IDS Updates: Webinars, Wimba, Academic Integrity, Rubrics

Stay sharp

Whether you’re heading out or staying on campus, keep your online education skill up to snuff this summer with archived webinars from our partners.

UDM is a member of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group. The TLT has a deep archive of webinars on a huge variety of topics related to effective use of technology in teaching. Sample topics include active teaching/learning activities, using apps, social networking, copyright, strategies getting resistant students engaged in learning, and much, much more. If you’d like access to the archive, email Russell Davidson ( to get a username and password.

If you’d like more Knowledge-specific instruction, the Blackboard’s YouTube channel provides a number of webinar recordings and tutorials on teaching with Blackboard’s tools. (Note, UDM may not have access to some tools or content covered in these tutorials.)

If you’d rather focus on UDM-provided instruction, check out the Instructional Design Studio blog for text and video walkthroughs of Blackboard tools and tips from the designers on using online tools in your teaching.

Still using Wimba archives? Export those archives before it’s too late!

Wimba will no longer be available in the Fall. If you’ve been having your students watch lectures recorded in and provided through Wimba, you’ll need to download video (MP4) versions of these archives, then upload these files to the relevant courses. Need help with the process? Check out this tutorial, or give IDS a call!

Academic Integrity, Testing, and Blackboard

Considering offering online testing as a part of your traditional or online course? We’ve put together a few simple strategies you can employ that will discourage collaboration and research during an online test.


Rubrics are an excellent tool for both standardizing how you grade an assessment AND to communicating your expectations to your students. You are likely already using one or more rubrics in your courses – perhaps you’re providing students with a Word or Excel rubric file. Blackboard has a built-in rubric tool which is both pretty powerful and easy to use. We’ve put together a couple videos to help you create and apply rubrics.

Don’t forget to make your courses available

Teaching this summer? Remember, until you make your course site available your students won’t be able to access the online content you’ve created. Don’t remember how to make your site available? Follow the link below:

The Instructional Design Studio
313 578-0580