Category Archives: Blackboard

May Conference Day

Conference Day is coming up!  Thanks to all our faculty for a great semester.  Stay informed on all the latest from eLi by checking in with the eLi blog, and keep in mind that our Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 10 + Update is occurring in August and the new functionality in Blackboard will be available to all faculty for Fall 2013 semester!

Check out our Conference Day page HERE.

Find more information about the Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 10 + Update HERE.

As always, if you have questions or comments, post them to the blog and we’d be happy to answer for all!  You can also contact the Office of eLearning and Innovation directly!

Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 10 + Update Announcement

Bb SP 10 Image 3Coming in Fall 2013, the Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 10 + Update will improve functionality for students and faculty alike!

Check out our page designated for updates on what to expect.

During the coming months, we’ll be sharing functionality, informing faculty and students of specific upcoming changes while simultaneously testing and creating how-to documents to make the transition easier and smoother.  This update is in alignment with the frequent release schedule from Blackboard to be more responsive to requested changes and fixes.

If you have any questions, please feel free to post, or contact the Office of eLearning and Innovation.

Course Copy Functionality Enabled!

In an effort to improve functionality and usability of Blackboard Learn for faculty, we have enabled Course Copy for all faculty users of Blackboard.

Course Copy is the ability to copy whole courses or content areas from one course to another. Use Course Copy when you want to duplicate an entire course or duplicate an entire content area (or course menu button). To use Course Copy, you must have the instructor role on both course sites. The source site is the site that contains the content you want to copy. The destination site is the site where you want to send the content.

Please find step-by-step instructions on how to effectively use Course Copy functionality HERE.  (This document is hosted in SkyDrive, so opening it with Internet Explorer or Firefox with Adobe plugin is recommended.  The default Adobe reader in Chrome will not allow the document to appear.)

Please let the Office of eLearning and Innovation know if you have any questions related to the usage of this new functionality.

Congratulations US! Tri-C receives MOOC grant from Gates Foundation!

MOOC!

Yay!  Yesterday, the Gates Foundation announced that Tri-C was awarded one of three MOOC grants awarded to community colleges nationally!  The project includes 10 colleges total, the goal of which is aimed at investing in scaling post-secondary education.

This is Tri-C’s FIRST experimentation with Massively Open Online Courses!

Want to read more?

This is the formal announcement from the Gates Foundation.

This is the information from Quality Matters about the project.  It will be the first time that Quality Matters is involved in a MOOC!

Want to hear it from Inside Higher Ed?  Check out their article HERE.

Our very own Cleveland.com has info on it too!  Check out their article HERE.

Want to know more about Tri-C’s MOOC, what we’re doing and how we’re doing it? We’re currently crafting an FAQ to help answer any questions faculty might have about MOOCs, and this MOOC at Tri-C!

(Drumroll….) Service Pack 8 for Blackboard is coming!

Service Pack 8 is the first in a series of small feature updates and patches which the Office of eLearning and Innovation will install within the existing ITS maintenance schedule.

Service Pack 8 update will take place on May 18th.  Blackboard will be unavailable from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM.

What’s New with this Update?

  • Test timing that automatically stops the test!
  • Automatic grade updates when a test question is changed!
  • Streamlined navigation between courses!

Stay tuned for more exciting enhancements to Blackboard over the course of the year!  Check out the Faculty Blackboard Page for updates on future enhancements!

CourseSites Opening for Free PD

course sites by Blackboard banner

In what appears to be a continuing interest in capitalizing on the Open Educational Resources bandwagon, Blackboard is now offering free highlighted courses through CourseSites – their free, hosted version of Blackboard Learn that lets any teacher anywhere to create up to 5 free courses.

The first course to be offered in this series is entitled “Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success.”  Very cool concept.  Application?  To be determined.  Let us know if you check out this free course and have any interesting insights to share-and-share-alike! (Ah, Creative Commons Licensing Humor.)

Blackboard buys Moodlerooms – inconceivable!

moodle rooms logoIn a stunning announcement, Blackboard has purchased two of Moodle’s primary partners (both for-profit companies who shared their profits for the continued development of the free, open source Learning Management System (LMS) known as Moodle.)  Apparently, Moodle’s founder is ok with it, as shared in this post in Wired Campus from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Have there been a polar shift?  Is there a  disturbance in the force?  Apparently not.  Blackboard announced this along with their new Open Source Services Group – hosting and consulting services to go along with using Moodle.