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The Faculty Technology Center assists faculty in effectively using technology to enhance classroom learning and faculty scholarship. Students benefit from a rich classroom environment and readily accessible course materials and resources.
Whether faculty are interested in launching a project using technology, providing students with online course materials, or looking for ways to engage students using technology, the Faculty Technology Center staff can help. The Faculty Technology Center:
- supports learning initiatives that involve students using technology
- assists faculty in selecting technologies and preparing online course materials to engage student learning
- works with faculty to integrate technology into the curriculum
The Faculty Technology Center manages a number of applications that support academics at the university.
Contact the Faculty Technology Center at 479-575-7401 or the appropriate staff member directly for consultation or training.
Blackboard Learn at learn.uark.edu is the university's learning management system. The Blackboard Learn Help Desk is located in the Faculty Technology Center and provides faculty and students with individualized support using Blackboard Learn. Blackboard Learn documentation is available under the Support link in Blackboard Learn or on Tech Articles.
The Faculty Technology Center also manages Respondus online test creation for use in Blackboard Learn and the Respondus Lockdown Browser secure testing environment. A Blackboard Mobile Learn app is available for mobile access to Blackboard Learn. Get the mobile app by logging into learn.uark.edu and clicking Mobile at the top.
Blackboard Collaborate is the university's web conferencing application that can be accessed within or outside of Blackboard Learn. Blackboard Collaborate can be used to create virtual meetings, course sessions, or office hours.
Faculty, staff, and students can initiate, conduct, or participate in videoconferences at no cost. Videoconferencing can be used to record lectures, collaborate with students or researchers at a distance, conduct virtual field trips, or hold classes or office hours when physical attendance is not possible.
Echo360 is the university's lecture capture tool that records and publishes lectures that can be accessed by students on-demand in Blackboard Learn or through a direct link. Camtasia and Echo360 Personal Capture Software are also available for desktop use.
Kaltura offers video streaming that integrates with Blackboard Learn. With Kaltura, faculty can record videos with a webcam or using screen capture, upload videos, and provide streaming video to students in Blackboard Learn. Kaltura can also be used to manage course videos, create media galleries in Blackboard Learn, and track user engagement for submitted videos.
The Faculty Technology Center provides multimedia support, including video and audio production, post-production, and duplication. Lecture or screen capture using Camtasia is also supported.