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Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching

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How to use i>clicker – both standalone and integrated into Blackboard

$_3Why use iClicker? (Scroll down for instructions on use)

The i>clicker, student response system is now integrated into Blackboard.

The integration with Blackboard will allow you to more easily manage the registration of a particular clicker to a particular student, create the roster that is used by the iclicker software to identify users and make results accessible to students via the grade center in Blackboard so that students can monitor their progress.

Who’s using them on campus:

  • Computer Sciences:  Bob Geitz, Roberto Hoyle
  • Classics: Naomi Campa
  • Chemistry:   Albert Matlin, Matt Elrod
  • Biology: Yolanda Cruz
  • Physics:  Dan Stinebring, Rob Owen, Melinda Keller, Stephen FitzGerald, Jason Stalnaker

Why and how to use clickers in your course. Short Video Explanations from i>Clicker.


How to use iClickers
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To use the technology, the Instructor will need some software on their laptop. Links to Oberlin specific i>clicker software.  These packages also include the instructors guide on how to use the software.  If you have trouble installing the software, simply give us a call (775-8345) or email octet@oberlin.edu.

Click on the download link.  Open up the download, and copy the program inside onto your desktop (you can drag and drop).  Open the iClicker program from your desktop.  You do not need to register, but you can if you like.  After registering, click Create to create a new session.  Highlight the created course and click settings.  If you have your own iClicker (not needed but can be handy) you can set it as the instructor iClicker here.  You also can set the “frequency” code – it should be fine to use whatever is currently set.  It is simply a way for the students’ iClickers to connect to the proper base.  There are other settings here you can change if you like, but are not necessary.

 

Instructor will need a base, which can be borrowed from OCTET (Mudd 052).  The base must be attached to the computer you are presenting from (plug one end of the cord into the usb port of your computer, and one into the “To Computer” port of the base).
Participants will need clickers (but see below).  Clickers can be ordered through the bookstore in the same way that faculty indicate which book they will be using for the class. Students can then purchase an iclicker.  They do not need a different iclicker for each course.  They can register their iclicker through Blackboard and use the same iclicker for multiple courses.
During the presentation When you want to begin polling, link up your base station, open your presentation, and open the iClicker program on your desktop.  Click on the course you created earlier and click “Start Polling”.  A message should pop up within a minute or so giving you the frequency code that your participants need to enter on their iClickers to connect to your course, and the instructions to do so.  A small window should open on your screen allowing you to control the polling.  You can start and stop polling, and pull up the results by clicking on the graph button.  There is also a settings button if you need to adjust the settings.  If you have an iClicker connected as an instructor iClicker, you can control your presentation and the polling by selecting the buttons on the iClicker instead of having to click on your computer, but you will not be able to vote.
Feel free to come by the OCTET office in Mudd 052 or email us octet@oberlin.edu to try out the iClickers, ask questions, or borrow a base.

Other Notes
This software is compatible with version 5.04 on the base station. If you have an older version of the firmware on your basestation you can either upgrade the firmware using the utility provide by iclicker or download a previous version of the desktop software.
Instructions for getting your software connected to your Blackboard grade book can be found here 
Using the iclicker, polling software without a base station or clicker:

Additionally, i>clicker software can be used without a base station or clickers. Students simply use their phones, laptops or tablets. This is called REEF polling. To use this feature instructors need to create a course site that will accept answers that are not from the separate devices i.e. REEF polling  accessible AND the students will need to register their device.  The cost of registering the device is less then the cost of purchasing a clicker but not by much.

Clickers cost about $30-40 with a $10-20 buy back by the bookstore when the student is finished using the clicker.  The REEF registration has  costs associated with it.

For more info, visit the i>Clicker site at https://www1.iclicker.com/products/reef-polling/

 

 

 

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EXCO course shells in Blackboard

All EXCO courses  have an instance in Blackboard.  Users that are officially listed as instructors will see a link to the instance under the ‘My Online Courses’ module.

The courses are already pre-populated with anyone that officially signed up for the course. Therefore, the email function and class roster is ready to go.

Links to the course sites  are not seen by your  students because the course is ‘unavailable’ by default. The students will only see them if you make them available. If you do not intend on making material available to your students or do not  have anything for them to do in Blackboard, don’t make it available.  You can view the roster and send email without making the site available.   Instructions for making it available

To learn more about what you can do with Blackboard, see https://en-us.help.blackboard.com//Learn/9.1_2014_04/Instructor

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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 however show up in any courses they are explicitly enrolled in.

Different information is displayed if a student is search or a faculty/staff person is searching for information. In ALL cases a search will show the users photo, their name (preferred first name if available), and their email address.

In ALL cases a search will show the

  • user’s photo,
  • their name (preferred first name if available),
  • their email address and
  • OCMR.

Additional information is displayed if person searching is searching for a …

Person searching Student Faculty or Staff
Student
  • none
  • position
  • department
  • office phone
  • office location
  • website
Faculty/Staff
  • major
  • class dean
  • advisor
  • year
  • current courses being taken (that are in Blackboard)
  • position
  • department
  • office phone
  • office location
  • website

 

  • Note that while text information is available to users logged into Blackboard from off-campus, the photos are only visible from a 162.132.XXX.XXX address. Therefore, someone off-campus will only see the photos if they are using a VPN connection.

NOTES:  Future adjustments:

  1. Adjust listing for those that have directory listing restrictions
  2. Create the ability to not show photo in directory but continue to show it to faculty/staff in courses and orgs.

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Student View

The way  an instructor or leader  views how a student  experiences their course or organization has changed.

OLD WAY:  Select the ‘Student View’ option from the Control Panel>>Tools area.  This option is no longer available.

NEW WAY: Click on the not so obvious icon at the top of the page.

StudentView

 

 

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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 for details).

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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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Delayed Test Feedback in Blackboard

In Blackboard, students can receive feedback on their tests either immediately or at a different specified time. The feedback can be made available after the due date, so that no one sees the correct answers until everyone has taken the assessment. Here are the steps to set this feature:

1. After you have designed a test, press the drop down menu near the test name and select “Edit the Test Options”

2. From “Edit the Test Options”, scroll to the “Due Date” section and set a date and time for the assessment to be due.

3. Continue to scroll down to the “ Show Test Results and Feedback to Students” section. Under the “When” column, select “After Due Date”. Alternatively, you could select “On a Specific Date” to choose an alternative date to display the feedback.

4. Check the boxes under the “Answers” column labeled Correct and Submitted. Also check “Show Incorrect Questions”. This will let the feedback include incorrect answers and the correct answers after a specified date. You can also check “Feedback” to show more detailed explanations (but you have to write these yourself in the feedback sections when creating test questions). Your screen should look similar to this:

5. Press Submit and deploy the test per usual.

 

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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.

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How Save Job Search Files in Blackboard

Collecting and distributing materials related to open positions  should now be run through PeopleAdmin.

Saving files that are in your Blackboard site:

Step 1) Navigate to your Organization’s main page.

Step 2) On the control panel on the left hand side, click on Files (fig. 1)

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Fig. 2

Step 3) Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Show All” button. This step is critical to save ALL files. (fig. 2)

 

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Fig. 3

All items should be displayed (fig 3.)

 

Step 4) Choose which files you would like to save and click the “Download Package” button.

To save ALL files:

Step 1) At the top of the page, check the box to the left of “File Type.”

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Step 2) Make sure all the files are checked and highlighted, and click on “Download Package”

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Your files will be saved in a .zip package.

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Creating Senior Surveys

This post is directed towards administrative assistants who are creating senior surveys for the students in their departments.

CHANGE IN PROCEDURE: DO NOT USE YOUR BLACKBOARD DEPARTMENT SITE

 

Please contact OCTET at octet@oberlin.edu if you would like to use an online system for your senior surveys.