Student in the Computer Lab

Online and Blackboard Help for Instructors

The UR School of Nursing provides the resources you need to succeed while instructing your online courses.

If you need technical help, and can’t find the right resource below, see us in person at the CERC desk, email, or call (585) 275-7500.

If you need help selecting appropriate tools, peer assessment, revising and designing courses, contact Andrew Wolf at  or (585) 276-5639.


Blackboard (Learning Management System)

Blackboard is a virtual hub for student services that provide access to online course materials, grades, organizations, accounts, and many other academic and campus services.

AEFIS (Assessment, Evaluation, Feedback, Intervention System

AEFIS is a multi-purpose system that allows schools to perform various tasks associated with Assessment. It allows schools to run course evaluations, and other surveys. It also allows faculty to collect assessment information for program evaluation and accreditation purposes. Departments can also use it for accreditation review.

Online Collaboration Tools for Teaching

The University offers a number of options for online collaboration between students. These tools offer different workspaces for different purposes, including documentation, bulletin board, and annotation and note-taking.


Panopto allows you to create your own desktop recordings, record lectures in certain classrooms, and upload external video for viewing through an integrated playback platform. Panopto is integrated with Blackboard to allow for restricted access to only students within your class to view materials.

Polling (Poll Everywhere)

Poll Everywhere is a polling system that allows you to capture audience feedback live, across remote meetings, and in hybrid workspaces through live online polling, surveys, Q&As, quizzes, word clouds, and more.

Voicethread (Discussion Board)

Voicethread is a tool that can allow you to have a conversation around media. It can be used to facilitate multimedia-based discussions and presentations. Linking Voicethread to your course will automatically create accounts for you (the instructor) and your students based on enrollment within the Blackboard course.

Zoom Video and Web Conferencing

Zoom video and web conferencing allows up to 300 participants to simultaneously collaborate over the Internet. You can attend video or audio meetings, share presentations, hold training seminars, and more from any location with a computer and Internet connection.

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are learning resources created by other instructors or publisher who allow other instructors to use their content. You may find useful supplemental materials for your courses using the OER directory listing. 


Panopto allows you to record audio, video and your computer screen (Powerpoint, or any software application) directly from your desktop and provides full capability for integrated playback later. Recordings of lectures can also be done from your laptop or a classroom computer. Videos created with external software can be uploaded into Panopto.

Copyright and Fair Use

Please consider University copyright policy guidelines and copyright law when choosing and reserving readings.