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Instructional Technology News – March 29, 2022

Hello instructors,

Melissa from The Center for Instructional Technology here with the latest instructional technology news.

Blackboard Ultra 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 and apply to participate in the Ultra Course View pilot by requesting a practice course: Blackboard Learn Ultra Course Pilot

Blackboard Digital Teaching Symposium

Faculty, instructors, graduate teaching assistants, instructional designers and technologists, and others who hold instructional roles – you are invited to the Blackboard Teaching Symposium, a day of peer-led sessions on digital teaching strategies. The event takes place online on April 21, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET (8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. CT). Event information and registration are on the Blackboard website: Digital Teaching Symposium

Turnitin changes May 11

A Turnitin change coming on May 11 will alter how instructors access the Turnitin tool; the tool will be located under a new menu, but its functionality will remain the same. CIT suggests instructors wait until after this transition to build summer and fall Turnitin assignments. More information about the upcoming update: Changes to Turnitin in 2022

Update Zoom for waiting and breakout room changes, new and enhanced features

The March 21 Zoom release brings many new and enhanced features, a complete list of which is available here:  Release notes for March 21, 2022 CIT staffer Karen Burns points out that several improvements to waiting and breakout rooms have been requested by UA instructors. Update your Zoom client to access them, and read about them here: Zoom: March 21 update brings waiting and breakout room changes, new and enhanced features

OIT Strategic Plan 2022-2025

OIT is seeking feedback for our next strategic plan. We want to know how we’ve performed the past three years, and what we can change in the next three years to better support you. Surveys are now open and available on the OIT website for UA students, faculty and staff to provide feedback. The feedback you provide in this survey directly determines the future of technology at UA. Surveys will close March 31.

OIT hosts Microsoft Meetups

OIT has planned a week of Microsoft Meetups to prepare and equip UA students to migrate content from Google to Microsoft. As a reminder, Crimson Google account service ends May 16, 2022. Sessions will showcase how to migrate content as well as tips and tricks for using the Microsoft 365 suite of tools. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend sessions to learn more about Microsoft 365.

Join OIT and UA’s Microsoft reps the week of April 11 – 13 to learn more, ask questions and get comfortable with using OneDrive and other Microsoft 365 apps. Learn more about Microsoft Meetups and see a full lineup of events on the OIT Events website.

We’re here to help

Your colleagues in The Center for Instructional Technology provide training, support, workshops, webinars, and consultations for UA’s instructional technologies and technology accessibility. Submit a help request or join us at an upcoming webinar.

Want more updates from CIT? Subscribe to our news updates and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.


RESOLVED – Known Issue: Blackboard Learn Partner Cloud / LTI tools

Update 01/27/2022 1:30 p.m.:

From Blackboard:

With the Learn SaaS 3900.30.0 Maintenance Release to Production environments we have resolved this incident.

Related Blackboard status Incident Report: Learn Partner Cloud / LTI Tools Issue

Blackboard has identified an issue affecting LTI tool and Partner Cloud integrations, such as Pearson REVEL and Turnitin. A maintenance update is being applied to UA’s Blackboard Learn on Monday, January 10 to resolve the issue. This notice will be updated once the maintenance is complete. Other components or Blackboard Learn should not be affected by this issue or the maintenance update. Contact cit@ua.edu if issues persist once the update is complete.

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

Instructional Technology News – January 6, 2022

Hello instructors,

Happy New Year! This is Melissa from The Center for Instructional Technology with some news and tips as we prepare for the start of the Spring 2022 semester.

Coffee and donuts event postponed

In the interest of our mutual health and wellness, the Center for Instructional Technology has decided to cancel the Coffee and Donuts event scheduled for Monday, January 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please contact the CIT at 205-348-3532 or cit@ua.edu or schedule a consultation with us to discuss your instructional technology needs. We hope we get to share physical space with you soon. Please mask up and stay safe!

Prepare for Spring 2022


Looking for your Blackboard courses? On the Courses page, you can access all of your courses. Move between past, current, and upcoming courses using the previous/upcoming arrows or select a term from the dropdown menu at the top of the page (Current Courses is selected by default). Pro tip: If you access a course frequently, you can select the “Add to your favorites” star icon to pin it to the top of your course list. No more scrolling! Select the star icon again to remove a course from your favorites when you’re finished working in it often.

Need a refresher on Blackboard basics? Visit these “Getting Started” resources.

A few more helpful Blackboard Learn tutorials:


Using Panopto? Make sure it is connected to your course. To get started, click on the Course Videos link in the course menu of Blackboard Learn. If you receive a message that says your course is not provisioned, follow the prompts to configure your course. If you are using videos created for a previous course, be sure to copy or move those videos from the prior course’s Course Videos folder to this semester’s Course Videos folder; adjust the sharing settings so your current students can see them; or embed them in the current course. Here’s how:

Learn with CIT

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).

New ticketing system

Jira Service Management has replaced HelpSpot as CIT’s ticketing system. Users who submit tickets to CIT, Audio/Visual Solutions, and the IT Service Desk now receive new, streamlined communication from Jira. Please note that communications may appear different than previous experiences.

Important message for UA Zoom HIPAA and SARS accounts

Some UA faculty and staff may have received emails or login messages from Zoom inviting them to link the UA single-sign-on account to existing Zoom accounts that use an email alias containing ua.edu. Users with HIPAA-compliant or SARS-integrated accounts, please do not connect your HIPAA-compliant or SARS-integrated Zoom account to Zoom SSO yet. If you have done so already, you should be able to edit the email associated with the HIPAA-compliant or SARS-integrated Zoom account. Please do not affiliate a non-UA email account with your HIPAA-compliant Zoom account. Additional information about Zoom and single sign-on is available on the OIT website: Log Into Zoom with SSO

News from OIT

Scheduled maintenance

We’re here to help

Your colleagues in The Center for Instructional Technology provide training, support, workshops, webinars, and consultations for UA’s instructional technologies and technology accessibility. You can reach us at cit@ua.edu or 205-348-3532. Join us at an upcoming webinar or schedule a consultation with us.

Want more updates from CIT? Subscribe to our news updates and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Turnitin Scheduled Maintenance – January 7

From Turnitin:

Turnitin Scheduled Maintenance January 7th, 2022

Turnitin will take an 8 hour maintenance window on Jan 7 16:00 – 00:00 (Jan 8) PST, Jan 8 00:00 – 08:00 GMT, Jan 8 11:00 – 19:00 AEDT [go to https://tinyurl.com/bddeas2c for local time] with the following services being unavailable during these times:

Turnitin and TurnitinUK (including all Integrations)
Originality (including all Integrations)
SimCheck (including Integrations)
Similarity (including Integrations)
Turnitin Core API (including Integrations)
Crossref Similarity Check
Draft Coach
Revision Assistant
Canvas Plagiarism Framework
Integrations through LTI 1.3
Roster Sync through Turnitin.com
Feedback Studio for iOS
iThenticate (via API)

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

RESOLVED – Known Issue: Turnitin SSO Login Issues

Some UA users may have been unable to log into Turnitin Monday, November 8, 7:43 PM – Tuesday, November 9, 6:01 AM. Turnitin has resolved this issue.

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

From Turnitin:

We’ve fixed it!

Due to an unexpected service degradation, users may have been unable to login to Turnitin, TurnitinUK, iThenticate, SimCheck, Similarity and Originality, using Shibboleth SSO Authentication today. We are pleased to advise that service has been restored.

The incident occurred between the following times:

PST Monday, Nov 8, 2021 17:43-04:01
GMT Tuesday, Nov 9, 2021 01:43-12:01
AEDT Tuesday Nov 9, 2021 12:43-23:01

Please accept our apologies if you were impacted by today’s incident.