Blackboard News You Can Use – November 2017

Blackboard News You Can Use - For Part-Time Faculty

Welcome to Blackboard News You Can Use, your brief monthly newsletter to help you promote student success through MATC’s web-based learning environment, Blackboard Learn. In this edition, we review several communication tools that you can use to connect and interact with your students in face-to-face and online courses.

Use the Announcement Tool for Weekly Announcements

One way to keep students engaged and on track in their learning is through frequent, timely communication. Faculty can use the Announcement tool to notify students of course events, introduce or summarize class activities, provide general feedback for all learners, or post regular class updates. Announcements can be pushed out to student email immediately or they can be scheduled in advance. If you teach multiple sections of a course that would benefit from the same announcement, consider using the Qwickly tool to send immediate announcements to multiple sections at once.

Support Learning and Community through Discussion Boards

The Discussion Board is a communication tool that allows students and the instructor to discuss, interact, and exchange ideas. The Discussion Board tool can be used by faculty to foster a sense of community and open communication in a course. Common uses of this tool include creating a “Welcome to Class Introductions” forum to get to know students and a  “Question and Answers” forum to allow students to post questions and receive support from you as well as their classmates. By subscribing to a forum, you will receive an email notification whenever there is a new message posted.

Sending Emails from Blackboard

Students are advised to access their MATC Gmail accounts frequently, as this is their main source of communication with the college. Each semester course that you teach contains an Email tool that you can use to send email notifications to an entire class or specific students. Email notifications are automatically sent to student’s MATC Gmail accounts based on the course’s roster.

Do You Have questions About Using Blackboard in Your Teaching Practice?

You are invited to attend a free 1-hour Blackboard Workshop and earn 1 CEU that counts towards FQAS! Or, connect with a Faculty Support Liaison for one-on-one assistance.


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Blackboard News You Can Use – October 2017

Blackboard News You Can Use - For Part-Time Faculty

Welcome to Blackboard News You Can Use, your brief monthly newsletter to help you promote student success through MATC’s web-based learning environment, Blackboard Learn. In this first letter, you will find links to tips, support resources, and training opportunities! To receive MATC email messages at your personal email account, see these instructions.

Did You Know That All Course Sections Require a Syllabus Posted in Blackboard?

It’s true! All faculty are required to post a syllabus to each course they teach in Blackboard. To learn more, review our First-time Login Instructions and our First-Time Guide to Adding a Syllabus.

How Faculty Can Help Students Be Successful in their Courses

If you are new to using Blackboard, there are several great tools that you can use to communicate with students, share resources, and post grade feedback to inform students throughout the semester. Check out our guide to learn more.

Did You Know that Faculty Can Now Submit Final Grades through Blackboard?

By popular request, Blackboard now has a tool for posting final grades from Blackboard to INFOnline. All faculty are invited to use the tool. To learn more, attend an info session this fall!

Where Can You Get Training or Support?

For in-depth training, complete Professional Development’s free Blackboard training courses. They are offered every semester and do count towards FQAS! For how-to questions and guidance, MATC’s faculty support liaisons are your first point of contact. See their schedule for one-on-one consultation availability. Lastly, check out the Blackboard Faculty Support Website for illustrated self-paced tutorials and support forms.


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SU2018 End of Semester Course Evaluation

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Please urge your students to complete a course evaluation for your course. Students have received an email with a link to the evaluation, and they have a “Take Survey button” on the homepage of the Blackboard site for your course. The evaluations remain open until midnight on July 31.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

[WEBINAR] Creating a connection with students in online courses

 

Connecting with students in a fully online course

Innovations in Integrations Webinars

Connecting with students presents a unique challenge to fully online instructors. Join us for this next innovations in integrations webinar as Professor Rego shares best practices to overcome this obstacle by using the NBC Learn integration with Blackboard for a picture-perfect student engagement experience.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 1:00 pm Central 
Presenter: Rodolfo Rego
Digital Instructor
Florida International University
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Upcoming Blackboard Training Courses – Don’t Miss Out, Enroll Today!

Upcoming Blackboard Training Courses

If you are new to using Blackboard and are looking for hands-on training opportunities, we strongly recommend enrolling in our free 1-credit professional development courses. 

Be trained as early as May 30th by enrolling in:

COMPSW-197-201 Introduction to Blackboard  (See Spring Semester in INFOnline).
Tues. May 30th & June 6th, 12:30 – 4:30 PM; online requirements
Instructor: Erin Dischler

See our full summer 2017 schedule for more sections. You may register for these classes online at INFOnline - seats are limited, enroll today!

SP2017 End of Semester Course Evaluation

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Please urge your students to complete a course evaluation for your course. Students have received an email with a link to the evaluation, and they have a “Take Survey button” on the homepage of the Blackboard site for your course. The evaluations remain open until midnight on May 15th.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

Deterring Cheating in Proctored Exams with Respondus Lockdown Browser

This December, faculty may view a one hour training session on how to use Respondus Lockdown Browser to deter cheating on tests delivered through Blackboard. Please note that Respondus Lockdown Browser is a software program that is meant to be used in proctored classroom environments only.

Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams

DATE & TIME SIGN UP
Thurs. December 15th
12 PM – 1 PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.
Wed. January 11th
1PM – 2PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.
Thurs. January 19th
2PM – 3PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.

To help faculty identify more robust, effective strategies to deter cheating in online tests, we strongly recommend that faculty review these resources:

Prevent Cheating During Exams with Respondus

Instructor Trainings with Respondus

This September, attend a 45-minute training session on how to effectively use Respondus applications for online testing. Learn how to create online assessments with Respondus 4, or see how to prevent cheating during online exams using LockDown Browser.

Sign up today to learn how to use these applications!

LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams

Tuesday, September 13 at 2pm CT

Wednesday, September 28 at 1pm CT

Respondus 4.0: Create & Manage Exam Content

Thursday, September 8 at 1pm CT

Prevent Cheating During Exams with Repondus

Instructor Trainings with Respondus

This September, attend a 45-minute training session on how to effectively use Respondus applications for online testing. Learn how to create online assessments with Respondus 4, or see how to prevent cheating during online exams using LockDown Browser.

Sign up today to learn how to use these applications!

LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams

Tuesday, September 13 at 2pm CT

Wednesday, September 28 at 1pm CT

Respondus 4.0: Create & Manage Exam Content

Thursday, September 8 at 1pm CT

Blackboard Webinar Recording: Why Can They Print? A Conversation About Online Testing

Faculty concerned about cheating in online testing are encouraged to view the recording and PowerPoint presentation of this excellent discussion by Blackboard BITS presenters Corrie Bergeron and Kevin Lowey. In this one hour webinar, you will review why anti-cheating technologies are ineffective, test design best practices, and pedagogical strategies to discourage cheating.

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Blackboard Webinar: Why Can They Print? A Conversation About Online Testing

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Faculty concerned about cheating in online testing are encouraged to attend this free 1-hour webinar made available by the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series program.

To attend the webinar, come to the Faculty Innovation Center on Thursday April 21st from 1-2 PM (CT) in room M201A or use the registration link below to view the webinar on your own computer.

Register for the Webinar Here

 

 

 

Discouraging Cheating in Online Tests

In online courses, where a student completes a test off-campus without instructor supervision, online tests must be considered as open-book tests because students often have access to a wide variety of information resources. Furthermore, students with a mobile device would still be able to take pictures of the test questions as displayed on the computer monitor.

Although instructors may enable Respondus Lockdown Browser protections on a test in Blackboard to prevent students from printing a test, this software is meant to be used in proctored classroom environments only.

Faculty concerned about cheating in online testing are encouraged to consider these more effective countermeasures when creating their tests in Blackboard:

  • Create a large pool of test questions (100 or more) and design the test to pull random questions from the pool. That way, no two students will have the same test questions or questions in the same order.
  • When deploying a test to a course, select the “Set Timer” and “Auto-Submit” options to limit the amount of time students have to complete the test once opened. Once the test session reaches its end, the student’s test attempt will automatically submit itself.  This technique assumes that students who are prepared for the test will be able to complete it within the constraints of the timed session, but please remember to advise students of the time restraints so that they may plan accordingly.
  • To discourage students who have completed a test from sharing correct answers with classmates who have not taken the test, set the test’s feedback options to display only the student’s test score after submission.  After all students have been graded, you may edit the test’s Test Options to show students their submitted answers, correct answers, and feedback.
  • Update or add new test questions to your pools each time you teach the course so that your tests will be different each year. This is an important countermeasure to students sharing the test questions and answers that they recall from memory with new students.

To review how to build a test in Blackboard, watch the videos in this training playlist

Free Webinar – Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know Blackboard Learn 9.1 Could Do

Faculty who teach online or use Blackboard to support student success are encouraged to view the FREE webinars provided by the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) for best-practice tips and instructional technology training.

The first free webinar, Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know Learn 9.1 Could Do, will be offered on Thursday January 21st from 2-3 PM (EST) /1-2 PM (CST).

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Faculty may use the link below to register for the webinar to view on their own:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WEBINAR