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  • Learning Shorts: Student Engagement
    “Research indicates that students who engage in active and participatory learning are more likely to retain and have a better understanding of course materials.…  
  • Learning Shorts: Instructor Presences
    In this week’s Learning Shorts we will discuss instructor presence in the online classroom. The presentation will focus on the importance of presence, the…  
  • Spring 2014 Newsletter
    Welcome to the 2014 spring semester, it is great to be back! With the excitement of the new semester we have several options to assist you with preparing your Blackboard courses. If you’re interested in hands-on training, please plan to attend our upcoming open lab. If webinars are more your style, you’ll enjoy the return of our Learning Shorts series, and remember to take advantage of the Blackboard “Help” tab for videos, guides, and tutorial information. 
  • Learning Shorts Return
    Create and manage your instructional media with ease. Join us for an early sneak peek of Kaltura Media. Get the scoop on our new streaming media services as we become acquainted with Kaltura’s navigation, media, and management content options. 
  • Wimba Sunset Announcement
    Faculty members and colleagues we would like to announce the sunset of Wimba Classroom, as well as, Wimba Voice. Many of you are already using Blackboard Collaborate, however, as of August 1, 2014 Collaborate will officially supersede Wimba Classroom as our web-conferencing tool for UALR. 
  • Focus on Instructional Design: Providing Engaging Content to Promote Active Learning
    Providing students with useful yet engaging content for learning is an important part of the instructional design process. Students who engage in active and…  
  • Focus on Instructional Design: Who was the best teacher you ever had?
    During a recent Accelerated Online Programs, orientation session with the instructional designers in STaR, faculty were asked to think about the best teacher they…  
  • Focus on Instructional Design: Chunking
    By chunking, we do not mean this: Instead, “chunking” refers to a psychological principle whereby an instructor breaks up large amounts of information into…  
  • Focus on Instructional Design: Assessment Strategy
    A well-developed course regardless of the delivery method needs a good assessment strategy.  When designing assessments there are four questions to consider: Are they…  
  • Extended Exam Time Accommodation in Blackboard
    Many students registered with the DRC require accommodations for extended time on in-class and web-based tests and surveys in Blackboard. Meeting these accommodations in Blackboard is now easier than ever with features built-into the test settings.