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  • Modernized interface
  • Browser-based (no more Java launcher download)
  • High definition audio and video
  • Session attendance reports
  • Shared content, polling, and breakout rooms

How do I try it?

  1. Login to Blackboard Learn.
  2. Access any course.
  3. From your course menu, click (+) and add a tool link to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
  4. Click Join Room to check out Bb Collaborate using your default course room.
  5. Refer to Blackboard’s Getting Started resources if you want to quickly learn how to share content, invite guests, record a session, etc.
    If interested, sign up for TLP training coming this August.

Is it available for mobile?

Participants must download the Bb Student app to view a session on their mobile devices.

Any Caveats?

  • Does not currently support live, synchronous sessions with more than 100 live participants. (This limitation does not apply to recordings.)
  • Moderators must use the Google Chrome browser to share desktop applications.
  • Recordings
    • Recordings do not play back text Chat activity. As a workaround, the instructor can save the Chat to a text file.
    • Recordings do not play back instructor video if  content shared at the same time. Live participants can see both; but not in the recordings.
  • Does not currently support Plan (.elp) files

 

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Turnitin is set to release a major product upgrade that will automatically take effect on Monday, July 18th.  Once upgraded, you can expect to see a new, modernized interface after you open up a paper in the new Turnitin “Feedback Studio.”

Try it out before July 18

To get acquainted with the Turnitin Feedback Studio upgrade BEFORE Monday, July 18th, you can try out this interactive demo.

Not ready for the new look?

  • If after July 18th you decide you are not ready for the upgrade, simply click Return to Classic at the bottom of the Turnitin window.
  • You can go back and forth between the new look and the old look at any time. This screen recording demonstrates how to Return to Classic.
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Note to instructors: 
Turnitin will also no longer support "Student Preview" mode in Bb Learn. 
As an alternative, TLP is in the process of updating our student tutorial for Viewing Graded Turnitin Assignments in Bb Learn.

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CSU Chico Exemplary Online Instruction Program for 2016

Exemplary Online Instruction (EOI) awards are CSU, Chico’s way to locally recognize instructors who have met the criteria outlined in the CSU instrument, Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT). This instrument replaced Chico’s own Rubric for Online Instruction two years ago. We still recognize exemplary online instructors through this method, found online here.

For those new to the QOLT instrument, visit this website, which will introduce you to the CSU QOLT program.

To nominate a course for Exemplary Online Instruction recognition at Chico State:

  1. Submit a QOLT Self-Assessment:
    Laura Sederberg by email or in person before July 1, 2016. Self-Assessment link — complete the online self-assessment, and request a copy to be sent to you via email. Forward that email to Laura Sederberg.)
  2. Faculty will be asked to do a one-hour course presentation to our local Chico State Peer Review Committee, to be conducted before September 1, 2016.
  3. Recognition:
    This will take place at the Annual CELT Conference October 8-9, 2016. Recipients will receive a Poster, a Certificate and letter from the committee signed by the Provost.

Questions can be directed toward Laura Sederberg, Chair of the EOI Peer Review Committee, or contact Chico’s Faculty Development Center.

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Faculty, if you are interested in participating in TAP 4, please visit our website, applications are available from this site and are due on Sept. 12, 2016, for the coming academic year.

Our faculty have saved Chico State students $440,000 dollars over the last three years by implementing open educational resources (OER), and by removing expensive textbooks from students’ limited budgets. Twenty-nine faculty have participated and recently gathered for a celebration and received certificates of recognition signed by the Provost in Spring 2016. There is continuing good news that TAP 4 is assured to continue at Chico State by receiving another $20,000 in funding from the Chancellor’s Office. See the Chico Affordable Learning Solutions website, for more information.

The Steering Committee for Chico Affordable Learning Solutions, CAL$, is composed of Zach Justus, Interim Faculty Development Director; Patrick Newell, Library Dean; James Tyler, Reference Librarian; and Laura Sederberg, Manager of TLP.

An exciting opportunity exists for Chico State to save our students money through the Grant provided by the California State Assembly. AB 798 provides for CSU campuses or Community Colleges to apply for up to $50,000. There are some stipulations attached. Read more about this opportunity here. The Faculty Senate at Chico State approved campus resolution to increase student access to high-quality open educational resources and reduce the cost of textbooks and supplies for students in course sections for which open educational resources are to be adopted to accomplish cost savings for students.

Faculty, if you are interested in participating in TAP 4, please visit our website.