Academic Innovation provides various options for faculty and students to meet, collaborate, and learn. Use these guidelines to help you identify the essential elements and tools available to move your course online.
New to teaching virtually? Start here.
Review the following to help you organize your course content for remote teaching. Stay tuned for more updates as this page continues to be adjusted.
- Check out these important resources:
- Learn more about using Quality Matters national standards to improve your course(s).
- Rely on your Faculty Champions for support.
Remote Teaching Essentials
Step #1: Check Your Tech
Make sure that your computer is kept up to date and has Google Chrome for increased Blackboard compatibility. It’s free, and available for Apple's Mac OS, Windows PCs, and most mobile devices. If you use a UTSA issued laptop or tablet, please bring it on campus and connect to our network so it can be updated. It should be noted that this process may take a few hours depending on the number of updates that need to be installed.
Step #2: Learn Blackboard Learn (Bb)
Blackboard Learn is UTSA’s Learning Management System (LMS) and your primary tool for teaching and sharing your course content online.
Step #3: Ensure Accessibility
Essential elements of every online course
After you get the hang of using the essential features within Blackboard, consider using the following tools to further engage with your students and enhance the teaching and learning experience.
As you become more and more comfortable with virtual instruction, consider exploring the following tools to further enhance your online course(s).
Tools for Engagement
Interactive video solution in Bb that allows students to learn at their own pace, while allowing for tracking, embedded quizzes, and engagement that can by synced to your gradebook.
Tools for Content Creation
This set of applications and services provides access to a suite of graphic design, video editing, web development and photography software. Adobe Spark is a great one to start with. It's an easy to use design app that allows users to easily create interactive and engaging content with minimal time and effort.
Tools for Assessment
- Open Educational Resources
- Online Services and Library FAQs
- Request Library Instruction and Add Librarians to Blackboard
- Faculty Course Reserve Request
- Licensed, free and fee-based streaming media you can use in your classes
Online Teaching & Learning
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- Phone: Call 210-458-4520 and press option 1 to access Blackboard Support anytime.
- Email: Blackboard Support can be emailed directly at firstname.lastname@example.org (for faster service, please use your UTSA email account)
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