The Center for Instructional Technology provides resources to help instructors as they adapt their courses to online learning formats. Along with the resources below, the CIT is providing a full schedule of webinars and assistance is available via phone, email, or Zoom.

Tips for Instructors

Follow these best practices when transitioning your course.

Tips for Students

Follow these best practices to be successful while learning online.

Remote Work Tools

View the OIT website for tools and applications available to students, faculty and staff.


View our technologies page to see tutorials on UA instructional technologies.

UA offers several tools and technologies that can assist with flexible instructional modes.

Review our tool comparison chart to find the tool that fits your need.

Publish and Update Course Information

First, if details or expectations in your course have changed, be sure those changes are reflected in your course syllabus.

  • Make your course available in Blackboard if it isn’t already.
  • Remember, you can access Blackboard directly without going through myBama. The Blackboard URL for direct access Is
  • Update your syllabus to reflect any changes, then publish your updated syllabus in Blackboard. 
  • Use the Online Syllabus Management System (OSM) for pre-populated syllabus policies provided by UA.
    • Keep syllabus up to date and include an Elasticity Policy as well as a Policy on Missed Exams, Coursework, and Attendance Policy
  • Consider adding a syllabus statement regarding the recording and sharing of the course materials you create and provide.
  • Include required syllabus statements that arise as operations change.

Maintain Contact

Let your students know how you will communicate throughout the semester, and in case of any future changes. Make sure that students have your preferred contact information, and let them know when you will be checking and responding to email.

  • Send emails to students in your class with Blackboard.
    • Note: Blackboard Learn keeps no record of your email, whether you send or receive it. Any email you receive from Blackboard Learn appears in your external email inbox.
  • Send messages to students in your class with Blackboard.
    • Note: Course messages are internal to Blackboard. They can be viewed in your Blackboard messages inbox and outbox. They can’t be forwarded to email inboxes, but you can adjust your Text Message and Email Notification Settings
  • Post a Blackboard announcement.
  • Send emails to students in your class from your UA email client.
    • In myBama, click the Faculty tab, then click the Faculty & Advisors link in the Banner Self Service channel.
    • Click Detail Class List from the menu
    • In the Select Term window that appears, select the correct term and press Submit.
    • In the Select a CRN window that opens, select the class whose roster you’d like to email and press Submit.
    • The Class Roster will appear. Click the Email class link (or icon) at the bottom of the page.
    • This will open your default email application, create a new message and populate the BCC field with the email addresses for your class.
  • Create a group distribution list based on your students’ email contact information in your preferred email client.

Access Materials Remotely

By saving content in the cloud, you can be sure that you can access necessary materials from multiple locations and devices.

  • Backup critical teaching materials including lectures, assignments, instructions, quizzes, discussion topics, syllabus, schedule, and other important documents. Store using UA Box so materials can be accessed remotely, and shared if needed.
  • Have a backup plan for verifying DUO in case you cannot access your mobile device.
  • Encourage students to use UA Box to keep backup electronic copies of their assignments.
  • OneDrive is also available to faculty, staff, and students with Microsoft Office 365 Education.

Ensure Access

Accessible course content makes it easier for everyone to read and access your materials and can help improve overall quality and usability. Take these steps to ensure your online course materials are accessible to students of all abilities. Visit the Accessibility Resources page for more in-depth guidance on how to create accessible documents, images, audio, video, and web content or contact the technology accessibility team for help.

Grades and Student Data

Be prepared with secure gradebook and content backups.

Meet Virtually

The University provides several options for meeting with your class virtually. See our Teaching and Presenting Tool Comparison Chart to compare!

Tests and Assignments

Tests and assignments can be completed online with the resources below. Try to be available during scheduled exam times so you can work with students if any issues come up.

Go Mobile

Mobile applications are available for many instructional technologies. In most cases, to use an app with your UA account you must choose the Single Sign-on (SSO) option or use your [mybamausername] or email address.

  • Students can download the Blackboard mobile app, and instructors can download the Blackboard Instructor mobile app.
  • Participants can download the Blackboard Collaborate mobile app.
  • Panopto offers Panopto Android and Panopto iOS apps to view recordings.
    • On the Sign In page, choose Change Site in the top right corner of the screen.
    • Set your Panopto site to
    • Sign in using Blackboard username and password.
  • Download the Box mobile app to have convenient access to content.
  • Download the Turnitin app, available to iOS only.

UA Health Info

Learn more about the University’s policies and response to COVID-19.

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