Faculty Resources

Academic Technology:

Blackboard

Blackboard is a Web-based course-management system designed to allow students and faculty to participate in classes delivered online or use online materials and activities to complement face-to-face teaching. Blackboard enables instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes, an academic resource center, and more. The degree to which Blackboard is used in a course varies. For example, instructors may supplement an on-campus class by putting their syllabus and handouts on their course sites. In contrast, other courses may be conducted entirely through Blackboard, without any on-campus sessions.

Blackboard Collaborate

AUM offers Blackboard Collaborate an online web conferencing software.  Faculty and students may use it in conjunction with Blackboard courses to facilitate office hours or other between-class communication needs, to accommodate guest lecturers, or to serve as a communication tool for students working together on small group projects or in study groups.  Blackboard Collaborate lets faculty and students connect with classmates in a simultaneous online classroom session, communicate with real time voice and video, demonstrate complex software applications, "live", share applications such as Word, Excel, PDFs, Web pages, etc., and record sessions that can be viewed later.

Turnitin

AUM currently subscribes to Turnitin; a service that detects plagiarism by comparing submitted papers to billions of pages of content located on the Internet and proprietary databases.  Faculty can manage potential academic misconduct by highlighting similarities to the world’s largest collection of internet, academic and student paper content.

Respondus

Respondus is a quiz tool software application that allows faculty to upload an existing on-campus quiz (in text format) to Blackboard, create six question types, plus question feedback, convert publishers test banks and create a random set of questions.

StudyMate

StudyMate Class creates a dynamic, active learning environment within Blackboard courses.  Students learn core concepts and terms through the use of dozen learning activities.  Learning activities range from flash cards to self-assessments and games.  Simple templates are used to enter course materials such as glossary terms, fact, or multiple choice questions.  StudyMate includes a flexible grading system that integrates with Blackboard's gradebook.

Respondus LockDown Browser
LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard.  When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications.  When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.  LockDown Browser supports Windows and Mac OS operating systems.  

Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder

The Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder enables easy recordings in class, at home, or on-the-go with automated publishing and interactive viewing within Blackboard.  CaptureSpace enables you to create multi-stream recordings using a vast array of recording devices such as webcams, etc.  Faculty can also record presentations or capture the screen.

TechSmith Relay

TechSmith Relay makes recording lectures easy and consistent.  Faculty can deploy the recorder from any web browser.  Videos are uploaded to an easy-to-navigate online video library.  You can edit in your browser and easily share with a line, embed code, or directly into Blackboard. 

NBC Learn and Films on Demand

NBC Learn and Films on Demand are designed specifically for higher education.  Both offer unique opportunities to engage your students with high quality video material.  You can now include the latest video news events in your Blackboard courses to bring the world to the classroom!

Faculty Resources

Questions on how to use the academic software tools available, please call the Office of Online and Digital Learning at 334-244-3124.  Our office is located in 126 Goodwyn Hall. Or you may contact an Instructional Designer:

Anne Douglas:  adougla5@aum.edu or 334-244-3172
Josh Hill:        jhill5@aum.edu or 334-244-3025
Sandra Vigilant:        svigilant@aum.edu or 344-244-3024


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