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Faculty Teaching Toolbox: Course Management Tools

The Faculty Teaching Toolbox is a resource for faculty and staff that provides an introduction to some of the many instructional support services offered by Austin Community College.

What is Hybrid & Online Teaching at ACC?

At ACC, the Distance Education team coordinates and supports the delivery of online and hybrid courses. Faculty are encouraged to use our course management system, Blackboard, to deliver their content to students, whether for a face-to-face, hybrid, or fully-online course, as the system offers many features to support management of your classroom, and makes resources easily discoverable by your students.

Visit the Teaching Online at ACC to learn more about teaching a fully-online course and ACC Distance Learning Faculty Resources about tools available to all of our faculty to support delivery of content to their students to improve learning.

End of life for Collaborate will be August 11, 2023 at 5PM. Please download any recordings that you wish to keep prior to that date.

For faculty support please contact: Educational Technology Support

Phone: 512.223.0111


How do I use Course Management Tools & Support?

The tools found in Blackboard, are powerful success tools for students whether you are teaching online or face-to-face. While it will take an investment from you to leverage these tools by setting them up in advance, the payoff for properly implemented tools can be immense. Some popular tools that you can consider using in online and face-to-face settings include:

  • Load your detailed syllabus in your Blackboard course shell
  • Set up assessments in Blackboard to be automatically graded and entered into the Blackboard grade center
  • Link to resources that support student success, including online tutorials, streaming video, and more
  • Use the Blackboard discussion board and/or blogging feature to engage students and encourage peer-to-peer communication
  • Use adaptive release to offer remediation content to students who fail to meet a benchmark score on critical learning outcomes
  • Use SafeAssign for all written assignments to help you catch any intentional or unintentional plagiarism

Have questions on how to use Blackboard? 

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Who Owns the Zoom Recordings of My Lectures?

When faculty use Zoom, Google Meet, Blackboard Collaborate or other software tools provided to faculty by Austin Community College to conduct class sessions that are within the scope of the faculty member's employment, the College owns any recordings that are created using those tools. 

Can I Use Recordings of Class Sessions Across Sections or in Future Terms?

It depends - recordings of your own lectures where no students are shown in the gallery or on-screen can be used across sections or in future terms. However, recordings of classes that include students are considered to be education records subject to federal student privacy law and should not be shared with anyone beyond the instructor of record for the current class and section in which the student participates. They should not be used in subsequent semesters or shared publicly. Instructors should also take care not to include sensitive information in a meeting or class session recording. 

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