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Normal: Battery Analytics

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The web is full of articles on how to increase your mobile battery life such as ZDNet’s 26 ways to improve your iPhone’s battery life. All of these are good resources to help, but who wants to do a web search each time you are looking for the precise steps to disable your phones background refresh option.

 

Normal: Battery Analytics

Normal: Battery Analytics

This week I have a new app for you, although it is not necessarily educational it is very useful. The app is called Normal. It is useful to discover the battery sucking apps on your mobile device and how to fix the problems. Check it out at the App Store Normal: Battery Analytics.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

August 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

Collecting Threads

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The discussion board is one of the more powerful tools a faculty can use to build community and allow students to interaction with other students in Blackboard. Keeping up with those discussion post is much easier if you use the collection feature. Collection is available to both faculty and students and is extremely easy to use. Once you enter the forum all you do is select and collect.

  1. Click Select All
  2. Click Collect
Collect

Collect

The selected threads will open and all be listed on one page. From the open post you can respond to individual post. This feature even allows you to print the post. Discussions have never been easier to review and all it takes is two simple clicks.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Achievements in Blackboard Learn

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The achievements tool allows instructors to create opportunities for students to earn recognition for their accomplishments. These opportunities are called achievements. Instructors designate criteria for issuing rewards to students in the form of both badges and certificates. Students can see which rewards they have earned and what is required to receive additional rewards. Instructors can easily see which students have reached learning milestones.

Badges

Badges

To create Achievements

     Control Panel> Course Tools> Achievements> Create Achievement

Create Achievement

Create Achievement

Select the type of achievement:

  • Course Completion: The certificate reward is required. An additional badge is optional.
  • Milestone: The reward can only be a badge.
  • Custom: The reward can be a badge, certificate, or both.

Decide the name and location of the achievement. Use the description box to describe the achievement the student has completed.

Achievements

Achievements

Six steps to Define Triggers

  1. Rule Name – Force completion of this achievement after a specific date. If no date is selected this achievement can be completed at any time.
  2. Date – Force completion of this achievement after a specific date. If no date is selected this achievement can be completed at any time.
  3. Membership – Give this achievement to specific users or groups.
  4. Grade – Identify a specific grade that must be made to complete this achievement. Possible points for a Grade Center grade or calculated column are listed in brackets beside the column name. The score entered must be numeric.
  5. Review Status – Force users to review specific content to complete this achievement.
  6. Select Reward – Click Select Reward to select reward. Click Cancel to quit.

The final step is to select the reward. Blackboard will offer a few images to attach to the reward or you can add your own.

Badges

Badges

Delete Achievements

Access an achievement’s contextual menu and click Delete. If you choose to delete an achievement which has already been earned by a student, the associated reward will also be deleted.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

August 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

Overwrite File in Blackboard 9.1.12

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A common problem in building an online class is the constant updates. Each semester you will need to update your syllabus and other course materials. The best way to do this is through the Overwrite File command. This command will allow you to replace the existing file with a new file without having to change a link within the course content.

To Overwrite a File

  • In the Control Panel click on Content Collection.
  • Click the Action Link beside the file name you want to update.
  • On the popup menu select Overwrite File.
Overwrite File

Overwrite File

 

  • When the Overwrite File window pops up click choose file (The file does not need to have the same file name as the original)
  • Select the file and click open
  • Click Submit
Overwrite File

Overwrite File

When you return to the place in the course content the old file will be replaced with the new.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

August 4, 2014 at 9:00 am

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