Currently Blackboard …
serves as a portal that provides
- interactive websites for all courses and various offices.
- Space for HR information
A recent survey was conducted via Blackboard (Nov 19-22) asking users if they have used other LMS products and what their impressions were of those relative to what we are currently using.
Here are some of the results: Read More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Professor group manager
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:
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.
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/
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.
Faculty are definitely frustrated by some aspects of Blackboard. However, they are not so frustrated that they are willing to move to another system. Students are frustrated more with how the tool is being used than how the tool works. We’ve put together a short ‘letter to faculty‘ that is based on the responses given by students. In this ‘letter’ we’ve also included some advice on how to deal with some of the ‘problems’ students reported. Read More
A Blackboard review is being conducted during the Spring 2016 semester. The process includes:
Begin the process of negotiating and moving forward either with Blackboard or another product (the hard stuff).
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.
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