Global Navigation in Blackboard

Lately, we have had some questions about Blackboard’s Global Navigation features. Check out the video and link below for some refresher information on this tool in Blackboard.

https://help.blackboard.com/en-us/Learn/9.1_SP_12_and_SP_13/Student/110_Nav_My_Blackboard

If you ever have any Blackboard questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 216-987-4257 or eLiFacultySupport@tri-c.edu

 

Virtual Student Services & Social Media Work for Student Success

Virtual student services and social media increase the GPA and persistence of Tri-C students!  That’s the data talking – check out the specifics below.

Did you know that Tri-Cs Title III grant created an ecosystem of support for online students that supported face-to-face students as well?  eAdvising, eLearning Orientation, online tutoring and other services have increased the GPA of students participating and supported completion and success.  Check out what virtual student services can do!

Tri-C leveraged a League for Innovation grant to explore the use of a Facebook App to improve student engagement.  Student persistence and GPA improved.  Of students who used the app (8,661 enrolled):

  • “Active Users are 26% more likely to persist to the next semester compared to non-members of the App.
  • Passive Users are 65% more likely to persist to the next semester compared to non-members of the App.”  (Rios-Aguilar & Deil-Amem, 2014, p. 9).

The study was funded through the League for Innovation by the Gates Foundation with researchers from University of Arizona and Claremont Graduate University.  In other words, it’s legit!  Check out the presentation we shared at the Learning Summit 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Updated Respondus version download available!

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Respondus updated our Respondus campus wide and our Respondus StudyMate products.  The update will automatically load when you open Respondus on your campus computer.  If you are using Respondus or StudyMate from home, you will need to download and install the new version.  Click here to download the new version.  Tri-C credentials are required to access this download.

LMS Review Update – July 1, 2014

So what has been going on with the LMS Review Taskforce?  The Taskforce is hard at work gathering feedback and moving ahead with what we’re calling “Sprints” – 2-week projects with specific deliverables to make decisions and keep the project moving forward.  Sprints conducted over the past 2 weeks include:

  • Review of survey results from our consultants (soon to be shared)
  • Gathering of additional feedback from faculty (via the Faculty Communication Work Group)
  • Progress on the creation of the RFP (RFP Work Group)

Faculty – interested in learning more? Faculty representatives from each campus have volunteered to be your point people for faculty communication.  If you have questions that you want answered by a fellow faculty member, contact your local representative:

  • East Campus and Work Group Lead – Angela Mensah
  • Metro Campus – Pat Stansberry
  • West Campus – John Kerezy
  • Westshore Campus – Michael Piero

On June 30, we conducted the first of the official demos.  Blackboard kicked it off.  A recording of the demo can be found here:  https://breeze.tri-c.edu/p2i1a8tj0i1/.  It is also on the Vetting Blackboard page from the LMS Review section of this site.

Thanks and have a great one! – Sasha

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Jimison for earning QM Recognition

qm logoCongratulations to Dr. Donna Jimison, Associate Professor, Medical Assisting West Campus for earning QM Recognition for her MA 1020 – Medical Terminology 1 course!

View all Tri-C’s QM Recognized Courses

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 (1 Master Reviewer, 1 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.

Interested in learning more about QM? Visit www.qualitymatters.org, or contact Danielle Budzick Tri-C’s Institutional Representative!

McGraw-Hill Connect upcoming update

McGraw-Hill Connect will be moving to a cloud hosted environment on June 28th. In order to perform this update Connect will be unavailable on Saturday, June 28th from 12:00 am to 8:00 pm.  This is a McGraw-Hill update and Blackboard access will not be interrupted. If you are using McGraw-Hill Connect or any McGraw-Hill Education product in your course please be sure to notify your students of this outage.

Visit the McGraw-Hill blog for more information on the update.

ShareStream Demonstration & Open Lab

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Come to the Open Lab and give ShareStream a try! ShareStream is a streaming media management solution.  It gives faculty the ability to place video into Blackboard without assistance, and without taking up tons of space.There will be two ShareStream Quick Start Open labs this summer. The first is on June 27th from 10:00 to 12:00 and the second is July 11th from 12:30 to 2:30.  Both session will be held in room 155 of the Metro Campus TLC.  Bring your video, (flv, swf, m4v, mov) and audio files, (wma, mp4, mp3, avi) so you can practice loading them!  Register in InSight today! See you there!

 

Congratulations to Linda Muren for Earning QM Recognition!

qm logoCongratulations to Linda Muren, Assistant Professor, Accounting West Campus for earning QM Recognition for her ACCT 1340 – Managerial Accounting course!

View all Tri-C’s QM Recognized Courses

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 (1 Master Reviewer, 1 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.

Interested in learning more about QM? Visit www.qualitymatters.org, or contact Danielle Budzick Tri-C’s Institutional Representative!

Blackboard ISSUE – Grade Center & Assessments

exclamation point alertThere is currently an issue with the Blackboard Gradebook and Assessments.  A building block has failed.  We are currently conducting a rolling restart of Blackboard to attempt to resolve this.  You should still be able to work within Blackboard otherwise for other functions.

We will update you as soon as we know more.  If you have something else to report, please contact us at:  eLifacultysupport@tri-c.edu.

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