall 

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, October 11, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 AM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams 
  • Thursday, October 19, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Meets in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall 

Teaching with Turnitin: Understanding Similarity Reports and Scores 

  • Thursday, October 12, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Meets in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall 
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 AM – Meets online via Microsoft Teams 

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

 

Introduction to Panopto  

Tuesday, October 10, 2:00 – 3:00pm 

Join CIT for a webinar that covers the basics of using the lecture capture and video platform, Panopto.   

Register for introduction to Panopto  

 

 

Zoom Basics  

Tuesday, October 24, 10:00-11:00 am

In this CIT let webinar, you’ll 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 

Wednesday, October 25, 10:00-11:00 am

This webinar session builds on the Zoom Basics workshop. We’ll explore how to set up recurring meetings, breakout rooms, polls, and reports. 

Register for Zoom Advanced 

 

Build a digital portfolio and personal website 

Join CIT as we explore tools and strategies to setup up digital portfolios and personal websites.  Learn how to easily build creative webpages and portfolios using Adobe Portfolio and Microsoft Sway to capture, edit and publish a unique website. 

  • Wednesday, October 18, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Thursday, October 26, 9:00 -10:00am
  • Monday, October 30, 2:00 – 3:00pm

Register for Build a digital portfolio and personal website.   

Microsoft Teams meetings for virtual class sessions 

Friday, October 13, 10:00 –11:00am

Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place. Learn how to use meet now and how to schedule a virtual class meeting, meeting tools, and settings to further control and manage your virtual class meetings. 

Register for Microsoft Teams meetings for virtual class sessions 

 

 

Using Adobe Portfolio in the classroom for any academic subject 

Give your students the creative tools they need to build unique student portfolios in your classroom. Join the Center for Instructional Technology for an overview of Adobe Portfolio. Learn how students can easily create and optimize an online portfolio to fit your class requirements. Adobe Portfolio enables students to quickly and simply build a website to showcase their work. No web design knowledge required. 

Register for Using Adobe Portfolio in the classroom for any academic subject session 

 

 Boosting Comprehension with Social Annotation – (Hypothesis) 

Thursday, October 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Join us for an exploration into the groundbreaking research from Nicholas Denton, senior lecturer of pharmacy education and innovation at Ohio State University. During this episode of Liquid Margins, we’ll traverse the challenges Professor Denton faced with his students, especially when confronted with intricate research-oriented texts, and their imperative need for research literacy. We’ll dive deep into the transformative influence social annotation had that not only shattered barriers of complex jargon but also created an environment where undergraduate students achieved an impressive 2x increase in graduate-level comprehension. 

Learn more and register at UA Calendar – Boosting Comprehension with Social Annotation  

 

Flip Basics  

Friday, October 20, 10:00 – 11:00am 

Explore the features inside Flip and learn how to level up the ways your scholars communicate and share their learning. 

Flip is a free app from Microsoft where educators create safe, online groups for students to express their ideas asynchronously in short video, text, and audio messages. 

Register for Flip Basics.  

 

Check out more instructional technology workshops at https://cit.ua.edu/workshops/  


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

Email – cit@ua.edu

Phone – 205-348-3532

Website and Knowledge Base