Respondus has posted their March Instructor Training Schedule. This months sessions focus on creating assessments for students that can be inserted into Blackboard. The VCCS currently has a system wide license for Respondus, StudyMate, and Lockdown Browser. The software for these programs can be downloaded from Blackboard under the College Connect tab under the Faculty/Staff Instructional Software module. Below is a brief description of each of the software programs.
Respondus is software for more easily creating tests and quizzes in Blackboard.
StudyMate is a tool for creating interactive web pages quickly and easily using a Flash based format. This tool will also let you create activities for use on iPods, Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) and other small screen devices.
Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.
The webinar schedule for March appears below, and can also be found at www.respondus.com/webinars.
“StudyMate: Creating Learning Activities & Self-Assessments”
Tuesday, March 11, 4pm EDT – Register
“LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Exams”
Thursday, March 13, 7pm EDT – Register
Tuesday, March 18, 1pm EDT – Register
“Respondus 4.0: Create & Manage Exam Content”
Wednesday, March 19, 3pm EDT – Register
The Hybrid Certification Process requires current faculty, who taught hybrid courses prior to Spring 2012, to take the Hybrid Overview. The Hybrid Overview is now self-paced online. The Hybrid Overview is a “grandfathering” requirement and covers in detail the new NOVA policies regarding hybrid instruction which are found in Appendix K of the 2013-2014 Faculty Handbook. Faculty, who fulfill Blackboard Competency, attend the Hybrid Overview and demonstrate their course meets the requirements of the Hybrid Course Review Checklist, will receive the Hybrid Instruction Certification. Faculty have two weeks to complete the Hybrid Overview course and assignments. Registration is now available.
New faculty and current faculty who have not taught hybrids at NOVA prior to Spring 2012 must take Hybrid Certification Tracks 1-4. TAC now offers three modes of instruction to receive Hybrid Certification. An an asynchronous option is now available for the Hybrid Certification Tracks 1-4. Each session will be 4 hours with an activity and is a total of 16 hours with activities. This is in addition to virtual and face-to-face training options. Each session is 2 hours virtual or 2 hours face-to-face and 2 hours asynchronous with activities. This is a total of 8 hours live instruction and 8 hours asynchronous instruction with activities. Faculty must submit one course to be reviewed against the Hybrid Course Review Checklist. Faculty must meet 85% of the 53 objectives on the checklist. Faculty are also required to be Blackboard Competent; Blackboard Competency will be determined during the Course Review process. If faculty need additional Blackboard training, they should work with TAC to become Blackboard competent. New hybrid training is available on the TAC registration page.
The Technology Applications Center (TAC) training schedule is now available to faculty and staff. Faculty who will teach Hybrid courses are now able to register for hybrid training classes. Former and present faculty who teach Hybrid courses should sign up for the Hybrid Overview and faculty who will teach a Hybrid course for the first time, should register to receive the Hybrid Certification which are 4 classes: Track 1-3 and a wrap-up session over 4 weeks.
The Technology Applications Center (TAC) will offers additional trainings in:
- Adobe Products (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Acrobat)
- Blackboard Collaborate
- Hybrid Certification
- Web 2.0 Certification
Trainings are offered in face-to-face and some virtual formats. All trainings are located at http://www.nvcc.edu/faculty-and-staff/technology/tac/tactraining/register/. Please check the registration page often as new trainings are added regularly.