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Blackboard Collaborate Plan

Blackboard Collaborate Plan allows moderators to design and develop web conferencing sessions for Blackboard Collaborate prior to the live session. Sessions created with Blackboard Plan, guide you through the activities of the live session, automating the routine tasks. Allowing you to focus on delivering material, facilitating interaction, and optimizing the learning experience.

During your Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing session, Plan will trigger actions such as, starting the recording, advancing to the next slide, creating breakout rooms, loading and presenting a quiz, or playing a multimedia file, with a single click.

Blackboard Collaborate Plan allows you to:Blackboard Collaborate Plan location in Blackboard Learn

  • Package content and interactions for live session in a single file
  • Automate routine tasks of running a session
  • Trigger each action in live session with a single click of the Next button
  • Focus on delivery and interaction
  • Expand use of real-time interaction to all instructors
  • Leverage institutional expertise and limited teaching resources
  • Ensure consistent delivery by multiple presenters
  • Reduce reliance on co-facilitators to reduce cost
  • Store plans in LMS/CMS systems, on local networks, or CD-ROM


Find and download Blackboard Collaborate Plan from our Blackboard Learning Management System on the Teach or College Connect tab in the Faculty/Staff Instructional Software module.

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Jing – Record What You Do, Capture What You See, and share

Several months ago I took an online course. Each week, our instructor provided us with the detailed instructions about the assignments. The assignments were sequential and multi-steps which needed to be followed precisely. In order to complete all the steps, we had to maneuver around different areas of Blackboard and the world wide web. Not to mention, our instructor wanted us to submit the different phases of the completed assignment via Blackboard, but through different methods of submission. As much as I tried to follow the instructions carefully, at times I was very confused and lost, I wish the instructor had used Jing to create content for the class.

Recently, I came across Jing, a “simple way to capture images and short videos of your computer screen” and share it with anyone on the web.  As an instructor, you can select any window or regions that you would like to record and Jing will capture everything that happens in that area. From simple mouse movements to a fully narrated tutorial, Jing records everything you see and do. You can easily record a demo video with your  narrated tutorial and detailed instructions, such as where students should go to start their assignments, what steps are needed to complete them, and how they can submit the assignments.  You can then share this video link with your students via Blackboard or any other methods of communication.

How does Jing work?
1: You can download and install Jing for free from www.Techsmith.com.
2: Find the little sun that hangs out somewhere on the top of your desktop.
3: Mouse over the sun and use the cross-hairs option to capture.
4: Once clicked, it allows you to capture; you can select a window or click and drag the cross-hairs to select a region. You can either capture an image or video. If you decide to record a video, note that if you have a microphone, you can narrate your video in addition to capturing the action on the screen.
5: Once finished, you can save the capture to your computer or easily share it with your friends and students using Screencast.com

As you noticed I just provided a step-by-step instruction on how to use Jing. Now, let me give you a 155-second video tour of how to use Jing and let you decide which method works best for you.

Overview of JING capture tool by Techsmith

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9yo3U9LcEA]


Please don’t forget to check Jing’s tutorials. I found them really helpful.

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Blended Learning MOOC Opportunity: BlendKit2014

Are  you Hybrid Certified and interested in learning more about blended learning?

You might be interested in this MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that starts this week focusing on blended learning, BlendKit 2014.  If you are interested in enrolling, you can find more information at the Canvas Network.  This  MOOC does not replace the training required by NOVA to complete Hybrid Certification, but it is an opportunity to learn more about blended learning.

Watch the following video to learn more about Blend Kit 2014 MOOC:


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Twitter a Great Educational Tool

Today’s students learn differently. E-Learning has changed the learning process; students thrive with collaboration, and instant feedback.  Today, eLearning is almost inseparable from mobile learning or the use of handheld computing devices to provide access to learning content.  Mobile Learning or mLearning, an extended arm of eLearning is designed to deliver learning content in bits and pieces rather than large units of information. One of the tools that make mobile learning dynamically possible is Twitter.

Before we begin describing how twitter can expand the classrooms beyond the static boundaries and traditional pedagogy, it is helpful to say a few things about Twitter itself. Twitter is a microblogging website that allows users to share ideas, send text entries, ask questions, and respond to inquiries. These are all collectively called Tweets which do not exceed 140 characters. Tweets are displayed in the user profile page and are also sent to all users who opt to receive them. People, who have chosen to receive your tweets, are called your followers. You can follow people and what they say, and they can follow you, and what you say.

The concept of “following” creates a conversation space where instructors can connect to their students on a wider level as well as on a personal level before and after the lecture. Before the start of class, thought- provoking topics for class discussion can be tweeted to students with the intent of motivating students to begin thinking about the topic before coming into the class.

Twitter, used in this example, is an excellent medium for encouraging critical thinking. The instructor can send a tweet to activate student’s background information about the topic by raising questions even before the lecture begins. Additionally, instructors can use Twitter after the lecture as a rapid fire recap of class discussions by asking students to summarize key points, to polling questions, to solicit student’s feedback, and as a reminder of deadlines for projects and homework.

The decentralized communication method of twitter gives the students an alternative way to participate, improving their personal communication skills, and providing an outlet to ask questions. The dynamics of an intellectual yet homogenous learning environment where students contentiously drive the discussion and argue their points is difficult to create when the lecture is over. With the help of Twitter, whether it is an intellectual debate or a follow-up to a research idea; the discussion can continue even when the lecture is over.

The only way to find out how Twitter can help your class is to create your own Twitter feed and start tweeting. You will be surprised that many of your students are already veteran Twitter users. Please don’t forget to follow us @tactraining. 

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