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Using the SmartEvals course evaluation system (for faculty)

N.B.: SmartEvals will open multiple tabs so that you can move between screens of information without using the back button on the browser. Before release to students You will receive an email towards the middle of the semester informing you that you can view and add questions to your student evaluations. Getting to the SmartEvals […]

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Converting video/audio files

Since we are mostly a Mac campus, most of our video and audio is saved in a .mov format. Many Windows machines and browsers are not very good at automatically displaying these files. Therefore, we’ve been asked if there is any way to easily convert .mov files to something more compatible e.g. MP3 or MP4 […]

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Outline for Academic Departmental Blackboard Training

Feb 16, 2017 1:15-2:15 Types of Sites  Departmental Sites – Banner (faculty, majors, minors) Committees – General Council Advising Sites for faculty College and Conservatory Dean GF, CF, & ConF OCOPE A&PS (Administrative and Professional Staff) Conservatory (Banner – faculty) Program Review Progress Toward Tenure Tenure Review Other sites: All students, all instructors, all faculty, […]

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Letter to Faculty (based on student data in survey)

To all faculty Blackboard users: This letter is written by a Student Tech Assistant in OCTET and is meant to reflect views from the survey, personal opinions withheld. Please direct any questions and concerns to octet@oberlin.edu The complete survey results can be found here.

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Common Themes in BB Survey Answers

The survey referenced in this article was administered in Nov or 2015 as a due diligence assessment of our current system, Blackboard.  The process is outlined in another post. Broad stroke summary of results: Faculty are definitely frustrated by some aspects of Blackboard. However, they are not so frustrated that they are willing to move […]

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How to build a website

There are many tools where you can build a website online with no coding involved. While the options are similar products, there are key differences that need to be explained for you to choose the tool that best fits your needs. If you want guidance in creating your own website for personal use or a […]

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Owncloud access

For files that you want to retain on campus and protect (this is usually for large, copyrighted  files), we provide a service called own cloud.  Before requesting that this be set up for you, please explore other avenues such as the library reserve, Youtube, Blackboard, vimeo …  While these are off campus services i.e. in […]

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Screen Recording Software

There are various ways to record your screen while giving a presentation and share that video with others. Many of these programs are online, free or have a nominal cost.   The recommended cross-platform solution at the moment is Google Hangouts on Air. This method works with both Windows and Mac, allows you to record […]

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User Directory w/photos

Only  users identified in Banner as ‘students,’ ‘faculty,’ ’emeriti’ or ‘staff’ have the ability to search the Blackboard directory. Searches will only bring up current student, faculty, staff and emeriti.  Users with Non-Obie role in Blackboard won’t appear in the directory. This includes trustees, outside reviewers, high school students and a few others. They will […]