New Workshops this Month

The Technology and Learning Program is excited to offer new workshops this spring.
Please register ahead of time using the instructions below.

zoom logoin for Office Hours, Guest Speakers & More

This is a fun,  online workshop where you will participate  in a Zoom virtual meeting and experiment with some of its advanced features  including screen sharing, annotation, polling, and breakout rooms. You will leave the workshop with an active Zoom account,  and the confidence you need to integrate Zoom within Blackboard Learn for virtual office hours, guest speakers and student-to-student collaboration.

  • Thursday, April 12th at 12:00 PM (online)
  • Friday, April 13th at 9:00 AM  (online)
  • Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 PM  (online)

Spring Cleaning Tips for your Bb Learn Grade Center

Is your grade book clean and organized? Does it work for your students? Come to this workshop, and find out a few tips and tricks for ensuring there are no unpleasant surprises at the end of the semester. After a brief presentation, a few Instructional Technology Consultants from TLP will be on-hand to provide personalized, one on one assistance.

  • Monday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM in THMA 131
  • Tuesday, April 24th at 3:30 PM in THMA 131

Adding Video to Enhance Student Engagement Online

While this is not technically a new workshop, there is a new, and exciting element added to our existing Kaltura workshop…the ability to embed quiz questions in your Kaltura videos! Come and learn how.

  • Monday, April 16th, at 1:00 PM in THMA 131
  • Wednesday, May 2nd at 3:00 PM in THMA 131

Registering for Workshops

  1. Got to www.csuchico.edu/training
  2. Click Log in to DTS
  3. Enter your Portal ID and pwd.
  4. Select Schedule.
  5. Select the link to your preferred workshop and choose Register.

If you have any issues, email tlp@csuchico.edu.

 

October Blackboard Learn Workshops

The Technology and Learning Program is offering a series of Blackboard Learn brown-bag workshops the week of October 9th, in Tehema 131.

New faculty can sign up for our upcoming training workshops using this form.

Bb Learn Assignments

Monday, Oct. 9th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This workshop provides hands-on experience creating, presenting and grading assignments in Blackboard Learn.

Objectives
  • Create and edit Blackboard Learn assignments.
  • Create a Bb Learn rubric and associate it with a Bb Learn assignment.
  • Submit to an assignment using Student Preview.
  • Enter a score and provide feedback for student submissions using Needs Grading or the Grade Center.
  • Use the Inline Grading feature to mark up PDF and MS Word assignment submissions.
  • Download assignments for viewing offline.
  • Differentiate between a Bb Learn assignment and a Turnitin assignment.

Bb Learn Groups

Tuesday, October 10th 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This workshop provides hands-on practice creating, editing, and using Bb Learn groups.

Objectives
  • Create a group using manual, self, or random enrollment
  • Access groups from a content area or the My Groups shortcut.
  • Differentiate between group and group set
  • Create a group set using self or random enrollment.
  • Edit group membership and properties
  • Grade group work submitted using the group tools.
  • Create and grade group assignments.

Bb Learn Tests

Wednesday, October 11th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This workshop provides an introduction to tests within Blackboard Learn.

Objectives
  • Create a test in a practice space.
  • Add a variety of question types to a test.
  • Set the test display options for students.
  • Access student test attempts from the Grade Center.
  • Run a test item analysis.
  • Consider alternate methods to create tests through Respondus

Bb Learn Grade Center

Thursday, October 12th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This scenario-based, hands-on workshop provides experience working in a live gradebook that contains enrolled students, activities, and grades. The materials were created so that a faculty member can enter the gradebook and edit freely without fear of disrupting an actual live CSU Chico section. Each faculty member has access to his or her own private section and may edit, remove or add data in order to experiment with the gradebook feature of Bb Learn.

Objectives
  • The participants will be able to examine the full Grade Center and its tools.
  • The participants will be able to experiment with a sample Grade Center, sample data and the associated tools.
  • The participants will be able to take gained knowledge and apply it to their own class grade centers

Additional Training & Consultation Options

If the above dates/times do not work, you can:

  • Stop by our drop in lab in MLIB 457 from 9:00-5:00 M-F. Phone is 898-6167.
  • Request a consultation from an Instructional Technology Consultant.
  • Department chairs can also request custom training for your  department. Contact Laura Sederberg for more information.

Sign Up for Blackboard Learn Training

New faculty can sign up for our upcoming training workshops using this form.

Intro to Blackboard Learn (90 minutes)

This workshop is designed for those new to the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS), or for individuals who need a quick refresher.

Objectives

  • Access Bb Learn from the portal and from the direct link
  • Identify common Bb Learn components
  • Add items to the course menu (left side of course page)
  • Differentiate between email and messages within Blackboard
  • Add content to the course
  • Select a template or model to use for building your course
  • Locate additional resources and workshops

Dates/Times

  • Tuesday, Aug 15th 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (MLIB 226)
  • Saturday, Aug 19th 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (THMA 131);
  • Wednesday, Aug 23rd 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (THMA 131)

Bring Questions / Get Answers  (2 hours)

Bring your Blackboard Learn questions for the Technology and Learning Program’s Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs). At least two ITCs will be available during this open session.

  • Saturday, Aug 19th 12:00 PM – 2:00PM (THMA 131)

Additional Training & Consultation Options

If the above dates/times do not work, you can:

  • Stop by our drop in lab in MLIB 459. Our regular hours begin 8/14 and are from 9:00-5:00 M-F. Phone is 898-6167.
  • Request a consultation from an Instructional Technology Consultant.
  • Department chairs can also request custom training for your  department. Contact Laura Sederberg for more information.

Bb Learn’s new bugs – Jan. 2017

Faculty, by now you have seen the new interface for Bb Learn and are preparing your courses for the spring semester 2017. If you have not yet noticed, there are a couple of bugs that you may not like. One is how you can “drag and drop” to reorder elements on a content page. It is not working as designed and we have complained loudly to Blackboard to fix it. Remedies are in progress and will be deployed as soon as ready. The Technology and Learning Program folks can help you now!

See image below or come in for a visit, the basement of Meriam Library, room 003.

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Another bug is how the Gradebook does not fill the width of your computer screen. This is quite annoying. We are going to manipulate that setting so that it will fill the screen.

Please make note of any other bugs you see and let us know so that we can pass them on to the Blackboard developers. Call us at 898-6167 or email TLP at tlp@csuchio.edu, and let us know.

We are very happy that this new version meets accessibility requirements better than before. Your students will appreciate that, too!

New year, slightly new look for Bb Learn

On January 2, 2017, Blackboard Learn will have a new look and feel. Although the new “theme” is fairly subtle, it will enable a much more responsive design for students accessing their courses through their mobile devices.

What will it look like?

  • The Blackboard Home page will have a 2-column layout (see Figure 1 below)
  • The Blackboard Home page separates organizations on their own tab (see Figure 1 below)
  • The Blackboard Home page includes links for the Bookstore, Mobile Access and Career Center (see Figure 1 below)
  • The course menu is now white, with limited ability to customize  (see Figure 2 below).

Can I customize my course menu at all?

No. The new theme will override any customization to your course menu, including background colors and buttons. You can however, change the title colors for names of folders, files and items in the main content area.

Questions or Feedback?

If you have questions about how the new look and feel impacts your course, contact the Technology and Learning Program at 898-6167 or send an email to tlp@csuchico.edu.

 

Bb Learn Home page with new look and feel

Figure 1: Blackboard Learn Home page with new Organizations tab and 2-column layout. Click on the screenshot to zoom in.

screenshot of new blackboard learn course menu with white background

Figure 2: Blackboard Learn Course menu is now white; with no ability to customize color. Click on the screenshot to zoom in.

PeerMark Discontinued for Spring, 2017

Please note that CSU Chico will turn off access to Turnitin PeerMark on January 5, 2017.

Keep in mind, it is only PeerMark that is being turned off; Turnitin Originality Reports and GradeMark are still available.

According to the Turnitin Product Roadmap, they are “no longer making any changes” to the current PeerMark product. Their long term goal is to “replace PeerMark with a new tool that instructors and students can use with ease.”

Please contact a Technology and Learning Program consultant to discuss other peer review options including:

  • Google Docs
  • ePortfolio tools
  • Blackboard Learn’s Self & Peer Review tool
  • Other open source/web solutions

While these may not have the same level of integration with Blackboard Learn, they are worth exploring.

Thank you for your understanding and willingness to explore other options. And of course, if you have a favorite tool you want to share with us, we welcome your input.

Lynda.com Tutorials within Bb Learn

Using Lynda.com tutorials has become quite popular these days for helping students learn a task or two at Chico State. Faculty may go directly to the tutorial they want to share, and copy the complete link. Paste that link into your assignment or content page in Bb Learn’s course. The full URL will work for your students.

If you need any help, don’t hesitate to call the Technology and Learning Program (TLP) for assistance at 898-6167.

Start here for your first time to visiting Lynda.com from CSU Chico, http://www.csuchico.edu/lynda.

 

Voice Tools are no longer supported by Blackboard Learn

The Technology and Learning Program (TLP) and Distributed Learning Technologies (DLT) want to inform our Chico State faculty about a couple important changes that will affect you and your students’ workflow this semester, 2016.

Blackboard Learn is constantly working to upgrade their system and in this case to remove Java related tools, Mostly this is a GOOD Thing. But Voice Tools are no long going to be available for use.

This includes:

  • Voice Authoring
  • Voice Board
  • Voice Email
  • Voice Podcaster
  • Voice Presentation

Blackboard will not support these tools past August 31, 2016 which is the official end of life. Most of the use cases here may be covered by Kaltura or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Please contact TLP for a consultation with one of our talented Instructional Designers (ITCs) for assistance.

Ready to try the new Bb Collaborate “Ultra” for your virtual session?

What is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra?

A web conferencing tool that integrates with Blackboard Learn.

Features include:

  • Shared audio/video/text chat for up to 100 participants
  • Shared whiteboard
  • Shared applications (requires Google Chrome)
  • Shared files 

How can I try the new Bb Collaborate Ultra?

Open a service request in Team Dynamix and request Bb Collaborate Ultra be enabled in a Blackboard Learn Prep Area and give it a try. Then, if you like it, request that it be enabled in your live course section.

Is it available for mobile?

If students want to participate on a mobile device, they must download the Bb Student app.

Anyone who is the session Moderator must use a desktop or laptop computer.

 

I currently use an older version of Bb Collaborate. Should I switch to Ultra?

Please consider the following before becoming an early adopter of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra:

  • Bb Collaborate Ultra is easy to use; no extra downloads or Java required.
  • Better quality audio/video
  • Does NOT currently support breakout rooms; (coming in Spring or Summer of 2016)
  • Does NOT currently include the polling feature; (coming in a later release)
  • Does NOT currently support pre-scripted Plan files; (TBD)
  • Limited recording playback; currently includes EITHER the webcam mode, or the whiteboard/application share mode, but not both at the same time.
  • Refer to Blackboard’s Understanding the Changes reference guide for full details.

How can I learn more?

Schedule a meeting with a TLP ITC consultant to go through potential use cases for Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

Helpful Tutorials: