Please contact the Department of Distance Learning if you have any questions or need training on how to use the following instructional technology, software or tools.
Blackboard Learn 9.1, Service Pack 14
Blackboard Learn is SouthArk's primary learning management system. Blackboard allows instructors to share resources and course materials online, administer online quizzes, assignments and tests and provides instructors with a variety of communication tools. Instructors will not be given a Blackboard account until 1) their respective dean has submitted a Personnel Action Form (PAF) for the instructor; 2) they have submitted all of their hiring paperwork to human resources; and 3) they have been enrolled in SouthArk's payroll system.
TIPS: Use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome in order to access Blackboard. Additionally, conduct a browser check to ensure you have the necessary plugins and browser settings required for Blackboard. The browser check link can be found on the SouthArk Blackboard login page. It is essential that you use the most up-to-date plugins. The most up-to-date Java plugin is required in order for Blackboard to function properly.
Blackboard Collaborate Classic & Collaborate Ultra
Collaborate allows instructors, staff and students to participate in web conferencing. Collaborate web conferencing tools include: two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, and telephone conferencing. If an instructor would like to use and access Blackboard Collaborate Ultra which does not require the instructor or student to download any additional software you may contact the Distance Learning office.
TIPS: Use Mozilla Firefox or Chrome to access Blackboard Collaborate. The Java plugin is required to use Collaborate Classic. If you are using Blackboard Ultra you are required to use the Google Chrome browser.
Blackboard Instant Messaging (IM)
Blackboard Instant Messaging (IM) synchronizes with our enrollment records. This means students, instructors, and staff are automatically connected with other Blackboard IM users at our institution. This allows instructors, students and staff to collaborate via video chat, screen sharing, and a whiteboard.
TIPS: In order to use Blackboard Instant Messaging you will need to create an account and download the IM software from within Blackboard. The Blackboard IM Tool is available in all courses under "Tools." Additionally, you should recieve an email invitation to create a Blackboard IM account and download the software. You may contact the Department of Distance Learning for assistance in creating a Blackboard IM account and downloading Blackboard IM software.
Respondus Lockdown Browser (RLB)
RLB is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When students use RLB they are unable to print, copy, access the internet or computer applications and files. When an assessment is started, students are locked into the assessment until they submit it for grading.
INSTRUCTOR TIPS: Instructors may access the RLB dashboard within Blackboard. Instructors wishing to use passwords on their RLB tests should use the RLB dashboard and not Blackboard's test options. Instructors must give students permission to take the RLB test with an Ipad. Otherwise students should take all RLB tests with a desktop or laptop computer.
STUDENT TIPS: In order to take a RLB test you are required to download the RLB software. Also, you will need a reliable, high-speed internet connection. You are required to have Adobe Flash on your laptop or desktop computer. Before taking any online assessment, conduct a browser check. You may use the "browser check" link on the SouthArk Blackboard page. Also, use a desktop or laptop computer to take your RLB test. Do not use a mobile device such as an IPad to take a RLB test unless you have direct permission from your instructor. Instructors must give students permission to use an Ipad on RLB tests. Do not assume your instructor has granted students permission to use Ipads. If you have direct permission from your instructor to use an Ipad to take an RLB test you must download the RLB app available from iTunes.
Respondus Monitor is a companion product for LockDown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored, online exams. Students use their own computer and a webcam to record assessment sessions, all without leaving the institution's learning management system.
INSTRUCTOR TIPS: Instructors may access the Respondus Lockown Browser dashboard within Blackboard to enable Respondus Monitor. Instructors are able to access Respondus Monitor recordings within Blackboard and may review them at their earliest convenience.
STUDENT TIPS: In order to take a Respondus Monitor exam you will need to download and use the Respondus Lockdown Browser (RLB). Also, you are required to have a reliable high-speed internet connection, webcam, and microphone. Before you are allowed to take a Respondus Monitor exam you will be required to verify whether the device you are using has a high-speed internet connection, webcam and microphone. Respondus Monitor will record the video and audio of your testing environment during the duration of your online assessment. Your instructor may access the Respondus Monitor video and audio any time after you have submitted your exam.
Turnitin is the leading originality checking and plagiarism prevention service used by millions of students and faculty, and thousands of institutions worldwide. Turnitin encourages best practices for using and citing other people's written material.
INSTRUCTOR TIPS: Instructors may administer Turnitin assignments within Blackboard.
STUDENT TIPS: Internet Explorer does not work with Turnitin. You are required to use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Also, you will need a high-speed internet connection, java, and your browser needs to accept cookies from Turnitin. You may use the "browser check" link on the SouthArk Blackboard page to verify your computer has the necessary settings.
SmarterMeasure provides students with a report that summarizes an individual's attributes, skills and knowledge that contribute to success in technology-rich courses. All first time students are required to take the SmarterMeasure assessment as part of Campus Technology. Smartmeasure provides a summary to instructors, students and advisors on a student's:
- Individual Attributes
- Life Factors
- Learning styles
- Technical Competency
- Technical Knowledge
- On-screen Reading Rate and Recall
- Typing Speed and Accuracy
INSTRUCTOR TIPS: Instructors and advisors interested in using SmarterMeasure as a course resource or assignment should contact the Department of Distance Learning for support and login information.
STUDENT TIPS: All students are required to take the SmarterMeasure exam in Campus Technology (SAS.1101). Students may work on the SmarterMeasure test at their own pace. Students may choose to exit the SmarterMeasure exam at anytime. If students choose to exit and return later to finish the exam, they will not lose any of their work. Students who complete the SmarterMeasure test should print or save their test results. If a student needs a copy of their test they may contact the Department of Distance Learning.
AirServer allows you to stream content from your iOS devices, such as an IPAD, to your classroom computer and projector. This allows instructors to move around the class with your iPad in hand or access and display content only available on your iOS devices such as an educational app. AirServer also supports multiple simultaneous connections, so one or more students could mirror their iPads to share their ideas and their work with the rest of the class.
TIPS: iOS devices must be connected to the SouthArk wifi network in order to connect and use AirServer.
Insight allows instructors to monitor student computer activity in a computer lab. Insight also provides instructors with tools to easily perform the following computer lab management functions:
- View and monitor all student computers simultaneously to verify students remain on task.
- Restrict applications, websites and internet.
- Limit or temporarily disable printing.
- Blank out all computer screens.
- Disable student keyboards and mice.
- Instantly launching computer applications or websites on all student computers.
- Easily share the instructor's or student's computer screen and audio to all the students in a classroom.
- Easily power on or off computers in classroom.
- Take a screen capture of a student's computer screen.
- Send all students a message.
- Remotely control a student's computer.
- Electronic testing, voting and grading.
INSTRUCTOR TIPS: Instructors may launch insight from the instructor computer station available in their assigned computer labs. Students may use insight to power up all the computers in the lab and monitor student activity. If instructors can't see a computer ask the student to restart the computer and login again.
STUDENT TIPS: Stay on task and use computers responsibly as you are likely being monitored by your instructor while in class.
Adobe Presnter allows instructors to create interactive Voice-over-PowerPoint presentations. Software features allow instructors to add quizzes, scenarios and publish their elearning content in a variety of formats to be shared online.
Instructors may check-out a laptop from the Distance Learning Department office in order to use this software.
TIPS: Adobe Flash and Adobe PDF must be installed on your computer for you to view Voice-over-PowerPoint presentations.