Some Blackboard enhancements you will find in May -
- Build a profile, have students do this task and it completes the old homepage assignment and appears in all courses.
- Calendar is intuitive, enter a due date on assignments, tests and will automaticallly enter on the calendar. Drag and drop items as well!
- Discussion Forum can be set up that until a student posts an item they can’t see what others have already posted.
- Inline grading on files submitted.
- Exceptions by students on test taking times, availability and attempts.
- Retention center lets you set rules to follow student progress.
Faculty Intro/Overview Video (6 min)
Quick intro videos - http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/blackboard/blog/2013/11/14/blackboard-sp13-pilot-information/
and now that you have worked here are 15 things you didn’t know your IPhone could do!
Just for fun!
1. Passcode with letters instead of numbers
2. Siri can read your e-mails to you
3. Timestamps on texts
4. Find out what planes are flying above you
5. Shake to undo and redo texts
6. More detailed calendar
7. Double tap the shift key for caps lock
8. Use your phone as a level
9. Turn off in-app purchases
10. Burst photos
11. The em-dash exists
12. Shoot a photo with the volume button
13. Use your Apple earbuds
14. Custom vibrations
15. Airplane Mode = faster recharge
All does not have to stop. Yes please all be careful but with the aid of our technological devices, we can continue to deliver course material to students during a shutdown. Preparedness is the key.
All faculty should have all course content on blackboard or some other web site for students who can’t get to class. Such blackboard sites need not be elaborate. OET can help set up these “emergency” blackboard courses but it does need to be done in advance.
Students can’t make it to class but the faculty can
If a class with absences is normally scheduled in a classroom with mediasite recorders, we can simply activate the recorder during class. We can then deliver these lectures to selected students. Note that we have fine granularity and can make the presentation available to individual students for instructor-specified time periods.
But if you can’t make it in there is Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR) which can be used from any location with an up to date operating system, Windows or Mac. Contact OET for access.
For courses currently being recorded but not normally providing viewing access to in-class students, upon faculty request we can give access to selected (or all) in-class students for a faculty-specified period of time.
Faculty absences or university closure
If we know about this enough in advance, we can make some recordings before the university shuts down. Students can watch them during the closure since the mediasite and blackboard servers will, presumably, remain up during closure.
OET personnel have access to all necessary equipment from home. To such extent as the security of our own homes allows, we will continue operations as usual from home. We can consult with faculty by e-mail, skype, lync or telephone. We can manage mediasite recordings and delivery. We can provide on-
To be distinguished from Respondus Test Generator the LockDown Browser, a new tool for test taking in Blackboard if you do see it in course Tools go to (Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability). Learn about it here. Also lots of information and samples can be found in OET8000 Blackboard Course for Allied Health in which you are enrolled as a student, check it out! Also other informational blogs to check out ar:
Blackboard Blog, Tegrity Blog, Centra, ITCS, BB9 for Health Sciences, Yammer