TILT: Tweaking Blackboard Vista for Big Pay Offs

icon_blog_tiltWhat: “Tweaking Vista for Big Pay Offs”
Who: Robert C. Jones, Department of Philosophy
When: Previously recorded on Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Where: Online as an Archive

One of the biggest challenges facing professors in reading-heavy disciplines such as Humanities and Social Sciences is getting your students to read the required materials. Classroom discussions based on assigned readings that few students have taken the time to study can be less-than fruitful. Further, students who are required to take tests and quizzes on these readings often end up having to “cram” for these exams. However, if you use Vista (which you should), incorporating just a few key tweaks in the design of your course can bring big payoffs for you and your students. In this presentation Robert Jones will show you some of those tweaks and discuss the substantial benefits that have resulted since my implementing them just two semesters ago.

What is TILT?
The Technology in Learning and Teaching consortium is an informal research and interest group consisting of faculty, staff, and others with interests or experience in technology as it relates to learning and teaching. You can attend these faculty presentations in person, live online through the Internet, or via a later archive. For more information, visit the TILT Web page: www.csuchico.edu/tlp/tilt. Presentations take place on Wednesdays in MLIB 031, in the basement of Meriam Library.

Viewing a TILT Symposium as an Archive
Using this archive link, enter your name into the box labeled participant. Participant Logins do not require a password for this presentation.
View This Archive
For questions, information or suggestions for future TILT sessions please contact Ann Steckel at X6780 or asteckel[at]csuchico.edu.

TILT: Lecture Capture for Large Classes

icon_blog_tiltDuring the fall semester, the College of Communication, Arts, and Sciences took on an important pilot project which featured capturing the lectures in a large lecture hall. CMST 131 is a course with a large population of several hundred students. To accommodate all of them and still provide rich and engaging content, the group decided to broadcast the live lectures given in the classroom to another group who watched live and participated from a distance. A third group which could not attend class synchronously as a result of tight scheduling was given the option of attending asynchronous via the recorded archives.

During this presentation recorded on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, Dr. Justus details his experiences, successes and also his challenges.
To view the archive you will need a Web browser, the Java plug-in, and computer speakers to hear the audio. At the login window type your name into the box. No password is needed.
Click to view the archive of the presentation.

Viewing Assessment Stats in Vista

Recently we have received several inquires as to how to view statistics associated with a question used in an assessment given in Vista. William Middlebrook, a student staff worker in the TLP lab recently wrote out the steps to share how easy this process is. If you like this VISA tip and would like to see more, please check out our Vista Knowledge Base or our tutorials and demos.

Viewing Assessment Stats in Vista
1) Navigate to the teach tab.
2) Select the assessment manager tool and click on the name of the quiz you wish to view statistics for.
3) Next to the blue title of the quiz there will be a grey drop down action links arrow. Click the action links arrow and select view reports.
4) Next select overall statistics button and click run report.
5) As the default, the report will be displayed “by student”.
6) Above the last name column Show: View by Student will be selected. In order to view by question select View by Question.
7) You will see numeric stats for each question.
8 ) Click Printable Statistics View and the stats will include graphs.

William Middlebrook, Student Staff
Technology & Learning Program
898-6167

Google Docs in the Classroom

Did you know that all students, faculty and staff have access to Google Docs? Google Docs can be a wonderful way for students to collaborate on projects or create presentations that can be shared with the rest of the class. In the near future training sessions on Google Docs will be held in TLP.

Training dates:
Google Docs for Collaboration

Tuesday, February 16
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Wednesday, February 17
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Spring TILT Symposium Schedule Announced

The Technology in Learning and Teaching consortium is an informal research and interest group consisting of faculty, staff, and others with interests or experience in technology as it relates to learning and teaching. You can attend these faculty presentations in person, live online through the Internet, or via a later archive. For more information, visit the TILT Web page: www.csuchico.edu/tlp/tilt. Presentations take place on Wednesdays in MLIB 031, in the basement of Meriam Library.

February 10, 2 – 3 p.m. – Zach Justus – Lecture Capture for Large Courses
February 24, 2 – 3 p.m. – Robert Jones – Tweaking Vista for Big Pay Offs
March 10, 2 – 2:30 p.m. – Cindy Ratekin – Grading Portfolios Collaboratively in Vista
March 10, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Cindy Ratekin – Doing Student Presentations Online with Wimba and Google
March 10, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Asa Mittman – The California Arts Podcast Project
March 24, 1 – 2 p.m. – Cris Guenter – MERLOT & CLIVE: Faculty Learning Objects Anew
April 14, 2 – 3 p.m. – Eddie Vela – Assessment Methods for Redesigned Courses
April 28, 2 – 3 p.m. – Chunyan Song – Bringing Guest Speakers into Your Class “Live”

Attending a TILT Symposium
All faculty and staff are invited to attend each session in person in MLIB 031, located in the basement of Meriam Library, or you may attend online via the Internet. To attend online you will need a Web browser, the Java plug-in, and computer speakers to hear the audio.

Viewing Recorded Sessions
Each session is recorded with the Wimba software for later playback online. To view an archive, click on the TILT session’s name on this page or view the TILT archive page to see recorded sessions from previous semesters.

Stanford’s Byron Reeves on avatars in the workplace

Prof. Byron Reeves, Communications, says avatars are now common in many of the largest U.S. companies.

According to Stanford University news,
“Stanford’s Byron Reeves has been paying close attention to the use of avatars and gaming technology on the job. In his new book, Total Engagement: Using Games and Virtual Worlds to Change the Way People Work and Businesses Compete, Reeves and co-author J. Leighton Read consider tomorrow’s workplace and what it will take to create the best employees and most competitive businesses.”

8 Things Faculty Should Know about Online Quizzes

Because the Internet is NOT fool-proof, allow some flexibility in your assessment plans. Here are some helpful ideas that work using Blackboard Vista’s assessment tool.

1. CSU Chico students will automatically be logged out of Vista after 60 minutes of non-activity.
Best Practice: For long assessments, show one question per page so activity is ongoing and allow students to revisit the questions.

2. In order to randomize question delivery, questions must be organized in question SETs.
Best Practice: Organize questions using the set part of the assessment creator first. Then create the quiz criteria and click the randomize question option.

3. Questions cannot be changed by faculty while students are taking the quiz.
Best Practice: Proofread the questions first by taking the test as the “Demo Student.” If an error or edit has been missed, wait until all students have finished the Quiz, make the modification, and update all outdated attempts to rescore. (Not sure how to update all outdated attempts? Call TLP at x6167 for clarification.)

4. Create a practice quiz and/or other low stakes assessment first, before assigning a high stakes exam.
Best Practice: Ask for student feedback on how you use assessments online.

5. The quiz availability period should be at least as long as the quiz duration, if not longer.
Best Practice: Keep the window of availability open for student who may accidentally be logged off while taking an assessment. If availability is closed, then those students cannot log back in to complete the assessment.

6. Include in your directions that students should call STCP immediately if having any trouble with their quiz or connectivity.
Best Practice: There will then be a time-stamped record of their problem for you to verify fact from fiction.

7. Make-up quizzes, and quizzes for students with special needs, can be easily created as a copy of an existing quiz and made available to specific students.
Best Practice: Do not name the test with the time accommodation by using a student name. Each added quiz will get a NEW column in the Vista gradebook and others can view these columns.

8. Online quizzes have just as much a chance for cheating as do face-to-face quizzes.
Best Practice: Students are more likely to cheat on high stakes exams, than low stakes exams. Use online quizzes frequently, in small chunks and for smaller point values. Consider using several quizzes as a cumulative score.

To learn more helpful hints about using Blackboard Vista call TLP and ask for a consultation with one of us! We will be happy to work with you.