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-
YEs THAT’S RIGHT! fOR wED, tHU & fRI ONLY CLASSES THIS IS THE LAST WEEK YOU ARE MEETING AND ONLY TWO MORE CLASSES FOR THE mon & tUE CLASSES. sO SOME END OF SEMESTER TIPS
SAFEASSIGNMENTS - WHEN USING THIS TOOL IN BLACKBOARD MAKE SURE YOU “SYNCHRONIZE YOUR COURSE” WHENEVER YOU DEPLOY A SAFE ASSIGNMENT SO THAT IT CHECKS AGAINST THE MOST CURRENT DATABASE.
GRADE CENTER - NEED ASSISTANCE IN WEIGHTING GRADES CONTACT OET! REMEMBER THAT ANYTIME YOU DOWNLOAD GRADES (WORK OFFLINE) YOU MUST SAVE THAT FILE TO A PIRATEDRIVE LOCATION NOT YOUR DESKTOP, LAPTOP, PERSONAL HOME COMPUTER OR UNENCRYPTED DEVICES. A LOST OR COMPROMISED DEVICE COULD RESULT IN UNAUTHORIZED RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS.
TEST CREATION - NEED TO CONVERT A TEST CREATED IN WORD TO BLACKBOARD USE RESPONDUS TO MAKE THIS AN EASY TRANSITION.
COURSE/CONTENT COPY FOR sPRING SEMESTER - YOU CAN REQUEST BB TO DO THIS OR SELECT THE COMPONENTS YOU WANT COPIED VIA PACKAGES AND UTILITIES.
WANT TO EXPLORE NEW TOOLS, DEVICES, PROGRAMS? CONTACT OET TO HELP WITH YOUR EXPLORATION!
1 – Bb will be down from May 11th 12:30pm – May 13th 5pm. For more details please click this link. Some neat updates such as regrading, new interface and workflow functionality
2 – Clicker Information -We will be upgrading the TurningPoint Blackboard building block in May, which will allow you to begin using TurningPoint 5 software with Blackboard. TurningPoint 5 combines polling in PowerPoint, polling in any application, Self-Paced Polling and Results Manager all into one single program. Once we upgrade the TurningPoint building block, you must upgrade to version 5 of the software or you will no longer be able to upload clickers data into Blackboard. You will no longer be able to use the old software with the new software.
3 – Mediasite Upgrade – will be down Monday, May 13 – this upgrade will include a My Mediasite portal for users to add descriptions and/or links to presentations.
Want to find out more, contact this office!
Safe Assign – make sure to Synchronize your Course prior to deploying a Safe Assignment. Firefox is the recommended browser to use.
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!
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:
Continuing on with the “How I Series” click here to find out how Dr. Paul Bell from the Department of Health Services and Information Management uses Wiki’s in his classes!
The OET is currently producing a series of short videos showcasing how your fellow faculty use some of the technology tools that may have been blogged about, blogs, clickers, wikis, etc and how they are used within the classroom. If you are doing something different or maybe not so different that works in the classroom or distantly please contact this office to contribute to the series!
Not just days until I leave for Sicily but to the end of the semester! Spring semester is winding down so here are a few end of semester tips/reminders:
SafeAssignments – when using this tool in Blackboard make sure you “Synchronize your Course” whenever you deploy a Safe Assignment so that it checks against the most current database.
Grade Center – need assistance in weighting grades contact OET! Remember that anytime you download grades (work offline) you must save that file to a piratedrive location not your desktop, laptop, personal home computer or unencrypted devices. A lost or compromised device could result in unauthorized release of student records.
Test Creation – need to convert a test created in word to Blackboard use Respondus to make this an easy transition.
Course/Content Copy for Summer Semester – you can request BB to do this or select the components you want copied via Packages and Utilities.
Want to explore new tools, devices, programs? Contact OET to help with your exploration!
Many are trying one of Blackboard 9′s new features, Blogs so follows is an excerpt from a recent article regarding this tool!
5 Tips for Blogging
Have a clear pedagogical purpose for incorporating blogs into the instruction, and clearly state the purpose and requirements of student blogging on the class syllabus. “Students need to see a purpose for the blog, and they need guidelines for entries and comments,” explains Stuart Glogoff, senior consultant in the Office of Instruction and Assessment at the University of Arizona. “In the cases where faculty have incorporated blogs without establishing their purpose, student participation has been uniformly low.”
Blog contributions and comments should be a graded element of the course. “Your grade is your currency for your course,” explains Ruth Reynard, associate professor of education and the director of the Center Continue reading