Tools for Teaching

University of Alaska Anchorage hosts Blackboard Learn software for course management and Blackboard Collaborate software for web meetings.

Basic user support for UAA hosted software is offered through IT Services Call Center at (907) 786-4646,

  • Username & Password
  • Faculty Email Support
  • Blackboard Learn & Collaborate

UAA Blackboard

Blackboard Learn technology helps instructors make learning more effective in and beyond the traditional walls. A place to hold educational content in the cloud.  Bringing efficiency to day-to-day tasks. Empowering instructors with tools to engage every learner. Motivating them on the devices they rely on. Promoting collaboration and streamlining processes.

Blackboard is flexible and easy to use—from managing content, engaging learners to assessing outcomes. 

Tools and Features:

  • Student Profiles
  • Robust Content Editor
  • Inline Grading/Full Grade Center
  • Video Everywhere/Integrated with YouTube
  • Blogs, Wiki Tools & Discussion Boards
  • VoiceThread Plug-in
  • Pearson & McGraw Hill Plug-in's (contact the publisher for more information) 
  • Blackboard Mobile App - free for iPhone/iPad & Android platforms

Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing

Blackboard Collaborate (formerly eLive) is a web-based online synchronous classroom for distance education courses. It can also be used for online office hours for distance or face-to-face courses. Students can use Collaborate to meet in online study groups. 

Tools and Features:

  • Online Classroom - Meet Synchronously Online from anywhere on the Globe
  • Whiteboard - Upload Presentation Slides & Collaborate Via Text Tools
  • Application Sharing - Share Applications to Demonstrate Work
  • Chat Feature to Capture Questions & Comments
  • Telephony (Audio Conference) Feature to Increase Accessibility for All Students
  • Record Sessions for Review - Convert Recordings to Audio or Video for Playback

Other Web-based Tools  (Guidance offered through AI&e)

  • Google Apps for Education (all UAA students have accounts)
  • Personal Lecture Capture Software

Workshops, consultation and training are available from Academic Innovations & eLearning