Welcome DE faculty! Whether you live in Greenville, another county, or across the country, you are an important part of our campus. Please bookmark this page and check back now and then for updates, plus new instructional materials. Note, especially to adjunct faculty: Sometimes there is a delay with new instructors having access to Blackboard until contracts are signed, all paperwork is submitted, etc. It is important that you keep in close contact with your department (and possibly Academic Affairs and/or HR) to make sure that everything is in order. (P.S. As with Blackboard, this WordPress site is best viewed in Firefox. Please switch browsers if you have trouble navigating through this page.) To do a system compatibility check, go to: System Check. As browsers, Firefox and Google Chrome perform better for Blackboard; Firefox is also recommended for Mac users. Windows 8 users may find that Google Chrome works well also.
- We performed an upgrade on May 12, 2014. Many tools and features are the same, but you’ll see a new, updated “look” as well as come very cool new features! Some of our favorites: Inline grading, totally new and efficient calendar, group management, date management, updated discussion board. Look at our blog post for a preview!
- Blackboard/Blackboard Community Programs offers “The Blackboard innovative Teaching Series” on their website and this may be of interest to our instructors. There are training webinars for instructors who use Blackboard, free AND archived, with a variety of topics (e.g., best practices). We offer Blackboard training sessions (look on Cornerstone), of course.
- Interested in LockDown Browser for giving online exams? Learn more! Provide students this URL for download of LDB to their local computer.
- Do you teach more than one section and would like your sections merged? Instructions here.
At the start of each semester, make your course(s) available: Control Panel > Customization > Properties > #3 Set Availability (screenshot below)
Virtual Reading Corner
A few of our favorite sources for timely articles and best practices in distance education/higher education:
- eCampus News
- Campus Technology
- The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Article (Faculty Focus): Eight Roles of an Effective Online Teacher
- Article (The Chronicle of Higher Education): It’s the Little Things That Count in Teaching
Virtual Training! Learn from our PDFs and Videos
Assignments & Tests
- Assignment Creation
- Assignments for Groups
- Assignments – Inline Grading
- Inline Grading – Summary
- SafeAssignment Basics
- Test Creation (and Surveys)
- Test Settings – Tips
- Test Taking Tips for Students (you can add to your course)
- Test-Taking Issues from Students – Tips on Troubleshooting
- LockDown Browser for Online Tests
Interactive Assessments & Tools
Tools and Productivity
Best Practices, Good to Know, etc.
Virtual Training – Videos from the Blackboard Team @ ECU
Blackboard’s “On Demand” Learning Center
- Blackboard/Blackboard Community Programs offers “The Blackboard innovative Teaching Series” on their website and this may be of interest to our instructors. There are training webinars for instructors who use Blackboard, free AND archived, with a variety of topics (e.g., best practices).
- Blackboard’s YouTube Channel with their mini-videos / GOOD RESOURCE
Blackboard Mobile Learn
Blackboard can now be accessed on your mobile device via the Blackboard Mobile Learn app. Blackboard Mobile Learn allows students and instructors to interact with Blackboard on their Android, Blackberry, iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad device. Click here to view videos of Blackboard Mobile Learn on your mobile device.
Blackboard Mobile Learn offers a wide variety of features for easy viewing of Blackboard content on mobile devices. Blackboard Mobile Best Practices.
- Create and view announcements.
- Create and view discussion board threads.
- Post comments on students’ blogs and journals.
- View tasks, class roster, and embedded media.
- Favorites allow you to see only certain Blackboard pages inside Blackboard Mobile Learn.
After downloading the Blackboard Mobile Learn app and running it for the first time, search for ” East Carolina University ” then select “East Carolina University” and enter your Pirate ID credentials.” Explore the functionality of this program.
Update: Blackboard Mobile Learn is now carrier agnostic! This means that all Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices can use Blackboard Mobile Learn over their carrier’s wireless data network. All wireless carrier’s are supported by this new feature.
- Help Desk
- ITC’s by College
- Pirate Mail/Directory
- Reset Password
- Office for Faculty Excellence
- Libraries: Joyner and Laupus
- Disability Support Services
- IT Security Compliance & Regulations
- A to Z Index
We value our DE faculty and always like to hear from you, so please contact one of us with any questions or suggestions of what you’d like to see on this support page:
- General Bb Support, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Matt Long, email@example.com
- Cindy Bowers, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Allen Dennis, email@example.com
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