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.
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.
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.
The old BB mobile app did not work well for instructors but with the new Blackboard Instructor you can preview content and assessments, create and reply to discussion forums, create and send announcements. Visit the Quick Start for Blackboard Instructor to learn more.
Click here for quick start instructions.
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!)
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.
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!
Hide past courses
True Student View
Hide GradeCenter Item
Blackboard YouTube Channel
Lots of BB info and other tips in my OET8000 Course which you are a student in, and that’s real student view!
In case you forgot this is just a reminder that you now have the ability to check exactly what your students see when they are in your Blackboard course. You just click on this icon to get to this view. Here is a short video explaining more on this neat feature.
Not sure about roles? Blackboard Blog has a nice explanation which can be found here.
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!