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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Tech and teaching at Oberlin 18-19

OberviewNew entry page for authenticated (and other) services: Looking for official course enrollments, LMS (Blackboard), payroll deductions, registration, grades  …  Overview is the place to start!


Finding BlackboardBlackboard_logo

Blackboard provides member-only and community sites for courses and organizations at Oberlin College.

Go to https://oberview.oberlin.edu

Use your ObieID and password.  Your ObieID is your first initial, last name (max of 8 characters) e.g. jcalisto.  Using your email address e.g. jcalisto@oberlin.edu or john.calistoga@oberlin.edu as your username will not work.

Specific information for instructors of courses


Ultra Collaborate

Videoconferncing tool in BbNeed to record a presentation prior to class (flip your classroom) or simply needing to record the in class presentation to make it available to students after class? Need to bring in a speaker from a distance or need to teach your class from a remote location? Need to conduct remote office hours or advising meetings? This is your tool.  For more info go to


UPP opportunity

Volunteer to have the online portion of your course moved to a different platform.  We will provide support for moving the material and provide advice on how to redesign the online portion of your course (if needed).  Help us assess other platforms and find the one that is most useful for your teaching and our environment. If interested, contact octet@oberlin.edu.


Global connections

‘Visit’ Afghanistan and talk to people there about Trump, immigration or music. Create an assignment asking your students to connect to someone outside of Oberlin.  Read more about Shared Studios and how you can take advantage of this opportunity.

 

 


Additional software:

Google Suite: Email, calendar, docs, spreadsheets, sites, forms, surveys

Qualtrics;  Research level Matlab;

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Collaborate vs Zoom

Video conferencing options at Oberlin College

There are two supported video conferencing options at Oberlin College. One is for course instructors and is fully integrated into all Blackboard courses. The other is available for students, faculty, and staff, independent of Blackboard.

 

Blackboard Instructors:

Collaborate – Should only be used from within Blackboard courses. Sessions are initiated through the Collaborate tool. Best practices and use cases for teaching and learning can be found on the Collaborate website.  Anyone who is an ‘Instructor’ in a course or ‘Leader’ in an org can initiate a conference. Conferences can include polling and screen sharing/recording options. Users without blackboard accounts can be invited into a Collaborate session via email.

 

There is an iOS and Android app for Collaborate

 

For assistance with Collaborate, check out online support or contact Blackboard directly.

 

All others:

Zoom – Should be used by people needing to connect outside Blackboard. Free accounts are available to everyone and are able to host sessions of two to three participants. Faculty and staff can obtain a license by contacting AV, at av@oberlin.edu, which will enable them to host sessions with more participants.

 

There is an app for your computer, as well as an iOS and Android app for Zoom.

 

For assistance with Zoom, check out online support or contact AV.

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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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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 format.

Here is one approach that seems very simple:

1) Place all files you want to convert into the same folder. If they are in Blackboard use the Shared Location Setup function in the FILE section of the control panel to map the course files to a folder on your desktop.

2) Choose the file you wish convert (hold “shift” while selecting the file to select multiple files)

3) Select the desired converted format and adjust quality settings. For audio or stripping the audio from a video file, MP3 with the default settings will work.

4) Hit the “convert” button. This will do the conversion on each file and, when done, zip the files into a single compressed file.

5) Download converted files.  This will be a 1-step process because all the files will be in 1 zip file).

6) Open the zip file on your machine.
7) If these are to replace files already in Blackboard, go to the Blackboard>>File option in your course. Don’t just replace the .mov files in the Shared Location folder on your desktop. If you do this, you will lose the connection to the quiz question or item where the file is deployed.
8) To overwrite Blackboard files, once in the content collection/Files area, click on the down carat next to the appropriate  file you want to replace and select ‘Overwrite File.’  This method will retain all the connections that particular file has to any item, quiz, posting etc in your site.

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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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Accounting for extra credit in the Blackboard grade center

A very useful video explaining how to add extra credit to a final grade or exclusively to a set of assignments, and have that update the grade a student sees in the Blackboard grade center.

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Blackboard at Oberlin 18-19

Blackboard provides a web presence for courses and organizations at Oberlin College.

Finding Blackboard

There are links to Blackboard on multiple sites within the oberlin.edu domain. The easiest way is through oberview.oberlin.edu

Logging inBlackboard_logo

Your ObieID and password will get you into Blackboard.  Your ObieID is your first initial, last name (max of 8 characters) e.g. jcalisto.  Using your email address e.g. jcalisto@oberlin.edu or john.calistoga@oberlin.edu as your username will not work.

Getting help

Check out the Need Help tab. Common issues are addressed there. A search box will search Blackboard and relevant postings on our site for the answer to your question.  You can also go directly to HELP on the Blackboard site. Please don’t spend too much time searching for answers. It is very likely that our office (OCTET) has already worked through the issue.  Therefore, we recommend a 10-minute rule: If you can’t get an answer in 10 minutes, call (440 775-8345) or email us at  bbhelp@oberlin.edu. We highly recommend contacting us if you intend on using the grade center but feel free to contact us with any questions related to teaching and technology.

FIRST STEPS:

Make sure your personal information is correct

you Most information in Blackboard comes from our Student/Employee information (SIS) system.  Therefore, if it is incorrect in Blackboard, it is probably incorrect in Banner, our SIS. If the information you see in Blackboard is incorrect, contact the appropriate office asap. Having incorrect information in Banner can affect many systems.  Students should contact the Registrar (registrar@oberlin.edu). Faculty and Staff should contact Human Resources (human.resources@oberlin.edu).

While most information is changed via contacting the registrar or H.R., your cell phone number (needed to activate txt messages from Bb), a website URL and your personal pronouns can be adjusted directly from within Blackboard.

Make sure you have access to the correct courses and orgs

Faculty should see unavailable AND available course sites as well as organizations corresponding to General Faculty, division (College or Conservatory),  and department. For those that have been here more than a year, sites for any committees they are on and advisees will also be available.  Other miscellaneous organizations may also appear in the My Organizations module.

All students should see any courses made ‘available’ by the instructor,  an advising site (if made available by advisor) and a Class Hub organization. Once a major/minor has been declared, the department org for that major/minor will appear.  Furthermore, when a student is ready to graduate, other organizations will appear.

Set your NOTIFICATION Preferences

Set your notifications and remind your students to do the same.  You can also have Blackboard send txt messages by first adding your cell phone number in your Personal Information settings before going to the Notification Dashboard. There are many ways to get your Personal Information.  The easiest is to click on the ‘Check Info’ option in the My Info module on the landing page (the one with your photo in it).  To get to the Notification Dashboard go to the arrow next to your name in the top right corner, click on Settings and then click on Notification Dashboard (you’ll also see a link to Personal Information in this menu area).

If you wish to receive txt messages, you’ll need to enter your cell phone number in the Personal Information section.

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Tabs

The interface is customizable and can be different for staff, faculty and students.  Currently, the design presents 5 or 6 tabs:

Blackboard tabs

  • Academic Hub – Announcements will show up at the top. Frequently used tools will be links in the left column. Courses will show up in the center and organizations in the right column.  Your info will show in the left column under the Tools/Quick link module.
  • Survey – this tab only appears for students when it is time for them to evaluate their course.  Faculty/Staff should always have access to this tab.
  • Courses – list of ALL courses as well as info on registering, course locations etc.
  • Community – list of various organizations and tools are collated here including the user directory and classroom information.
  • Content Collection (only faculty/staff) – provides access to documents, images etc. in all your courses and organizations. It also allows for the storage of ‘institutional’ documents. It acts much like a google drive.
  • Need Help? Various request forms can be found here as well as information on how to use specific features.

Don’t forget to check out the subtabs!

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Additional noteworthy functionality:

Modules in each tab can be  …

  • rearranged drag the module by putting the mouse in the module header and clicking and holding while moving the module.
  • added
    Click on the Add Module button in the top left margin. If you have other information you would like to have access to as a ‘module,’ contact bbhelp@oberlin.edu with your idea and we’ll see what we can do.
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The Content Collection area (faculty/staff only) allows for easier management of documents.  The link titled ‘Content Collection’ at the top of the site will take you to a window where you can search for, modify, delete, or add documents in sites in which you are a member. You can also overwrite files. This will keep the links to the file but show users the new file rather than the old file.  More info


‘Personalize’ your tabs – give them your own color scheme by clicking on the ‘Personalize Page’ option in the top right corner of the site.

Use the Mobile App. Free access to Blackboard mobile app allows the viewing of organization and course materials, the adding of discussion posts, and the ability to have other interactions via a phone and/or tablet. There is a fast grader app for iOS devices that looks interesting and a separate one for students.  More info and links to apps.

Activate text messaging and txt to voice capabilities. This is related to the Notifications section but deserves additional attention. Get announcements and information about changes to your courses or orgs via txt or txt to voice messaging. While faculty and organization leaders will still be able to post announcements and send emails, users can set up additional notification channels by modifying their notification settings.

 

Specific information for instructors of courses

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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, conservatory students,
  • Options Creating Sites

Administrative Assistants Items to Cover

  • Departmental Sites
    • Adding / removing users
    • Automatic Enrollment vs manual enrollment
    • Communications / Announcements vs. Email
    • Creating and using groups
    • Organizing / Navigation of folders and menus
    • Changing Roles
    • Surveys / Senior Surveys

Share Ideas of streamlining procedures

 

 

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How to create a successful flipped learning experience for you and your students

The Flipped Classroom: Strategies to Overcome Student Resistance and Increase Student Engagement

>>> Upcoming Seminar | October 18 <<<

Join Barbi Honeycutt, editor of the newly released book titled Flipping the College Classroom: Practical Advice from Faculty, as she provides strategies you can use to create a successful flipped learning experience for you and your students. You’ll find out how to identify the reasons that some students resist the flipped classroom model and how you can address those challenges to increase the likelihood that they will come to class prepared.

During this online seminar, you’ll learn how to structure preclass assignments so students are more likely to complete the work, and examine ways to support students as they discover what it takes to learn in the flipped classroom environment.

Here is some of what you’ll learn during this 60-minute seminar:
• How to get your students to understand their roles in the flipped classroom
• How fear and the “stages of grief” can affect student motivation—and how to reduce their impact
• Strategies to help your students overcome resistance to the flipped learning environment
• A three-part model that will help you design effective preclass assignments—and motivate students to do them
• The benefits of the flipped classroom and how to help students understand the value of this model from their point of view

DATE: Tuesday, October 18
PRICE: $247 (through 10/7/16, $297 thereafter)
LEARN MORE: http://bit.ly/flip2016LI

When you register, you get access to the live seminar, on-demand access for 30 days, a copy of the recording on CD, the complete transcript, and all handouts and supplemental materials. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.

Questions regarding the program should be directed to the customer service department at Magna Publications: email support@magnapubs.com

Regards,
Mary Bart
Teaching Professor group manager