OCTET

Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching

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Can’t log in to Blackboard

If you can’t log in to Blackboard.

Accounts are created in Blackboard when all paperwork has been filled out and your official start date has passed. The lone exception to this policy is for faculty that are officially listed as teaching a course in the following semester.

  1. Are you using the correct link?
    1. If you have an ObieID, go through the oberview portal to get to Blackboard. Search for Blackboard, and use your obieID (8 characters) to log in.
    2. If you don’t have an ObieID, go to the non-ObieID login page.
  2. If you have an ObieID and can’t log in please confirm that …
    • you have officially started working (check start date on contract).
    • your paperwork is filled out in HR (440 775-8430).  They are located in the service building.
    • (if you are a faculty) you have been officially put in the system as an instructor of a course. If you are listed in the catalog, email cit@oberlin.edu. If you are not in the catalog, contact the Dean or your department chair.

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How to Add Files to Blackboard from Language Lab

Instructions for adding Language Lab files to a class on Blackboard. To view a screenshot larger, click on it.


1. Add an item to any content area by hovering over “Build Content” in the upper left corner, then clicking on “Item” in the list of creation options

2. Once you are in item creation mode, scroll down to the “Attachments” section and click on “Browse Content Collection”

3. After entering the Content Collection, hover over “Browse” in the upper left corner, then click on “Library Content”

4. This will bring you to the library content, where you can click on the “Language Lab” section to see the audio files for each class.

5. To add the files you want, use the box on the left to select them, then hit “Submit”, which will add them to the item you are creating.

 

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Using the SmartEvals course evaluation system (info 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 quesitons to your student evaluations.

Getting to the SmartEvals system:

  1. Go to Blackboard (http://blackboard.oberlin.edu) and log in using your ObieID.
    Your ObieID is 8 characters. It is not your email (e.g. aborroni@oberlin.edu), nor is it your alias (albert.borroni@oberlin.edu) or T#.  Mine would be aborroni. Use the same password used to log in to your oberlin.edu email.
  2. Once in Blackboard, click on the Survey tab/link at the top of the page and then click on the ‘Login to SmartEvals’ link.

Once in SmartEvals, your past and upcoming courses will be displayed.

  1. Add Questions
  2. ‘Preview’ what students will see.
  3. The total # of students that will be receiving email reminders about the evaluation.
  4. Ongoing response rate as a percentage of the total number of students.
  5. The ability to view past results and download both summary and individual student responses.

If anything is incorrect contact evals@oberlin.edu asap.

After the evaluation period closes (View Results)

Survey results will be available the day after the final grades are due.  An email will be sent out with a pdf summary of the data and instructions for viewing individual responses (similar to what you see in your paper results) but in case you missed them, here they are again.

Getting to the SmartEvals system:

  1. Go to Blackboard (http://blackboard.oberlin.edu) and log in using your ObieID.
    Your ObieID is 8 characters. It is not your email (e.g. aborroni@oberlin.edu), nor is it your alias (albert.borroni@oberlin.edu) or T#.  Mine would be aborroni. Use the same password used to log in to your oberlin.edu email.
  2. Once in Blackboard, click on the Survey tab/link at the top of the page and then click on the ‘Login to SmartEvals’ link.

Viewing results in SmartEvals:

Once logged in to SmartEvals, you will see a list of courses where the online evaluation system was used. Find the course you are interested in viewing and click on the ‘See Reports’ options.

Once you’ve accessed the results for a particular course, the tabs at the top of the page will provide access to several different reports.The system defaults to a ‘Custom Report’ which is summary of how each question was answered by your students.

Clicking on the ‘Individual Evaluations’ tab will give you the responses submitted by an individual student (without providing their name) — very similar to the format you are accustomed to seeing.

To PRINT the Individual reports for pretenure or tenure review follow the directions in the yellow header area.

More info

  • Custom Report – This is the default view, i.e. the window will open to a ‘Custom Report’ that gives means and standard deviations of the Likert-scale responses and lists the prose answers to all question.  What you see by default should be similar to the pdf attached to this email.  However, the Customizable Report also allows you to create your own built-in metrics dashboard with drill-down functionality.
  • Individual Evaluations – View like paper evals: Very similar to what you are accustomed to seeing with paper evals where each student’s responses appear in a single report.

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Add Questions to your SmartEvals Course Evaluation (info for faculty)

Instructions to add questions to your course evaluation.  To view a screenshot larger, click on it

  1. Login to SmartEvals using your Blackboard username and password

  2. If you are an instructor, you should land on this page.  If you are a department head, on the top bar, click on Account, and choose “View as instructor”.  That should take you to this page.  Click on Add Q’s

  3. Click on the pencil “edit” symbol beside the survey you want to add questions to

  4. Click on Add Questions

  5. Here you can either create a new question or add a question you’ve made before.  Use the upper box to make new questions, and use the lower box to add existing questions.

  6. Feel free to email (octet@oberlin.edu), call (x58345), or visit our office (Mudd 052) if you have any questions!

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Creating a Podcast assignment

Tools for creating podcasts (audio files)

Some suggestions for those interested in creating a ‘podcast’ (audio) assignment for their students. 

Have students create a script (double-spaced, 1 page is about 1 minute)

Easiest tool to use is either Audacity (free download / Garage Band (comes on all Macs). Here are some useful tutorials for using these tools. 

Audacity Podcast Tutorial

Garageband Podcast Tutorial

If your students need any assistance with the assignment, have them contact our media consultants at ocmc@oberlin.edu.  They have drop-in hours Sunday through Thursday from 7-10pm.  The are colocated with the Writing Associates in the back of the first floor of Mudd. Also, if students want to experiment with higher quality audio, A/V has two USB mics that would be ideal. A/V is located on the 4th floor of Mudd.
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Submitting and grading the assignment

The best way to have students submit the podcast and script is through Blackboard Journal.  The beauty of this mechanism is that you can quickly go through each one AND the submissions can be made available to the students after everyone has turned in their assignments by simply editing 1 journal setting.

Get into journal settings:

 

Check the appropriate box so that students can see each other’s work: 

 

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SmartEvals: Sending reminder email to unresponsive students (for faculty)

A. Log into Blackboard. Click on the ‘Survey’ tab.

B. Click the ‘Login to SmartEvals’ link.

C. Once you’re in the SmartEvals product, select the ‘not set’ link in the AutoEmail column.

D.  You can either email the students in ALL your course that have still not filled out the survey OR only the students who have not filled it out in a specific course.

E. Follow the 4 steps below to prepare, test and send your email. There is a mechanism in place that does not allow you to send a second email within 24 hours of the first.  This is done to prevent the ‘spamming of your students.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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 project, visit the OCTET office in Mudd 052 during the Student Tech Assistant’s work hours and we will be happy to help! Hours are listed on the About Us page in the Who We Are section.

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Librarian Access to BB

There are two ways to give librarians the ability to upload documents to your Blackboard site (eReserves).

Ask your librarian which is the most appropriate.  Option 1 or 2 are for Art and Conservatory courses. Option 3 is for all A&S courses.

Option 1. From the Need Help tab from Blackboard, the right column has a series of request forms. Fill out the form “Give library reserves access” form. If you want to get it done quickly, go to Option 2.

Option 2. From your BB site, you can categorize a course as ERes. Under Course Management, click “Customization” and then “Properties”. Under “Categorize Course”, move “ERes (Library Support)” to the Selected Items box using the arrow pointing to the right. The box on the right hand side should now have ERes listed. Be sure to submit changes.
NB: IF YOU WANT THE ART LIBRARIANS TO HAVE ACCESS, USE THE CATEGORY: ‘ERes-ARTS (Library Support (ARTS))

Option 3. From the Menu area add a Tool to the menu.

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Select the eReserves tool from the dropdown menu that appears.

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Title the new menu area ‘eReserves’ or ‘Readings’ or anything else that will be useful to your students. Check off the ‘make available’ options and click on Submit. This will link directly to the content that was added by the librarian to your course eReserve folder.

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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 on your desktop. Once this is done you can upload, rearrange and delete files in your Blackboard course without logging in to Blackboard via a browser.

Here are the instructions for setting up the alias on a Mac or Windows for the course/org files area in Blackboard.

Blackboard’s instructions recommend that you disconnect from the server by either putting the icon in the trash or restarting the machine.  In cases where you are the only person working on that particular machine, you may want to retain access to the folder/server even after restarting your machine i.e. make the icon ‘stick.’  To do this you will need to

  1. Control and left click on the new drive connection on the desktop and select “Make Alias”.
  2. Rename the alias something else.
  3. When you restart the machine or disconnect the initial icon, the Alias will remain and can be used to easily reconnect. It will ask you to log in again.