|Trouble reading this? Click here.||Number 119 - March 18, 2011|
Mid-Semester Blackboard ToDo List
We are at the spring break point in the spring 2011 semester, and there are several things you should do or get ready to do with your Blackboard courses. Full semester length courses are ongoing, but the first set of 8-week courses are ending and the next about to begin. First, for faculty members about to begin your courses, here are a couple of critical Q & A's:
Q. How do I login to Blackboard?
A. Go to http://www.palomar.edu/blackboard and login using your Palomar email ID (the username part to the left of the "@" sign without the "@palomar.edu" part) as username and Palomar email password as password. Remember you have two accounts in your Blackboard courses, one as instructor and one as a student. Your student login uses your 9-digit eServices EMPLID as username. Use this one only when you want to see what your course materials look like from the student perspective.
Q. How do I make my course available to my students?
A. On your control panel click Customization > Properties > Set Availability (section 3 of the Properties control) = Yes.
Q. My course materials exist on the old Blackboard system.
How do I move them to the new system?
Q. I can see all my Blackboard course content, but my students say
1. You have not made the content available to student. When adding content to Blackboard be sure to set the "Permit Users to View this Content" Option to Yes.
2. Make sure that you have not restricted access to the item based on a date/time range.
3. There is a known issue in Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack version 3--the version we will be using until the end of the spring 2011 semester--whereby if an item was copied or moved using the item copy/move command from one course to another students who attempt to view it in the course to which it was moved will get an "Access Denied" error. Click here for a full description. The fix is to upload the item to the second course, not copy/move it using the copy/move item tool. The COURSE COPY tool works fine, not the ITEM copy/move. This will be fixed when we apply service pack 4 at the end of the current semester.
Now, for all instructors, here are a few useful Q & A's:
Q. Should I archive my course or export it, and
what is the difference?
Q. How do I export or archive a course?
Q. How long will my course materials remain on
the Blackboard system?
Q. How do I view a list of students in my class
from within Blackboard?
Q. How do I learn to use the features of Blackboard.
Blackboard with Cream & Sugar
We have been pleased with the turnout at our weekly Blackboard with Cream & Sugar sessions, held on a drop-in basis each Wednesday morning between 7:30 and 10:30 AM. We are going on hiatus over spring break, but will re-commence on March 30. If you feel the urge to learn about Blackboard at that time, or have any other Blackboard-related questions or comments, drop by room LL-111. We provide the coffee and tea and, we hope, answers.
We have nearly completed our in-person workshops for spring 2011, but there are still a few workshops left to attend.
On Thursday, March 31, we will present "PowerPoint 3: Placing Your Narrated PowerPoint Presentation Online," postponed from an earlier date.
On Firday, April 1 we will present "Teaching with Blackboard: Evaluating Learning," in which we will cover surveys, tests, assignments, anti-plagiarism tools, and the Blackboard Grade Center. It is a three part workshop, meeting for 2 hours on
three successive Fridays.
On Thursday, April 21 we will present a "Technology Roundtable: What Works in Blackboard," where we are inviting those who have found effective teaching techniques to come and share. Please contact Dr. Haydn Davis for more information.
On Friday, April 22 we will begin a three-part workshop--and our final workshop for the semester-- on "Teaching with Blackboard: Communicating with Your Students." It will meet on three successive Fridays. Please see our training schedule for details.
Watch for an announcement of our summer tech camp, to be held in August, in our next newsletter and on our web site.
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