Blackboard Workshop Schedules for October 2011

The following Bb Workshops have been scheduled for October 2011.
There will be additional workshops scheduled for November 2011.

Spring 2011 courses will be available in Bb on October 24, 2011.

Blackboard update:

It was reported to the Office of Information Technology that students were not receiving emails from Blackboard when an announcement was created.  IT investigated the problem and reported it to Blackboard for resolution.   Blackboard reported that this is a known problem that is created when the title of the course has a “:” in the name.  Unfortunately, the university’s course naming convention for Blackboard courses has a “:” in every title.  Blackboard is planning to address the problem in the Service Pack 8 upgrade, but has created a patch for Saint Joseph’s which will be applied this Sunday, October 2.  OIT has been testing the patch on the Blackboard test environment and the patch does fix the problem with sending emails from announcements.

Please report Bb issues to the help desk (helpdesk@sju.edu, x2920).

Macintosh Browser Incompatibility:

Faculty and students have reported problems with opening PDF files when using a Macintosh computer and the Safari or the Firefox browser.  OIT has reported the browser incompatibles to Blackboard.  At present, the best work around for Mac users is to use Google’s Chrome browser for viewing PDFs in Blackboard.

Blackboard 9.1 Getting Started

This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Building course navigation and uploading Content and the Control Panel features.

Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform basic operations in Bb9.1.

The Bb9.1 “Getting Started” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday October 11         2:30-4:00  Getting Started

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool.

The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students.

Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.

The Bb9.1 “Grade Center” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday, Oct 4         11:30-1:00      Bb Grade Center

Thursday, Oct 6       4:30-6:00        Bb Grade Center

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Wimba

Wimba can be utilized by those instructors that need to communicate with their students online in real time.

Wimba takes Blackboard’s “Virtual Classroom” tool to the next level by adding voice, video, and application sharing

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

·         Have a general knowledge of  how to communicate with students online using tools in Wimba.

·         Have a working knowledge of  how to synchronously share content and web sites with students online.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Wimba” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 27

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday, Oct 5      4:00-5:30      Bb Wimba

Blackboard 9.1 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki

This training session will focus on how students can use blogs and wikis to communicate and collaborate in class.  You will learn how to create wiki, blogs, and journals for your students.  You will also learn the appropriate application of each of these tools.

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

Create Blogs, Wiki, and Journals in a Blackboard class space

The Bb9.1 “Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Monday, Oct 10     8:00-9:30      Bb Blogs Wiki

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Assessment

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the assessment function of Blackboard Learn, with a focus on creating and grading tests.

There are five major stages, you will experience a test as a student, you will learn how to create, deploy, and grade assessments.

We will also discuss best practices in online assessment, and explore how statistics can help evaluate the effectiveness of assessments.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday, Oct 5       11:30-1:00       Bb Assessment
Monday, Oct 10           11:00-12:30     Bb Assessment

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Self and Peer Assessment<

The Self and Peer Assessment tool enables students to review and evaluate work submitted by themselves or their peers.

Using criteria specified by the instructor and optional sample responses, students can assign points and provide feedback on submitted assignments.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Self and Peer Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday, Oct 25        11:30-1:00     Bb Self and Peer Assessment

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Safe Assign

SafeAssign is a valuable tool for encouraging original writing and proper citation practices within your course.

SafeAssign compares your students’ work with previously submitted papers and published works from several databases, including, Internet, ProQuest ABI/Inform database, Institutional document archives with papers submitted by students at your institution, Global Reference Database with papers voluntarily submitted by students from Blackboard® client institutions.

Once a paper is submitted in SafeAssign, a report is generated that indicates the percentage of the paper that matches existing sources. This overall score can be an indicator that you need to review the paper more closely.

The SafeAssign report also shows the suspected source for each section of the paper that returns a match, allowing you to easily investigate whether the text was properly attributed.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Self and Peer Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday, Oct 25      2:00-3:30              Bb Safe Assign

Wednesday, Oct 26       3:00-4:30       Bb Safe Assign

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Rubrics

The Bb Rubrics tool allows you to specify criteria and performance levels for grading, providing clear guidelines for students, instructors, and teach assistants.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Rubrics” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday, Oct 26       8:00-9:30       Bb Rubrics

Source: Al Labonis, ITDL

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