SoftChalk is an award winning content authoring software for creating interactive lessons.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Metro Campus MHCS 223
SoftChalk – Creating Lessons – Building a Foundation
9 am – 12 pm
Learn from the SoftChalk corporate trainer the basics of SoftChalk Cloud and Create. Receive an overview of numerous activities and objects you can create to add interactivity to your stylized lessons. You’ll have the opportunity to make and take activities in this hands – on workshop which you can use in your Blackboard course site as scored or unscored items. Learn how to create a SoftChalk ebook and reusable learning objects to share with your colleagues. Receive personal assistance from the Centers for Learning Excellence (CLE) staffers during this session.
SoftChalk – Creating Lessons – Beyond the Basics
1- 4 pm
Learn from the SoftChalk corporate trainer deeper learning activities including quiz groups, branching lessons, working with equations, polling and much more. Additionally, there will be plenty of time to create your own lessons in this hands – on workshop with the help of the SoftChalk trainer and the Centers of Learning Excellence (CLE) Instructional Technologists.
Walk-ins welcome or enroll in TEC for stipend/service credit.
Need help with the new student attendance reporting procedure? Blackboard can assist. This video from the Metro campus Center for Learning Excellence (CLE) outlines how to run a Blackboard Course Activity Overview report to substantiate online student attendance given the new Tri-C attendance reporting procedure.
By running the Blackboard report, you’ll be able to tell if your students logged in twice in a week and use that information for the Attendance Tracker located on the Faculty tab of My Tri-C Space.
For assistance and support regarding this Blackboard report, visit a convenient campus CLE or contact Online Technical Support at (216) 987-4257.
Blackboard at Tri-C was upgraded to a new version and new hardware on May 19-20, 2016. While there are not many changes to the functionality and design for faculty and students, here are a few new and newly resolved issues to note:
New Known Issues
- Discussion List View vs. Tree View: The Tree View option in Discussions doesn’t persist when going into a thread and back out. The view will revert to List View
- Grade Center Columns show Extra Decimal Places: The decimal places for percentages are displaying out to 4 places in the Grade Center for weighted and calculated columns.
Newly Resolved Known Issues
- Collaboration (Virtual Classroom & Chat) Not Available – Resolved: The Collaboration tools are again available in Blackboard. Faculty who need collaboration functionality for their courses are still encouraged to use WebEx, a powerful online meeting and collaboration tool available at the College for both faculty and students. For more information and to get started with WebEx, visit http://itservices.tri-c.edu/network/webex-for-faculty-and-staff.html
- Cannot Include Received Attachment when Replying to or Forwarding Course Message – Resolved: Faculty and students replying to or forwarding a course message can now include the received attachment with their reply message.
- Delayed course creation – Resolved: Course creation was delayed after the Blackboard upgrade, but is now fully functional. There may be continued slight delays due to higher than usual course request volume before the summer semester begins on May 31.
Additional updates to the status of new and resolved known issues will be available at https://elearningandinnovation.com/faculty-resources/known-issues/. Updated help and support documents are available on the Online Learning pages at http://www.tri-c.edu/online-learning/elearning-technologies/index.html for both Students and for Faculty.
For further assistance with Blackboard Learn, the Online Technical Support team can be reached via phone or email:
- Call 216-987-4257
- Email eLiFacultySupport@tri-c.edu or eLearning@tri-c.edu
The College is upgrading to a newer version of Blackboard. When the upgrade is complete, faculty and students will not experience significant differences from the functionality and design of the current version, but the system will be operating on new hardware. Please take note of the following upgrade activities as we work to implement the upgrade:
- Starting at 12:01am on Thursday, May 19th and continuing through May 20th, Blackboard Learn will be offline and unavailable to students, faculty and staff. The extended outage will allow the infrastructure changes to be completed. Note that faculty preparing course sites for Summer will not be able to access the system during the upgrade.
- The upgraded Blackboard Learn will be available again on Saturday, May 21st.
If you need assistance with Blackboard Learn, the Online Technical Support team can be reached via phone or email:
- Call 216-987-4257
- Email eLiFacultySupport@tri-c.edu or eLearning@tri-c.edu
Additionally, help documents will be available on the Online Learning pages at http://www.tri-c.edu/online-learning/elearning-technologies/index.html.
The University 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Yesterday, March 17, Tri-C’s Blackboard system was unavailable from approximately 3:00pm – midnight due to an unexpected outage. This outage was a result of system instability that manifested after maintenance was completed in the early morning. When we realized the extent of the issues impacting faculty and student users, the Blackboard system was brought down to allow us to resolve the issues. The system came down in stages to allow connected students to complete and submit their work before the outage.
Once the system was unavailable, it took longer than expected to resolve the issues and restore functionality. We offer our apologies for the inconvenience that this caused for our faculty and students who were trying to access Blackboard to complete course work or prepare for the upcoming B term. In the future, updates will be made available in a more timely fashion on this blog, but be sure to check My Tri-C Space for the most current and official status updates from the College. We will also continue to work with Information Technology Services to ensure that any additional faculty communication preferences are met.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
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