Voice Thread is one of the newer tools available for faculty to use. It was piloted Fall and Spring semester and now will be available campus-wide! VoiceThread is a web-based platform available through Blackboard, which allows instructors and students to upload slides, images, video, or documents, record audio, video, or text comments, and then invite others to view and record comments as well.
To find out more about this tool check out these resources
I recently shared an article Why Gamification in Healthcare is the Next Big Thing and now to follow up here is a Q&A: How Gamification Increases Learning Outcomes with this partnership I am hoping to see the availability for us to add quizzes, feedback etc to our Mediasite Recordings. I will be attending the Mediasite User Conference the first week of May and if you have any thoughts or feedback you would like me to share at the conference please comment below. They do listen to their customers and there is always an “I wish” board to post on!
Speaking of lecture what about feedback, here is an article about a new way to deliver feedback, which can be done with Voice Thread a new product we have been piloting here at ECU!
Yes there are less than 10 class days left of Spring Semester 2017 classes. So I have some housekeeping items to share
Blackboard Downtime during break – Monday May 8 – Thursday May 11 click here for a list of upgrades.
Tuesday, April 25 is a Friday meeting day according to the academic calendar.
Wednesday, April 26 is Reading Day, time to catch up!
Summer Session starts May 15.
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, Read more
Well it is not as big as Staples but it is just that Easy. Apparently the flu has decided to roar it’s ugly head again and students are missing class. As we are getting into mid-semester they may miss some crucial information. So make it a little easier for them to catch up and when in one of our general classrooms press sources on the small Crestron panel, select Mediasite and press the round button to start a recording. One caveat please put the microphone on and press the button on the front until it is blinking green. We do have ceiling mics but the microphone gives a much better audio experience.
When class is over, press the square button on the Mediasite source window to stop the recording and let me know what room you recorded in and I will publish and send you the link or place in your course. Or just ask me to press the button before class starts!
It is that EASY!
Some quick reminders and links as we start a new semester in a new year! Startup tips from BB can be found here.
Course Copy, Merge, – Merge and Copy
Make Available –
- Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Set Availability > Yes
Add instructor, TA to course –
- Control Panel > Users and Groups > User > Find User to Enroll > type username only in the box > change role if needed, and then Submit.
- If that does not work, please send an email to email@example.com with the username and role (TA or instructor). The Blackboard team will add your TA or instructor.
Mediasite Desktop Recording – click here
Embed Mediasite into Blackboard – click here
Saba Web Conferencing – click here
Turning Point Cloud – click here
Using Turning Point 5 in Allied Health – contact OET
Tegrity – click here
Yammer – click here
Lockdown Browser – click here
Some new tools to consider Voice Thread and Blackboard Collaborate, Collaborate is a web conferencing program which enables a group of people to interact with one another in a virtual online meeting environment. Collaborate can be accessed “live” anytime from anywhere attendees have access to a computer and an Internet connection. Meetings in Collaborate can be recorded, so those unable to attend the live meeting are able to play back the meeting at a later time.
Anything else? Contact OET for assistance!
Student Blackboard Support
Faculty Blackboard Start of Semester Tips
Embedding Mediasite into Blackboard
Video Release Form
Requirements for Viewing a Mediasite Presentation
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.
- Make sure Edit Mode is ON
- Click on the Users and Groups area of the Control Panel
- Click on Users
- Click on Enroll Users and select Find Users to Enroll from the drop down
- On the Add Enrollments page, enter the teaching assistant’s or instructor’s username (do NOT include their email address)
- Select the appropriate role from the dropdown (course builder, grader, student, instructor, student or teaching assistant)
- click on Submit
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!
InLine Grading with Blackboard
Smart Podiums in the Classrooms
Web Conferencing with WebEx
Skype for Business
I know I talk/write often about lecture capture but there is another tool available to faculty and students which can be used for both synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Some faculty use it along with their lecture capture. The tool has become more user friendly than its former name Centra. Click on the picture to find out more or contact OET for a demonstration in real time!
Saba Meeting is a Web conferencing program where a group of people interact in a virtual online meeting environment. Saba Meeting can be accessed live anytime, anywhere attendees have an Read more
Check out this video about creating PowerPoint slides at least the first few minutes! Fast forward to 22 minutes, this is really worth the time! And some good ideas too and not just for lecture capture!
Click here to view the video!