The issues related to the Course Copy function has now been fixed with a new patch, so instructors can now use the function without encountering issues. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Learning Ventures at 419-30-8835 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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UT Learning Ventures would like all faculty to know that Respondus has just scheduled a series of training sessions on Respondus Monitor. The goal is to provide instructors everything they need to get rolling with Respondus Monitor this Fall. Please invite any instructor who might have an interest in using Respondus Monitor in the near future, as well as instructional designers or support staff who want to learn the best rollout techniques.
Respondus Monitor: Instructor Training (45 minutes)
Register for a session now by clicking a date below:
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
If you have any questions about Respondus Monitor, please feel free to contact UT Learning Ventures at email@example.com or 419-530-8835.
Sites in Blackboard are now available for all courses being offered in Fall 2013. You may access your course site(s) either through the myUT web portal or the Blackboard login page at https://blackboard.utdl.edu.
All sites for Fall 2013 were created using a common course shell, which includes the following items in the Main Course Menu:
- Start Here: This is a blank area in which you can place your course orientation materials to help your students get started with this course.
- Course News: The area contains four basic modules (Announcements, Calendar, To Do, and What’s New) that give information to users based on their enrollment and their role in the system. Students can navigate to individual items to take action.
- Public Area: This is the public area of your course. Any person throughout the world can access this area of your course site by clicking the “Preview as Guest” link on the Blackboard login screen. You can place your course syllabus and/or any other course information in this content area to share with prospective students and others interested in your course. Please ensure that the materials you post to this content area do not violate any copyright or privacy laws. For more information about the public area, please view the video tutorials or PDF documents on the Learning Ventures page in the “Hot Topics” section titled “Course Syllabus Posting.”
- Learner Support: This area contains critical information about Online Learning technology support, Office of Accessibility, eLibrary services, eTutroing services, as well as a browser requirements check and Blackboard video tutorials.
- Instructor Support: This area is only visible to instructors and it contains a list of tutorials on how to use Blackboard tools and other resources such as templates and quality matters standards.
- LibGuides: This link contains research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by University of Toledo Librarians.
- My Grades: This link allows students to view grades within their course. Grades entered by the instructor in Blackboard’s Grade Center are visible to the student here.
Instructors can use the “Course Copy” function in Blackboard to copy a class from a previous semester or import an archive package of a previous course into their Fall 2013 course site(s). (The Course Copy function is available in the Control Panel under the “Packages and Utilities” heading and a link to instructions for its use are provided below.)
Please see the links below for instructions:
- Copying a Course
- Creating a Course Archive Package
- Downloading a Course Archive Package
- Importing a Course Archive Package
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Blackboard will be taken offline and an upgrade will be started early Thursday morning (12:01 a.m.). Changes will appear when Blackboard is brought back online sometime during the morning/day on Thursday.
The primary enhancements from the installation of Service Packs 10 and 11 included the following item:
- Enhanced Calendar
- New Retention Center (replaces previous Early Warning System)
- A new Content System
- New Inline Grading
- New Content Editor
- Enhanced Discussion Board
- New Test Item Analysis
- New “My Blackboard” and Global Navigation Menu
For an overview of these new features and enhancements, please login to Blackboard and open the “Faculty Resource Center” course site listed under the “Courses” tab. All instructors automatically have access to the Faculty Resources Center (FRC) site within Blackboard. Once in the FRC, click on the “SP10 & SP11 Enhancements” near the top of the Main Course Menu in the left-hand navigation panel on the screen.
In the “SP10 & SP11 Enhancements” folder you will find links to a number of PDF documents and other resources outlining the changes and enhancements to Blackboard as well as detailed instructions for using these new features.
If you have any questions, please contact Learning Ventures at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-530-8835.
Faculty members are encouraged to create an archive of their course each semester. The archive package is then saved to the faculty member’s computer and it can be re-uploaded to a blank Blackboard course site. The archive package consists of all course content, tests, and tool settings. However, the archive package does not include user content such as grades or course messages. In addition to creating a course package, instructors can also copy a previous Blackboard course site into a blank course site to reuse the course site each semester. The course copy process copies the selected course materials to a destination Blackboard course without requiring users to make a local copy.
When creating a backup copy of the course, instructors can choose to make an export copy or an archive copy of the course.
Export creates a ZIP file in which instructors can specify which content areas and tools they want to include, but does not include user information.
Archive creates a ZIP file that contains all user interactions in addition to course content and tools.
An Export is best for reloading course content from one semester to another while an Archive is best for making periodic backups of your course during the semester.
The export and archive processes create .zip files that can be saved to the faculty member’s computer. To access the contents of the file, the package must be restored to a Blackboard course site. Content is not accessible by unzipping the archive package to the user’s computer.
These emails are not from The University of Toledo’s IT Department. If you clicked on the link and provided your UTAD username and password please visithttps://myutaccount.utoledo.edu and change your passwords as soon as possible. If after changing your password you notice problems with your account please contact the IT Help Desk, 419-530-2400.
The link in this email opens a realistic looking website used to steal your UTAD username and password but you will note that the web address is zenjournalist.info.
UT Email login pages will reflect either email.utoledo.edu (faculty/staff) or rockets.utoledo.edu (students) in the web address.
Below is more information about Phishing emails and how to protect yourself from this type of fraudulent scam.
No Phishing Allowed!
Email phishing scams attempt to solicit personal information including account passwords and financial account information. While IT blocks most SPAM these attempts change rapidly and unfortunately some get delivered to UT students, faculty, and staff.
Please don’t be fooled…
- Normally appears as an urgent or important notice from a trusted source.
- Often is sent form a forged (or spoofed) email address and may look like it is from a trusted source.
- Asks for private information such as account numbers, user names, and passwords.
– Some may ask for information via email.
– More sophisticated attempts may provide a fraudulent web link to collect information.
Credible institutions should not ask for passwords in an email and specifically The University of Toledo IT personnel will NEVER ask for your password in an email. Historically, compromised UT accounts have been used most frequently to send more SPAM and Phishing emails. This becomes an issue for the account owner as they deal with thousands of returned messages and the inability to effectively use their email account. It also can impact the entire University community as SPAM filters used by other organizations may begin blocking emails from utoledo.edu addresses based on SPAM messages that we have sent.
The Internet provides a significant set of resources for University students, faculty, and staff and there are those that attempt to take advantage of our use of the Internet. Along with phishing, many other Internet scams exist and web pages may contain viruses or spyware.
- Use anti-virus software and firewalls on your personal computers.
- Keep your operating system and programs patched and up to date.
- Be wary of email attachments. Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know.
- Be cautious of what you “click.” Many web pages contain links to viruses or other exploits.
Scams are prevalent. As a rule of thumb – If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Here is the link to download the correct version of TurningPoint or TurningPoint Anywhere onto your computer:
Before downloading the software, make sure that the “Legacy” tab is selected (highlighted in green) as shown below. If the “Current Release” tab is selected (highlighted in green), you will download software that is not currently compatible with the Blackboard “building block” that we are currently using.
- If you are using a PC and using TurningPoint (the program integrated with Microsoft PowerPoint) please download version 4.5.
- If you are using a Mac and using TurningPoint (the program integrated with Microsoft PowerPoint) please download version 1.2
- If you are using a PC and using TurningPoint Anywhere (the program where you can poll anywhere) please download version 3.2
- If you are using a Mac and using TurningPoint Anywhere (the program where you can poll anywhere) please download version 3.1
Please note that you must enter your name, e-mail address, phone number and institution (The University of Toledo) to get to the actual download link for the program that you are using.
If you have any questions, or need additional assistance, please contact:
Taylor French-Lewis (Turning Technologies Intern)
Office: FH 3045A
Office hours are:
- M&W: 3-5:30 PM
- T: 10 AM-Noon and 2-4 PM
- R: Noon-4 PM
- and by appointment.
If a link was previously set to allow guest access, but you no longer want course guests and the general public to have access to the link, you can deny access to the link. It is recommended to keep the syllabus link available for public access.
To deny guest access to a content link, log into your Blackboard course and locate the link you want to deny guest access to and click on the chevron next to the link. Select Deny Guest Access from the menu.
Guests will no longer be able to access the course.
For a video tutorial, please visit http://youtu.be/2jdMlGWF0-4
If you are having a problem with the chatting feature in Blackboard, there is now a fix.
The problem was a java issue with a patch that we installed. We rolled back the patch to resolve the problem for new chat users, but any users that had used chat before in any capacity will need to clear their java cache for it to work properly.
Note: Java cache is different than browser cache! See below for instructions to clear the java cache.
Instructions for clearing Java cache:
Learning Ventures is pleased to announce that we have extended the weekday hours for Blackboard technical support for faculty. These extended hours now match those previously provided to students.
Faculty can now received technical support Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM till 8:00 PM and on Friday from 8:30 AM till 6:00 PM.
To contact one of our Educational Technologists for technical assistance and support with Blackboard, please call 419-530-8835 or email UTLV@utoledo.edu.
- Updated Outage Information
- IMPORTANT – Echo360 Outage Monday, December 16th starting at 10:00 p.m.
- IMPORTANT – Blackboard Outage Wednesday, December 18th starting at 10:00 p.m.
- Recorded Webinar: Setting Up Your Course Without a Template
- Spring 2014 Course Sites are now Available
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