Collaborate Ultra

An Introduction to Collaborate Ultra

Similar to Skype or Google Hangouts, but designed specifically for education, Collaborate Ultra is a communication tool integrated within courses in Blackboard that faculty can use to conduct online office hours and synchronous web-based meetings with students.This mobile-friendly tool supports up to 250 participants in a session with live webcam streaming and call-in options in […]

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Training Opportunity – NBC Learn Training Webinar

Available within Blackboard, NBC Learn is a collection of more than 21,000 videos, documents, and images that can be integrated with classroom lectures and online teaching materials. These closed-captioned video resources enable faculty to add real-world case studies and current events to instruction to keep students up-to-date on the latest developments in their fields. Attend […]

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What Faculty Can Do to Support Student Success through Blackboard

All semester classes are given a course shell in Blackboard through an automated process that starts with Course Scheduling and INFOnline. At minimum, all faculty are required to upload a syllabus to each course section in Blackboard and make courses available to students. However, we strongly recommend that all faculty use the following instructional strategies […]

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Getting Started with Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based instructional design framework for creating a flexible learning environment optimized to meet the needs of a diverse student population. UDL’s purpose is to minimize barriers and maximize learning opportunities for all students through three principles: (1) providing multiple means of engagement, (2) providing multiple means of representation, and (3) providing […]

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Video Accessibility Resources

Per Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Quality Matters best practices for instruction, faculty who provide instructional videos to students must provide them with closed captions or text transcripts of the video’s content.  What are Closed Captions and Transcripts? Closed captions are synced text subtitles that represent all speech and sounds occurring […]

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