A Quality Matters Bite-Sized Workshop

In related news, please join Cheryl Knight at Metro Campus for “QM Lite:  Intro to QM Workshop.”

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 4:30-6pm in the brand new Center for Learning Excellence on the Metropolitan campus, MBA113

Join Senior Instructional Designer, Cheryl Knight, to learn more about Quality Matters (QM). Cheryl is a certified Peer Reviewer and Face to Face Facilitator, and she will discuss what it means to have your course QM prepped and reviewed at Tri-C. Instructors at various stages of QM prep will share with you their experiences. And there will be plenty of time for questions throughout. This is for instructors teaching blended and/or online course(s), or wishing to in the near future.

Sign up for this workshop on TEC by navigating to the system, selecting the learning tab at the top, scroll to browse for training, and look for QM Lite CLE1029. This is worth 1 service credit and 1 SEU adjunct credit.

Please contact Cheryl Knight at 216-987-4979 or by e-mail at cheryl.knight@tri-c.edu with any questions.

Two Tri-C Professors Earn QM Recognition for Their Courses!

Congratulations to Professors Mike Piero and Raj Mohan on having their courses Quality Matters recognized this summer!

Professor Mike Piero’s course English 2360, British Literature II, received QM recognition.  Previously Professor Piero achieved QM recognition for his English 1020 course.

Professor Raj Mohan’s Course English 1020 achieved QM recognition.  This is the second course that Professor Mohan has had recognized by Quality Matters – she also has had English 1010 recognized.

What does earning Official QM recognition mean? 

The Quality Matters Rubric is a set of 8 general standards and 41 specific standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses.  To become officially QM Recognized a course: 1) Completed review by a 3-person trained team, including one Master Reviewer, one Subject Matter expert and at least one External Reviewer), 2) Meet All of the 3-Point essential standards, and 3) Earn a total overall score of 81 out of 95 points.  Learn more about the course review process on QM’s site here:  https://www.qualitymatters.org/reviews.

Please join us in congratulating Professors Mike Piero and Raj Mohan for their excellent work on behalf of student success online.  The Quality Matters recognition process is a rigorous one, and both have had a huge commitment to the design and building of their courses.  I’d also like to congratulate our instructional designers who worked with them to prepare – Cheryl Knight form Metro Campus, and Rachel Harmon from Westshore Campus.

Want to get involved?

If you are interested in getting more involved with Quality Matters at Tri-C, please contact Sasha.Thackaberry@Tri-C.edu.

Best,

Sasha

Blackboard Important Updates for Faculty – Start of Term

A few important updates for the beginning of the new summer term are below.  If you use Blackboard for any modality (online, blended/hybrid or as a supplement to your F2F course) please read the entire post as it may greatly assist your Fall setup.

  • YouTube Videos: As you may have been aware, this summer there was a national problem with YouTube videos that were added to Blackboard using the Mashup tool.  Blackboard recently released a fix which we tested and then implemented in our system.  YouTube videos that have been added to courses through the Mashup tool should now work!
  • On the public Tri-C website we now have updated resources for faculty in a by-technology format.  Find that here:  http://www.tri-c.edu/online-learning/elearning-technologies/elearning-technologies-faculty/index.html.  It includes help documentation and how-tos on:  Blackboard, Softchalk, Adobe Connect, Respondus, Camtasia Relay, publisher information, and Sharestream (still in a relatively Beta rollout.)
  • You will now find links to these faculty tools after logging into Blackboard now that the Blackboard Tab is no longer on My Tri-C Space.  These links are located in the left-hand channel:
    • Course Site Request (courses are not created automatically, you need to request their creation)
    • Cartridge Load Request Form
    • Blackboard Incompletes Tool
    • Manage Blackboard Support Users
    • Bb Server Status Log
    • Respondus & Studymate Author Download
    • We encourage you to watch the brief video about Global Navigation located just above those resources as it greatly improves how you can manage your courses including filtering discussion board posts from multiple courses and notifications when students submit assignments.
  • Questions Re: TFOL Faculty Training: If you have questions for TFOL (Teaching for Online Learning aka Blackboard) training for Fall 2015, please contact Dr. Charles Dull at:  Charles.Dull@tri-c.edu.
  • ITS, TechNow, and Blackboard Help: ITS is now running Blackboard help, branded TechNow in combination with other college technology support.  You can still contact help for Blackboard at the same number:  (216) 987-4257.
  • In related news, you may have noticed that the company Blackboard may be exploring a sale.  Blackboard has been sold before, most recently in 2011. An acquisition would impact them at a corporate and structural level and should not change your day-to-day experience.  All of your files and content will be maintained in the same way.

As always, please “Follow” us by entering your email into the field on the left-hand sidebar of the eLi blog at www.elearningandinnovation.com (picture on left.)  You’ll receive automatic emails when news and upgrade notices are posted.

Have a great start of term!  – Sasha

Gamified FYE Course Sessions

Are you at East or West Campus today?  We’ll be sharing the prototype of the Gamified version of the FYE course.  The course will be available to request for the second 8-week fall semester.

West Campus

  • Location:  WSS GO4-B
  • 3:00 – 3:4 0 PM
  • 3:50 – 4:30 PM

East Campus

  • Location:  East Center for Learning Excellence
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM

Can’t make it to one of the sessions?  Don’t worry!  Find information about the course, the reasons why it’s being created, and view Quest 1:  College and Career Planning.  Check out the Blendspace curation used for the presentation below:

https://www.blendspace.com/lessons/YA30kUZ3AZuhmQ/gamified-fye-at-tri-c?feature=embed

YouTube Mashup Fixed & Blackboard Info

As you may have been aware, this summer there was a problem with YouTube videos that were added to Blackboard using the Mashup tool.  Blackboard recently released a fix which we tested and then implemented in our system.  YouTube videos that have been added to courses through the Mashup tool should now work!

Known Issues are updated and posted on this page:  http://elearningandinnovation.com/faculty-resources/known-issues/.  You can access it by going to Faculty Resources > Known Issues.

In related news, you may have noticed that the company Blackboard may be exploring a sale.  Blackboard has been sold before, most recently in 2011. An acquisition would impact them at a corporate and structural level and should not change your day-to-day experience.  All of your files and content will be maintained in the same way.

As always, please “Follow” us by entering your email into the field on the left-hand sidebar of the eLi blog.  You’ll receive automatic emails when news and upgrade notices are posted.

Sasha

New locations for Blackboard support tools

As part of the My Tri-C Space upgrade, a number of Blackboard support tools and resources have been moved to a new location.  Links from My Tri-C Space and the My Blackboard page are being updated to reflect the changes. For faculty who have bookmarked or placed links to these tools inside of Blackboard courses, here are the tools and their new locations. Faculty (and students) may want to check and update their bookmarks and course links for the following:

Blackboard Access During My Tri-C Space Outage

You will still be able to access Blackboard during the My Tri-C Space outage due to the upgrade.  There will be no change in courses.

How do you access Blackboard?  You will be able to still go to https://my.tri-c.edu/.  ITS will be putting up a page that has a direct link to Blackboard.  If you normally go directly to Blackboard at bblearn.tri-c.edu, you can still do that too!

You should be able to use Blackboard as normal during the upgrade.  If you have support needs during this time, call (216) 987-4257 or email eLearning@tri-c.edu.

When the My Tri-C Space upgrade occurs, you will no longer have a Blackboard Tab – but those resources will now be located within Blackboard as soon as you login!  See before/after screenshots below:

BEFORE  :(My Blackboard Page - Before

AFTER :)

Screenshot of Blackboard module page after changes

We hope you like the new look/feel!  – Sasha

Say goodbye to the Breeze Upload tool and say Hello to ShareStream!

sharestream

As of July 13, the Publish Adobe Presenter (Breeze) upload tool will no longer be available for uploading content to Breeze.  Not to worry, ShareStream, the College multimedia streaming application, provides a place to post your Presenter files and so much more! ShareStream is now available for all faculty and staff to upload their own presentations and other multimedia for use in the classroom.

Log directly into ShareStream at http://ccc.sharestream.net with your S# and network password. You can load an Adobe Presenter Presentation or video directly into the folder/collection labeled with the name of your Blackboard Course and then use either the ShareStream Pick-n-Play tool within your Blackboard site or get a direct link from the ShareStream Media Manager to post the presentation within your course site.

Need more instructions? Check out these resources:

Enabling ShareStream in My Blackboard Course

Loading Zipped files, (Adobe Presenter) to Media Manager

Loading Videos and Audio to ShareStream Pick-n-Play

Faculty who urgently need to upload content to Breeze can email eLiFacultySupport@tri-c.edu for assistance, but are encouraged to use ShareStream to house their multimedia and Adobe Presenter content wherever possible.

New Blackboard Organization from My Tri-C Space

Beginning July 13, 2015, how you interact with Blackboard from My Tri-C Space will change.  

My Tri-C Space is being upgraded, and we’re upgrading how you access your critical Blackboard resources (both faculty and students.)  Now all the core features you needed from the Blackboard tab will be within My Blackboard, which is the page you “land” on immediately after logging into Blackboard.

Check out our fantastic before and after pics below.

Before :(

My Blackboard Page - Before

AFTER :)

Screenshot of Blackboard module page after changes
You can find your core faculty resources in the left-hand “channel,” help is in your upper right-hand corner, your updates are right in the middle, and your courses haven’t moved.  There’s a library module and, in the upper left-hand corner, we’ll show you how to access Blackboard using “Global Navigation.”  It lets you easily find your grades and discussion board posts across courses, and lets you customize alerts you want to receive for due dates or assessments.

-Sasha

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