Category Archives: faculty

SafeAssign Reports Processing Time

At this time, due to the large number of requests, SafeAssign reports are lagging. This is a confirmed problem across several Blackboard institutions and unfortunately nothing that we can control. SafeAssign is a 3rd party service provider and not controlled by Tri-C. If you have been waiting more than 24 hours for a SafeAssign report, please contact us at We will provide an update as soon as we receive more information from Blackboard.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

ShareStream Server

On Tuesday, January 3rd the ShareStream server will be down for maintenance and an upgrade. This means any media (videos or audio) uploaded to ShareStream will not play and no media (videos or audio) will be able to be uploaded to the server while the upgrade is taking place on the 3rd. The maintenance and server upgrade will allow for a new user interface to be released later in the month and increased functionality, but basic operation will not change. We apologize for any inconvenience this may pose to you.

Online_Blended Syllabus Template Draft (pending final review)

The syllabus template is for online and blended courses. The 2 parts are drafts that are pending final review from a committee comprised of faculty and deans. They are ADA compliant and reflect all current information, including the attendance policy.  It’s important to use parts A & B as both are necessary. You can combine the 2, if you wish.

PartACourse Specific_ADA compliant_online_blended Syllabus TemplateDRAFTpending final review

PartB_Boilerplate_ADA compliant_online_blendedSyllabus Template_DRAFTpendingfinalreview

Camtasia Relay updates Coming Soon!

The Office of eLearning & Innovation and Information Technology Services will be updating Camtasia Relay on Friday, December 18. The new version of Relay offers similar functionality to the current version of Relay, but has been renamed “TechSmith Relay.” TechSmith Relay will support Windows 10 as well as both Mac OSX Yosemite and Mac OSX El Capitan. The new TechSmith Relay Recorder also will enable faculty to upload existing video and image files. Stay tuned for more information!


Student Preview replaces Faculty as Student accounts

Starting on December 18, faculty who want to view their course sites as students will only be able to do so using Student Preview. Student Preview enables faculty to see a course as a student without having to log out or use a separate browser session. Student Preview provides an easy way to view your course, take a test, view grades, or make sure that content is appearing when and as it should.

To enter Student Preview mode, click on the icon/button to the left of Edit Mode on your Blackboard course site:

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The top of your course site will show a message that Student Preview mode is ON:

You can now navigate your course as a student. When you are done, you can exit the Student Preview by clicking the Exit Preview button at the top of the page.

When exiting Student Preview you have some options (see image below). For example, if you wanted to see how a test or other feature would work as a student, but would not want the results remaining in the class (e.g., showing in the Grade Center), you have the option to delete the user data YOU as the student user created. If you wanted to keep a record of that information, you can instead keep the preview user data you created in your student preview for future viewing as an Instructor. Finally, you can have Blackboard remember your choice and not ask again.

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Some faculty are currently using faculty-as-student accounts to view their course sites from the student perspective. These accounts will no longer be available for use after December 18, 2015. The Student Preview tool provides an additional benefit: the best part about the student preview mode is that faculty can use it anytime. You do not have to wait until the course starts to view your course as a student with Student Preview!

For more information, visit

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Microsoft Store

We’ve been blogging about success rates for online courses for the past few days.  And wouldn’t you know it…

So I’m at the Microsoft Store attempting to get my Surface Pro 3 updated because it is not behaving properly.  I strike up a conversation with a woman in a similar situation and – I am not making this up – it turns out she is a Tri-C student, graduating this May.  She asked me what I did at Tri-C, and when I told her I worked in the online division, hilarity ensued.

Her reasons for choosing online:

  • Saves time
  • Works with her schedule
  • As a busy mom, that’s important!

Another Tri-C success story!  Congratulations to Rebecca who will graduate in May!

Instructional Technology Mini Grant

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

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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Get Involved with QM – APPQMR Training and Course Submission

You are invited to participate in Quality Matters at Tri-C. There are two different opportunities:

  1. Submit your course for QM certification. We still have a few slots left for certification for this year. Contact Sasha at
  2. Join us for a FREE, day-long training – Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR).

Both opportunities offer a great way to get involved in Quality Matters. They either showcase your existing course or allow you to learn new skills to further develop
your online and blended courses.

The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric is Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Metro Campus in TLC 153. This professional development opportunity is eligible for two (2) service credits, or one (1)  workshop credit for the adjunct stipend. Lunch is provided. Register here.

What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning. The program features:

  • Faculty-centered, continuous improvement models for assuring the quality of online courses through peer review.
  • Professional development workshops and certification courses for instructors and online learning professionals.
  • Rubrics for applying quality standards to course design.

With thanks,

Sasha (contact me at Sasha.Thackaberry at if you’re interested in sending a course through the review process)

Over 70% of CAOs Say Online Learning is Critical to Their Long-Term Strategy

The new Babson Study – Tracking Online Education in the United States, indicates that over 70% of Chief Academic Officers say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy.  Even more, 74.1%, rated learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to face-to-face courses.

Online is still growing at a much greater rate than face-to-face college enrollments.  There was a 3.7% increase in the number of distance education students, which accounts for almost 75% of all enrollment growth in higher education in the US.  That includes in the average a 7.9% decrease in online enrollments at for profit colleges.  At public colleges, the percentage of growth is even higher – 4.6%.

What concerns remain?  Only 28% of academic leaders believe that their faculty accept the “value and legitimacy” of online education.

Retention and success metrics remain a persistent challenge, though many studies including the US DOE’s own research, has concluded that online courses are as effective as face-to-face courses.  Community College students face specific challenges in online courses, with retention rates lower across the board.

Tri-C students who take one or more online course graduate in greater percentages than those who do not, a trend that has been widening over the past few years.

Find the full Babson report here:

Find the accompanying infographic here:

Note New Browser Checker Link

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 broken.  Find that new link here:  Shout out to Professor Catanese for the suggestion!

This link was provided in the 8/22/14 blog update for start of term.  It is also current on the Blackboard tab for students and faculty.

With thanks – Sasha