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Archive for October, 2013

Recorded Webinar: Setting Up Your Course Without a Template

Templates make it easy for faculty to get a jump start on course design and to ensure that students experience a consistent learning environment across courses. But what if you’re flying without one? In this previously recorded webinar, viewers will learn strategies and best practices for setting up a course in Blackboard Learn without a template, and discover embedded resources for design and technical support.

Setting Up Your Course in Blackboard Without a Template
Presenter: Phoebe J. Ballard, UT Learning Ventures

 This webinar is part of the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS). To learn more, visit www.blackboard.com/BITS.

Changes to Handling Drops and Withdrawals in Merged Courses

Prior to this term, students were marked ‘unavailable’ in Blackboard when they withdrew from a course. The student could not access the course but the instructor was still able to see the user and the work that the user completed prior to withdrawing.

This term introduced a cross listing feature that shows instructors which section a cross-list user originated from. Due to this, a user cannot be in more than one section of a cross listed course or the cross list malfunctions. As a result, we changed the withdrawal process to ‘disable’ students who withdraw from a course rather than simply marking them unavailable. There are several negatives to this solution. Instructors cannot see the last date of attendance, cannot see students performance in the course which might enable them to reach out to the student, and cannot see their results on assessments/assignments to compare with others in the course.

As a quick solution, we are going to change this again. Courses that are NOT cross listed will revert back to the old method of withdrawing where the students are marked ‘unavailable’ but are still visible to the instructor.  Cross listed courses will remain as they are, with withdrawn students ‘disabled’ and hidden from instructors.

Please contact utlv@utoledo.edu or call 419-530-8835.


Online Learning Workshops

Learning Ventures is offering a series of faculty development workshops for faculty new to teaching online and those with previous online experience.

Training Location:
Main Campus Memorial Field House
Room 1060

Register Now:


Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Alignment 101
  • Writing Measurable Objectives
  • Designing an Online Module
  • Item Analysis
  • Rubrics
  • Online Delivery, Copyright, and You

If you have any questions about any of the training workshops, please contact Peter You, Director of Faculty Support and Special Projects, at (419) 530-4016.

Class size is limited. Register early.

If you have problems with your registration, please email: Lance.Stoll@utoledo.edu.

Respondus Monitor: Instructor Training & Case Study

Wed, Oct 23, 2013 2:00 PM EDT (45 minutes)

Registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/484328720

This training will cover:

  • How to prepare your courses and your students for using Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser
  • How to enable Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser for tests
  • How to review the assessment data collected, including student videos
  • Best practices and tips for success

A recorded session about how leading strategies and technologies are being implemented at Jacksonville State University in Alabama is also available via this link http://sloanconsortium.org/node/412616

Call for Submissions: Blackboard Catalyst Awards

Every year, the Blackboard Catalyst Awards program recognizes outstanding professionals who push the boundaries of their educational programs and technology in order to deliver innovative and effective learning experiences to students. The Exemplary Course Program, one of six award categories, recognizes online and blended courses that demonstrate best practices in four major areas:

  • Course Design
  • Interaction & Collaboration
  • Assessment
  • Learner Support

Submitted courses are reviewed by a peer group of Blackboard clients using a rubric. Participants have reported that the experience has improved their course design and made them stronger course designers.

Visit Blackboard’s Catalyst Awards website for detailed information and important dates for the 2014 Exemplary Course Program

If you would like to submit your course, please contact our instructional designers for more information. Visit this link to view a sample submission form.