I offered a summer challenge last week to try something new. Answer these questions about your Blackboard course and try baby steps by making some changes in you BB course!
Have you added a banner? Have you changed the color scheme, the buttons? Do you still use Course Information rather than calling it Syllabus. Do you use assignments for digital receipt of homework rather than email? How about trying Blogs instead of Discussion Board, Journals instead of word documents. Have you taken a test online? Tried Respondus Lockdown browser.
Checkout the training schedule for a Blackboard Blitz of training!
I am stealing from my BB colleagues here at ECU and re-posting their offer!
For your use – a generic sample 5-question quiz
- If you are interested in adding a short quiz to your Blackboard course at the beginning of the semester to determine if students can successfully take an exam in Blackboard, we have created a 5-question generic quiz. You can use the quiz “as is,” or you can edit the questions.
- Send an email with the full Course ID to Cindy, Matt, or Allen and we’ll gladly add that quiz to your course. Once you determine if the questions are satisfactory for your purposes, then deploy/add the quiz to the appropriate content area in your course.
- If you use LockDown Browser to give quizzes and would like a sample quiz, please follow the instructions above. This is a great way to introduce students to using LockDown Browser!
Respondus Lockdown Browser! As quoted in “The Weekly Word” it is a is a new tool in Blackboard (look in your Control Panel), which many of you will be interested in if you give online tests and would like an alternative to a proctor. Read about the features that make LockDown a secure testing environment and how you can utilize it in your course(s) at http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/blackboard/?p=1666 You can a
Students will have to go to the following link http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/information.pl?ID=745639734 to download the software for either their PC or Mac. This software must be installed on their computers. Once installed students will click on the Lockdown Browser Icon on their desktop prior to taking a test in Blackboard. Lockdown Browser will open Blackboard in a secure setting.
Questions? Demos? Contact OET!