Instructional Strategies and Resources


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Instructional Strategies for Teaching Online

  • Getting Started

    Blackboard is UAA’s primary online space for courses. If you haven’t activated your Blackboard shell yet, watch the Get Your Course Up and Running webinar (video, 20:10) or the Blackboard 101 Playlist (5 videos, 17:00). The videos go over Discussion Boards, Wikis/Blogs, Grade Center, and Alt Text. For more about Blackboard tools, visit our Blackboard Support page.

    eWolf is UAA's ePortfolio tool. Instructional content may be embedded within various portfolio sections/pages serving as prompts for students to respond to via text, images, audio, etc. eWolf help: New Folio 411 or Digication Help Desk.

    If this is your first time teaching online, keep it simple. For more on transitioning to alternate course delivery, review UAA’s faculty guidance or watch CAFE’s Keep Teaching webinar (video, 44:42).

    UAA faculty have a lot of tools available to them. The trick is to find the best tools to help students achieve the learning objectives. To assist faculty with the challenging task of selecting technology tools AI&E has created a teaching Tools Comparison sheet for video creation tools, accessibility tools, engagement tools, web conferencing tools, and more.


  • Finding Materials

    Textbook adoptions are due the semester before the course is taught so students can see costs when they register. Please check UAA’s online bookstore (via Akademos) for information on this process. If you teach for a community campus, work with its bookstore.

    Our Trail Guide: Fill Your Pack module walks you through finding a wide variety of course materials.

    UAA Consortium Library services are still offered (virtually) including instruction for classes and research help for students, staff, and faculty. Chat with or email a librarian.

    The UAA's Textbook Affordability initiative can help you find Open Educational Resources (OER) and other no-cost course materials.

    Sales reps may contact you regarding academic technologies or say that their platform integrates with Blackboard. UAA has a review process (bottom of page) to ensure publisher tools are accessible and work with our Blackboard version, so please review this policy before selecting a solution. In some cases, UAA already has a tool available that has no additional costs for your students. Adopting tools through the bookstore can also clarify any hidden costs.




  • Student Needs

    Our Accessibility Trail Guide walks you through the requirements and resources to make your courses accessible to all learners. The KPC Faculty Accessibility Guide is based on the internationally accepted Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. (Navigate through the pages using the side-bar menu to learn how to make online content accessible to diverse learners.) Our Accessibility Overview and Accessibility Tools pages give more information on this critical topic.

    Accurate captions are required for all videos. AI&e is currently offering 3Play captioning service free for UAA faculty. Submit your videos for professional captioning: Request Professional Captioning for Your Video.

    Some students’ learning may be adversely influenced in the move to online delivery. Learn how to make digital course content accessible so that all learners have equal access to content at the same time on our Accessibility Tools page. 

    To review ways to support and accommodate student learning during this challenging time, watch Academic Accommodations in On-Line Teaching and Learning Environments recorded webinar (video, 24:06). 

    Disability Support Services will also work with students with documented disabilities to offer appropriate accommodations to help ensure the student is the most successful they can be.


Class Communication Online


  • Student Engagement

    There are a variety of ways to provide opportunities for students to engage with the content, with you, and with each other. Our peer interaction page explains several options to make your courses more interactive.  

    Review the Communicate using Blackboard and VoiceThread webinar (video, 21:55) for tips on asynchronous class discussions and student engagement.

 Online Assessment

  • Adapting Assessments

    Our Track Learning Trail Guide walks you through the principles and design choices behind creating effective, meaningful student assessments. 

    Read about Blackboard Tests and Assignments below. Remote Proctor Now (RPNow) by PSI is an online remote proctoring service. UAA’s RPNow offers students a way to take online proctored exams at home with the proper equipment. Oral exams can be given over the phone or using web conferencing such as Zoom or Collaborate. 

    There is no one-size-fits-all solution. If you are adapting a face-to-face course, please review your assessments to decide what’s essential for measuring whether learning outcomes are met and what works better in a different format.

    Try to find ways to meet course requirements without overly burdening yourself or your students. Review Alternate Assessment Resource Guide, and Alternate Assessment recorded webinar (video, 38:10) to explore alternate ways to assess students. Learn more about assessment options on our Testing Resources page. 


  • Assessment in Blackboard

    Blackboard Assignments and Tests can be used to collect student work and provide feedback.

    Use Blackboard Assignments to collect documents or have students write a single answer. Students can also submit images, videos, and links to ePortfolios or Google Docs this way. You can provide detailed inline grading and feedback for student documents submitted in most common file types. For more information, visit Blackboard Assignments

    Use Blackboard Tests for quizzes, exams, and even ungraded activities where you want students to answer multiple questions. Some types of questions (e.g., multiple choice) are automatically graded; others will appear in your Grade Center for you to manually grade. Faculty can create tests, surveys, and pools (collection of questions housed so you can use them at a later date). Review the Converting Paper Tests to Blackboard webinar (video, 9:21) and Blackboard Tests Help for more information.