Blackboard is the primary, web-based Learning Management System (LMS) employed at UAF. Operated by the UAF Center for Academic Technology, Blackboard provides a suite of secure, asynchronous course tools including materials and document delivery, gradebook, discussion boards, and online quizzes and surveys. Blackboard is the primary portal for students to access primary materials or be linked to other educational technology resources.
Blackboard onDemand Learning Resources (course designers and instructors):
Blackboard onDemand Learning Resources (students):
Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing tool which provides a synchronous Internet component for course delivery. It may be used in conjunction with Blackboard materials as well as videoconference and/or audioconference presentations. Collaborate includes tools for presenting PowerPoint presentations, images, and web materials accompanied by real-time two-way audio and video using a single internet connection. It also provides a shared whiteboard, polling, surveying, and other tools. Access is available through Blackboard “Add Interactive Tool” menu in Content area. Find help for Collaborate at OIT.
The University has spent considerable effort implementing a network for two-way videoconferencing, including “quality of service” guarantees. This enables real-time, two-way videoconference using dedicated equipment ranging in size from desktop cameras to full-room installations, some paired with Internet display. Videoconferences can include multiple points at each campus, including the four College of Rural and Community Development (CRCD) extended campuses, as well as many schools in villages serviced by GCI. Although this technology does not extend beyond the University network, it provides a great new way to reach a sizable group of students.
The traditional Alaskan distance education workhorse, particularly for smaller sites serviced by the CRCD, audioconference is a tried and true technology that will remain a part of instruction for many years to come. At DLS, we are creating ways to pedagogically improve audioconference delivery by integrating other technologies and to transform the curriculum—in whole or in part—to accommodate other delivery models. Get with Brant or Barb to set up an audio conference session.
We use a multi-user installation of WordPress located at community.uaf.edu. It houses class blogs, instructor blogs and open learning resources (OER).
The complete list of Google Apps are available to faculty and students. See http://www.alaska.edu/google/ for details.