SHSU Online February 2016 Faculty Development Opportunities

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


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!

Blackboard Brown Bag Blackboard Brown Bag

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

Blackboard and More By Request Graphic How-to @ The Woodlands Campus

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.


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.
  2. Click the Build Content button on your action bar and select Web Link from the menu.
  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.


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


  5. You also have the option to:
    1.attach documents to the web link the link in a new window/tab
    3.make the web link viewable
    4.track views
    5.restrict availability
  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
  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
  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.
  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.

  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.