Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Blackboard Tip : Embed YouTube Videos by Creating an Item


Users  are getting an error when trying to embed a YouTube video through Mash ups feature in blackboard : “Error: An error was returned by YouTube: No longer available”



Until the problem is resolved you can you embed YouTube videos through creating an item.

From within the content area click Build Content- Create Item.

Enter the name of the video.


Open YouTube website in another window or browser tab.  


Search for a YouTube video by entering the video name in the search box and clicking on the search button.

      
Click on the video title you want to embed into Blackboard.



On  the video page , click Share



The link is selected by default, right click and select Copy  

 Go back into the editor in Blackboard
 Click Embedded Media icon


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Paste url in the File/Url section – Click anywhere outside that space (you should be able to see a preview of the video) -click  Insert


Click Submit


Tip: For the current YouTube videos  that were embedded through Mash ups the workaround seems to be that the users right click the thumbnail and select play the video in a new window.





Monday, April 25, 2016

Important Information for Online Teachers



The Distance Education department is eager to help you improve and enhance your online courses so more students will be successful. As you successfully complete the semester with your online students please remember the following guidelines.  In addition, I have attached a rubric for evaluating your online course.  
Expectations for Online Courses
As an instructor for a course taught fully online, there are basic requirements that must be met.  Below are the basic expectations:
  • Courses must have sufficient content.  For example, a three credit traditional course meets 2.5 hours per week and then there is work outside of class.  An online class must mirror this.  There needs to be teaching content for students to interact with that engages them for as much time as would a traditional course.  This content can be handouts, readings, instructor created audio lectures, videos, or a wide range of other learning activities. 
  • Online courses must have the same learning outcomes as traditional courses.
  • Teachers must be actively engaged with the course.  They cannot set-up a course on “auto-pilot” and then not be present in the course.  Teachers must log into their online courses, interact with the students and keep grades current.
  • Students must have the opportunity to interact with the teacher and with other students.  Interactions include emails and discussion boards, but can also be other interactions such as phone conferences, feedback in the grade center, and others. 
  • Students should not have to wait for a response to an inquiry (email, phone, discussion board, etc.) for more than 48 hours.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Blackboard Tip: End of the SemesterChecklist



Following some recommendations and tutorial refreshers for the end of the semester:
  •     Download course Grade Center.
  •     Archive your course
  •     Clean out unnecessary assignment files. (Important)
  •     Make your courses unavailable
  •     Hide old courses from your “My Courses” module list on AWConline page.



Download course Grade Center:

-          From the control panel click Grade Center- Full Grade center, click Work Offline - select Download.

-    On the Download Grades page under Data, select Full Grade Center, and under Options keep the option section as default, click submit.
     Click the Download button and choose where to save the file.



The file will be saved with excel 2003  *.xls extension.



Tip:  In blackboard 9.1 you can use course to course navigation to jump from one place in a course to the exact same place in the other course. Click the chevron near the course name in the top gray bar.


Under My Other Courses section you want to go to.


The tab is located in the Full Grade Center. This tool allows the instructor to download the Grade Center as an Excel file to save to the computer or flash drive.

    Archive your course

-    From the Control Panel, click Packages and Utilities and select Export/Archive Course.
   

-          Click Archive.

Note:  Archive saves all elements of the course, which includes all student grades, tests, student activities and the course roster. Export saves all or part of the course structure. Exporting does not include student activities or student roster.
 
-   On the Archive Course page under Select Copy Options, select Include Grade Center History. -    Click Submit.

   

Note:  The archived course is saved in a zip and may take some time to be processed.  An email will be sent when the process is completed.

-    Click the Archive File link to download to your computer or click the chevron near the file name and select open.


Note: AWC archive courses on regular bases but having an archived copy on your desktop in very helpful in various aspects. The Archive  course enables to make a complete record of the course , including all of user information. It only takes few minutes to archive a course which may have taken months to develop. To restore an archived course you need to contact the helpdesk and have the archive file sent to the Blackboard System Administrator to be restored

   Clean out unnecessary assignment files. (Important)
Deleting large Assignment files can significantly reduce the space your course uses, helping to avoid Disk Quota errors.  To delete assignment: from the course Control Panel –click Full Grade Center

Click Assignments-Click the Chevron next to the assignment title bar.  Select Assignment File cleanup 
Check the box next to the User.
  Click Delete
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Make your courses unavailable:
If you no longer want students to access the course after the end of semester, please make your course unavailable through Control Panel-Customization-Properties-Set Availability – No-Submit

 Note: The gray bar at the top of the course will let you now that the course is unavailable to students.

Hide old courses from your “My Courses” module list on AWConline page.
-Click the “Manage My Courses Module Settings” gear tool on the My Courses title bar.
- Uncheck the courses that you have completed teaching.
- Click Submit




Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Blackboard Tip: Beginning of the Semester Checklist


Blackboard Tip: Beginning of the Semester Checklist


Checklist we recommend for the beginning of the semester:
  • Update the Syllabus
  • Check if information is accurate when copying from last semester  
  • Due dates are updated
  • Points system and assignments
  • Check Course Menu
Following helpful quick tips:
Make sure   Edit Mode button located in the upper right corner is ON. You may use the drag and drop feature to change the order of menu items. Course Menu items that do not contain any content are automatically hidden from student view but are visible to the instructor while Edit Mode is on.
-  To add a new link to the Course Menu, click the    “+” and select the area you want to add. Note: The “+” is unavailable when Edit Mode is turned off.


-  Rename, Hide or Delete links as necessary using the chevron (pull-down menu) next to each link.

-  Organize your course menu using the drag and drop feature. For longer course menus you may want to consider creating Sub headers and Dividers by clicking on the “+” icon and selecting these features


TURN OFF UNNECESSARY TOOLS
To simplify your class you may want to hide links of tools that you will not be using. If you decide to use a tool later in the semester you may make it available at that time.  From the left menu click Tools section, named Grades/Tools/Email



Make your Course Available:
  • From the control panel click Customization-Properties
  • Under Set Availability (3)-Make course available –select Yes-click Submit


Tip: You can use course to course navigation to jump from one place in a course to the exact same place in the other course. Click the chevron near the course name in top gray bar


Under My Other Courses section you want to go to.



Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blackboard Tip: Beginning of the Semester Blackboard Checklist

Following a refresher for the beginning of the semester Checklist we recommend :
  • Update the Syllabus
  • Check if information is accurate when copying from last semester
  • Due dates are updated
  • Points system and assignments
  • Check Course Menu (Confirm the Course Menu consist of only the links you want to use. To delete or rename a menu item click the chevron near it)
  • Make Your Course Available
Following helpful quick tips:
Make sure   Edit Mode button located in the upper right corner is ON. You may use the drag and drop feature to change the order of menu items. Course Menu items that do not contain any content are automatically hidden from student view but are visible to the instructor while Edit Mode is on.
-  To add a new link to the Course Menu, click the blue “+” and select the area you want to add. Note: The “+” is unavailable when Edit Mode is turned off.
-  Rename, Hide or Delete links as necessary using the chevron (pull-down menu) next to each link.


Note: If you are doing a course copy , we would recommend deleting unwanted menu  links and Grade Center Columns in the destination course before doing the copy so the copy is cleaner and all links will be in place .
Course Copy Tutorial:
  • From the source course  blue control panel – Under Course Management - Select Packages and- Click Course Copy   


  • In Select Copy Options, Click Browse to locate the Destination Course ID.
  • Select the radio button to the left of the Course ID of the course you want to copy the content into.
  • Scroll down and Click Submit.
  • Under Select Course Materials, Click Select All.


            Note: In Enrollments - DO NOT  select Include Enrollments in the Copy – this will bring over your old students.


            Click Submit. When the Course Copy process is complete, you will receive a confirmation email.

-  Organize your course menu using the drag and drop feature. For longer course menus you may want to consider creating Sub headers and Dividers by clicking on the “+” icon and selecting these features


TURN OFF UNNECESSARY TOOLS
To simplify your class you may want to hide links of tools that you will not be using. If you decide to use a tool later in the semester you may make it available at that time.  From the left menu click Tools section, named Grades/Tools/Email


Improve course design and menu options: From within the course control panel Click on Customization and then select Teaching Style where you can:

Make your Course Available:
  • From the control panel click Customization-Properties
  • Under Set Availability (3)-Make course available –select yes


Tip:  In blackboard 9.1 you can use course to course navigation to jump from one place in a course to the exact same place in the other course. Click the chevron near the course name in top gray bar


Under My Other Courses section you want to go to.




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Blackboard Tip : Latest Required Update to Grading Discussion Boards



With the latest required  update applied on AWC Blackboard , in the discussion board, the students names are no longer obviously list on the left bar . Following a quick tutorial  on  grading a discussion board

From the course left menu click Discussion Board


On the Discussion Board click the chevron drop down and select grade   


On the Grade Discussion Forum page., click Grade next to the student’s name


After reading the student posts, you can enter the grade on the left side , you can enter any feedback – Note:You can navigate to other submissions by clicking the gray box under the student name.  (This is a significant change due to the required update).