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Fall 2015 Training Schedule

Learning Ventures is offering a series of FREE online faculty development workshops, technology training sessions, and certificate courses this fall. All faculty and teaching assistants, with or without previous online teaching experience, are invited to attend.

Space is limited. Register now at:
Learning Ventures Workshop Registration Form

Accessibility

  • Accessible PDF Documents
  • Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics
  • ADA Compliance and Online Courses**
  • Creating Accessible Blackboard Courses

Blackboard Learn

  • Blackboard Learn: Basics I
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics II
  • Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys
  • Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center
  • Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys Using Respondus

Instructional Design and Best Practices

  • Alignment 101
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric**
  • Blogs and Journals for Reflective Learning
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Designing an Online Module
  • Designing Your Course Structure
  • Getting Learners Started
  • Introduction to Blended Learning
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Managing the Online Workload
  • Online Discussions
  • Online Teaching Certificate**
  • Promoting Online Instructor Presence
  • Rubrics
  • Using Video for Effective Online Learning
  • Wikis for Collaborative Learning
  • Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

Web Conferencing, Video, and Lecture Capture

  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing) – Basics
  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing) – Intermediate
  • Echo360 (Lecture Capture)

** Sessions marked with an asterisk are part of the Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program.

If you are not able to attend one of the workshops or certificate courses above, please email utlv@utoledo.edu to schedule a one-on-one or group consultation with an educational technologist or instructional designer.

If you have any questions, or encounter a problem with your registration, please contact Learning Ventures at utlv@utoledo.edu or 419-530-8835.


Online Learning Workshops for Spring 2014

Learning Ventures is offering a series of faculty development workshops for faculty and teaching assistants who are new to teaching online, as well as those with previous online experience.

Training Location:
Main Campus Memorial Field House
Room 1060

Register Now:
https://utdl.edu/DL_training/

Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

  • Active Learning with Blackboard Web 2.0 Tools
  • Alignment 101
  • Applying the QM Rubric (a whole-day workshop)
  • Blogs and Journals for Reflective Learning
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Designing an Online Module
  • Designing Your Course Structure
  • Introduction to Blended Learning
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Item Analysis
  • Managing the Online Workload
  • Online Delivery, Copyright, and You
  • Online Teaching Certificate (a 4-week online course)
  • Rubrics
  • Wikis for Collaborative Learning
  • Writing Measurable Objectives

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

Class sizes is limited. Register early.

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


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:

https://utdl.edu/DL_training/

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.


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.


Join the Blackboard Exemplary Course Cohort (7/22 – 8/12)

Using the Blackboard Exemplary Course (ECP) Rubric as a guide, Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Cohort will provide theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to recognize, organize, and build online courses for both blended and online learners. Over the course of four weeks, ECP Directors and 2013 Exemplary Course Winners will expand upon each element of the rubric. This program is most beneficial to educators and designers who are new to online learning.

The cohort will not have weekly assignments, and there is no cost to participate. Live sessions will be held each Monday at 11 AM EDT and will run from July 22 until August 12. All sessions will be recorded and posted online.

To register and learn more, visit: http://learn.blackboard.com/ecpcohort


Internet Explorer 7 users are unable to view grade attempts in Blackboard

Learning Ventures has received a number of reports of instructors using Internet Explorer 7 who are unable to access students’ test and assignment attempts in the Grade Center. When instructors access the test attempts from the Grade center, the screen refreshes, and Error on Page is displayed in the status bar. This is in part because Blackboard no longer supports Internet Explorer 7 for Service Pack 7, which UT recently installed. Therefore, instructors who are using Internet Explorer 7 may want to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 or another web browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Instructors can use Blackboard’s Browser Check Utility to check if Blackboard is compatible with their computer setup. If instructors have any questions, please contact Learning Vetures at utlv@utoledo.edu.

Below is a list of supported user technologies for Service Pack 7:

Microsoft® Windows® Operating System


Internet Explorer® 9

Internet Explorer 8

Firefox (Final Release Channel)

Firefox 3.6

Chrome (Stable Channel)

Windows® XP (32-bit)

Unsupported Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible

Windows Vista® (32-bit)

Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Compatible

Windows Vista (64-bit)

Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible

Windows 7 (32-bit)

Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified

Windows 7 (64-bit)

Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible


Apple® Mac OS® Operating System


Safari® 5.0

Safari 4.0

Firefox (Final Release Channel)

Firefox 3.6

Chrome (Stable Channel)

Mac OSX 10.5 “Leopard®”

Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible

Mac OSX 10.6 “Snow Leopard®”

Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified
  • Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS for Windows 11 and 12 were used during accessibility testing.
  • Blackboard Learn requires the latest version of Sun JRE 6. The JRE can be downloaded from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp.
  • The following technologies are not supported:
    • Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7
    • Firefox 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5
    • Safari 2.0, 3.x (or any version on Windows)
    • Mac OSX 10.4 “Tiger”
    • Java 5
  • Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 are tested in Standards Mode. Some known issues can be resolved by using Compatibility Mode (emulates IE7 behavior).
  • Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have moved to a rapid release cycle. At the time of testing, Chrome 13.0 and Firefox 6.0 were the latest available versions. Since then, new stable versions may have been released and widely adopted. Blackboard is supporting all newer stable versions of Chrome and Firefox.

Blackboard 9.1 Update: Quiz Function

Students and faculty are reporting problems with the quiz function in Blackboard 9.1. We introduced a “patch” that we think will take care of many of the issues, so if you’ve had trouble with a quiz in the last few days, consider trying it again now. However, there are a number of rules that we strongly recommend you ask your students to follow. You can publicize these rules on your course site or send students to this post.

We recommend that all BB9.1 users use the Firefox browser 3.6 (free download) when taking tests rather than Internet Explorer, Safari or other browsers. Some browsers are only “compatible” but not “certified” for use with some operating systems. You can check the optimal combination of browser and operating system at Blackboard’s help site. If a student has an operating system with no corresponding certified browser, the student should use a UT computer or the “Virtual Lab.”

Before starting your quiz or test, it is important to follow a few guidelines to better ensure that you will not experience technical problems that might cause your assessment to “lock.”

  • Close all windows on the computer and then launch a new window to login to the learning management system.
  • Close other applications before taking the quiz/test (including chat programs).
  • If there is a specific start time for the test, login 10-15 minutes early to test the connection.
  • After opening the test, scroll to the bottom of the page to be sure the save and submit buttons are available.
  • Only click “Save and Submit” AFTER you have completed the exam.
  • Do not use any of the browser navigation buttons (i.e. Back, Forward, Home, etc.) during the quiz/test. Only use the buttons in the quiz itself.
  • Do not leave the assessment page without completing the assessment and clicking the “Save and Submit” button at the end (if it is a forced completion test).
  • Do not click the Refresh or Reload buttons in your browser while taking the quiz/test.
  • No other browser windows or applications should be running on your computer while taking a quiz/test. Shut everything else down before you start.
  • Do not click on buttons in the Blackboard navigation while taking a quiz/test.
  • If you are only able to answer one question at a time (questions present themselves on separate pages), make sure you only single-click the “Next” button to move forward.
  • It is recommended you take a practice test on your course site or the practice test available on LV’s “Guide to UT Online Learning” or “A Web Assisted Guide to UT Online Learning.” Be sure to use the computer that you will use to take tests.

    Many of these rules apply to other kinds of “secure” web sites and are worth remembering in any event. Please contact UTLV if you have any questions or concerns about the assessment tool in BB9.1 or if you would like help with online exams.

    (Tips reprinted with permission from Cape Fear CC).
    (Updated 10/4/10)


Blackboard 9.1 Update: Solution to “File not found” or “You do not have permission…”

If imported content from WebCT appears for instructors but not students and students get messages like “File Not Found” or “You Do Not Have Permission To Access This File” etc, then we suggest you take the following steps, and that you suggest two additional steps to your students:

  • In the “Control Panel” at the bottom left of the left-pane menu, click on Files.
  • Click on the course number (i.e. the “Alphanumeric.” For example, MLS 4600_5600 (since the course is cross-listed as a 4k and 5k course).
  • Then, in the window labeled “Course Content:…”, click on the the Contextual Menu to the right of the WebCT imported content folder (it will say “imported content”) and select Permissions. (The “contextual menu” looks like a chevron or a double-arrow pointing downward).
  • Click the Add Course User List button near the top of the screen. The button has white writing with a blue background.
  • Click the check box to the left of All Course Users and click the Submit button to secure your changes.

Presto, bingo…all course users (including students) should now be able to see content imported from WebCT. If you’d like to see this actually done with a little narration from me (BP) and our senior designer, Dr. Peter You, follow this link to a screen capture: http://screencast.com/t/MTM1Mzky

If students still have problems and cannot see course content, ask them to “clear the cache” in their web browsers. Once they do, the page will load appropriately.


Blackboard 9.1 Transition: Update & Issues

Our transition to Blackboard 9.1 has been compared to “wrestling bears.” Whether this comparison is favorable or unfavorable I will leave to you, and so much depends upon the size of the bear and whether it has been de-clawed, but the message was clear: it has not been easy to make the change, particularly for those of us who like to take a more “hands-on” role in course design.

As part of our regular updates about the transition, the LV Instructional Designers and I would like to address recurring issues and solutions that might help you and your students. You can help us a great deal by leaving comments below: are you frustrated with a feature or a bug (and if you can’t tell the difference, it’s probably a bug)? Is there a mystery tool that you’d like to use but know nothing about? Have your students encountered a problem? Leaving comments here will help us share knowledge and find solutions more quickly.

Some notes:

  1. Phoebe Ballard sent us the following today: “If faculty choose to use the Messages tool ONLY for all course related email, they will need to disable to the Email tool for the course in Customization > Tool Availability. If they do not, students will still be able to send Blackboard generated utoledo email via the My Institutions tab.” You may have noticed that the “WebCT Email” function is called “Messages” in Blackboard, and the Blackboard “Email” tool actually integrates with UTAD and generates an email to the preferred UTAD address. Depending on how you want communication to work in your course, you may wish to disable this function following Phoebe’s instructions above.
  2. If imported content from WebCT appears for instructors but not students:
    -Go to the File Manager.
    -Click on the Contextual Menu to the right of the WebCT imported content folder and select Permissions.
    -Click the Add Course User List button near the top of the screen.
    -Click the check box to the left of All Course Users and click the Submit button to secure your changes.
  3. We’ve discovered that some course content displays perfectly well in one browser but not in another, and the same is true of quiz tools. We recommend that students and faculty download and use Firefox. It is more stable, faster, and seems to give us the fewest fits. If something seems to be “broken” on the site (for students or faculty), you can always try to clear the browser’s cache and try to do something over. If that doesn’t work, try another browser (Explorer, Safari (for mac or windows), or, if you’re feeling adventurous, Chrome or Opera) and see if that clears up the problem.
  4. If you’ve started teaching using Blackboard, you’ve noticed that your course comes with a busy-looking “Homepage.” That is a machine generated page that provides students with notifications of new material, announcements, due dates, and reminders. It is a very good thing for students, so we strongly recommend that you leave that page displayed. You do not need to do anything to that page but simply ignore it. It is so that the students can be notified of changes and updates at a glance and will help them with time management.
  5. Lance Stoll requests (or perhaps “strongly urges”) faculty who would like to have a web assisted course to use our “WA Course Request” link on the LV home page, even if you have already submitted a request. It really is the fastest way to get your course assigned.

To those of you trying Blackboard 9.1, we appreciate your patience and your willingness to work with us. We are still a few days behind in processing the hundreds of requests we’ve received over the last few days, and we are still dealing with the occasional glitch or hiccup in the marriage of Banner and Blackboard, but that’s to be expected in any marriage. Again, comments are welcome and appreciated. How has your experience been? How can we help you?


Important Information: Blackboard and DL/Web Assisted Classes

We ask that you make a final decision concerning your choice of server–Blackboard 9.1 or WebCT 4.1–no later than NOON on Saturday, August 21, 2010.

Learning Ventures is attempting to process many requests to adopt Blackboard 9.1. However, technical issues involving the integration between Banner (which contains enrollment data) and Blackboard (in which students are enrolled), as well as the sheer volume of requests, are slowing our processing. If you are already teaching a web-assisted or online course and would like to use Blackboard, please keep reading. If you have not yet asked for a web-assisted course and would like to do so, please request a web assisted course.

Below are four very important pieces of information if you are using Blackboard for your online or web-assisted course. ALL of this information and more is available on the Learning Ventures blog: http://wordpress.utoledo.edu/learningventures). To get our updates, check the “Faculty” tab in the portal for the Learning Ventures window, or better yet, include our RSS feed (http://wordpress.utoledo.edu/learningventures/feed/) in your email program or RSS feed reader. Posts on the LV site are linked to keywords or “tags” and the site is easily searched for the topic of interest to you.

Important Information:

Faculty and students will have access to both WebCT (Blackboard 4.1) and Blackboard 9.1 beginning this weekend (Saturday or Sunday, August 21 or 22). We ask that you make a final decision concerning your choice of server no later than NOON on Saturday. This is for the sake of your students so that logging on is easy and for the sake of our organization so that we can effectively assist faculty teaching online.

If you’ve been keeping up with our transition plans, you know that we are loading ALL courses onto both our old WebCT server and our new Blackboard 9.1 server. Our intention is to have every unused site contain a link to the site being used for instruction so that students cannot get lost. But we will need to know which site you are using in order to do this. You should have notified Lansing Stoll if you want to use Blackboard 9.1. Otherwise, the “default” is to WebCT. If you have notified Lance and are not yet being directed automatically to the correct server, please have patience: we are processing hundreds of requests and need time to fulfill them all.

If you are using Blackboard 9.1 and want to help prevent confusion, you can advise students to access the appropriate server. Access can be achieved in any of the following three ways:

1. Via “My Courses” on the Portal. BUT: To use this option, you will have to manually change the link directing students to the Blackboard server. To do this:

  • Go to “My Courses” and look at your schedule
  • Next to each course you will see a red “Edit” button
  • Click the red “Edit” button.
  • You will get to a window called “Set Course Homepage.” It will allow you to select the “default” homepage for your course.
  • Click “WebCT-Fall”
  • In the box marked “URL:”, enter the following values:
    If you intend to use WebCT, leave it unchanged! WebCT is the “default” server.
    If you intend to use Blackboard instead of WebCT, enter: http://blackboard.utdl.edu
  • Click “Save Changes”
  • You will be returned to the “My Courses” page where you can check the link. Once it is updated, the link will take you and your students to the appropriate server.

2. Via the UT Learning Ventures web page.

  • Go to www.utoledo.edu/dl
  • Just below the banner, you will see a “dropdown” menu.
  • Choose the correct system from the dropdown menu and click “go”

3. Direct Link:

  • If your course is in WebCT in the fall, give students this link (in an email or on paper): https://utwebct.utdl.edu:2153.
  • If your course is in Blackboard in the fall, give students this link: https://blackboard.utdl.edu.