Instructional Design and Academic Technology

As part of our continuing effort to bring you the most robust and stable environment we can provide, Ottawa University Blackboard will undergo a mandatory database upgrade. This maintenance is related to Amazon Web Services (AWS) notification to Blackboard that they will begin the end of life (EOL) for the current database version. Maintenance downtime will be about 4 hours.

Blackboard has released a new Collaborate feature:  the Gallery View.  This view allows moderators and participants to view a gallery of video thumbnails in Collaborate sessions.

Web browsers, Blackboard, and other web based applications frequently require updates to expand functionality, fix bugs, or address security issues. These changes don't necessarily sync up all the time across applications so functionality can break. To minimize these issues we recommend faculty and students maintain up-to-date versions of whatever browser they prefer. Browsers may update automatically, but you can check for available updates. Update your browser if one is available.

The Blackboard Annotate tool, which professors use to view and grade documents attached to assignments, occasionally removes formatting from documents when the instructor views them.

Permalinks to library resources must be edited to remain usable for students.

Pronto is the latest addition to our technology tools to support your learning.

OUAZ is currently recruiting students for Club Bowling, Men’s Lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee, and an Outdoor Adventure Club to begin in August 2018.

The IDAT (Instructional Design and Academic Technology) Library: Resources for Online Teaching and Course Development resource library is available to all faculty and adjuncts and includes videos, information about open educational resources, and best practices.