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Blackboard Important Updates for Faculty – Start of Term

A few important updates for the beginning of the new summer term are below.  If you use Blackboard for any modality (online, blended/hybrid or as a supplement to your F2F course) please read the entire post as it may greatly assist your Fall setup.

  • YouTube Videos: As you may have been aware, this summer there was a national problem with YouTube videos that were added to Blackboard using the Mashup tool.  Blackboard recently released a fix which we tested and then implemented in our system.  YouTube videos that have been added to courses through the Mashup tool should now work!
  • On the public Tri-C website we now have updated resources for faculty in a by-technology format.  Find that here:  http://www.tri-c.edu/online-learning/elearning-technologies/elearning-technologies-faculty/index.html.  It includes help documentation and how-tos on:  Blackboard, Softchalk, Adobe Connect, Respondus, Camtasia Relay, publisher information, and Sharestream (still in a relatively Beta rollout.)
  • You will now find links to these faculty tools after logging into Blackboard now that the Blackboard Tab is no longer on My Tri-C Space.  These links are located in the left-hand channel:
    • Course Site Request (courses are not created automatically, you need to request their creation)
    • Cartridge Load Request Form
    • Blackboard Incompletes Tool
    • Manage Blackboard Support Users
    • Bb Server Status Log
    • Respondus & Studymate Author Download
    • We encourage you to watch the brief video about Global Navigation located just above those resources as it greatly improves how you can manage your courses including filtering discussion board posts from multiple courses and notifications when students submit assignments.
  • Questions Re: TFOL Faculty Training: If you have questions for TFOL (Teaching for Online Learning aka Blackboard) training for Fall 2015, please contact Dr. Charles Dull at:  Charles.Dull@tri-c.edu.
  • ITS, TechNow, and Blackboard Help: ITS is now running Blackboard help, branded TechNow in combination with other college technology support.  You can still contact help for Blackboard at the same number:  (216) 987-4257.
  • In related news, you may have noticed that the company Blackboard may be exploring a sale.  Blackboard has been sold before, most recently in 2011. An acquisition would impact them at a corporate and structural level and should not change your day-to-day experience.  All of your files and content will be maintained in the same way.

As always, please “Follow” us by entering your email into the field on the left-hand sidebar of the eLi blog at www.elearningandinnovation.com (picture on left.)  You’ll receive automatic emails when news and upgrade notices are posted.

Have a great start of term!  – Sasha

Gamified FYE Course Sessions

Are you at East or West Campus today?  We’ll be sharing the prototype of the Gamified version of the FYE course.  The course will be available to request for the second 8-week fall semester.

West Campus

  • Location:  WSS GO4-B
  • 3:00 – 3:4 0 PM
  • 3:50 – 4:30 PM

East Campus

  • Location:  East Center for Learning Excellence
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM

Can’t make it to one of the sessions?  Don’t worry!  Find information about the course, the reasons why it’s being created, and view Quest 1:  College and Career Planning.  Check out the Blendspace curation used for the presentation below:

https://www.blendspace.com/lessons/YA30kUZ3AZuhmQ/gamified-fye-at-tri-c?feature=embed

YouTube Mashup Fixed & Blackboard Info

As you may have been aware, this summer there was a problem with YouTube videos that were added to Blackboard using the Mashup tool.  Blackboard recently released a fix which we tested and then implemented in our system.  YouTube videos that have been added to courses through the Mashup tool should now work!

Known Issues are updated and posted on this page:  https://elearningandinnovation.com/faculty-resources/known-issues/.  You can access it by going to Faculty Resources > Known Issues.

In related news, you may have noticed that the company Blackboard may be exploring a sale.  Blackboard has been sold before, most recently in 2011. An acquisition would impact them at a corporate and structural level and should not change your day-to-day experience.  All of your files and content will be maintained in the same way.

As always, please “Follow” us by entering your email into the field on the left-hand sidebar of the eLi blog.  You’ll receive automatic emails when news and upgrade notices are posted.

Sasha

Blackboard Access During My Tri-C Space Outage

You will still be able to access Blackboard during the My Tri-C Space outage due to the upgrade.  There will be no change in courses.

How do you access Blackboard?  You will be able to still go to https://my.tri-c.edu/.  ITS will be putting up a page that has a direct link to Blackboard.  If you normally go directly to Blackboard at bblearn.tri-c.edu, you can still do that too!

You should be able to use Blackboard as normal during the upgrade.  If you have support needs during this time, call (216) 987-4257 or email eLearning@tri-c.edu.

When the My Tri-C Space upgrade occurs, you will no longer have a Blackboard Tab – but those resources will now be located within Blackboard as soon as you login!  See before/after screenshots below:

BEFORE  😦My Blackboard Page - Before

AFTER 🙂

Screenshot of Blackboard module page after changes

We hope you like the new look/feel!  – Sasha

Flipping Assessment & Other Cool Ways to Gauge Learning

Interested in learning about some great ways to make assessment more collaborative and relevant?  Check out this article from Faculty Focus on ways to flip assessment.

My favorite new idea that I want to implement in my class asap?  Suggestion #2 from author Dr. Susan Spangler:

Have students fill in evidence of learning on their assignment/course rubric. Give students a modified rubric with the articulation for the highest achievement level and leave a blank space for them to write in. This flipped assessment strategy enables students to reflect on their learning and take an active role in the grading process by directing the instructor’s attention to their achievements. Instead of passively “receiving” a grade, students actively guide the instructor in assessing their work in a particular context, one that the students articulate for the instructor. This method, coupled with the last, allows students to participate in authentic assessment situations that they might face in job performance assessments as current or future employees.

Looking for more assessment-related resources?  Check out these links for more info:

And of course, our own examples are posted in the Faculty Instructional Design Toolkit on the Instructional Design Page.

Interested in still more?  Check out this diigo bookmarking list on Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation.

-Sasha

It’s Official….

Following a fourteen-month Learning Management System Review process, Tri-C has selected Blackboard to be its continuing LMS provider moving forward.

There's More to Learn_Blackboard logoThe work has just begun!  We now start a redesign of the training based on faculty feedback, and prepare for the launch of Ultra in 2016.

Thanks for being part of the process!  If you’d like to see any part of the play-by-play, use the search box in the upper right-hand corner with keyword “LMS.”  You can also check out all of the pages under “LMS Review.”

Sasha

Professor Tamerlano’s IT1025 QM Certified!

Congratulations to Professor Kathy Tamerlano, whose IT1025 course was recently QM Certified!  Quality Matters is a rigorous quality course design process that ensure that an online or blended/hybrid course is high quality.  Quality instructional design is one of the three main components of student success in online environments (engagement and readiness are the other two generally accepted based on research.)

Professor Tamerlano worked with our instructional designer from Eastern Campus – Kristina Ambrosia-Conn in the preparation of the course, so snaps to our trusty ID representing from East as well.

Many thanks to all who participated in this, and congratulations to Professor Tamerlano whose commitment to online course quality drove the whole process.

Sasha

P.S. In related news, there is an upcoming Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. The workshop will be conducted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, from 9 am -3:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The workshop is free for consortium members, but registration is required. Our workshop facilitator is Kim Hunter from the Mount St. Joseph University.

Workshop participants from external institutions will need to obtain and bring QM Rubrics workbook with them.  (If you are coming from Tri-C, contact Sasha.Thackaberry@tri-c.edu and we will provide you with a workbook.)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, 6/8/2015

To register online please email kim.hunter@msj.edu.  If you have any additional questions, please contact Kim Hunter at kim.hunter@msj.edu or call (513)244-4248.

15 seats are available — first come, first served. The workshop will be held in Computer Learning Center PC Lab #1 (lower level of the Seton Building).

Blackboard Upgrade Successfully Completed

Good morning!  If you’re logging into Blackboard, there has been an upgrade that improved the use of iframes and improved some other functionality.  As always, if you notice something odd, or have an issue to report, please email elifacultysupport@tri-c.edu.

Thank you to Genevieve Kilmer, our LSA, Alex, Ace, and the whole ITS team for assistance in testing!

Sasha

Reminder – Blackboard Upgrade

Blackboard will be unavailable for maintenance from 4am – 12pm on May 15, 2015

In preparation for the upcoming Summer 2015 term, the Office of eLearning & Innovation and Information Technology Services will be applying updates to Blackboard on Friday, May 15.

To complete these updates, Blackboard will be unavailable the morning of Friday, May 15 between 4am-12pm.

After the updates, faculty and students will see some new and enhanced Blackboard functionality. These new improvements will include new Anonymous Grading and SafeAssign options.  We’ll be sharing more about what you can do with these options throughout the next few weeks.

There are also always unexpected surprises.  If you notice anything strange, please contact eLifacultysupport@tri-c.edu.

More QM Training Opportunities

Another Applying the Quality Matters Rubric FREE training opportunity for Ohio QM Consortium member schools, this one at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College on June 2.

Check out the full flyer including instructions on how to register.  For Tri-C faculty (full and part-time), please contact Sasha.Thackaberry@Tri-C.edu in order to get your workbook, the cost of which we will cover for you.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Sasha