Archive for February, 2015
If you missed registering the online “Quality Matters Rubric” workshop at UT, you can register the face-to-face workshop at Bowling Green State University on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
This workshop will explore the Quality Matters Project and Processes and will prepare you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online/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. You will become familiar with the Quality Matters standards and participate in a practice peer course review of an online course using the review tools. Participants in this hands-on workshop can be online/blended instructors, instructional designers, and/or faculty members & faculty developers. After successfully completing this workshop, you will be eligible to move into the Online Peer Reviewer Certification. In addition, 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. (Recognize key QM underlying principles and concepts.)
- Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
- Apply the concept of alignment.
- Write helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.
This workshop is free for UT faculty and staff, but registration is required and the deadline is March 5th. To learn more sessions of this workshop and registration information please visit Ohio QM Consortium’s training calendar.
Sites are currently being created in Blackboard for Summer 2015 courses and should be available shortly. You should be able to access your course site(s) through the Blackboard login page at https://blackboard.utdl.edu or the myUT web portal. Sites for Summer 2015 have been created with 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 three basic modules (Announcements, 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.
Learner Support – This area contains critical information about technology support, the Office of Academic Access, eLibrary services, eTutoring services, as well as a browser requirements check and Blackboard video tutorials.
Instructor Support – This area is only visible to instructors and it describes where to get technical support, documentation, and training on Blackboard Learn, other educational technologies, and course design.
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.
If you are developing online or blended courses from scratch please contact one of our instructional designers. We also have developed several templates for you to speed up your development process.
If you teach several sections of the same course, you may benefit from having your course sites merged. Courses cross listed in Banner are merged automatically. For more info on merged courses, please read the article: What is a Merged Course? It is highly recommended that all course merges be completed before the start of classes as student work from multiple sections cannot be combined. If you would like any of your course sites to be merged, please send an email request to email@example.com.
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 Summer 2015 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 keep in mind that Course Copy operations may take several minutes and even up to an hour to complete. If you believe a Course Copy operation did not run, please check again after an hour. If the Course Copy does not complete, do not re-initiate another attempt. Instead, contact Learning Ventures for support.
Please see the links below for instructions:
- Copying a Course
- Creating and Downloading a Course Archive Package
- Importing a Course Archive Package
After a course copy or course import is complete, it is highly recommended that the following steps are completed:
- Use the Date Management tool to review and update item availability and due dates (As of Spring 2015, the Date Management tool does not change the start and end dates for group discussion forums, posts, and wikis. If you use these tools inside of a group, please make sure to change the start and end dates manually after using the Date Management tool.)
- Use the Discussion Board De-anonymizer tool to reassociate your name with copied posts
- Check the Discussion Board and delete any unwanted posts
- Review all Grade Center columns and remove any duplicate or unwanted columns
- Check all external links to ensure the links are still functional
To add other content areas, such as links to weekly content, assignments, and exams; or communication tools; such as discussion boards or blogs, please refer to the support resources under “Faculty Support” and “Faculty Resources” located at the top of the Blackboard interface. You may also directly access the online version of our Blackboard Learn guide for faculty here: http://utlv.screenstepslive.com/s/faculty/m/BlackboardLearn.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 419-530-8835 if you have any questions.
Thank you from the Learning Ventures Team.