Start 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.
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:
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:
Search the Internet to find a publicly available copy of the video and use the weblink tool in Blackboard Learn to link to it (NBCLearn, TED, YouTube or PBS).
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.
Bb Learn support staff recently reported an issue where Bb Learn grade center columns set as “hidden” by the instructor are inadvertently showing to students who use the Bb Student mobile app. A fix for this issue is in development.
See below for example of Grade Center with hidden columns.
Bb Learn Grade Center showing columns marked as “hidden” from students
Typically, instructors mark certain grade center columns as “hidden,” and students cannot view those hidden grades anywhere in Bb Learn.
However, this recent issue displays the hidden grade information to students using the Bb Student mobile app. See below for example of hidden grade column information showing in the Bb Student mobile app. Please note that this issue only allows students to see their own grades; they will not be able to see grades for other users.
If you have questions, or are wondering whether you have hidden Bb Learn grade center columns, please call the Technology and Learning Program at 898-6167 and we can help you determine whether this issue impacts your course.
Bb Student mobile app showing hidden grade information in a content folder.
If you are at all interested to join your fellow colleagues in attending the Academy e-Learning institute this coming June, I urge you to visit the website today, www.csuchico.edu/academy. You will find an introduction, invitation, and are able to fill out the application.
If you have questions and want to ask for advice as you fill it out, feel free to drop in to Sylvester’s this Friday, Feb. 12 from 12-1:00pm where we will have folks from the AeL Advisory Committee available to talk with you.
After seven successful years with AeL, we are really good at getting to the heart of your needs in what to do and how to do it, to redesign your course. Faculty mentors, as well a technical experts and instructional designers will attend and help you through this fun and creative process.
Laura Sederberg, Manager of the Technology and Learning Program.
A web conferencing tool that integrates with Blackboard Learn.
Shared audio/video/text chat for up to 100 participants
Shared applications (requires Google Chrome)
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.
The Technology & Learning Program is a division of CSU, Chico's Academic Technologies supporting the faculty and staff with variety of online and classroom technologies including Blackboard Learn, Bb Collaborate, Google Apps, Wimba, Second Life, TurnItIn, Clickers, Camtasia and more. Check us out online: