Recommendations for using UB Learns Powered by Brightspace from the LMS Advisory Committee
The learning management system (UB Learns powered by Brightspace) is a very powerful tool that helps promote student learning and success and helps instructors efficiently manage the administrative aspects of teaching. The following best practices address aspects related to instructor usage of UB Learns and augment course design best practices.
Academic units may repeatedly appoint individuals as temporary instructors for non-consecutive semesters.
Departmental and unit administrators can use two approaches to give returning temporary instructors access to UB systems when they are not actively teaching:
Please see the Administrative Services Gateway for more information.
The learning management system is an effective communication tool for all courses, whether delivered in person, hybrid or completely online.
For these reasons, it is recommended that instructors use UB Learns to provide students access to the course syllabus and the course gradebook, updated regularly with student scores on assignments, quizzes and other assessments.
To promote student success, it is important that instructors use only the centrally supported learning management system (UB Learns powered by Brightspace). In addition to potentially causing student confusion and inhibiting student success, other issues related to using a non-approved application learning management system are:
Mid-semester student evaluations of teaching have been identified as a best practice to promote student learning and success within the academic term.
Please note that some academic units/departments require mid-semester course evaluations through the university wide SmartEvals tool.
For those not using Smart Evals, it is recommended that the survey tool in UB Learns be used to deploy a mid-semester student evaluation of teaching. The responses can be made anonymous and are immediately available to the instructor. Instructions on adding a mid-semester evaluation survey to your course and a ZIP file containing the survey are found below the chart. Surveys can also be embedded in content modules, where a due date can be applied.
The questions included in the mid-semester evaluation of teaching are:
|Overall, how do you rate this course? ||Very Poor||Poor||Fair||Good||Excellent|
|What is your overall rating of the teacher’s effectiveness? || |
One of the Best
This course is well organized.
Neither agree nor disagree.
|If you could change something about this course, what would it be? ||Open text response |
|What can your instructor do to help you learn better in the course? ||Open text response |
|What have you done to ensure you are successful in the course? ||Open text response |
|What could you do differently to ensure you continue to besuccessful or to change your strategy to ensure you are successful in the second half of the course?||Open text response |
|Feel free to include any other comments or suggestions. ||Open text response |
The ZIP file below contains the mid-semester survey. Once you have downloaded the file, follow the steps below to add the survey to your course:
With the increased use of online testing and proctoring tools, student concerns about privacy protections have increased. While it is important that instructors see the testing environments of students to ensure that the test is being taken with integrity, it is not necessary for students to see the testing environments of other students. To avoid student complaints:
There are certain administrative users who help instructors in UB Learns and are coded in HUB with a specified course role. These administrative users are automatically added to the UB Learns course with an administrative role.
Staff members, such as advisors and those in student success roles, seeking access to a UB Learns course to monitor student progress should contact the instructor to request access, or the instructor can contact UB Learns support to add the user.
At UB, we are committed to ensuring that all students can access all course materials, including those that are posted in a UB Learns course.