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 (Zoom)

Blackboard 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.

  • Jan 6 : 11am (Central Standard Time)
  • Jan 10 : 11am (Central Standard Time)
  • Jan 11 : 12pm (Central Standard Time)
  • Jan 14 : 11am (Central Standard Time)

Join via STaR Online Training Room (Zoom)

Additional Support & Resources for Faculty

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 Faculty Request for Training. A member of the instructional design team will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Blackboard Support

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

Faculty Helping Faculty

Faculty Helping Faculty: This UA Little Rock Blackboard organization was created during Spring 2020 for faculty to share their ideas, concerns, questions, and good practices. To find this shell, look under “Organizations” in Blackboard.

Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence – ATLE

Academy of Teaching and Learning Excellence: Virtual lunch & Learn sessions to share and learn new skills, techniques, pedagogies, curriculum innovations, and assignments.

Monday Morning Mentor: 20-minute mentor video series along with supporting teaching materials, offered weekly by Magna Publications for 16 weeks in the spring. Notifications go out each Monday morning.

Student Success Events & Resources