Author: Online Learning Services

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Threading Voices with VoiceThread

Post By: Daniel Nester, Associate Professor of English and participant in the Learning Community on Online Teaching & Learning Getting students to participate in class discussion remains an evergreen faculty concern. In the classroom, instructors might draw from any number of techniques, from working on the board or breaking up in groups to the classic open-ended Socratic question. Online learning presents… Read more →

New In-Line Grading

One of the most useful tools in Blackboard for faculty who accept their work digitally is the In-Line Grading functionality. It allows you to look at, annotate, comment and grade student file submissions without leaving the browser. Over this upcoming winter, some changes will be happening with the tool. This article will keep you informed about the changes. What’s changing?… Read more →

The Opportunity Matters – Social Presence in an Online Environment

One area in which we receive a lot of questions by instructors-to-be of fully online and hybrid courses is about communication in online courses. How much should you communicate? What will students expect? How often should I log into my course? These are great questions! When we’re thinking about instructional design, we call this “social presence”. It’s part of a… Read more →

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Submitting Programming Assignments through Blackboard

The Assignment tool in Blackboard is powerful and robust for many instructors on Blackboard. Student upload their materials easy and papers can be graded in your browser. It also allows for a central repository of assignments and grades in a course, easily retrievable by both students and instructors. Reports can be pulled to see if students accessed materials, attempted to… Read more →

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Summer 2016 Blackboard Upgrade

This Blackboard upgrade will be a fairly minor one – many of the updates are happening on the back end, which won’t impact the student and instructor experiences at all. However, there are a few highlights we’d like to bring to your attention. Tool Changes and Improvements Announcements When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default. This… Read more →

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Google Docs

The Benefits of Using Google Docs Google Docs is a free online word processor available to anybody with a Gmail or Google Apps account. Since student email at Saint Rose is run through Google Apps more and more students are using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides as opposed more expensive software like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students are also beginning to… Read more →

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Copy Content Between Courses in Blackboard

Using Course Copy  Course Copy is a tool that allows you to copy full content sections from one course into another course. To run a Course Copy, navigate to the course that contains the materials you would like to copy. From there, look to your Control Panel, click on Packages and Utilities, and then select Course Copy from the options provided. On the next… Read more →