We have added one new blog link on the sidebar from Leadership Colloquium at UMW, A center for fostering the connectivity of professional women who share best business practices, real-life lessons and comic relief.
Here’s their website you’re more than welcome to find lots of information.
A new feature called FindTime has been added into Microsoft Outlook to make scheduling with your colleagues much easier.
The following screenshots showing you how to access FindTime are from https://findtime.microsoft.com. In this site, you can use “Install for Free” to install the add-on. Once it’s done, restart your Outlook and you will find it in your application.
For Outlook 2013 Users:
For Outlook 2016 Users:
For Outlook on the Web Users:
For Outlook for Mac Users:
If you need some assistance to install and use this add-on, please feel free to contact us.
VoiceThread is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool with video, voice and text commenting in Blackboard. Here are some VoiceThread workshop recordings to help you get familiar with the tool.
You can also find posts from other educators who use VoiceThread with their classes in this blog site: https://voicethread.com/blog/
If you prefer in person training or training for your students, please feel free to contact me to set up time.
Hope you find this information is helpful!
Are you ready for the winter blizzard? How to keep the continuity of instruction with inclement weather? If you are wondering, here is a good training for you.
When: December 6, 2016 7:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Have you already had your first snow day? There will be more snow days to come, but you don’t have to lose a full day of instruction. VoiceThread lets you be there even when you’re not. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create asynchronous conversations around course content so students can continue to learn and grow even when schools are closed.
VoiceThread also offers several basic training for faculty and student to get familiar with this handy tool that embeds multimedia into the discussion. Please check them out at: https://goo.gl/JdxdnD
If you prefer to meeting with our instructional support specialist in person, please contact us and we can arrange one-on-one training session with you.
Blackboard published one case study article in their newsletter to introduce how NOVA Woodbridge campus faculty integrate Blackboard Collaborate Ultra into their teaching and faculty professional development training.
Read the article here: collaborate-case-study-northern-virginia-community-college
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a powerful communication tool in Blackboard system that can be used for conducting synchronous communication for online teaching and/or pre-recording the lecture capture.
If you are interested in using this technology, please feel free to contact us for one-on-one consultation.
Office 2016 has been installed in some of campus computers. The training session for “What’s new in Office 2016?” will be offered through ISS.
The covered features are:
- Improved dark theme and ribbon tab text
- Smart Lookup, or insights from Bing
- Tell me – natural language query
- Quick shape formatting
- Real-time document collaboration
- Improved Backstage
- Convert handwritten equations to text
- Modern attachments in Outlook
Please contact us for the training and handouts.
Based on the definitive guide on how to choose a more appropriate data visualization tool, Vikas Lalwani recommended 13 free data visualization tools in the Six Revisions blog. It worth reading if you want to make your data more user-friendly and attractive.
The tools listed in the article are:
Read the 13 free data visualization tools to learn more details.
Data visualization is one of our goals for the new academic year.
If you are looking for the way to allow your students book an appointment online for the office hour or advising, here is a handy feature you can use. Please see the attached PDF tutorial for how to set up and implement. The URL link is a video tutorial for your reference.
PDF: How to create appointment slots in Google Calendar
YouTube video: Creating appointment slots with your school Gmail account
If you need more hands-on assistance, please feel free to contact us.
Hope you find it useful for new semester!
One of faculty sent me the following request another day: “I have students complete presentations. They evaluate their own self within the group, the group members & how much they contribute, and then everyone in the class views their presentations and evaluate them. Can this tool be used in this respect? Can students put a grade for the presentation itself and then somehow they get credit for doing this?”
Blackboard Self & Peer Assessment is the tool you can use for this kind of teaching activity.
This PDF file will show you how to set it up in Bb as an instructor: https://www.ohio.edu/oit/bbsupport/howto/faculty/upload/Bb-9-1-Self-and-Peer-Assessments.pdf
And this video will show you how students use it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv3cDy9gIp0
If you need hands-on assistance, please contact us and we can set up meeting to help you design your course activities.