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.
Scribeasy is handy writing iPad app that allows users to add one background image, and drag and drop additional pictures onto it. The images can be moved and re-sized to create a visual story setting. Then users can write a story about the scenes they’ve created.
Scribeasy ask users to choose writing time (short, medium or large amount of time) so the writing process is timed activity. it also provides a list of suggested words to use in the stories. The completed stories can be saved in the camera roll or in the app.
This free app could be a good tool for writing course that students write their own stories within certain time period. The faculty could guide writing by giving certain elements or rules that students need to follow.
Only for iPad users. Free
This article “Student Engagement Strategies for the Online Learning Environment” by Puala Bigatel is published on Faculty Focus March 14th, 2016.
The faculty development unit the author works for has collected the data from students about the meaning of engagement in online courses. The students’ comments on the meaning of engagement are very valuable. And the author also shares some teaching strategies in the article. Worth reading it.
- Engagement means interaction and timely feedback. Students are looking forward to working as a team and sharing their life problem or experience so they could relate what they learned to their real life. The strategies offered by the author is 1) present in the discussion forum asking probing questions; 2) use rubric to clarify the expectation; 3) provide good examples or models of assignment to guide students’ work in a larger class.
- Engagement means relevance and real-world application. Again, the author suggests the faculty get to know the students through pre-course surveys and adjusting the learning objectives that will help students in the current or future workplace.
- Engagement means motivation and interest. Making sure the content can be personalized by students so they want to know more about it. The author suggests to integrate new technologies into traditional text-based assignment and provide variety and choice to enhance interest.
Read the details and references at http://bit.ly/1QREFTn
Today, I’m going to share two articles regarding how color influence our brain. One article is from SHIFT’s eLearning Blog, called “
- Green is a good color for keeping long-term concentration and clarity, and people who work in green offices have higher rates of job satisfaction.
- Orange can be a welcoming and mood-lifting color for learners, which in turn promotes comfort and improves neural functioning.
- Blue is best used for learning situations which are intensely challenging.
The more details can be found in the above link.
Another article is really a news from Apple, who is going to release brand new Night Shift feature found in iOS 9.3 on March 16th. The scientific reason behind this is because blue light runs in the spectrum of light that signals the suprachiasmatic nucleus in your brain to stop producing melatonin — and that’s the hormone that regulates your sleep cycles. The following demo shows more details and how to turn on and off this feature in the devices too.
Bb Student App
Bb Student is Blackboard’s newest mobile solution that specifically to enable students to have a robust course experience on mobile devices. Students are encouraged to use Bb Student in place of Mobile Learn to have the best mobile experience.
Student can follow these steps to download and install the Bb Student app.
- From your device, access the appropriate online store.
- Search for Bb Student.
- Install the app on your mobile device.
- Open Bb Student and search for the full name of your institution.
- Log in with your Blackboard Learn username and password. These are typically the same credentials you use to access your Blackboard courses on a computer.
- View a chronological stream of course activity in the following categories: Important, Upcoming, Today, Recent.
- See previous, current, and future semesters.
- Due Dates shows students a long-term view of upcoming assignments and tests across all of their courses. Work is color coded by course and grouped by day and week to provide a clear understanding of what’s due.
- View and take assignments, tests, and quizzes in the course outline.
- Review previously submitted assignments, tests, and quizzes.
- See course grades.
- See assignment and test grades.
- Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive support. You can use your cloud-connected accounts to submit documents for class assignments.
- Collaborate with the Ultra experience for iOS and Android. Real-time video conferencing allows you to share files, chat, and use an interactive whiteboard.
- Open the following content items in the course outline:
- iOS supports:
- Multiple video and audio formats
- All major image formats
- All Apple Office file types
- All MS Office file types
- Windows supports:
- Multiple video and audio formats
- All major image formats
- All MS Office file types
- Android defaults to letting the user select an app to view a particular file type, using a preselected app, or using O365/Office Mobile if installed.
- A web browser opens to whatever page it was on before and the file downloads to your tray. There is no notification other than smallDownloading… text at the bottom. Users must look in their trays by swiping down to notifications.
- Opening an unsupported file type displays an error message stating that the file is currently not supported.
- Users can click Give us feedback to report problems with Bb Student.
- Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) Cache Expiration. Bb Student contains data caching for portions of the application. Cache expiration times are as follows:
- 30 second expiration on course timeline, course outline, and activity stream. This is user specific.
- 120 minutes on basic course information such as course id, name, and description; system-wide.
- 120 minutes on school search with MLCS; system-wide.
The more details can be reviewed at Blackboard Release Notes here.
Source from: Blackboard Help