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Archive for September, 2013

Student Access to Summer 2013 Courses

Student access to Summer 2013 courses has been disabled, and students will no longer be able to access courses they were enrolled in Summer 2013.  If your students still require access to your course, you will need to reactivate the site for students.  To reactivate the site, go to the course control panel and click on Customization and choose Properties from the list.  On the next page, set the course availability to Yes, and choose the course ending date for the last day you would like students to access the course.  When you are finished, click the Submit button. Students will now be able to access the course.

Please note that this will allow all students enrolled in the course to have access.  If you wish to restrict content to specific students, it would be recommended to use the Adaptive Release feature and release the desired content to the students who need access to the material.  Alternatively, students can individually be set to be “unavailable” in the course under Control Panel>Users and Groups>Users.  To change a student’s availability, click the button next to the student’s username and choose “Change User’s Course Availability” and choose the desired availability setting and click Submit to save the changes.

As always, should you need any assistance with this, please don’t hesitate to call our Learning Ventures Blackboard Help Desk at 419-530-8835 or email UTLV@utoledo.edu.

Applying the QM Rubric Online Workshop

“I learned a great deal about the importance of aligning online course curriculum with the learning objectives of the class. I am now following many points on the QM rubric to improve the content and delivery of my online instruction, and I have adapted some of the learning techniques used in the workshop as teaching strategies in my current DL class.”

                                                           – Suzanne Smith, Senior Lecturer, Department of English

Time:        October 15 – 28, 2013
Location:  Online

This online workshop will explore Quality Matters (QM) processes and standards and will prepare you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online and blended courses and ultimately, student learning and success.

QM is designed to improve the quality of online and blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed, quality assurance review process. After successfully completing this workshop, you will be eligible to take the Peer Reviewer Certification course offered by QM. Additionally, you will gain ideas to improve your own courses using the QM Standards.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the underlying principles of QM.
  • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
  • Apply the 2011-2013 QM Rubric in the review of online courses.
  • Make decisions on whether the SPCH 1113 course meets selected QM Rubric standards.
  • Apply the concept of alignment.
  • Write helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

Registration Information:

Registration is free for all UT faculty. To register online, visit https://utdl.edu/DL_training/#ApplyingtheQualityMattersRubric(Online-October15-28,2013) (you will first need to validate your account by entering your UTAD ID and password on the top of the registration page).

The deadline for registration/cancellation is Friday, October 11, 2013. For more information about QM, please visit Learning Ventures website and the Quality Matters section on our Faculty Resource Center.

Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS)

The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) is a free weekly webinar series designed to help support and mentor faculty using Blackboard Learn. Harnessing its community of Blackboard users, BITS will share the top strategies and pedagogy for both increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes. The program consists of weekly faculty training webinars that are taught by faculty and supported by Blackboard experts.

To register for one or more of the following sessions, visit:


  • Accessibility Matters! – Part Two
  • A Systematic Approach to Creating Accessible Video Content for Online Courses
  • BITS Office Hours: Course Design
  • Blackboard in the Flipped Classroom
  • Incorporating Gamification Into Your Curriculum
  • Maximize Engagement & Extend the Learning Experience with Social Learning
  • Organizing Your Course in Blackboard Learn
  • Setting Up Your Course in Blackboard Learn Without a Template
  • Strategies for Providing Effective Feedback to Students
  • Supporting the Seven Principles with Blackboard Learn
  • The Online Collaborative Experience