Might we suggest adding Lynda.com to your syllabus?
As plans begin for the fall semester the Technology & Learning Program (TLP) wants to remind you that you, and all your students, have unlimited access to Lynda.com, an online library of high-quality, instructional videos on the latest software tools and skills.
Below see some sample verbiage that you might use:
Online Technology Tutorials: Lynda.com is a CSU-provided online library of high-quality instructional videos produced by recognized industry experts. It provides training on a wide range of software, computing, and professional skills. This is an excellent resource to use if you are unfamiliar with the programs or software features needed for your classes.
To begin using the Lynda.com Online Training Library, simply activate your profile by clicking on this link: http://www.csuchico.edu/lynda.
Quick introductory video for how-to-use Lynda.com tutorials, http://www.lynda.com/Business-tutorials/How-use-lyndacom/77683-2.html.
Lynda.com has been an excellent resource for many of our sister CSU campuses and we hope that you discover that it can be a useful tool for you as well. Professors, please feel free to contact TLP with questions about Lynda.com. We can help you find the right tutorial(s) to supplement your courses.
The Technology and Learning Program
Faculty access to Vista will be permanently removed on Friday, June 6th, 2014.
Faculty who still have content in Vista can continue to migrate it to Bb Learn using the “Migrate from Vista” tab in Bb Learn until close of business on Thursday, June 5th, 2014.
Migration instructions are available on the “Migrate from Vista” tab on your Bb Learn homepage.
Faculty who have questions or need additional support migrating content should contact TLP at x6167.
Vista was fully replaced by Bb Learn in fall 2012. Blackboard no longer supports Vista and it must be decommissioned as there are significant security issues and expenses associated with maintaining unsupported software.
After faculty access is removed, the technical decommissioning process will begin; it will be completed by the end of June at which time Vista will be completely and permanently eliminated from our environment.
Based on the information provided by the Registrar (dating back to early 2013), the decommission timelines comply with University processes related to grade challenges.
A complete project timeline dating back to spring 2013 is included below. Click on “thumbnail for larger version.”
After the weekly Blackboard Learn maintenance early Thurs., March 6, 2014, the issue faculty have had with the Discussion area should be resolved.
If you notice problems still exist for you with Blackboard Learn Discussions (faculty), please DO contact TLP at x6167. Be advised that Blackboard Inc. notified us of this issue as a “known issue” after our repeated pleas for attention to trouble tickets. We do think it should be fixed now.
Blackboard Administrators are currently working on resolving the issue of instructors not being able to access the Discussion Board. This issue is not affecting students, only course instructors. Estimated time of resolution is unknown at this time. Here are suggested workarounds until the issue is resolved.
If you have a “non-graded” discussion: you need to create a content area that is not visible to students (be sure it is Hidden). Select Tools; select Discussions Boards; then select a Discussion Board Forum. Hit Next, then Submit.
If you have a “graded” discussion: you can access student posts via the “Needs Grading” or the Grade Center area within Blackboard’s Gradebook. This will bring up the familiar inline grading tool.
If you need assistance you may call the TLP, at 898-6167.
We are currently experiencing an issue with the Bb Learn Discussion tool link.
If an instructor clicks on the Discussion tool link from the course menu, an error displays.
As a temporary workaround, instructors can access discussion posts through Needs Grading or through the Grade Center.
This issue does NOT impact students.
The Distributed Learning Technologies team is working to resolve the issue. TLP will post an update once resolved.