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Blackboard Tip of the Week – Copying/Pasting in Firefox

Recently, the copying/pasting feature within Blackboard is not working normally in Firefox. The work around is to use the HTML button within the content editor to paste in the copied text. The hyperlinked image points to my video demonstrating the work around. Be on the lookout for more Blackboard Tip of the Week.

 

 

New Professional Development Opportunities! Registration closes April 4th

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in partnership with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) would like to invite you to participate in the Topics in Online Teaching and Learning (TOTAL) project.

About TOTAL

The major goal of the Topics in Online Teaching and Learning (TOTAL) project is to provide a flexible, modularized professional development program for Virginia Community College System (VCCS) faculty who teach blended or online courses. The workshops are short learning modules, created in Blackboard, that address the competencies necessary to support student success in online learning.


TOTAL: Using Best Practices in Online Teaching
Course Description:  Online education is mediated by technology, which changes rapidly. Technological advances enable new and more effective teaching and learning strategies, so best practices in online teaching are constantly evolving. This workshop will help you learn how to stay current by introducing you to the research and best practice literature and helping you use it to inform your online teaching.
Date:  Workshop available April 7,  2014
Cost: Free
Click here to learn more

TOTAL: Establishing Social Presence
Course Description: One of the most common arguments against online learning is the distance created through the medium of the computer.This workshop is intended to help you bridge the distance between you and the students and the students and each other. Research has shown that establishing a community of three-dimensional people makes learning more engaging and increases retention.
Date:  Workshop available April 7,  2014
Cost: Free
Click here to learn more

TOTAL: Designing Rubrics & Providing Feedback
Course Description:  During this workshop you will be learning how to provide your students with timely, accurate, clear and easy to understand feedback on their assignments.
Date:  Workshop available April 7,  2014
Cost: Free
Click here to learn more

TOTAL: Making Your Courses Accessible
Course Description: Accessibility of courses for those with disabilities is both a legal and ethical issue for online educators. In this workshop, you will learn about the barriers encountered by those with hearing and vision disabilities, and your responsibilities for making your course accessible to them.  You will also learn how to make changes to your course materials to meet current national quality standards for accessibility.
Date:  Workshop available April 7,  2014
Cost: Free
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TOTAL: Captioning Media
Course Description: Learning resources housed online need to be accessible. Accessibility includes providing captions.  In this workshop you will review the instructional reasons for using captioning and learn about the different types of captioning that can be applied to multimedia.  You will then apply what you have learned to a multimedia project of your own.
Date:  Workshop available April 7,  2014
Cost: Free
Click here to learn more

How to Register through TNCC Knowledge Center: (https://covkc.virginia.gov/Kview/CustomCodeBehind/Customization/Login/COV_Login.aspx).

Logging into TNCC Knowledge Center: TNCC Knowledge Center Directions (see attached)

Once you have successfully logged into TNCC Knowledge Center, search for TOTAL, click on the course, and select Enroll

Notes for Participants: The workshop will be facilitated through Blackboard. Peer-to-peer interaction is integral, and therefore everyone is expected to complete work on a set schedule. The assignments are graded; all assignments must be completed; and, an overall grade of 80% is required to receive a VCCS certificate of completion.

This workshop was developed by the CIF grant-funded VCCS TOTAL (Topics in Online Teaching and Learning) project. (See the project web site (https://sites.google.com/a/email.vccs.edu/vccs-total-project/for descriptions of this workshop and other TOTAL workshops.)

Registration closes at noon on Friday, April 4 2014

If you have questions please contact Alex Gabriel (gabriela@tncc.edu)

Respondus Training

Whether you’re new to online testing or a veteran of it, these 45-minute sessions will equip you with time-saving skills for creating assessments and ensuring exam integrity. Attend as many as you’d like (click a Register link to see the full description).

“StudyMate: Creating Learning Activities & Self-Assessments”
  • Tuesday, March 11,  4pm EDT - Register
“Respondus 4.0: Create & Manage Exam Content
  • Wednesday, March 19,  3pm EDT - Register
If you can’t make a March training, visit respondus.com/webinars to see the updated schedule throughout the spring.

Blackboard Tip of the Week – Known issues

There have been  some technical  difficulties with the use of Safe Assign, Respondus LockDown Browser and students knowing where to click to review completed tests. Below are the solutions.

Known issue #1 – Respondus

  • Problem – Respondus is requiring students to input a password even though password was not set.
  • Solution – Uninstall Respondus, clear internet cache, and re-install the current version of Respondus from our Blackboard site

Known issue #2 – SafeAssign

  • Problem – Student can not submit assignments to Safe Assign.
  • Solution – Check to see if the student can access  https://safeassign.blackboard.com:8443/. If not, then the student needs to make sure the web browser is configured to accept or never block  third-party cookies.  Also, the student should clear the internet cache.

Known issue #3 – Reviewing Completed Tests

  • Problem – Students could not determine what to click to re-open their completed tests. The students scores were hyperlinked without the standard underline to indicate that the score is hyperlinked.
  • Solution – The students’ scores contain the standard underline to indicate hyperlink.

If you have any concerns or questions, then feel free to contact me.

Jason Vance

  • Blackboard Admin/E-Learning Specialist
  • Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Diggs Hall, Room 160
  • Phone: (757) 825-2819
  • E-mail: vancej@tncc.edu

New Professional Development Opportunities!

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in partnership with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) would like to invite you to participate in the Topics in Online Teaching and Learning (TOTAL) project.

About TOTAL

The major goal of the Topics in Online Teaching and Learning (TOTAL) project is to provide a flexible, modularized professional development program for Virginia Community College System (VCCS) faculty who teach blended or online courses. The workshops are short learning modules, created in Blackboard, that address the competencies necessary to support student success in online learning.


TOTAL Developing Collaborative Activities
Course Description: Upon successful completion of this workshop, you will be able to develop and facilitate activities within online and blended courses that build collaborative relationship between students, and between students and instructors.
Date:  Workshop available March 17,  2014
Cost: Free
Click here to learn more

TOTAL Time Management Strategies
Course Description: This two-week workshop has been designed to help you identify the challenges you will face in prioritizing, managing, and balancing your online instructor workload. You may need to rethink the ways in which you prioritize and manage your workload.  We will work together in this workshop to investigate strategies for better managing our workload when teaching online.
Date:  Workshop available March 17,  2014
Cost: Free
Click here to learn more

TOTAL Designing Meaningful Discussion Activities
Course Description: Interaction with classmates and instructors can help students learn to think critically about a subject. Blackboard and Internet tools provide a particularly rich medium for reflective discussion in online courses. In this workshop, you will learn how discussion can support critical thinking. You will learn how to design meaningful discussion activities, and you will plan your strategy as a discussion facilitator to help guide students in effective discussion.
Date:  Workshop available March 17,  2014
Cost: Free
Click here to learn more

TOTAL VCCS Blackboard Basics
Course Description: The Blackboard Learning Management System is utilized by instructors and students throughout the Virginia Community College System to manage and share instructional materials, for assessment, and for student-to-student and instructor-to-student communication.  By better understanding this system, instructors work becomes more efficient and organized, and students benefit from the instructor’s knowledge and use of course tools.  Although this workshop will not address every tool available within Blackboard, it will give participants a strong foundation that will help when developing online courses or when using Blackboard to supplement traditional face-to-face courses.
Date:  Workshop available March 17,  2014
Cost: Free
Click here to learn more

TOTAL Copyright, Fair Use & TEACH Act
Course Description: Understanding how copyright applies to teaching materials online is one of the biggest challenges that many faculty face. This workshop will help you recognize copyright do’s and don’ts and will help you to identify alternative resources to maintain copyright compliance.
Date:  Workshop available March 17,  2014
Cost: Free
Click here to learn more

How to Register through TNCC Knowledge Center: (https://covkc.virginia.gov/Kview/CustomCodeBehind/Customization/Login/COV_Login.aspx).

Logging into TNCC Knowledge Center: TNCC Knowledge Center Directions (see attached)

Once you have successfully logged into TNCC Knowledge Center, search for TOTAL, click on the course, and select Enroll.

Notes for Participants: The workshop will be facilitated through Blackboard. Peer-to-peer interaction is integral, and therefore everyone is expected to complete work on a set schedule. The assignments are graded; all assignments must be completed; and, an overall grade of 80% is required to receive a VCCS certificate of completion.

This workshop was developed by the CIF grant-funded VCCS TOTAL (Topics in Online Teaching and Learning) project. (See the project web site (https://sites.google.com/a/email.vccs.edu/vccs-total-project/) for descriptions of this workshop and other TOTAL workshops.)

Registration closes at noon on Friday, March 14

If you have questions please contact Alex Gabriel (gabriela@tncc.edu)

 

Blackboard Tip of the Week – Using Wikis for student introductions

Description - Blackboard Wikis allow faculty and students to contribute and modify one or more pages of course related information. Wikis require intense collaboration where information is linked to and built upon. Wikis can help build a community of collaboration and learning by increasing social interaction during the exchange of information. Wikis can be used for student introductions, creating study notes, and many other factual course related information.

How to create a Wiki
  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Wikis.
  3. On the Wikis listing page, click Create Wiki on the action bar.
  4. On the Create Wiki page, type a name.
  5. Type optional Instructions.
  6. Select the Yes option to make the wiki available to users.
  7. Select Student Access options
  1. Select Open Editing to allow students to edit the wiki
  2. Select Open Commenting to allow students to  comment on wiki pages
  1. Click Submit
  2. Create the home Page for the wiki; This can be a sample of what you want the students to submit.
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If you have any other Blackboard questions or concerns, feel free to contact me
Jason Vance, Blackboard Admin/E-Learning Specialist
Diggs Hall, Room 160 / Phone: (757) 825-2819 / E-mail: vancej@tncc.edu / BbIM: jv241