We have all heard

What’s in your wallet? Advertisement – I am asking a similar question which is “What’s in your Classroom”?  Are you trying something new this semester or have you tweaked something old?  Any light bulb moments?  Is it working or have you tried something that just isn’t going right?

Take a moment and share here or send me an email and I will blog about it!  What might just be old hat to you may be a treasure to some one else, please share!

 

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Resources which may help you and your students!

Student Blackboard Support

Faculty Blackboard Start of Semester Tips

Embedding Mediasite into Blackboard

Video Release Form

Requirements for Viewing a Mediasite Presentation

DE Orientation

SABA Web Conferencing

Using Pirate Port

Using VPN to Connect Remotely

Using Online Tools

Just to get you started! and here is the answer to one of many questions how to add an Instructor or TA to your BB course.

  1. Make sure Edit Mode is ON
  2. Click on the Users and Groups area of the Control Panel
  3. Click on Users
  4. Click on Enroll Users and select Find Users to Enroll from the drop down
  5. On the Add Enrollments page, enter the teaching assistant’s or instructor’s username (do NOT include their email address)
  6. Select the appropriate role from the dropdown (course builder, grader, student, instructor, student or teaching assistant)
  7. click on Submit
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Break in the heat, summer session has been put to rest and fall is just around the corner!

A few years ago I did the countdown to fall semester.  I received various comments and some groans but in less than 3 weeks we have many new students and returning students headed into our classrooms so are a few resources to check out!  Some BB tips and some connecting with others in and around the classroom!

Profiles

Blackboard Calendar

InLine Grading with Blackboard 

Smart Podiums in the Classrooms

AirMedia Tool

Lecture Capture

SABA

Web Conferencing with WebEx

Skype for Business

 

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I am stealing from Rutgers Office of Instructional & Research Technology

But it says it all! From https://oirt.rutgers.edu/end-of-semester-tips-for-instructors-using-lmss-learning-management-systems/

There is a lot for instructors to keep track of at the end of the semester.  Here are some tips on how to avoid some of the common problems we see instructors run into at the end of the semester:

  1. Get your Gradebook in order.
    If you have any questions about setting up your gradebook, setting up extra credit, or excluding some items for specific students, it is much easier to get help now than it will be during the rush period at the end of the semester.
  2. Make sure your Final Exams are setup with the settings that are the least likely to cause issues.
    The Internet is a wonderful thing that still fails on a regular basis. With the right settings, you can make sure that a small connection issue doesn’t cause you or your students major headaches.
  3. Make sure all assignments are setup correctly and clearly so students can submit their work.
    Which tool(s) are you using for assignments? Did you want to have SafeAssign review the paper? Make sure you have the settings correct!
  4. Are you planning on allowing some or all students to make up missed work?
    Many tools can all be set up to allow a student to take them after the due date, or even retake them in some cases, but each tool requires specific settings to allow this to happen.
  5. Preparing for a summer course? Want to reuse some of the material from your spring or earlier course?
    There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel every semester. Reuse your best material by duplicating an existing site.
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New Year? New Semester? Update Course?

As the ITC for our college I can do more than monitor room recordings.  The ITC page on the OFE website describes “The role of the ITC is to promote, support, and help integrate digital technologies into learning and teaching at East Carolina University and to empower faculty members in the use of technology in education. . .assist in the use of Blackboard for course material delivery, advise on the organization and presentation of course materials, support the creation and presentation of multimedia components, and teach web page creation and design. They must be able to make creative proposals for course design, supervise projects, direct personnel, and carry through from design to course delivery.”

So take advantage of my skill set and let me help you try something different with your course or maybe just a bit of tweaking!

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As the semester really gets rolling, some reminders!

Safe Assign – make sure to Synchronize your Course prior to deploying a Safe Assignment. Safe Assignments are now an option within Assignments.

Want to use Respondus LockDown Browser – make it available to use by going to Control Panel, Customization, Tool Availability and click Respondus LockDown Browser to make it available.

Need link for students to download Respondus LockDown Browser – here it is http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/information.pl?ID=745639734

Need to download gradecenter? – go to grade center and click Work Offline.   Save the gradebook to your Piratedrive for safe keeping.

You can still set up web conferencing or lecture capturing sessions for your class.  Just contact OET!

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Go! Fall Semester 2015!

Some reminders for start of semester 

  • Make sure your content has been rolled over to your summer classes, if not please go to this link http://www.ecu.edu/blackboard/
  • Submit your mediasite recording form or request for release of past recordings.Contact the OET for form and or additional information
  • If you are interested in using the “clickers” for your class please advise the OET what dates, times and rooms you will need the equipment.
  • Advise OET of any special software that should be loaded onto classroom computers.
  • If you have a guest speaker whose voice needs reinforcement contact the OET to reserve their voice reinforcement system.
  • For those conducting online office hours or class meetings with Saba. .
  • Make your class available in Blackboard, Customization, Properties, Set Availability.

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