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Free Quality Matters APPQMR workshop at the University of Akron

The UniversiQuality Matters Logoty of Akron is offering a free “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)” workshop on April 22, 2016 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This workshop will explore the Quality Matters project and processes and will prepare you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online/blended courses and ultimately, student learning and success. Registration is required and there are only a limited number of seats available so register now!    See “How to Register” below and log into MyQM to register to register now! Contact Cheryl Knight (216-987-4979 or for the Rubric Workbook that you should bring with you.

QM is designed to improve the quality of online and blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. You will become familiar with the Quality Matters 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, instructional designers, and/or faculty members & faculty developers. After successfully completing this workshop, you will be eligible to move into the Online Peer Reviewer Certification. In addition, you will gain ideas to improve your own courses using the QM Standards.

How do I register: Log into MyQM. SELECT: Workshop – Register, Dedicated Training, find the corresponding workshop date, click on Register link.
Location: The University of Akron, Leigh Hall 414.
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, (lunch is not provided).
Who should attend:  faculty who are interested in improving the quality of online/blended courses and faculty  who are in becoming a peer-certified reviewers.
What is covered in the workshop:  The workshop will cover the underlying principles of QM; the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components; how to apply the 5th Edition QM  Rubric to review online courses; applying the concept of alignment; writing helpful recommendations for course improvement and much more.

Of Gamification and Game-Based Learning – a Refresher

Refining terms – we ask it of our students, and of ourselves so that we can be succinct in our understanding of a given topic.  Well, what of Gamification and Game-Based Learning?  Do we have a clear understanding of the concepts? Check out this article from the folks at eLearning Industry (elearning blog).  It provides some clear and basic definitions.

The Differences Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning gamification-vs-game-based-learning-two-different-things

Introducing . . . SoftChalk Create Online!

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Ever wish you could make quick little edits to your SoftChalk lessons without having to launch the entire SoftChalk Create program? Have you been on the go and only had your iPad or tablet with you to make revisions to a lesson? Or maybe you just want to run SoftChalk Create from your desktop without logging into Tri-C Private Cloud?

SoftChalk is making those wishes a reality with the SoftChalk Create Online ‘Quick Editor’, and SoftChalk Local Launch!

SoftChalk Create Online ‘Quick Editor’ allows users to:

  • Add or edit text as well as applying text formatting,
  • Insert bookmarks, hyperlinks, iframes and tables,
  • Modify properties for an existing image as well as insert a URL to an image,
  • Work on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or IE and,
  • Allows editing on your iPad or Tablet.

SoftChalk Create Local Launch allows users to start building SoftChalks without opening Tri-C SoftChalk Cloud Private.

To begin using Create Online, simply log into your SoftChalk Cloud account, select ‘My Content’ and ‘Lessons’ find the pencil icon and click! To begin using Create Local Launch download the Create Local Launch .exe file, review the instructions and contact customer care (987-4357) for assistance installing it on your computer.

Need a quick reference? Use the updated on SoftChalk Create Online in the SoftChalk Cloud Guide (pgs. 38-48) to get started!


Say goodbye to the Breeze Upload tool and say Hello to 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 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 for assistance, but are encouraged to use ShareStream to house their multimedia and Adobe Presenter content wherever possible.

What’s New In Blackboard SP14!

We are now running Service Pack 14 on Blackboard Learn.  Here are some of the new features that are available to faculty and students.

  • Faculty and Students can view Course Messages notifications on the Update page of the Global navigation menu, or via email. Use this link to view and modify your Notifications settings.course messages recieved
  • Faculty can adjust the uppermost value on Grading Schema. schema_mapping                             and,
  • Students can re-order items in My Grades and sort the display by due date and last activity.                             my_grades_sp14

Have questions?  Drop us an email at and we will be happy to answer your question.

We are working on improved Blackboard mobile functionality so watch the blog for more updates!


Learn how to use ShareStream to get the most out of video and audio in Blackboard!


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 were two ShareStream Quick Start Open labs this summer. The fall Open Lab is scheduled for November 12th at 2:00 pm in room 153 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!

Turn off Compatibility View to use Blackboard in Internet Explorer

If you are viewing Blackboard using Internet Explorer in Compatibility view  you may see the following error.
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Internet Explorer (IE) compatibility view causes display anomalies  and errors in Blackboard. Faculty and Students using IE to access Blackboard should turn compatibility view off while using Blackboard.

Steps to Turn Off Compatibility View

Select Tools on the Browser Menu Bar
tool menu

Click Compatibility View  to turn it off.

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The window will automatically refresh and you will be able to access content. We recommend turning on Compatibility View after you finish working in Blackboard as other college system may require it. Click on Compatibility View again to turn it back on. If you need assistance completing these steps please email and the eLi Support team will be happy to help you.


Welcome to the Fall 2014 Semester Start

Reminders to keep you moving:  

PLEASE NOTE:  The browser checker link has been updated!  It has been changed in the Bb tab resources as well, however if you have the old link in your syllabus it will show up as broke.  Find that new link here:  Shout out to Professor Cantonese for the suggestion!

You can find support resources for yourself at:, and resources for your students at: Remember, help documents come pre-loaded in your Blackboard site  under the “Tech Requirements and Computer Skills Needed” section of the “Start Here” button in your course site.

Here is a list of the Newest Blackboard Features.  Click on each link to get details on how the new feature works.

Here is a quick link to the Browser Checker just in case you want to repost it for your students.

Don’t forget that  Known Issues are posted on the eLi blog.  Click “Follow” now and get up-to-the-minute email updates on new postings or save the direct link to your browser favorites.

Have a great semester and as always you can reach eLi Support at (216) 987-4257 or by emailing!