As we close the fall semester, we at the STaR office wish you a happy holiday! Our office will close with the rest of the university on Monday, December 24. We will return on Thursday, January 3.
If you need assistance with your Blackboard courses over the holiday break, please send an email to email@example.com, and we will do our best to respond to your question.
Quick semester prep steps
As you prepare for the upcoming semester here are some tips to get you started:
If you would like to combine sections, use the Section Merge Tool. Â See the How to Merge Course Sections Quick Start Guide for directions. Â We recommend combining sections before copying content from a previous semester.
If you plan to copy course content from a previous semester into the current semester shell, follow the directions in the How to Copy Courses Quick Start Guide.
Each semester you must make the course available to students before they can access it. Follow the instructions in the How to Make Course Available Â Quick Start Guide. Â Keep in mind, this option allows you to delay access to a course, but you are not able to provide access prior to the first day of classes.
To request a teaching assistant be added to a course, please email STaR (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include the course name and NETID of the TA.
Working with grades
The period between semesters is always a good time to update the grade book in your online courses. Below, we’ve collected some helpful resources to answer some frequently asked questions about the Grade Center :
Assigning an incomplete
In the new Blackboard Learn, you no longer need to request an incomplete course shell from our office. Instead, by assigning an “I” as the final grade in Banner the course will automatically remain available to the student until the grade is changed.
Designing a course with the Quality Matters rubric
The Quality Matters Rubric (QM rubric) can be used as a tool for designing or evaluating one’s own course. The rubric, which every few years is updated based on the most current research, instructional design principles and best practices, contains eight general categories that can help guide you in designing an online course.
Try out the Student View Application
The student view application, available under Course Tools on the course management menu in your Blackboard courses, is a quick and convenient way to look at course content from the perspective of a student.
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STaR provides faculty support for teaching and learning with UALR’s Blackboard learning management system. Our services are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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