Keep Teaching: Instructional Continuity at UA Little Rock

Teaching a course fully online and transitioning a face-to face class to online or remote delivery during times of potential disruption are completely different, the latter requires creative and flexible thinking about how instructors can support students in achieving essential core course learning objectives.

In an effort to support UA Little Rock faculty with instructional continuity, we have complied and developed resources to assist with efficiently moving your face-to face course content to online or remote delivery. This page will be updated periodically, so please be sure to revisit it often.

First Things First…Communicating with Students

Establish a Plan

Establish a communication plan with students to let them know how class will be conducted remotely. A few things to consider:

  • Establish communication methods up front. What is your preferred method of contact? When, how often should students expect to hear from you?
  • Communicate what online/remote will be. Will the class be held synchronously during the regularly scheduled time or will the remainder of the semester transition to fully online?
  • Use Blackboard Announcements to communicate with the whole class.
  • How will you conduct office hours? Blackboard Collaborate can be used for virtual office hours.

Communication Tools

Blackboard Basics (How-to-Videos and Guides)

Blackboard Basics for Instructional Continuity (for faculty new to using Blackboard)

Bb 101 BannerClick here to access brief How-to Videos and STaR Learning Guides for Blackboard and Collaborate Ultra

Online Open Lab Sessions

STaR Online Open Labs 

Faculty are invited to virtually drop in to get help with moving your courses online or discuss options for using Blackboard tools such as assignments, discussion board, or Bb Collaborate Ultra. No appointment or registration required.

Online Open Labs will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until further notice.

11am – 1 pm (Central Standard Time)

Join via STaR Online Training

Blackboard and Collaborate Ultra Training

Blackboard 101 for Instructional Continuity

This beginner’s session will help familiarize faculty with basic navigation in the online course environment. Learn how to add content (text, files, links, and videos), organize the course menu, create announcements, and much more. Sessions last about an hour.

  • Apr 13 : 11am (Central Standard Time)
  • Apr 15 : 11am (Central Standard Time)
  • Apr 20 : 12pm (Central Standard Time)
  • Apr 22 : 11am (Central Standard Time)
  • Apr 27 : 11am (Central Standard Time)
  • April 29: 2pm (Central Standard Time)

Join via STaR Online Training Room (Bb Collaborate)

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 101

In this session we’ll take a look at Collaborate Ultra features and walk though adding a Collaborate session to your course. No registration required. Sessions last about an hour.

  • Apr 16: 3pm (Central Standard Time)
  • Apr 23: 3pm (Central Standard Time)
  • Apr 30: 3pm (Central Standard Time)

Join via STaR Online Training

Request Individual Help

Get Instructional Continuity Help

If you would like help with rethinking your curriculum, testing options, or need a quick overview of using Blackboard, please complete the STaR Faculty Request for Training. A STaR Instructional Designer will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Blackboard Support

For troubleshooting and technical support with Blackboard please contact STaR Support via email at  or call 501-569-8954.