Instructional Technology News – September 8, 2022

September 8 – Instructional Technology Update 

Hello, colleagues! Below you’ll find instructional technology reminders, resources, and learning opportunities that we hope will help you and your students. As always, please request instructional technology help at For IT-related needs, email  

Respondus Lockdown Browser  

Respondus Lockdown Browser locks down a testing environment within Blackboard Learn. Students taking exams that require Lockdown Browser will not be able to access any other browser functions or applications on the computer being used until the exam is complete.  

Respondus Test Management 

Respondus 4.0 test management software is now located in the OIT software catalog. If instructors need the updated password, visit the Respondus campus-wide software page and click “Download Respondus”. Use. your myBama username & password to access the download files and installation instructions. 

Blackboard Learn Reminders and Resources 

  • Join Blackboard leaders as they provide an update on the Blackboard Learn Roadmap – September 12th, 1:00 pm – Original Roadmap  
  • Blackboard Ultra Office Hours – Join a Blackboard product management expert for an informal session of Q&A or feature demonstrations. – September 9th, 9:00 am; September 23rd, 1:00 pm – Ultra-Office Hours 
  • Anthology, makers of Blackboard, Collaborate, and Ally, are hosting their 5th Digital Teaching Symposium,  on November 10th, 2022. Past events have offered great resources, ideas, and presentations from peers across the globe! All Faculty, Instructors, Teaching Assistants as well as Instructional Designers, Academic Technologists, and Faculty Development staff are invited to submit proposals regarding a topic or best practice to share with others. Submissions will close Monday, September 12th at 5:00pm ET/4:00pm Central.  
  • Blackboard Instructor app support ended, download the Blackboard app – 
  • Instructors may now explore Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View. Learn more and apply to participate in the pilot: Blackboard Learn Ultra Course Pilot. 

Turnitin Reminders 

  • 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. 

Panopto Support 

Panopto offers 24/7 support for UA instructors and students. Contact Panopto directly at or 855-765-2341. Answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Panopto Support website.  

Learning Opportunities from OIT 

  • Creating an Online Portfolio with Adobe – Tuesday, 9.13.2022, 1:00 – 3:00pm  Join OIT for a special in-person Adobe Portfolio session as part 2022 Adobe Celebration Week, Sept. 12-16. Adobe Portfolio is available to all UA students, faculty and staff. Portfolio enables students to build a website and showcase their work. No web design knowledge required!  
  • AI with MATLAB Seminar – Wednesday, 9.21.2022, 1:00 – 3:00pm – Join MathWorks to learn more about AI and machine learning capabilities in MATLAB! Where: Room 2006, North Lawn When: September 21, 2022 from 1-3pm. Please register here. 

Please let us help! 

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

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 

CIT and our vendor partners regularly host workshops and webinars on UA’s instructional technologies and technology accessibility. Explore offerings on the UA Events Calendar, and build an event digest email to receive notice of upcoming events (Department > Center for Instructional Technology).  

Learn more about each of these technologies on our website. Want more updates from us? Subscribe to our news updates! 

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 Information 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.  

About the Blackboard Instructors listserv 

OIT 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.