Video Content: What’s on the Menu at UA?

If you’re searching for video streaming services, look no further. Gorgas Library offers a range of video collections you can use in your courses, and most of them allow you to embed clips directly in Blackboard. There are even options for creating video clips and playlists if you need more control. Criterion Collection Criterion Collection […]

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Tech Toolbox: Polling, Collaboration, and More

This list includes the digital tools available at The University of Alabama, plus a few free or low-cost options from around the web. Collaboration Flipgrid Flipgrid is a video discussion tool, which displays topics and videos in a neat grid. You add the topics and students reply with short videos — pretty simple. Flipgrid can […]

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Blackboard Personalization Tips

Blackboard offers a variety of style options to help you personalize your course, including custom banners, multimedia content, and more.

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Serial and Student Writing

by Sarah Pilcher, Department of English In July, I heard the news that a Baltimore judge had overturned Adnan Syed’s 1999 murder conviction. I hadn’t listened to Sarah Koenig’s wildly popular podcast Serial in 2014, but I remembered Syed’s name from discussions between friends and colleagues. Because it was a lazy-hazy-crazy day of summer, I […]

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Active Learning Quick Start Guide

Active learning replaces the traditional lecture with a mix of meaningful activities. Instead of sitting and listening passively, students purposefully interact with the course material, allowing you to see what they know and troubleshoot in real time. In other words, active learning promotes deeper, more engaged learning, and it establishes a much-needed feedback loop. Common […]

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How to Ask for a Recommendation Letter

Make your request for a letter well before you send an interfolio request or a request from a school or employer. Don’t press someone for a letter if they seem hesitant. You want your recommender to write letters only when they believe they can strongly recommend someone. Consider the people you could ask for a […]

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