“Coming Soon” to a Blackboard Near You!

If announcements for new Blackboard tools were like movie trailers, then you’d be on the edge of your seat for these tools “coming soon” to Blackboard and SHSU Online.

Trailer #1: Blackboard Ally

….In a world where it is hard to know whether your course materials are accessible or if your students can open or understand course files, a new tool will rise. Ally, making course content accessible!….

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SHSU Online is acquiring ally to gain greater understanding of the accessibility of our growing repository of online content. The tool will be instrumental in…

  • Providing guidance to instructors about how to improve the quality of their content, and by
  • Providing students of all abilities with immediate access to content in formats that may be more suited to their specific needs.

Guidance to Faculty

The Ally software is designed to automatically check course materials for accessibility as they are uploaded to Blackboard. If a PDF file is uploaded, for instance, the tool will look for corresponding file tags that can be picked up by screen-readers. If tags are not associated with the PDF, the system will prompt the faculty to include them to improve the accessibility rating, and will guide them through the process via an easy-to-use interface.

Access to Alternative Formats

Part of the remarkable technological capabilities of Ally is that it can take a document, like a syllabus or a study guide, and render alternate versions of it that will play better with accessibility tools. For example, when an instructor uploads a syllabus to a Blackboard course, Ally will create alternate formats of that syllabus, including semantic HTML, tagged PDF, audio, and electronic braille. What’s more, Ally will create these alternate formats without additional input requirements from the professor.

Trailer #2: Voicethread For Blackboard

…..In a world where PDF or PowerPoint lectures are bringing you down and reading student submissions is making your eyes go dry, one tool can make the difference…..Voicethread for Blackboard.

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VoiceThread is a totally web-based application that allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded audio file.

With VoiceThread, instructors and/or students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload. For SHSU Online, VoiceThread will be an external tool that integrates into Blackboard.

Watch the following video to learn more about Voicethreading:

Both of these tools will be available soon.  Be on the lookout for more information from SHSU Online!

Blackboard Tip: Course-to-Course Navigation

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of working on a particular item in a Blackboard course only to realize that you should probably make the change on the same or similar item in another one of your courses?

At this point you may start grumbling about the fact that you need to exit this course, go back to the My Courses module on Blackboard’s main page, scroll to find the course you were thinking of and then access it.  Well, hold the grumbles, because there is a faster way to jump from one course to another in Blackboard.  We give you the Course-to-Course Navigation Menu!

COURSE-TO-COURSE NAVIGATION MENU

From one of your courses, you can conveniently access all of the other courses you’re enrolled in.

course_to_course_navigationSelect the Course-to-Course Navigation icon to access the menu and select another course title. If the same page you’re currently viewing in the course exists in the next course, that is where you’ll land. The most recently visited course is listed first.

For example, if you’re viewing the announcements page in one course and select another course in the menu, you’re taken to that course’s announcements page.

For more information on how to quickly jump from one course to another, watch the following video:

SHSU Online Faculty Development Opportunities – April 2017

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Here are the  faculty development opportunities for April 2017.

Online Cohort and Self-Paced

Webinar

Face-to Face

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  • Multimedia in Blackboard Courses
  • Building Online Communities
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Organizing the Bb Gradebook
  • Blackboard & More By Request

 

Faculty Development Schedule – Face-to-Face/Self-Paced/Webinar

Date Session Title Delivery Method Time/Location
Open Building Online Communities Blackboard Course Self-Paced – Online
Open Multimedia in Blackboard Courses Blackboard Course Self-Paced – Online
April 6 Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Webinar 1pm – Online
April 11 Organizing the Bb Gradebook Webinar 1pm – Online
April 18 Blackboard & More By Request Face-to-Face 5pm – TWC 210
April 24 Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Webinar 1pm – Online


Faculty Development by Appointment

by_appointmentThese 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 and schedule a one-on-one with a member of the Instructional Technology Support Services team.

Grade Center Due Dates & Column Organization

One of the of the hallmarks of student satisfaction in any online or web-enhanced course is a good student-course relationship.  If the student has a good experience interacting with the course structure and materials, they are more likely to report a higher level of satisfaction.

One way to increase the odds of a good student-course relationship is to be sure that when students check their academic progress, it is easy for them discover how they are doing in the course.

Blackboard students and instructors have dramatically different views of course grades.  Instructors generally interact with student grades via the Grade Center, whereas students work with a custom My Grades tool that only shows them their own achievements.  Students do not get a spreadsheet view of their grades.  Instead, they see a list of graded items in whatever order the instructor happens to have them in Blackboard’s Grade Center.

When adding assignments and activities during any given semester it is easy to just set-and-forget the Grade Center and forget about how students see their grades.  The good news is that there are steps that any Blackboard instructor can take to ensure that the students’ view of their academic progress is easy to understand and in the correct order.

The following video capture by SHSU Online Instructional Designer Jay Wilson will walk Blackboard Instructors through the process of organizing the Grade Center using Grade Book Due Dates and Column Organization.

SHSU ONLINE FACULTY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES – NOV/DEC 2016

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SHSU Online is thankful that we can offer a number of faculty development opportunities via different avenues for November and December of 2016.

Online Self-Paced

Webinar

Face-to Face

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  • Building Online Communities
  • Multimedia in Blackboard Courses
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Blackboard Learn Achievements
  • Copying Bb Courses/Content
  • 1st Week Strategies
  • Blackboard & More – By Request
  • ProctorFree – Remote Proctoring
  • Kaltura – Video/Audio/Screen Capture

Faculty Development Schedule

Date Session Title Delivery Method Time/Location
Nov 1 Building Online Communities Blackboard Course Self-Paced – Online
Nov 1 Multimedia in Blackboard Courses Blackboard Course Self-Paced – Online
Nov 1 Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Webinar 1pm – Online
Nov 7 ProctorFree – Remote Proctoring Face-to-Face 1pm – MURFF 105
Nov 8 Blackboard & More By Request Face-to-Face 5pm – TWC 210
Nov 9 Achievements – Badges  in Blackboard Webinar 12pm – Online
Nov 14 Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Webinar 1pm – Online
Nov 15 Kaltura: Audio/Video/Screen Capture Face-to-Face 12pm – MURFF 105
Nov 29 Blackboard & More By Request Face-to-Face 5pm – TWC 210
Nov 30 Copying Blackboard Courses/Content Webinar 1pm – Online
Dec 1 Blackboard Learn: 1st Week Strategies Webinar 12pm – Online

Enroll in one of our faculty development sessions today!

Faculty Development by Appointment

by_appointmentThese 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 and schedule a one-on-one with a member of the Instructional Technology Support Services team.

SHSU Online Faculty Development Opportunities – October 2016

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We’ve got some frightfully good faculty development offerings for October 2016, so get in the spirit and sign up for one of our faculty development sessions!

New Boo! for October 2016

online_communityDoes working with groups in Blackboard leave you spooked?  Are you unsure about how to use wicked wikis?  Do you wonder what the trick is to blogs and journals?  If so, then you are in for a treat!  SHSU Online is proud to offer a brand boo fully-online faculty certification course:  Building Online Communities (Starts 10/3).

Communication and collaboration are key facets to this online certification course. In this course, we will further explore some of the communication and collaboration tools Blackboard Learn has to offer. You will have ample opportunity to communicate, gain feedback and share ideas with your colleagues’ using of shsu_boo_onlinethe tools. This online course covers:

  • Online communities and the Instructor’s Role
  • Best Practice and Learning Theory Around Discussion Questions
  • The Use of Journals & Blogs
  • The Use of Wikis
  • Groups in Blackboard Courses
  • Grading in the collaborative space

Successful completion of this course awards the Online Community Organizer certification. | Enroll Today |

Get Caught in a Web-inar

webinar-halloweenDon’t feel like walking across campus for a how-to session?  Are you worried you’ll lose a parking spot?  Worry no more, because in October, we are offering three faculty development sessions via a webinar:

  • 10/4 – Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience (1pm)
  • 10/19 – Feedback Strategies for your Online/Hybrid/Supplemental Course (1pm)
  • 10/24 – Blackboard Learn Rubrics (12pm)

| Enroll Today |

More Spooktacular Faculty Development Offerings!

  • 10/11 – Video/Audio/Screen Capture & Video Quizzes – Kaltura (MURFF 105 @ 1pm)
  • 10/11 – Blackboard & More By Request (Woodlands Campus 210 @ 5pm)
  • 10/14 – ProctorFree Online Proctoring of Blackboard Exams (MURFF 105 @ 1pm)
  • 10/25 – Blackboard & More By Request (Woodlands Campus 210 @ 5pm)
  • 10/26 – ProctorFree Online Proctoring of Blackboard Exams (MURFF 105 @ 1pm)

| Enroll Today |

‘Faculty Central’ Portal in Blackboard Provides Resources Where They are Needed

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Did you know there is a one-stop shop for faculty when it comes to resources you need for Blackboard and SHSU Online?  The Faculty Central tab in Blackboard provides gateway access to several important resources for SHSU faculty who use Blackboard to teach online, hybrid or face-to-face courses.

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The Faculty Central tab in Blackboard gives SHSU faculty convenient access to:

  • Frequently used SHSU Online Forms
  • SHSU Online Newsletter
  • Faculty Development
  • Online Certifications
  • eLearning Blog
  • Blackboard Guides
  • Technical Support
  • Contacting your Instructional Designer

Frequently Used SHSU Online Forms

From a Request to Offer a Course Online to the Technical Evaluation & Rubric, this section of the Faculty Central’s main page has the forms you need. There is also a section containing Correspondence forms for those SHSU faculty acting as graders.

shsu_online_newsletter_moduleSHSU Online Newsletter

Can’t find the e-mail we sent you from this or last month’s newsletter?  That’s okay! We provide a window into our newsletter via the SHSU Online Newsletter module located  on the Faculty Central main page.

The module contains links as well as a quick preview of what each article covers.

Faculty Development

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The Faculty Development sub-tab in Faculty Central is a great way to see the kinds of technology how-to sessions and delivery methods that we offer SHSU faculty and staff.   It contains not only a link to our session sign-up page, but information on all the sessions that we offer, and how to sign up for a one-on-one appointment.

Online Certifications

Were you interested in finding out more about SHSU Online’s certification series. This Faculty Central sub-tab provides in-depth information on each of our 5 fully-online faculty development certification options.

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Would you like to take your team, department, college through any of these?  We can set up a certification course specifically for you!

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Clicking on this Faculty Central sub-tab opens up the SHSU Online Faculty Support blog.  This eLearning blog provides informative posts on:

  • eLearning Best Practices
  • Monthly Faculty Development Updates
  • Blackboard News
  • and more…

Technical Support

Connect with the SHSU Online Support Desk via phone, e-mail or chat by clicking this Faculty Central sub-tab. Remember if you have a technical question, need some assistance or just want to check-in, we are here to help at a time that fits your schedule.

Contact Us

Need to know who your instructional designer is?  Want to reach out to our faculty development team or the Blackboard administrator?  Select the Contact Us sub-tab on Faculty Central and you can get the extension or e-mail of the person you need.

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