New Instructional Designer Instructions

UAF eCampus New Instructional Designer Manual

eCampus Systems

Blackboard 9.1

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 Help (Instructors and Students)

Blackboard onDemand Learning Resources (course designers and instructors):

Blackboard onDemand Learning Resources (students):

Blackboard Collaborate

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.


UA uses Zoom as a video conferencing/web conferencing service. Contact OIT for details on Zoom.


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. For information about audio conference, contact Scott at CRCD.


We use a multi-user installation of WordPress located at It houses class blogs, instructor blogs and open learning resources (OER).

Google Apps

The complete list of Google Apps are available to faculty and students. Log in for details.