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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.

Learning Ventures offers many faculty development opportunities and can also provide workshops for your college or department. See our training schedule and full catalog for details.

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 utlv@utoledo.edu.

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:

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 utlv@utoledo.edu or at 419-530-8835 if you have any questions.

Thank you from the Learning Ventures Team.

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