2015 Fall Newsletter

The STaR Office welcomes you to the fall semester. We have included some information we hope you find useful in kick-starting your semester.

In this digest:

About Scholarly Technology and Resources (STaR)

Our mission is to support teaching and learning in the online environment.
We provide:

  • Opportunities for training and professional development
  • Instructional design and course development services
  • Assistance with creating engaging content
  • Blackboard administration
  • Technical support for faculty and students

Our support team is ready to answer questions related to Blackboard, UALR’s learning management system, or any of the supporting tools such as Collaborate, our web-conferencing solution, and Kaltura, our streaming media server.  Our instructional design team is available to assist faculty with design and delivery best practices.

We encourage faculty to include our student support contact information in their syllabi, invite their students to contact us, visit the Blackboard Student Support website, or come see us for assistance.  All students are enrolled automatically in a Blackboard Orientation which can be accessed by logging into my.ualr.edu and clicking on “Courses”.



Blackboard Faculty Support

Help Desk

Resources and Assistance Available

  • Blackboard “How To’s” (video/print tutorials for Bb Tools)
  • One-on-One Appointments
  • Face-to-face & Online Training
  • Open Lab Wednesday, 9 AM to 4 PM



Blackboard Student Support

Help Desk

 Resources and Assistance Available

  • Blackboard “How To’s” (video/print tutorials for Bb Tools)
  • One-on-One Appointments
  • Online Blackboard Student Orientation



Additional Services for Faculty

Instructional Design Assistance

In addition to answering questions about goals, methods, materials, and assessments in the online environment, our instructional designers will provide guidance for designing and delivering a high quality course.  We can also assist your college or program with creating a customized course template designed to best practices.

Quality Matters Resources

As subscribers to Quality Matters, we have access to the QM rubric, course review management system, and discounted trainings. Our instructional designers have received specialized QM training that is incorporated into our course development process.  For more information about QM, please contact Sean Orme, our Quality Matters Coordinator, at 682.3149.

STaR Studio

The STaR Studio provides a space for faculty to produce, create, and edit multimedia content with one-on-one assistance from our STaR staff.

  • Computer lab—two computer stations with content authoring software (Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, Articulate Storyline, Articulate Replay)
  • Studio productions—“live” in-studio shoots for interviews, demonstrations, etc.



Kaltura Media

Kaltura Issue Updates

With the recent update to the Kaltura Building Block the following issues have been resolved.

  • API error
  • Access Denied

Learning Short Series

Kaltura media logo

Have you used Kaltura lately? If not, you will find it has a fresh new layout. While the basic functionality is familiar there are many new enhancements. With Kaltura you can upload and record media, organize and publish, and share media with your colleagues.

Join us over the fall as we explore Kaltura’s new features!

Learn more: New Kaltura Media overview video.
                           The New Kaltura Interface
                           Kaltura Media Uploading Overview



New Course Archiving Procedures

New Course Archiving Procedures

Starting August 15th instructors will only have access to courses going back two years including the current semester. For example instructors will have access to courses from Fall 2013 – Fall 2015. Course content will remain archived for another three years in the UALR Data Center.

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This means there will be five years of course content maintained at any one time, though only the latest two years will be accessible from within the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS).

Requests for course content going back five years that is not available on Blackboard, will have to be submitted to STaR by emailing star@ualr.edu. Please allow five business days to process those requests.

Instructors can archive their own content at anytime by downloading the material directly to their computer.  Instructions for archiving a course are below.

IMPORTANT: An archived course must remain in the zipped file in order to restore it to the Blackboard LMS.

To summarize:
1.    New content maintenance procedures starting August 15th.
2.    After Aug. 15th only two years worth of content available on Blackboard.
3.    Three more years of content will be archived in the data center.
4.    Instructors can archive courses following these instructions.



New Course Merge Tool

Course Merge Tool

You will no longer need to use the course merge form to have your course sections merged. With the new course merge tool you can select your most up-to-date section as the “parent” course. Select additional sections of the course as “child” sections and follow the prompts.

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This action will list each of the child section enrollments in your “parent” course. Be sure to add any new content to the parent course as this is the only course where your students will see content.

You may also un-merge a child section from the parent by deselecting the check box in the course and following the prompts.This action will leave the child course’s students enrolled in the master course and mark them as unavailable.

Learn More: Step by Step instructions for merging your course sections.



Quality Matters Distinction

Quality Matters Distinction

Quality Matters graphicsCongratulations to our faculty who have recently achieved the Quality Matters (QM) distinction for their online courses.

To assure well crafted online and blended course design, the Quality Matters review process includes a rubric and a team of faculty peer reviewers including a subject expert. The rubric is based on proven research, nationally recognized best practices, and accepted instructional design principles.

The following UALR faculty and courses recently achieved Quality Matters Recognition:

Dr. Ahmad Bajwa, Production Operations Management

Dr. Julie Baldwin, Judicial System and Process,
Special Topics: Legal Aspects, and Special Topics: Courts

Dr. Emily Berthelot, Applied Research and Analysis

Dr. Timothy Brown, Juvenile Delinquency, Criminological Theory,
and Corrections Administration

James Carr, Construction Safety and Special Topics: Building Codes

Nita Copeland, Personal Health

Dr. Robert Corwyn, Statistics and Methods 1

Dr. Gerald Driskill, Family Communication

Dr. Jane Evans, Professional Roles

Dr. Bruce Hall, History of the Third Reich

Cynthia Johnson, Principles of Accounting I and Principles of Accounting II

Melissa Johnston, Speech Communication

Dr. Amar Kanekar, Health Education Program Evaluation

Dr. Jane Evans, Professional Roles

Dr. Kristen McIntyre, Advanced Public Speaking

Dr. Robert Mitchell, Business Communication

Dr. David Montague, Crime and Behavior

Doyle Phillips, Estimating I

Kilby Raptopoulos, Sex Crimes

Dr. Israt ten-Bensel, Research Methods

Dr. Avinash Thombre, Small Group Communication
and Introduction to Communication Research

Dr. Carol Thompson, Gender Communication

Dr. Sherilyn Tucker, Curriculum Design

Dr. Thomas Tudor, Collective Bargaining and Strategic Human Resource Management

Dr. Jeff Walker, Terrorism and Public Budgeting

Are you Interested in QM certification?

Learn more: Quality Matters at UALR


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