Blackboard Made Simple Staff Workshop

Aimed at users who are new to the system or who need a refresher, the workshop will cover the basics of using Blackboard.

Book your place via the staff Development Workshops page here.

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Classroom Voting System – Survey

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As part of our ongoing service evaluation we’re currently reviewing our provision for classroom voting software. If you use, or are interested in using this technology in your teaching could you please take 5 minutes to complete this very quick survey so we can gather some feedback on staff requirements.

Please click here to take the survey

If you have any more detailed feedback about the use of voting tools please feel free to contact us at eos@worc.ac.uk 

PebblePad Update

PebblePad have been working away on numerous improvements to the system, which will be rolled out during an update over the next couple of weeks.

One of the updates with be the new, improved editor. The formatting bar will appear towards the top of the page and will always be visible when editing a text block. It will also provide better copy and paste function and more fonts.

See our example of the new editor here:

Please share this video with any of your students that are using PebblePad.

The update will also include banner improvements, clear indication of submitted assets and accessibility enhancements.

Full details of the update can be found here: PebblePad 1801 Update

TEL Workshops, Semester Two

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You can sign up for any of the following workshops from the Staff Development Booking pages, here. 

Using quizzes, tests and surveys in Blackboard

There are 17 different question types ranging from multiple choice to hot-spots to calculated questions in Blackboard. These can be included in formative, summative or anonymous tests and surveys to gain student feedback, gauge understanding and ultimately, assess student performance. This workshop will cover the set-up of a test canvas and the various options that entails together with a closer look at all the question types and how these might be used. Participants will be engaged both as students to experience the student view, and also as tutors setting up and marking their own quizzes to gain an all-round appreciation of the online assessment function.

30/01/18 – 10.15-11.45

 

Using Turnitin for Formative Assessment

There are 17 different question types ranging from multiple choice to hot-spots to calculated questions in Blackboard. These can be included in formative, summative or anonymous tests and surveys to gain student feedback, gauge understanding and ultimately, assess student performance. This workshop will cover the set-up of a test canvas and the various options that entails together with a closer look at all the question types and how these might be used. Participants will be engaged both as students to experience the student view, and also as tutors setting up and marking their own quizzes to gain an all-round appreciation of the online assessment function.

13/02/2018 – 10.15-11.45

 

Blackboard made simple

This workshop will cover the basics of using the Blackboard system from requesting access to modules to changing the basic template and uploading content in various forms. It will also provide participants with advice on effective design to support student learning. Aimed at users who are new to the system or who need a refresher.

22/02/2018 – 10.15-11.45

 

Collaborate Virtual Classroom

Blackboard Collaborate is an online virtual classroom/meeting space which allows users to connect via audio, see each other via webcams, use a chat tool, collaborate on documents and view presentations as well as other features. This session will cover the basic functionality, options for setting up your own sessions and guidance on best practice.

06/03/2018 – 10:15-11:45

 

Running an Online session in Collaborate

The best way to get to know a new tool is by using it, so this session will be delivered online using the Collaborate virtual classroom. Guidance on best practice will be discussed and participants will be able to experience the interactive features this tool has to offer. There will also be a chance for discussion and questions

14/03/2018 – 10.15-11.15

 

Camtasia

Camtasia is a piece of software that can be used to produce videos, screencasts and interactive learning objects. This tool is easy to use and can produce really professional looking materials which you can make available to your students through the VLE and can support a flipped classroom type approach to teaching and learning. This workshop will cover the basics of using Camtasia and provide hands on practice in the use of the software.

27/03/2018 – 10:15-11:45

 

Managing online group work in Blackboard

The group tool in Blackboard provides a powerful way of setting up and managing group work within the VLE. This workshop will work through the various options for creating online groups and their individual merits and look at the different tools and options that can be assigned to groups. Participant will be engaged both as group members to experience the student view and also as tutors setting up and organising their own groups to gain an all-round appreciation of the group function.

11/04/2018 – 10:15-11:45

 

 

 

Blackboard Inline Grading Update

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Blackboard’s tool for inline annotation is changing with effect from January 2018. In order to move to the new version, we need to schedule an upgrade which will take approximate 15 hours of downtime. Whilst there is never a good time to take Blackboard offline we have scheduled this to take place over the Christmas break from 19.30 on 26th December to 07.30 on 27th December in order to cause minimum disruption.

If you use the Blackboard inline annotation tool, we have provided a frequently asked questions document which you can access here Inline Grading Update (002)

Please contact eos@worc.ac.uk if you have any questions or feedback about this.

Semester Two Blackboard Modules Available Now

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Modules starting in semester two are now available in Blackboard for staff only.

Tutors who have previously had access to modules in Blackboard will automatically have access to the new iteration, however, if you’re new to a module you will need to use the web form on the logged in staff web page to request access. This is an automated process and you will have access within the following 24 hours. Instructions on how to add yourself to modules can be found here.

We have not automatically copied content over from previous years as you may wish to update your teaching materials, however, if you would like content copied over this can be done by following this link: Migrating Blackboard Content or by sending a request to eos@worc.ac.uk stating the module code, name and what you require copying.

Students will be enrolled onto their modules in the new year, so you have time to update materials and information before this becomes visible to students.

If you have any questions about this please contact eos@worc.ac.uk

Learning and Teaching Technology Unit (LTTU).

Staff Workshop: Bronze, Silver or Gold – how’s your Blackboard Site looking?

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Almost all modules are now making use of Blackboard in some way however, we want to encourage teaching staff to think about their Blackboard sites and consider ways that they might provide a better learning experience for their students.

With this in mind we have designed a self-audit tool which staff can use to appraise their own use of Blackboard in line with the baseline standards, and we have used the bronze, silver and gold categories to mirror the TEF.

This workshop will take you through the levels of Blackboard usage with reference to research that has been undertaken with students to highlight their needs. Participants will then have the opportunity to review one of their modules and make revisions in line with the new standards.

If you have any questions, please email the Learning and Teaching Technology Unit at eos@worc.ac.uk 

Wednesday 15th November 2017
10.15 -11.45am
Book your place via the Staff Development Workshops page