Welcome Back UAS Faculty – 2021-2022 School Year

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a great Summer.

I wanted to update you on a few items so you get off to a good start this Fall.


VoiceThread has a new Assignment Builder, so if you use this tool, you will want to watch this 45 minute video that outlines all the new features and how they work.  (If you watch on YouTube, you will see that this video is segmented, so you can skip to the parts that you want to review.)


I wanted to make sure you have the latest version of Zoom.  If you haven’t updated for a while you might be missing out on some features, such as a “blur” background.  Just watch this two minute video to see how to update to the latest version of Zoom.


If you use Respondus for test creation, you will need to update the password.  A note was sent to all UAS Faculty on Monday August 2nd (at 9:59 AM), so check your email if you didn’t see this.  The email gives you all the links and instructions on updating.   Contact your campus instructional designer if you need the note re-sent.

Blackboard Ultra Based Navigation

UAS will be putting a new Blackboard navigation system in place in the Spring 2022 semester.  This navigation page will replace the classes.alaska.edu page.  Ultra-Based Navigation (UBN) will give features that Faculty and Students are going to love, without making any changes to your courses.  Testing on this system will begin on September 7th  (on the Blackboard test site), and you will have the opportunity to check this out.  See the migration schedule by clicking on the link below.

Here is a 10 minute video to introduce you to UBN:

A question about Ultra Based Navigation is if it is going to change your course.  The answer to that is no!!!  Ultra Based Navigation is only a page (replacing classes.alaska.edu) and will have no effect on any of your courses. 

The December 17th date was picked because this date is after the semester, and after grades are turned in.  This change does not affect when you can start working on your Spring courses. 

Thank you for reading the Faculty Learning Corner.