Instructional Tech News – Nov. 16

It’s here – the final week of on-campus instruction. Below are a few tips that can assist you in wrapping up in the classroom and transitioning to finish the semester remotely.

Final Exam Proctoring

Through CARES funding, the College of Continues Studies was able to make a limited amount of online test proctoring available for final exams. Learn more on the Bama by Distance website.

Panopto Assignments for Students 

Many faculty members have dubbed Panopto as their favorite tech tool of 2020, but did you realize that students can record assignments with Panopto too? This week Panopto will host a discussion on how to allow students to record and upload videos in Panopto folders. Learn more, and register for the webinar, on Panopto’s website.

UA Libraries Sanford Media Center

If students need to make a recording outside of a Panopto assignment, encourage them to use Zoom or Adobe Creative Cloud software. Did you know that an area exists on campus to assist students with these digital tools? The Samford Media Center in Gorgas Library helps students with creative technologies for presentations and projects. Check it out, and make sure your students are aware too!

TurningPoint Web

Were clickers your go-to for student engagement and participation in face-to-face classes? Good news, TurningPoint Web offers the same “clicker” technology for virtual and hybrid classes. Here’s a quick video of TurningPoint tips.

Looking Ahead, Blackboard Learn Update

Blackboard Learn will undergo a 24-hour update beginning Thursday, Jan. 7 at 5pm through Friday, Jan. 8 at 5pm. Blackboard Learn will be unavailable during this maintenance window. We’ll send plenty of reminders closer to the upgrade.

Best of luck to you all as you finish the semester. Remember, we’re here to help.