Blackboard Upgrade Successfully Completed

Good morning!  If you’re logging into Blackboard, there has been an upgrade that improved the use of iframes and improved some other functionality.  As always, if you notice something odd, or have an issue to report, please email elifacultysupport@tri-c.edu.

Thank you to Genevieve Kilmer, our LSA, Alex, Ace, and the whole ITS team for assistance in testing!

Sasha

Reminder – Blackboard Upgrade

Blackboard will be unavailable for maintenance from 4am – 12pm on May 15, 2015

In preparation for the upcoming Summer 2015 term, the Office of eLearning & Innovation and Information Technology Services will be applying updates to Blackboard on Friday, May 15.

To complete these updates, Blackboard will be unavailable the morning of Friday, May 15 between 4am-12pm.

After the updates, faculty and students will see some new and enhanced Blackboard functionality. These new improvements will include new Anonymous Grading and SafeAssign options.  We’ll be sharing more about what you can do with these options throughout the next few weeks.

There are also always unexpected surprises.  If you notice anything strange, please contact eLifacultysupport@tri-c.edu.

Thank You to Prof. Diane Gaston for her AMAZING Work on the LMS Review

I’m taking this opportunity to do a big shout-out to Professor Diane Gaston, whose name was inadvertently missing from the acknowledgements for the LMS Review Taskforce.  If you’ve been following the work we’ve done over the past year, you know how very integral she was to our process, and it is with deep chagrin that her name was omitted.

She was essential to the success of the Student Experience Workgroup as well as a huge asset to the communications on West and a leader within the Taskforce during the entire project.

BIG snaps and thank yous to Diane, and many apologies for the inadvertent omission!

-Sasha

More QM Training Opportunities

Another Applying the Quality Matters Rubric FREE training opportunity for Ohio QM Consortium member schools, this one at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College on June 2.

Check out the full flyer including instructions on how to register.  For Tri-C faculty (full and part-time), please contact Sasha.Thackaberry@Tri-C.edu in order to get your workbook, the cost of which we will cover for you.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Sasha

Summer 2015 Blackboard Updates – Coming on May 15

Now that the Spring semester is coming to an end, it is time to do some Blackboard updates!

The Office of eLearning & Innovation and Information Technology Services will be applying updates to Blackboard on Friday, May 15. To complete these updates, Blackboard will be unavailable on Friday, May 15 between 4am-12pm.

After the updates, faculty and students will see some new and enhanced Blackboard functionality. These new improvements will include new Anonymous and Delegated Grading options and SafeAssign options that are integrated into all Blackboard Assignments.

Faculty – if you want to know more about these new tools, you can read more in Blackboard’s Help pages:

Watch this blog in the coming weeks for more information about these and other changes to Blackboard at Tri-C!

New Upcoming APPQMR Opportunities

There are several new QM training opportunities available.  There are 4 upcoming “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” workshops within the Ohio Consortium.  They are:

  • Kent State University, May 8
  • An online version that runs May 12 – May 26
  • University of Findlay, May 12
  • The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, May 20

To register for any of these opportunities, please go to https://www.qualitymatters.org/ and login to your “MyQM” account.  If you do not have a MyQM account, you can create one by  clicking on “New Acct.”

Screenshot to select New Account

1).  Once you have created your account, in order to register click on “Higher Education.”

Click on Higher Education Screenshot

 

 

2).  Then, click on (1) Workshop Register.  This will expand the Workshop menu.  Then select (2) Dedicated Training.  Dedicated Training will narrow your results to trainings available through the Ohio QM Consortium.

Expand Register and Click on Dedicated Training

Then, select from the available trainings.  You will receive confirmation via email of your registration.

With thanks! – Sasha

Statewide Members Meeting: You’re Invited!

Are you a Tri-C faculty member?  Consider joining us in Athens, Ohio at Ohio University for the Ohio QM Consortium Annual Member Meeting on Friday, May 15th from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The last day to register is April 30.  This professional development opportunity is free.  If you are interested in attending, please register directly at:  Register Now!.

Contact Sasha dot Thackaberry @Tri-C.edu for information about service credits and credits for the adjunct stipend.

With thanks!

Sasha

Another Quality Matters Training Opportunity

Lakeland Community College has slots open for two scheduled Applying the Quality Matters Rubric trainings.  They are:

  • Friday, April 10 from 12PM – 6:30 PM and
  • Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Find more information in this flyer:  https://breeze.tri-c.edu/appqmratlakeland/.  The training is FREE to Tri-C faculty.  If you register, please contact me at Sasha.Thackaberry at Tri-C.edu and I’ll be sure to hold a QM Rubric Workbook for you.  This training is also service credit eligible for full-time faculty and stipend eligible for adjunct faculty.  Please email me for more info.

Thanks!  – Sasha

Instructional Technology Mini Grant

sashatberr:

Check out the instructional technology mini grant program for Tri-C faculty!

Originally posted on Faculty Central:

announcementThe call for proposals for the Instructional Mini Grants is out! These grants offer full time faculty and program managers the opportunity to develop teaching and learning projects using instructional technology to motivate and increase student learning. For more details, refer to the call and application.

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Quality Matters APPQMR at Baldwin Wallace

Quality Matters LogoOur friends at Baldwin Wallace are having an APPQMR Workshop on Monday, April 6.  This workshop is FREE to Tri-C faculty.  Please find details below and here in this printable.  You can register directly with Balwin Wallace below.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) Workshop

DATE: Monday, April 6, 2015

TIME: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (class begins at 9:00 AM)

LOCATION: Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, OH (15 miles southwest of Cleveland)

Kamm Hall, Room 139 (Computer Lab)

Directions to Kamm Hall:  http://www.bw.edu/quickfacts/directions/kamm/

REGISTRATION: Sign up at: https://baldwinwallace.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6QD1vqT25Vli2Tb

This workshop explores the QM Project and Processes and prepares you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online/blended courses and ultimately, learning and success for the learner. QM is designed to improve the quality of online/blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. You will become familiar with QM standards and participate in a practice peer course review of an online course using the review tools.

Participants in this hands-on workshop can be:

Online/blended instructors  •  Faculty members  •  Instructional designers  •  Course representatives

-Sasha

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