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2015Start your new year with a Blackboard Learn workshop from TLP!

We often hear instructors say that spending just 60-90 minutes in one of our face-to-face workshops saves them hours of work later in the semester. Plus, it provides an opportunity for you to meet some of our Instructional Technology Consultants, including Christine Sharrio, the newest member of our TLP team.

Not sure if you need to attend?

View the workshop descriptions and objectives and enroll only in the ones you need. Then sign up on the Workshop Calendar, linked from TLP’s homepage, www.csuchico.edu/tlp.

 

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Haven’t heard of MERLOT before? Now is the time to learn about its curated collection of free and open online materials and faculty development services used by international education community.
 
 
Dr. Cris Guenter, Chico State Graduate Coordinator and Professor of Education, will lead an exploration of MERLOT’s resources and suggest ways in which faculty can use its huge repository of free and open peer-reviewed materials. Dr. Guenter’s work with online instruction and MERLOT has been recognized at the national and international levels.
 
The link to the Blackboard Collaborate session is:
 
Faculty on the SSU campus are also welcome to view the webinar in the Faculty Center located on the first floor of the Schulz Library in Room 1112.
This session will be archived for future use.
 
For more information please contact Ann Steckel, SSU Director of Educational Design & Curricular Innovation, at 707-664-2240 or Steckel@sonoma.edu .

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The Real Media (Mole) server will be decommissioned on January 16, 2015 due to unsupported software. We introduced Kaltura as a new streaming media server in fall 2012 (and as a replacement for Mole), and we’ve been working with faculty to migrate onto that platform over time. Given Mole’s end of life, we need to complete the migration of video content off of it. We are requesting that you only move the files you’re actively using since our campus Kaltura license fees are based on the amount of storage that we use.

Here are some migration options:

There are multiple ways to integrate video in Blackboard Learn. If you have questions about hosting/migrating video or if you require any other assistance, please contact the Technology and Learning Program (TLP) at 898-6167.

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We are experiencing an issue in Blackboard Learn with the YouTube Mashup and Video Everywhere tools.

Issue

You get a “device support” error when you try to add a video from YouTube using Blackboard Learn’s YouTube Mashup and Video Everywhere tools. See below.

YouTube mashup window displaying device error message

Note: The problem only occurs for new videos; not for videos you previously added to your courses.

Projected Date for Fix

We have escalated our support ticket with Blackboard, and will let you know as soon as we hear anything.

Temporary Workarounds

If you were trying to record a YouTube video using the Video Everywhere tool, you can  record your video directly on YouTube. Then use any of the methods below for copying and pasting the YouTube video link into Blackboard Learn.

To Copy and Paste a YouTube Link into Blackboard Learn:

screenshot of Blackboard Learn content editor with arrow pointing to hyperlink icon on second row

To Copy and Paste a YouTube Embed Code into Bb Learn:

Copy and paste the embed code to your YouTube video within the Content Editor using the HTML view.

  1. From YouTube, select the option to display embed code.
  2. Copy the embed code.
  3. From Bb Learn content editor, select the HTML button and paste your embed code into the HTML view.
  4. Save.
    screenshot of blackboard learn content editor with arrow pointing to html button on the third row

Please drop by or call the TLP lab this summer to have us walk you through these options.

We are glad to assist. Our phone number is (530) 898-6167, we are open Mon.-Thurs. 9-5:00 PM.

 

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Exemplary Online Instruction application period is OPEN!

Please see http://www.csuchico.edu/eoi/ for details. Our annual Exemplary Online Instruction (EOI) award application period is open, and we have a newly revised website. We are using the QOLT instrument from the CSU Quality Assurance (QA) Program, rather than our previous used instrument the Rubric for Online Instruction (ROI). The CSU is offering a QOLT award recognition program for the top few courses in the CSU. Chico offers the Exemplary Online Instruction Award locally on our own campus.

Please feel free to contact QA Coordinator, Ben Seipel; or CELT Director, Kate McCarthy; or TLP manager, Laura Sederberg who are all involved with this program.

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2015. Thanks for your participation!

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Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) is a CSU program to help save students money by looking at alternatives to the high cost of textbooks. At Chico State we call it CALS, and our yearly project to do so (TAP) just received $20,000 to work with Chico State faculty to reduce costs to students for the 2015-16 academic year. Textbook Alternatives Project (TAP) is in its third year of providing alternative choices and support to accomplish changes in one course of your choosing. It has a simple goal = save students money!

Applications are now available for TAP, year three (or TAP3). Find the application packet online, http://www.csuchico.edu/cals/tap/index.shtml.  Be sure to look over the website and see the year one and year two projects for TAP.

If you have questions about the process or application, you may contact Laura Sederberg (Manager of TLP) who coordinates this project with the CSU. Faculty Learning Community is formed for each year’s cohort and we bring in guest speakers, faculty librarians, instructional technology consultants, bookstore representatives, and members from CELT to help you think through what you would like to accomplish to save your students money. Applications are not due until September 11, 2015, so you have plenty of time to consider this.

Those of you willing to write your own textbook or other online resources may decide to try producing them with assistance from an application called SoftChalk. It helps you author materials that can then be put into Blackboard Learn rather easily. You may choose to build your own e-Book, or other Open Education Resources (OER). For questions, contact Laura Sederberg, manager of the Technology and Learning Program (TLP), by phone 898-4326 or campus email.

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What changed?

There is no longer a link to the Notifications module page on the default Bb Learn course template automatically created for you at the beginning of the each term/semester.

Default course menu with arrow pointing to Notifications module page on the course menu

Why did it change?

  • To simplify the default course template since the same information can also be found on the Bb Learn Home page.
  • Feedback from faculty indicates the “What’s New” module contained too much distracting information at the beginning of the semester.

Who is impacted?

  • Faculty are planning to assemble their course(s) from scratch using the default template.
  • Course copy is not impacted. If you have a Notifications page on the previous semester’s course, it will come over during Course Copy.

How can I add the Notifications module page back on my course menu?

1. Select (+) above the course menu, and select Module Page.

Default course shell with arrows pointing

2. Enter Notifications as the name.
3. Select Available to Users and click Submit.
4. Click Add Course Module.

Notifications module page with arrow pointing to Add Course Module button

5. Click Add next to the modules you want displayed (previously these were My Announcements & What’s New).
6. Click Ok

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The deadline for applications to this summer’s Academy e-Learning institute has been extended to Monday, March 9, 2015. 

The application process is straightforward, the stipend is significant, and the program is suitable for face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online course redesign. Details are here, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have. This year’s theme is on “Creativity.”

For AeL Cohort 7, our work will center on (re)designing courses that rekindle our own creativity, joy, and passion for teaching while developing diverse, relevant, engaging learning opportunities and experiences that help students:

  • Spark divergent thinking and risk-taking to ignite new ideas and innovative approaches;

  • Develop skills and abilities to adapt to problems and opportunities that have not yet been imagined;

  • Burn through creative blocks, such as writer’s block, that stifle exploration, discovery, and expression; and

  • Embrace imagination and difference to foster a creative spirit and lifelong love of learning.

  • We will explore instructional strategies and technologies that help us realize our goals, with an emphasis on creative approaches to teaching and assessment, and on student knowledge-creation and expression through storytelling, game making, meaningful play, collaborative media work, experiential learning, model building, design thinking, applied imagination, and invention.

Please consider joining us. The website with application is here:  www.csuchico.edu/academy/.