Ally Information Session – 20220520-1

Ally is a tool in Blackboard to help instructors make their content more accessible. Your class is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities, needs and devices. Course content created with this in mind can benefit not only your students with disclosed disabilities such as visual impairments and dyslexia, but improve the learning experience for all of your students.

During this information session, we showed the Ally accessibility indicators, explained Ally instructor feedback report including the built-in instructions to improve the content accessibility.


Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Friday May 20, 12:30 – 1:00 pm Central/1:30 – 2:00 pm Eastern time on Zoom.


Other resources

Ally Info Session Handouts

Learn to Use Panopto

This session for faculty focused on using Panopto for recording content on a laptop. Participants learnt how to record and share a Panopto recording, do basic video editing, share a video link, and add Panopto to Blackboard courses. Also covered was how to upload a Zoom recording to Panopto and set up a Blackboard Assignment (drop box) for students to submit their Panopto video assignment.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Thursday May 19, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern time on Zoom.


Other Panopto resources

Improve Your Spring Course Workshop

Whew! Congrats! You finished the whirlwind known as the end of the semester. This is the perfect time to review one of your courses and plan improvements for next time.  Bring your “student results” (your outputs) and your syllabus and your course “inputs” to this session.  What does your course look like from the student’s POV? How did the course results align with your hopes/ goals?  How did your organization, delivery of content, communication, evaluation strategies and instructional strategies make for effective learning? After review of a course, participants will identify changes to make for next time.  You can use the plan developed here as an example of your continuous improvement in your upcoming annual faculty evaluation in June. Discussion and workshop time are included. This workshop fits any course delivery, including online.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Wednesday May 18, 9:00 – 11:00 am Central/10:00 – Noon Eastern on Zoom.


Improve Your Spring Course Presentation

Improve your Spring course Handout


Revised-blooms-chart and questioning strategies

Practices and Processes: Hiring Adjunct Faculty

Here are the recording and resources used at this session that was held on March 31st, 2022:



Obtain the current version of the documents related to adjunct faculty hiring in the Forms Repository on the Resources tab of the portal.  Search all categories for “Adjunct” and you will find the workflow document entitled “Adjunct Faculty Recruitment & Hiring” along with the other needed documents “Adjunct Faculty Interview & Instructions” and the “Adjunct Approval Form.”