Coming in the future!

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On November 13-14th, Academic Technologies and Blackboard would like to invite you to a demonstration of Blackboard Ultra. Ultra is Blackboard’s newest learning management system. It features a learner-centered environment designed to improve user efficiency and satisfaction in a modern, comfortable, and simple interface.

November 13th

o 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (Open to all Faculty/Staff) – Ultra Demonstration with the opportunity to provide feedback on Ultra as well as the current Blackboard LMS.

November 14th

o 9:00 am to 10:30 am (Open to all Faculty/Staff) – Ultra Demonstration with the opportunity to provide feedback on Ultra as well as the current Blackboard LMS.

o 11am (Open to all Faculty/Staff) – Bb Assessment and Integrated Reports Demonstration

Interested in attending?  Go to http://www.ecu.edu/itcs/cornerstone/ and click the Faculty/Staff button on the right side of the page to sign up. Click the LEARNING button at the top to view the Calendar of training events.

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Tips to make Your BB site better

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Ten tips to make your Bb site better for students!  Here are a few –

  • Instead of cryptic “Week 1”, “Week 2”, “Week 3” titles on your content folders (and who keeps track of which “week” of the semester it is, anyway?), say something about the content. e.g., “Week 3 – Protein transport”.
  • Even better – make the title a question! “Week 3 – How do cells move protein molecules around?”  Pique your students’ curiosity!
  • Use the Description field of the folder to say something about what’s inside. E.g., “This week, we’ll explore the four stages of teamwork: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing.  Think back on the times you’ve worked in teams and be ready to share that experience.”  (Bonus: get them to recall what they might already know about the topic, if applicable!)
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In light of recent announcements

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Regarding some issues with SabaMeeting you may want to try a different web conferencing program, Collaborate.

What is 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.

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A new BB Tool

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Tagging onto my colleague’s email today check out this new tool Qwickly

“Qwickly allows faculty to make courses available, send emails, post announcements, and post content to multiple courses at once.”

After logging into Blackboard click the Add Module option in the upper left corner and then scroll (it’s in alphabetic order) to “add” the Qwickly tool!

Great timesaver!

qwickly

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Organize Your Course and Students Using The New Blackboard Calendar Tool

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Organize Your Course and Students Using The New Blackboard Calendar Tool

To be successful in online courses, students must quickly learn to be organized. In fact, organization is the key to a successful learning environment. Without organization, students quickly become derailed from the course timeline and must spend their time playing catch-up. Typically, students are enrolled in more than one course and instructors are teaching more than one course. One organizational challenge that both instructors and students face is keeping track of all of the assignments and due dates in all of their courses.

Click here for more

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Using Common Blackboard Tools in Non-Traditional Ways

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Using Common Blackboard Tools in Non-Traditional Ways

The Blackboard Learning Management system offers a variety of tools that help instructors manage the process of delivering instruction within an online course.  Some of these functions are more commonly used such as discussion boards, groups, and the assignment feature, but what about the rest?  What other functionality do some of the other tools offer and what are some ways it which they can be used?  Within this article we will explore the use of one of those such tools, the Journal tool, and offer a few ways in which it can be used within your online course in non-traditional ways.

Blackboard Journal Tool: What is it and how does it work? 

Click above to read the article!

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Can’t scroll to see all your columns in Grade Center on your Mac?

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Here’s the solution!

  • Launch System Preferences, either from the dock or from the Apple menu.
  • Once the System Preferences window opens, select the General preference pane.
  • The middle section of the General preference pane controls when scroll bars appear and a few additional scroll bar options.
  • To return the scroll bars to their pre-Lion functionality, select “Always” from the Show Scroll Bars options. The scroll bars will now always be visible, even when you’re not scrolling.
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