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Create a Learning Module

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Learning Module

Learning Module

Learning Modules are used to organize content and related course materials in a Table of Contents. The Learning Module is a shell to which other types of content, such as files, are added.

  1. Access a Content Area within your course.
  2. Make sure the Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Point to Build Content menu on the Action Bar to access the drop-down list.
  4. Select Learning Module.
  5. On the Create Learning Module page, type the Name. Type instructions or a description in the Text box.
  6. Under Availability, select the Yes option to make it available to users.
  7. Use the Display After and Display Until date and time fields to limit availability.
  8. Select Yes option if you want to Enforce Sequential Viewing of the Learning Module.
  9. Select Yes to force the Learning Module to Open in New Window.
  10. Select Yes if you want to Track Number of Views.
  11. Select Yes to Show Table of Contents to Users.
  12. Select the type of Hierarchy Display from the drop-down list.
  13. Click Submit.

To change a Learning Module’s settings:

  1. Select Edit from the contextual menu for the Learning Module.
  2. Make changes to the settings.
  3. Click Submit.

Deleting Learning Modules

  1. Select Delete from the contextual menu for the Learning Module.
  2. Select OK to confirm the deletion. This action is final and cannot be undone.

Adding Content to a Learning Module

After a Learning Module is created, content is added to it. As you add content to the Learning Module, a link to each Content Item appears in the Table of Contents. Set the sequence of the items by dropping and dragging them into place. How to Add Content to a Learning Module.

Add Content to a Learning Module

Add Content to a Learning Module

  1. Open the Content Area that contains the Learning Module.
  2. Click the name of the Learning Module to open it.
  3. Point to Build Content and select one of the items, such as a file or URL.
  4. Enter the necessary information for the item.
  5. Click Submit.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

Using Web Folders to upload Content

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To be able to quickly add multiple files to course content use the Setup Web Folder function of Blackboard.

First log into Blackboard and go to the course content area Control Panel> Content Collection.

You will see your course name at the top left of the screen. You will have the option to upload file, create HTML, or Create Folder. On the right of the screen you will see the Setup Web Folder button.

Click “Setup Web Folder” Button on the right of the screen. The Using Web Folders window will appear. The Current Web Address will be highlighted in yellow. You may want to highlight and copy this address for the next part of the setup.

Content Collection

Content Collection

The following these steps will be provided to create the web folder in Windows 7.

  1. Open Start > Computer.
  2. In the empty area at the bottom of the right-hand pane, right-click and select Add a network location.
  3. The Add Network Location Wizard will open. Click Next.
  4. When asked where you want to create the network location, select Choose a custom network location. Click Next.
  5. When asked for the location of your website, type the current Web Address listed at the top of Using Web Folders. Click Next.
  6. When prompted to enter a username and password, type your Blackboard Learn username and password. Click OK.
  7. You will be prompted to enter a name for the location. Enter a name and select Next.
  8. On the Completing the Add Network Location Wizard page, click Finish.
  9. The web folder will open. It will now be listed in Computer under Network Location.

Once you have completed these steps go to Start> Computer and see your web folder for BridgeValley Online.

You can now click and drag files and folders from your computer into the Web folder. Once you move files into the Web folder they will instantly appear in your course area.

Linking Files to a Blackboard Course

  1. Navigate to the course where you would like to link the file.
  2. Select the area where you will want the link to appear.
  3. From the action bar, select Build Content > Item or File.
  4. Click the Browse Content Collection button and navigate to the desire file.
  5. Click the Radio Button to select one or more files.
  6. Click Submit when finished.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

Download the Course Grade Book in BlackBoard

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Full Grade Center

Full Grade Center

Some faculty find in much easier to work off-line with the Blackboard Grade Books. One of the advantages is the ability to work with a familiar program such as Excel. You can use the formulas and methods you are familiar with to calculate the final grades. To download a copy of the Blackboard Grade Book, use the following steps:

  • Log into BlackBoard and access the course
  • Go to Control Panel> Grade Center> Full Grade Center
  • On the right side of the screen click the button Work Offline> Download
  • On the Download Grades Page select the following options
    • Full Grade Center
    • Comma and No
    • My Computer
    • Submit
  • Click the Download Button
  • The file will be download as a CSV file and should appear in your My Downloads folder.
  • The file will have a name similar to this “gc_1095.201501_fullgc_2014-11-20-11-47-12” GC (grade center), Course CRN, Year and Term, Fullgc (full grade center), date and time of the download.”
  • The file can be opened in Microsoft Excel

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

Unclutter your Blackboard Course List

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As a faculty member courses do not disappear from your course list in Blackboard, but you can take charge and reduce the clutter. It all begins with the Manage Course List Module Settings link on the Course List Module.

  • Click on the Manage Course List Module Settings link
Unclutter your Course List

Unclutter your Course List

  • On the Personalize: Course List page the first thing you can do is click the Group by Term option. This option will all automatically group all your course that have a term assigned by term.
  • If you move your mouse cursor along the left side of your term list, a double headed arrow will appear. You can click and drag the arrow up and down to arrange to order of the terms.
Unclutter your Course List

Arrange by Terms

  • Under the second section 2. Edit Course List, you can manage the placement of the existing course as well as the appearance of the course.
  • To remove the course list from your list of course simply remove all the checkmarks in the boxes to the right of the course name. (The course name will not disappear from the list, only not be visible on the homepage. At any time you can repeat these steps and add the checkmarks back so the course will reappear on your homepage.)
  • To change the placement of the course on the list move your mouse cursor along the left side of course name, a double headed arrow will appear. You can click and drag the arrow up and down to arrange to order of the course.
Remove Unwanted Courses

Remove Unwanted Courses

  • Once you have everything in the correct order, click submit. When you return to the Main Course List page the new order will be visible.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

Grade Center Tip for Instructors

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Often Instructors wish they had more screen space so they could see more columns in the grade center. One simple way to accomplish this by temporarily hiding the course menu.

To hide the course menu move your mouse over the divider between the course menu and the grade center. When the left pointing arrow appears click it. The menu will collapse thus creating more screen space for the Grade Center.

Collapse Course Menu

        Collapse Course Menu

To reveal the course menu, simply move your mouse to the left side of your screen and the right pointing arrow will appear. Click the arrow and the menu will expand revealing the course menu.

Expand Course Menu

    Expand Course Menu

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 17, 2014 at 9:42 am

SafeAssign: Plagiarism Checker

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This weeks blog post is dedicated to Martha Pierson. Thank you for all the assistance the past few weeks and for the following video. Job well done!

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 10, 2014 at 9:15 am

Student Apps for the Classroom: Study Apps

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Student Study Apps

Student Study Apps

A list of my favorite Student Study Apps:

  • Livescribe+ – Livescribe+ is designed to be used in conjunction with Livescribe 3 smartpens.
  • Evernote – Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders.
  • ScratchWork – ScratchWork allows you to take notes and browse the web while having the two side by side to avoid back and forth flipping. It also provides a custom math keyboard.
  • Side by Side – Side by Side is a multiple-window reader/browser with offline reading and note taking capabilities. It turns the iPad into multiple resizable reading devices working in parallel.
  • Highlight by Cohdoo – Shine new light on audio recording user research, interviews, lectures and more with Cohdoo Highlight. Simply start a recording, marking “aha” moments as you hear them. Break time? Pause and resume the same recording, adding more highlights.
  • Visual Dictionary & Thesaurus – The Visual Dictionary & Thesaurus iPhone app not only brings you definitions and words of similar meaning, but the visual picture links together the varying contexts and connections for words.
  • Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus for iPad Top-rated app with trusted reference content from Dictionary.com & Thesaurus.com. WORKS OFFLINE – no Internet connection needed when searching words.
  • Flick – The easiest and simplest way to share documents, videos and images between iPads, iPhones, iPods, Macs, and other devices and operating systems.
  • Natural Reader – The NaturalReader text-to-speech (TTS) application converts PDF files, MS Word documents, and e-books into spoken words.
  • Storify – Now social storytelling is at your fingertips wherever you are, allowing you to create stories on the iPad as never before.
  • PS Express – ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP EXPRESS: Edit and share photos anywhere.
  • Learnist – Pinboard for education
  • MyScript Calculator – With MyScript Calculator, perform mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting.
  • Geometry Pad – With the Geometry Pad you can create fundamental geometric shapes, explore and change their properties and calculate metrics.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Student Apps for the Classroom: Presentations

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Student Presentation Apps

Student Presentation Apps

Following is is list of my favorite Student Presentation Apps:

  • Educreations – Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking.
  • ShowMe  – Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard!
  • BaiBoard HD – Create, Share and Collaborate your education content.
  • Teach By Knowmia – Knowmia Teach is a free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers and their students. It helps you create short video lessons on any subject.
  • Prezi – Prezi for iPad lets you create, edit, and share your presentations wherever and whenever you want.
  • Sharkslide – SlideShark is an app for showing PowerPoint from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with animations, fonts, colors, graphics, videos & hyperlinks intact.
  • ThingLink – Make your images come alive with private video, notes, or even music from YouTube.
  • Word Collage – Create stunning word collages on your iPhone and iPad! Set up a collage with your text, different layouts, fonts, and color themes. http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/09/6-great-apps-to-create-word-clouds-on.html
  • WordPress – Create online blogs.
  • Weebly – Weebly gives everyone a surprisingly easy way to create a high-quality website or blog.
  • UStream – Broadcast live and watch live video on your device – anytime, anywhere! Ustream powers live interactive video that enables anyone to watch and interact with a global audience of unlimited size.
  • OSnap – Simple, intuitive, powerful time-lapse and stop motion photography. Create and share stunning videos with ease.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Activation Lock for the iPhone & iPad

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Activation Lock

Activation Lock

A few months ago legislation was passed to help control thief of mobile devices. This act was known as the kill switch bill. Since that time mobile devices have been much harder for thieves to sell. Many people may have even been victimized by purchasing used mobile devices that were stolen and locked.

If you are buying or selling a used iphone or ipad, Apple has now come out with instructions on activating and deactivating the kill switch. A paper titled, Find My iPhone Activation Lock, will walk you through the process of working with your activation lock.

Mashable has also published an article by Rex Santus,  How to Check If the Used iPhone You’re Buying Is Stolen. Steve Dent from Engadget published a similar piece, Apple’s new iCloud tool can show if a used iPhone is stolen.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Creating Extra Credit Questions on Exams in Blackboard

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Edit an existing test.

On the Test Canvas screen, click the Question Settings button (top right).

Extra Credit

Extra Credit

On the Test Question Settings screen, scroll to Section 4. Add a check mark to the option, “Provide option to assign questions as extra credit.

Extra Credit Settings

Extra Credit Settings

When finished, click Submit.

Select the test question you want to be extra credit and click the Points box to the right of the screen.

Extra Credit Question

Extra Credit Question

A popup menu will appear. Insert the the point value of the question. Add a check mark to the Extra Credit box and click Submit.

The Points box will display again with the words “(Extra Credit)” as shown below.

Extra Credit Points

Extra Credit Points

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

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