Go the Distance

This seven-module online course provides faculty with a student experience, while meeting the needs of those with diverse teaching roles. The course models the practices and strategies we use when developing online courses for Bama By Distance students. Participants will experience a variety of content delivery methods within the course, including readings, interactive activities, videos, and course assignments.

Online Learning Labs

The Online Learning Labs are a virtual forum designed to facilitate faculty peer support and hands-on practice, and to provide solutions to common problems in the online classroom.  Topics include active learning, alternative assessments, community building, instructor presence, and more. The Online Learning Labs are held the 3rd Thursday of every month, beginning October 15, 2020.

Quality Matters

Quality Matters™ is a faculty-centered, peer reviewed process that is grounded in research and designed to ensure the quality of online courses. The components of Quality Matters™ include a set of standards for online course design, a peer-review process for application of those standards, and continuous improvement of your online course. The College of Continuing Studies provides QM™ training opportunities for UA faculty.

Online Learning Innovation Showcase (OLIS)

We know you like to hear what your colleagues are doing, and OLIS is one place you can do that. The Online Learning Innovation Showcase provides cross-campus professional development opportunities focused on innovation in online learning, in a virtual format featuring a series of webinars and online workshops. Our presenters are the Faculty, Staff, and Instructional Designers who have met the challenges of designing and teaching online courses. Presenters and participants share experiences and best practices surrounding online learning and teaching technologies in order to improve student outcomes. OLIS events are held the first Friday of every month, beginning November 6, 2020.

On-Demand Resources

Check this page for convenient, on-demand resources to help you with Blackboard and other online teaching challenges, including targeted videos and printable help. You’ll also find training and event recordings here as they occur.

Calendar of Faculty Development and Training Events

Head over to our Calendar of Events to find out what’s currently scheduled.

Virtual Office Hours

Sometimes you just need to talk it over, and we can do that! Visit during our open virtual office hours on Wednesdays from 2-4 pm. Please note that this is an open meeting time where you may see other faculty in the room. If you need a one-on-on consultation, schedule a 30-minute appointment  or contact Cheryl Bosarge at clbosarge@ua.edu to make other arrangements.

As always, the Technical Support Team is ready to help you with your technology issues, including Blackboard. Please contact them using one of the contact methods on their website. They now offer 24/7 technical support.

For Faculty Development and Training Contact:

 Email Cheryl Bosarge

 (205) 348-4860

For Technical Support Contact:

 Email Technical Support

 (866) 205-1011