Distance Education Resources for Instructors

Distance Education Resources and Technology Training for Faculty

  • Distance Education/Technology Training (Workshops, Presentations, Skype) are available on all campuses and special workshops are available upon request.  Please feel free to contact Valerie McCombs via email ([email protected]), campus phone 205-983-5976, or request to be added to the Blackboard/Training Group ([email protected]) through Office 365 for notifications and announcements. You may also contact for one-on-one help, online (Skype) and over the phone assistance during office hours.
  • Online Campus Technology Resources including Step-by-Step Instructions, Training Videos, and other online resources for
  • Distance Education Resources including Step-by-Step Instructions, Videos, and other online resources for Students:https://www.jeffersonstate.edu/programs/distance-education/
  • Please contact the Help Desk ([email protected]) for assistance concerning office computer, scheduling videoconferencing, classroom technology assistance, and/or other technology-related assistance.
  • You may also visit the office located at 4600 Valleydale Road (Shelby Campus) in the Health Science Building Room 341.

Blackboard Ultra

Jefferson State is preparing to implement the next “milestone” in Blackboard upgrades. The Ultra Base Navigation replaces Bb Learn SaaS System Menu.  Faculty will be able to keep the Original Course Menus in individual course sites or elect to enable the Ultra Experience.

“Ultra” describes the transformation of the user interface and workflows in Blackboard Learn.


Ultra Navigation

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Ultra  Videos:

About Ultra


Global Grades Link

Blackboard Learn SaaS

In 2017-2018, Jeffersonstate upgraded to Blackboard-hosted Blackboard Learn SaaS (Cloud Hosted).

Link to Tegrity Overview Recording:


How to sign up for Training Sessions:
Blackboard Training Group Calendar – Training Sessions

Online Help for Instructors:

Blackboard Instructor App:
Blackboard Instructor_app

Blackboard Instructor App enables instructors to view course content and connect with students in discussions. Grading capabilities are currently being validated and updates will be posted here. Users see all their current courses where they’re enrolled as an instructor, TA, or course builder.

Blackboard Instructor is currently available on the Apple App and Google Play Stores and technical requirements for download include device running on iOS 9+ or Android 4.2+

Link to YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/ZeGhoP8l0Ec

Online Help for Students:

Link to Distance Education at Jefferson State and link to Blackboard Student App for Students:

Browser Support:

Link to JAVA JRE Version 8 Update 121 application file on Jefferson State’s Google Drive (right click to download then run application):

Internet Explorer Security Zones and Compatibility View

Top 10 Things to Know About Blackboard Learn SaaS


Office 365

The Microsoft Office 365 Outlook Web App (OWA) allows users to access their mailbox using a web browser from any computer that has an Internet connection.



For technical help contact [email protected] or call (205) 856-6088

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Distance Education Resources

Blackboard Learn 9.1

How to PDF files

Respondus (version 4 for Blackboard Learn)

Testing Procedures

Distance Education Resources for Students

Who to Contact for Help

  • For information concerning myJSCC Login/Password and/or Enrollment Services contact: [email protected] or call (205) 856-7704, (800) 239-5900 ext. 7704. You may also leave a message on our evening voice mail (205) 856-7775. *All questions during normal business hours will receive a response as soon as possible.
  • For more information about Distance Education contact: TBA
  • Technical assistance contact: [email protected] 205-856-6088
  • For Instructor support contact Valerie McCombs at (205) 983-5976, [email protected].
  • For Classroom Technology set up or equipment (projectors, etc), contact: [email protected]