New Google Calendar Features

      New Features more closely aligned with the IOS/Android apps side by side view new view options, including year view see details with one click menu icon (lasagne) toggles sidebar menu color palette responsive layout One-click view of event details...

Blackboard Grade Center: Column Management and Quick View

Sometimes when you look at the the Blackboard Grade Center, it can be hard to review what the overall picture looks like. You normally see only a few columns unless you have a huge monitor or keep scroll. There is a solution — Column Organization from the  ...

Blackboard: make course available

By default your Blackboard course is made unavailable until you are ready to turn it on. Most instructors make their courses available a day or two before the first day of classes or most definitely on the first day of classes. Here’s how to make your Blackboard...

To total or not to total – Blackboard Grade Center

Every teacher has goals to be effective and efficient. Knowing more about the tools and features in Blackboard’s Grade Center can help you reach your potential. This week’s tip concentrates on different kinds of Total columns you might use in your course to organize and compute final grades. There is a lot of capability and might be the perfect feature for you to implement in your course.

Get students to give feedback beyond “good job’

Let’s not be satisfied with the “feedback sandwich approach’ in course discussion. Providing guidance and setting expectations for what good discussion feedback looks like can help move students beyond giving comments that do not prompt further discussion, build on an argument or rethink one’s own stance.

Google Hangouts becomes Google Meet

In the next few weeks, some faculty may notice a switch from “Google Hangouts’ to something called “Google Meet’. The two are nearly identical but the change in interface might be a little confusing, so we’ve summarized some of the changes to help you stay ahead of the game.

Blackboard adds new features

New features have been updated in Blackboard Learn relating to assignment submissions. Teachers and students are now able to add attachments via drag and drop. There are also new features that allow tracking of quiz attempts and assignment submissions. Read this week’s Teaching Tip to learn how the new features are giving both students and instructors more power in Blackboard Learn.

Free online resources for professional development

Many of us don’t have the luxury of attending software training workshops or classes to learn how to use products like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel. Having access to just—in—time training is really important in helping us get our jobs done. Finding reliable resources to help learn to use software and technology in your teaching and learning can sometimes be a challenge.

Blackboard Advanced

Adaptive release Allows content or assessments to be shown to students based on an action that they perform. Terminology rule – basic adaptive release contains 1 rule per action; advanced adaptive release may contain multiple rules. criteria – the elements...

What the research says: Assessing video

Virtual iTeach+: What the research says: assessing video What makes effective instructional videos? Which elements contribute to successful learning objectives and retained knowledge? Join us as we see what the research has to say.   Resources and links to...

Virtual iTeach+: Google trends, hints & tricks

Google Suite for Education has a lot to offer and knowing some of the tricks of working within Google can not only be fun, but can save time and effort. We’ll cover all the major apps as well as a fun lesser known.   Resources...

Create “microlearning’ for reinforced learning

Social media is full of short bursts of content pushed out to viewers to be accessed when and where the viewer has time. You can do the same thing with “microLearning:’ simple, short and concise learning opportunities that reinforce learning.

iTeach+: eCampus myths and misconceptions

This Virtual iTeach+ session presents 10 myths or misconceptions about eCampus, specific to UAF’s own eCampus support unit and about eCampus in general. The speaker will include aspects of student services, course design and delivery, student, and faculty...

Adapt your course for Blackboard Mobile Learn

More and more students are using mobile devices and an app called Blackboard Mobile Learn to access course content on the go. While students shouldn’t solely rely on smartphones to complete course requirements, there are steps instructors can take to make it a better experience, such as using common file types (like PDFs), keeping titles short and testing links on a variety of devices.

Five Google app add-ons for teaching

By design, Google Applications offer bare-bones formatting and functionality, but sometimes you need additional features to support your purpose. This week’s Teaching Tip introduces five add-on like the Google Doc Highlight Tool which allows you to designate a certain color of highlight with a theme. Once done, you can gather those selections, organize them by themes, and share the results with others. Explore more!

Build game badging options inside of Blackboard Learn

We all spend time playing games. According to, we spend more than a billion hours per month playing mobile games and that doesn’t include games played on laptops, desktops or with game consoles.1 According to the entertainment software association, in 2015, 65% of US households had at least one person who played online games, three hours or more per week.

First contact assignments can jump-start the semester

The start of a new semester begins soon! In a face-to-face class, you usually connect with students on the first day of class. You quickly confirm students know where and when to meet. Most faculty give an overview of the course and introduce students to the syllabus. Faculty introduce themselves to the students and often have the students introduce themselves to the class.

Release content when students are ready

In most disciplines, there are skills that need to be learned and understood before moving on to something more complicated. Without a solid foundation, moving on to more difficult endeavors can be challenging as well as frustrating and can be a hurdle the student is not able to get over.

Keeping up with Google Apps for Education

Google Applications for Education are constantly changing. New features and functionality are added and updated on a regular basis, there is no need to wait for a version update or service patch, it just happens. One new feature that has recently been added to this suite of tools is a just-in-time training option for learning that is located right inside the application itself.

Customize your student course evaluations for added feedback

In preparation for student access, instructors may customize their course evaluation by selecting existing or creating up to eight new questions to be added to the survey. (This process is called “question personalization.’) Instructors choose questions from predefined questions or craft their own. These questions appear at the end of the survey.

Google provides training for using apps in class

Google provides a variety of professional development pathways for those who want to become more adept at using Google Apps with students, including two certification programs. Even if you don’t finish the program, instructors will have a better understanding of how to use the different Google applications in a meaningful and purposeful manner that relates to activities you could actually do in a classroom.

Building accessibility into online Blackboard courses

Blackboard provides built-in mechanisms to ensure online content adheres to accessibility standards for its static structure. Once content or third party elements like multimedia and links to resources are added, there are steps you take to maintain accessibility. As you begin adding course content in Blackboard, be mindful of what the end result may look like using a screen reader.

Recommendations for managing an online classroom

New to online teaching? Your peers can help. This week’s Teaching Tip features recommendations from experienced online instructors on how to manage online classrooms. Best tip? Use the “Set Grade Center Due Dates’ screen under Course Management > Course Tools to update all your due dates at once.

Blackboard provides student performance analysis tools

The Blackboard Grade Center offers options for reviewing student performance on your tests and exams and can be a useful mechanism for evaluating the effectiveness of your test questions. A poorly worded question doesn’t mean your students aren’t mastering the content. Look for Attempts Statistics, Download Results, Item Analysis and Column Statistics as options in the column header for your test.

Take advantage of faculty support opportunities

UAF eCampus is a support unit that provides development opportunities to all UAF faculty. The newest opportunities include open labs and topic-specific workshops. Instructional designers continue to offer consultations and support faculty-driven discussions on pedagogy and/or technology.