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 Sorenson to store their copyright-cleared video content. Sorenson 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 Sorenson account. Accounts are also available for staff members looking to host content for their respective departments.

a. Please email blackboard@lamar.edu to request your Sorenson account.
b. Log into your account here.
c. The video studio can assist you in captioning your videos. Please email luonline@lamar.edu or call 880-7382 to get more information about captioning your video content.

Screencast-o-matic is an easy to use, yet powerful screen recording software that is free to use for Lamar faculty. The software is web based and easily accessible through any internet connected browser. There is also a downloadable application for off-line use. To unlock advanced pro level features, please email blackboard@lamar.edu for your pro code.

Web Conferencing

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.

Library

Distance education students and faculty have access to a dedicated distance education librarian. Contact information and a full account of services can be found at here.

Online Proctoring

ProctorU is an online proctoring service Lamar utilizes to best ensure test integrity. You will need to make an account to use the service. Please see the handout, How it Works, that provides more information about ProctorU. You may also request assistance in setting up your proctored exam by visiting this link--https://forms.lamar.edu/luonline/proctoru-exam-request.html 

PLEASE NOTE: As long as students schedule with ProctorU 72 hours BEFORE the start time of the exam, they will not be charged. Within 72 hours of the test start time, students will be charged $5.00. If students choose the Take it Now option (no appointment) they will be charged $8.75. These charges must be paid by the student with a credit or debit card. 

Online Tutoring

Lamar University Writing Center

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

Smartthinking

Smarthinking connects undergraduate distance education (DE) 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. DE students are loaded into Smarthinking during the first week of class.

1. If you teach an undergraduate online class, we ask that you post in your Blackboard course directions for students to access the service.

a. Go to a content area in your course

b. Mouse over Build Content

c. Select Weblink

d. Name the link, Smarthinking

e. Place the website into the URL blank.

f. Copy and then paste the information block into the text box.

g. Click submit

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

2. Sample syllabus announcement:

  • Smarthinking connects students to E-structor Certified tutors anytime, from my Internet connection http://smarthinking.com
  • Your SMARTHINKING login is your my.Lamar email address
  • (jdoe@my.lamar.edu). Your SMARTHINKING password is:
  • YY- 2-digit year of birth
  • MM- 2-digit month of birth
  • DD- 2-digit day of birth (Use the with no quotations)
  • Last initial capital letter
  • First initial capital letter
  • Last 4 digits of your social security number
  • Example: John Doe Born January 25, 1981 Social Security Number
  • 1234567890
  • John Does Password: 810125&DJ7890