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Photo Roster giving a JAVA error

In some cases trying to access the photo roster is producing a page full of error messages.  This is due to an interaction between the notification system and the way we've implemented the photo roster. While we ultimately would like to fix this, the quickest solution is to dismiss the notification (see the image below […]

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Data from student and faculty survey conducted in 2013

Technology in the service of teaching and learning: data from spring survey of Faculty & Students, 2013 We have created a site to provide feedback — finally — with respect to the tech and teaching survey taken by 118 faculty last spring.  The survey addressed faculty use of technology and their desires/needs for technology in […]

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City Maps as an assignment

Question: Let’s say you wanted to teach about a city, including geography, history, culture, and more.  Which software / online tools (aside from Google Earth) might you use to introduce a city to your students?  I would think that maybe our geography department might have some pretty cool tools. Answer: Your best bet is to […]

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In-class engagement –> polling / clickers

There are many ways to engage students in class, one can create better ways to present material, ask direct questions, create small group activities, employ ‘active learning’ techniques, mix teaching styles, use polling tools … This post addresses tools for polling your students. There are hardware solutions, solutions that work via mobile devices and those […]

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Investigation of On-line Evaluation systems

Products: There are many products that claim to do online student evaluations of teaching (SETs).  Here are but a few: Blackboard Enterprise surveys Blue Online Course Evaluation LEM Evaluation Kit used by Kenyon and Occidental SmartEvals – more info via Youtube.com Implementing on-line evaluation system Information on the implementation of on-line evals at Oregon State […]

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Putting a desktop icon of your Blackboard file system on your desktop.

This is in reference to the ‘Shared Location’ option found in the file system menu. Blackboard allows you to create a server connection directly to the file system for a given course or organization. This will put an icon on your desktop and allow you to treat the Blackboard folder as you would a folder […]

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Getting started with Job search sites

Job search sites are used to distribute application materials to faculty, staff, students and outside reviewers. These sites are created on an as needed bases. If you need a site to be created, please fill out the appropriate form which can be found under the Need Help? tab after logging in to Blackboard or by […]

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Who's online (Blackboard building block)

  Who’s on Blackboard is a Blackboard building block built to help students connect when they are working on Blackboard assignments. It was build by students for students and is under continual development.  For instance, students are currently working on an opt-out feature. Photos are the same as the ones that show up on the […]

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Basic Blackboard Course/Org Interface

A.  Page header: The area at the top of the page that contains the tabs, the global navigation menu, and Logout.  The tabs you see in the page header depend on your school’s licenses. B.  Tabs: Blackboard Learn includes two common sets of tabs, discussed in the following tables. C.  Content frame: Displays the selected tool or content area. […]