SHSU Online Offers New Multimedia Certification for Blackboard Faculty

course_screenshotWe are proud to announce a new certification option for Blackboard faculty at SHSU.  Participants who complete the Multimedia in Blackboard Courses fully-online faculty development course will receive the “Multimedia Master” certification.

This fully-online certification course provides the Blackboard instructor with the knowledge and skills in both the acquisition and implementation of multimedia for online/face-to-face and hybrid courses. Technologies and best practices are examined in the context of student engagement and success.

Specifically course participants will cover:

  • Finding, placing and crediting images in Blackboard courses.
  • Finding and placing YouTube videos in Blackboard courses.
  • Finding and placing NBC Learn content in Blackboard courses.
  • Using Kaltura CaptureSpace Lite to place audio, video and screen captures in your Blackboard course.
  • Adding interactive video quizzes to your Blackboard course using Kaltura.
  • Best practices around using multimedia in your Blackboard course.

The course will begin on June 1st and is a self-paced course, though we encourage you to interact with those colleagues who are in the course with you. Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up.

Course content is found in each module in a sequential format using a Blackboard Learning Unit/Module tool.  Course content opens in new tabs for easier reading.  At the end of each learning unit, participants will have the opportunity to download module contents via a PDF file link.

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Course activities can be found within each module of the course.  Activities take place as a student in the Multimedia in Blackboard Courses course and as in instructor in the Multimedia Practice course that you will be added to upon enrollment.  Total time investment: 10-12 hours.

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Take a look  at the Multimedia in Blackboard Courses syllabus for more information.

Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up.

SHSU Online Faculty Development Opportunities for June 2016

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June is a great time to pursue upgrading your LMS technology acumen. SHSU Online has development opportunities that can help in this pursuit!

  1. Go fully online and earn your Multimedia Master Certification by enrolling in Multimedia in Blackboard Courses
  2. Attend one of the face-to-face how-to sessions.
  3. Sign up for one-on-one sessions.  These sessions can be 5 minutes to an hour and can take place in your office, ours, over the phone and online.  Use the same link to sign up for face-to-face or one-on-one sessions. Just select a topic or come up with one of your own and we’ll do it!

Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up for the following courses:

Fully Online Sessions (see below for full session descriptions)

  • Multimedia in Blackboard Courses (Starts June 1st)

Main Campus Sessions (see below for full session descriptions)

  • 6/8/2016 – Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience 1pm
  • 6/20/2016 – ProctorFree Online Proctoring for Bb Exams & Quizzes – 1pm
  • 6/28/2016 – Kaltura: Lecture & Screen Capture in Blackboard 1pm

Woodlands Campus Sessions (see below for full session descriptions)

  • 6/21 – Blackboard & More – By Request 5pm TWC 209

Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up

Development Session Descriptions

Multimedia in Blackboard Courses: This fully-online certification course provides the Blackboard instructor with the knowledge and skills in both the acquisition and implementation of multimedia for online/face-to-face and hybrid courses. Technologies and best practices are examined in the context of student engagement and success.

Participants can choose to complete all module activities for this course and receive a Multimedia Certification or just complete any of the modules that interests them, a la carte.

Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience: Synchronous collaboration in Blackboard just got a whole lot easier. Introducing Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience. In real-time, share audio, video, chat, files, whiteboard and software applications on your computer with your classmates and instructor.  No java plugin needed!  Collaborate Ultra runs inside your Internet browser! Session lasts approximately 60 minutes.

ProctorFree – Online Proctoring for Blackboard Exams: This one hour session covers how to use ProctorFree for your online exams & quizzes in Blackboard. ProctorFree is an on-demand, automated online proctoring service that deters cheating in an online testing environment. Using bio-metric and machine learning technologies, ProctorFree has eliminated the need for a human proctor during testing. This innovative technology creates a convenient testing option for distance education students and increases the credibility of online certificates and degrees for higher education institutions.

Kaltura – Lecture Capture in Blackboard: Adding video to our Blackboard course just became easier!  This 60-90 minute session covers how to add video to your Blackboard course using the Kaltura Mashup tool.  Attendees will learn how to record and upload video from their webcam as well as capture what is on their own computer screen (PowerPoints etc.).

Blackboard & More – By Request: This one hour session is scheduled for SHSU Blackboard instructors who can’t quite make it to Huntsville. An SHSU Online Blackboard export will be at the Woodlands Campus to help answer questions, provide solutions, demonstrations and more around Blackboard and interfacing software applications.

SHSU Online Faculty Development Opportunities for May 2016

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May 2016 can be a tightly packed time of the year, but SHSU Online has development opportunities to fit any schedule!

  1. Go fully online and earn your Effective Assessment Strategies and Practices certification.
  2. Attend one of the face-to-face how-to sessions at the MURFF or our Woodlands Campus.
  3. Sign up for one-on-one sessions.  These sessions can be 5 minutes to an hour and can take place in your office, ours, over the phone and online.  Use the same link to sign up for face-to-face or one-on-one sessions. Just select a topic or come up with one of your own and we’ll do it!

Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up for the following courses:

Fully Online Sessions (see below for full session descriptions)

  • Effective Assessment Strategies & Practices (Starts May 9th)

Main Campus Sessions (see below for full session descriptions)

  • 5/12/2016 – Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience 10am MURFF 112
  • 5/17/2016 – ProctorFree Online Proctoring for Bb Exams & Quizzes – 10am MURFF 112
  • 5/18/2016 – Kaltura: Lecture & Screen Capture in Blackboard 1pm MURFF 112

Woodlands Campus Sessions (see below for full session descriptions)

  • 5/10 – Blackboard & More – By Request 5pm TWC 209
  • 5/24 – Blackboard & More – By Request 5pm TWC 209

Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up

Development Session Descriptions

Effective Assessment Strategies & Practices: This three week online course takes an in-depth look at methods to increase success when it comes to evaluating students along with a look at the tools Blackboard employs to monitor, evaluate and report on student assessment. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: Hallmarks for Effective Assessment, Grade Center Basics, Best Practices for Effective Assessment, Grading Periods, Grade Columns, test Reliability and Validity and more.  Effective Assessment Strategies and Practices course attendees will receive a certification upon successful completion.

Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience: Synchronous collaboration in Blackboard just got a whole lot easier. Introducing Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience. In real-time, share audio, video, chat, files, whiteboard and software applications on your computer with your classmates and instructor.  No java plugin needed!  Collaborate Ultra runs inside your Internet browser! Session lasts approximately 60 minutes.

ProctorFree – Online Proctoring for Blackboard Exams: This one hour session covers how to use ProctorFree for your online exams & quizzes in Blackboard. ProctorFree is an on-demand, automated online proctoring service that deters cheating in an online testing environment. Using bio-metric and machine learning technologies, ProctorFree has eliminated the need for a human proctor during testing. This innovative technology creates a convenient testing option for distance education students and increases the credibility of online certificates and degrees for higher education institutions.

Kaltura – Lecture Capture in Blackboard: Adding video to our Blackboard course just became easier!  This 60-90 minute session covers how to add video to your Blackboard course using the Kaltura Mashup tool.  Attendees will learn how to record and upload video from their webcam as well as capture what is on their own computer screen (PowerPoints etc.).

Blackboard & More – By Request: This one hour session is scheduled for SHSU Blackboard instructors who can’t quite make it to Huntsville. An SHSU Online Blackboard export will be at the Woodlands Campus to help answer questions, provide solutions, demonstrations and more around Blackboard and interfacing software applications.

SHSU ONLINE APRIL 2016 FACULTY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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April 2016 has opportunities to learn how to assess and collaborate in ways you may not have imagined.  Here are a few examples of our April sessions:

  1. Learn how to show students what success looks like prior to assignment submission and provide more appropriate feedback when they do turn work in, with Blackboard Rubrics.
  2. Discover why your colleagues think that web conferencing in your Blackboard classes is a breeze with Collaborate Ultra.
  3. Find out how to quickly generate quizzes that you can import into your course with the Blackboard Quiz Generator.

Remember that you can also sign up for one-on-one sessions.  These sessions can be 5 minutes to an hour and can take place in your office, ours, over the phone and online.  Use the same link to sign up for face-to-face or one-on-one sessions.

Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up for the following courses:

Main Campus Sessions (see below for full session descriptions)

  • 4/5/2016 – Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience 1pm MURFF 112
  • 4/7/2016 – Blackboard Learn: Rubrics – 1pm MURFF 112
  • 4/13/2016 – Blackboard Brown Bag: Collaborate the Ultra Experience 12pm MURFF 112
  • 4/18/2016 – Blackboard Discussion Forums 1pm MURFF 112
  • 04/20/2016 – Blackboard Learn Quiz Generator – Speed up Your Test Creation 1pm MURFF 112
  • 04/22/2016 – Blackboard Learn: Blogs Wikis & Journals, Oh My! 11am MURFF 112
  • 04/26/2016 – Blackboard Collaborate – the Ultra Experience 1pm MURFF 112

Woodlands Campus Sessions (see below for full session descriptions)

  • 4/12 – Blackboard & More – By Request 5pm TWC 209
  • 4/26 – Blackboard & More – By Request 5pm TWC 209

Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up

Development Session Descriptions

Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience: Synchronous collaboration in Blackboard just got a whole lot easier. Introducing Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience. In real-time, share audio, video, chat, files, whiteboard and software applications on your computer with your classmates and instructor.  No java plugin needed!  Collaborate Ultra runs inside your Internet browser!

Blackboard Learn: Rubrics – Participants will learn how to use the rubric tool that lists evaluation criteria for an assignment, and provide a means to convey expectations to students for the quality of completed assignments.  This session lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Blackboard Discussion Forums: This 1 hour sessions covers the ins and outs of Blackboard Discussion forums.  Learn how to create, link, manage and grade discussions in Blackboard Learn.

Blackboard Learn Quiz Generator: This tool was developed to help you create quizzes for Blackboard. It allows you to type up the quiz offline in a program like Word or Notepad and not have to go through the trouble of making long quizzes via the Blackboard web interface.

Blackboard Learn: Blogs Wikis & Journals, Oh My! Using the latest and greatest web 2.0 collaborative tools seems like something you should do if only you knew when or how?  This 90 minute session goes over each tool and demonstrates some uses cases for when they should be used.

Blackboard & More – By Request: This one hour session is scheduled for SHSU Blackboard instructors who can’t quite make it to Huntsville. An SHSU Online Blackboard export will be at the Woodlands Campus to help answer questions, provide solutions, demonstrations and more around Blackboard and interfacing software applications.

 

SHSU Online March 2016 Faculty Development Opportunities

March 2016 brings with it some great opportunities for you to improve the Blackboard experience for yourselves and your students.

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Go Online

SHSU faculty can now sign up for the individual courses in the Teaching Online With Blackboard Certification Series. That way, if you only have the bandwidth to complete one or two courses in the cohort you can enroll in the others when we offer it again! Feel free to register for one or all of the following online offerings to work toward earning your certification:

  • Blackboard Learn: Assessment (Starts 3/14)
  • Teaching Online with Blackboard: Strategies for Success (Starts 3/28)

Visit our Faculty Development Sessions sign-up page to enroll.

Meeting in Real Time Online Just Got Easier – Blackboard Collaborate: The Ultra Experiencecollaborate_laptopSynchronous collaboration in Blackboard just got a whole lot easier. Introducing Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience. In real-time, share audio, video, chat, files, whiteboard and software applications on your computer with your classmates or students.  No java plugin needed!  Collaborate Ultra runs inside your Internet browser!

Visit our Faculty Development Sessions sign-up page to enroll.

Get a sneak peek by attending the Collaborate Ultra Session at the SHSU Online Teaching & Learning Conference on Friday, March 4th at 11:15 AM in the Lowman Student Center. Register today.

Speed Up Your Test/Quiz Creation With The Blackboard Quiz Generator

A one hour session that could dramatically cut down on the time you take building quizzes and tests in Blackboard. This tool was developed to help you create quizzes for Blackboard. It allows you to type up the quiz offline in a program like Word or Notepad and not have to go through the trouble of making long quizzes via the Blackboard web interface.

Visit our Faculty Development Sessions sign-up page to enroll.

SHSU faculty can boost their technology know-how by attending sessions at the MURFF, online or at the Woodlands campus. If the daily grind does not allow for attending one of SHSU Online’s regularly scheduled development sessions, SHSU faculty may choose to carve out 5 minutes to an hour for a one-on-one session.

Visit our Faculty Development Sessions sign-up page to enroll.

How-to By Appointment How-to By Appointment

Visit the development sign-up page. Click sign-up then By Appointment. Choose topic & availability and you’re set!

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Stop by room 209 at the Woodlands Campus for Blackboard Learn & More on Tuesday, 3/15 & 3/29 @ 5pm. Sign-Up today!

How-to By Appointment March How-to Sessions at the MURFF
This month’s sessions at the MURFF include Collaborate: The Ultra Experience, Blackboard Quiz Generator: Speeding up Test Creation and Kaltura: Lecture Capture with Blackboard. Sign-Up today!
Faculty Development Teaching Online With Blackboard Certification Series – Online Cohort
The Teaching Online with Blackboard Certification Series is the fully-online cohort based training option for faculty wishing to improve their online teaching skills. The certification consists of four courses aimed at preparing an instructor to master the online teaching environment through Blackboard.Sign-Up today!

Visit our Faculty Development Sessions sign-up page for all of the great how-to options for March 2016!

SHSU Online February 2016 Faculty Development Opportunities

Welcome back! A new semester brings with it some exciting changes and offerings for Blackboard instructors.

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A New Way To Earn Your Certification

SHSU faculty can now sign up for the individual courses in the Teaching Online With Blackboard Certification Series.  That way, if they only have the bandwidth to complete one or two courses in the cohort they can enroll in the others when we offer it again!  Feel free to register for one or all of the following online offerings to work toward earning your certification:

  • Blackboard  Learn: Course Building
  • Blackboard Learn: Communication
  • Blackboard Learn: Assessment
  • Teaching Online with Blackboard: Strategies for Success

Visit our Faculty Development Sessions sign-up page to enroll.

Saying Goodbye To Video Everywhere – Saying Hello To Kaltura For Your Students

In an effort to ensure that their coding is current and accessible across all devices, GoogleTM has discontinued the tool that allows Blackboard’s Video Everywhere to work.  Video Everywhere enabled you and your students to record and upload video so that it can be posted in your Blackboard courses.  Don’t worry though!  You’ve always had the ability to this with Kaltura, and now we have made it available for your students.  To learn more sign up for one of our three Kaltura: Lecture/Video Capture sessions this month.

Visit our Faculty Development Sessions sign-up page to enroll.

SHSU faculty can boost their technology know-how by attending sessions at the MURFF, online or at the Woodlands campus. Blackboard instructors at Sam can bring their lunch and their questions to our “Brown Bag” session or attend one of the regular how-to sessions at the MURFF. If the daily grind does not allow for attending one of SHSU Online’s regularly scheduled development sessions, SHSU faculty may choose to carve out 5 minutes to an hour for a one-on-one session.

Visit our Faculty Development Sessions sign-up page to enroll.

How-to By Appointment How-to By Appointment

Visit the development sign-up page. Click Signup then By Appointment. Choose topic & availability and you’re set!

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Bring your lunch and Blackboard test creation questions to our Blackboard Tests, Surveys & Pools Brown Bag on Monday, February 29th @ Noon. Sign-Up Today!

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Stop by room 209 at the Woodlands Campus for Blackboard Learn & More on Tuesday, 1/26, 2/9 & 2/23 @ 5pm. Sign-Up Today!

How-to By Appointment November How-to Sessions at the MURFF
This month’s sessions at the MURFF include Kaltura: Lecture Capture with Blackboard and Blackboard Learn: Tests, Surveys & Pools. Sign-Up Today!
Faculty Development Teaching Online With Blackboard Certification Series – Online Cohort
The Teaching Online with Blackboard Certification Series is the fully-online cohort based training option for faculty wishing to improve their online teaching skills. The certification consists of four courses aimed at preparing an instructor to master the online teaching environment through Blackboard.Sign-Up Today!

Visit our Faculty Development Sessions sign-up page for all of the great how-to options for October 2015!

Adding Web Links To Your Blackboard Course

One of the best things about online courses is that resources are only ever a click away.  The ability to have source documentation, relevant information, media and more available in an online course is a tremendous asset for any online instructor or student.

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Blackboard Learn provides instructors and students with the ability to add web links within the Learning Management System’s courses. Using web links in any Blackboard course provides benefits like:

  • Cutting down on copyright issues by linking to source material
  • Cutting down on clutter of imported content
  • Connecting students and instructors to relevant media/information with a click of the mouse

Blackboard allows you to add web links or links to Internet Sources in 3 ways:

  1. By using your Build Content action bar to add Web Links to any content container in your course (folder, learning module, content area etc.).
  2. By using the Insert/Edit Link button within any content editor in your course (Content editors appear when you add content items, folders, discussions, exam instructions, exam questions, blogs, wikis and more).
  3. By Using the Add Menu Item button to add a Web Link directly to your course’s navigation menu.

Using the Add Web Link option under Build Content

  1. Visit any content container (learning module, folder, content area) in your course.
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  2. Click the Build Content button on your action bar and select Web Link from the menu.
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  3. Add a name for your link in the Name field and paste the URL into the URL field.  You can copy the URL from your browser’s address bar in another tab to capture the link.

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  4. Optionally, you can add explanatory text if needed.

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  5. You also have the option to:
    1.attach documents to the web link
    2.open the link in a new window/tab
    3.make the web link viewable
    4.track views
    5.restrict availability
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  6. Click Submit when you want to post the link.

Using the Insert/Edit link Button in Blackboard’s Content Editor

  1. Add or Edit any blackboard Item or tool that has allows you to use the Content Editor (Content Item, Folder, Discussion, Assignment, Blog, Wiki, Test).
  2. Highlight the text you want to make a working hyperlink
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  3. Copy/paste or type the URL for your link.
  4. Select “Open in a New Window (_blank)” from the “Target” drop-down list if you want the link to open in a new tab.
  5. Click the Insert button
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  6. Click the Submit button when you have finished adding/editing text in your content editor.

Using the Add Menu Item button to add Web Links Directly to your Course Navigation Menu

  1. Ensuring your Edit Mode button is on, click the Add Menu Item button at the top of your Course’s navigation menu and click Web Link.
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  2. Add a name for your link in the Name field and paste the URL into the URL field.  You can copy the URL from your browser’s address bar in another tab to capture the link.

    If you want your students to access the link, be sure to check the Available to Users checkbox.  When you are ready, click Submit.
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  3. Your web link will automatically show up at the bottom of your navigation menu.  Place your mouse on the link and click and hold the double-sided arrow to drag the item where it should go.
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