Services and Technology Solutions

Lamar University provides a variety of services and technology solutions for faculty.

In this section:

LU Connect (Blackboard)

All online course material, whether in hybrid courses or in online courses, should use Blackboard Learn. Blackboard is a virtual learning environment and course management system that is provided for all courses. A Blackboard shell is automatically created for all courses. Lamar University currently uses Blackboard Learn Release 9.1.

Instructional design services are available to all faculty developing online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses at Lamar. The division has a team of designers ready to aid you in course layout, creation of digital course materials, and support of best practices in online teaching. Whether you are new to online learning, or a seasoned veteran, we have the instructional design services in place to support you. If you are developing a course, please call 409-880-7078 or email blackboard@lamar.edu to set up an appointment.

Video

Faculty are welcome to use YuJa to store their copyright-cleared video content. YuJa will privately host your videos, and allow you to embed that content directly into Blackboard. There is no limit to the number of videos you may post to your YuJa account. Accounts are also available for staff members looking to host content for their respective departments.

To access your videos:

a. Login to Blackboard and click the YuJa Video Platform link located in the Tools Module on the My Institution page.
b. Or navigate to 
https://lamar.yuja.com/ and sign in using your LEA account.

For more information on how to use the YuJa video platform please watch this video demonstration: Yuja Faculty Training. The video studio can assist you in captioning your videos. Please email blackboard@lamar.edu or call 409-880-7382 to get more information about captioning your video content.

Web Conferencing

Adobe Connect

If you have a need for synchronous interaction with your online students, Adobe Connect could provide a solution. Connect's web conferencing software links students and faculty through a variety of devices (traditional computers as well as mobile). Communicate through chat, webcam, and audio. Share documents and your computer's desktop.

a. Please email blackboard@lamar.edu to request your Adobe Connect account.
b. You can login to Adobe Connect here.
c. Getting Started as a Host with Adobe Connect
d. Getting Started as a Participant with Adobe Connect
e. f you need closed captioning for Adobe Connect, please contact the Center for Distance Education, 409-880-8431 or cde@lamar.edu, at the beginning of the semester.

 

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate™ is a simple, convenient and reliable online collaborative learning solution. This fully redesigned solution delivers a level of engagement that makes learners feel like they're together in the same room via collaboration and conference tools. 

Blackboard Collaborate "How To" Guide

Library

Faculty distance learning library support can be located here.

Online Proctoring - Proctorio

Proctorio

Using state-of-the-art technology and end-to-end data security, Proctorio ensures the total learning integrity of every assessment, every time. Our software eliminates human error, bias, and much of the expense associated with remote proctoring and identity verification.

Proctorio also integrates effortlessly with whatever learning management system you already use— no scheduling, waiting or additional logins required— for instant, objective, secure results.

Online Tutoring

Lamar University Writing Center

Information on Lamar University's Writing Center tutoring services can be found here.

Smartthinking

Smarthinking connects students with highly qualified tutors in a variety of disciplines. Students may schedule appointments in advance or using Smarthinking's queuing system, request on-demand help. Students are loaded into Smarthinking during the first week of class.

1. If you teach a class, we ask that you inform your students to access the Smarthinking Tutoring service in the Resource section of your Blackboard course.

2h. If you have trouble with the Smarthinking link, call 1847 or email blackboard@lamar.edu, and we can assist you. We thank you in advance for publicizing this service to your students

Qwickly

Qwickly is a robust course tool that enables faculty to take attendance that is automatically graded in the Blackboard Grade Center. Instructors can take attendance using an attendance list on screen or allow students to check in on their own browser, complete with a PIN and countdown timer

For demos and more information, visit www.goqwickly.com/demos/

Concourse Syllabus Management

Printing Services

For poster printing requests, please fill out the form found at:

https://www.lamar.edu/forms/luonline/poster-request.html

Final Grade Submissions

Top Hat

Top Hat at Lamar University


Top Hat is an active learning platform that helps professors engage students before, during and after class. Top Hat helps you engage students in and out of the classroom through cutting-edge polling software, low-cost interactive content and flexible homework systems. Top Hat also offers instructional design services to prep courses, train and work one-on-one with instructors to ensure they’re fully ready to use Top Hat for the first day of class and beyond. 

Benefits of Using Top Hat

  • Leverage students’ devices in class to increase participation and gauge student comprehension through real-time feedback
  • Automate attendance, participation tracking and grading 
  • Upload your slides easily and embed interactive questions
  • Involve every student in live discussions
  • Adopt/Create Low-Cost Customizable Textbooks that are interactive and engaging
  • Receive industry-leading support for professors and students
  • Sync grades directly to Blackboard


To Learn More, Please Book a 1 on 1 Consultation with Top Hat Representative Tasha Eisen (tasha.eisen@tophat.com)

 

Faculty Helpful links

 

Technical Support for Top Hat

Top Hat has direct support at 888-663-5491, chat support, or send an email to support@tophat.com. You can also find online help in the Knowledge Base and Teaching Resources.