More workshops in October

I am pleased to advise you of the following two Blackboard workshops for staff offered by CELT.

All workshops take place in AM102, Ground Floor, Arts Millennium Building

Numbers in each workshop are limited, so it is essential to reserve your place in advance. Bookings will be taken on a first come basis, so early registration is recommended.

To book a place on any of these workshops, please fill out the online registration form.


Workshop: Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate

Wednesday 29th October, 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaboration platform which provides a Web Conferencing interface. The highly responsive audio and video features, along with the instant chat and interactive white board features, create a real time environment for all users. Collaborate sessions can be created inside a Blackboard course and are ideal for virtual classrooms or virtual office hours. Come along to this session to experience a Collaborate session and find out how to create one within your course.

This workshop is offered at the intermediate level. Participants should be comfortable with the basic functionality of Blackboard.


 

Workshop: Adding Video to your Blackboard Course with Kaltura

Thursday 30th October, 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Find out how you can use the Kaltura building block in Blackboard to upload you own video content and share it across multiple courses; create simple screen recordings; or record a short message from your webcam. You can also create video assignments for your students; they upload their videos and you can easily moderate them before adding them to a course gallery.

This workshop is offered at the intermediate level. Participants should be comfortable with the basic functionality of Blackboard.


 

Further workshops on using Blackboard to enhance teaching and learning are planned. For an up-to-date listing of our events during the year, visit the CELT website at http://www.nuigalway.ie/celt/events/events.html

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Assessment Workshops Announced

I am pleased to advise you of the following workshops offered by CELT on the topic of using Blackboard to support Assessment.

All workshops take place in AM102, Ground Floor, Arts Millennium Building

Numbers in each workshop are limited, so it is essential to reserve your place in advance. Bookings will be taken on a first come basis, so early registration is recommended.

To book a place on any of these workshops, please fill out the online registration form.

Workshop: Using Turnitin on Blackboard to deter plagiarism

Wednesday 15th October, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Turnitin’s Originality Check helps instructors check students’ work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against the world’s most accurate text comparison database. Turnitin has been fully integrated into Blackboard to make it easier for staff and students to use. A Turnitin Assignment can be created so that students can each submit their own work for automatic scanning. Any instructor on the course can then view the results and check the reports for signs of plagiarism.

This workshop is offered at the intermediate level. Participants should be comfortable with the basic functionality of Blackboard.

 

Workshop: Getting Started with MCQs

Thursday 16th October, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) can be used for self testing or for continuous assessment as part of an overall assessment and feedback strategy. This hands-on workshop will give you the chance to create and deploy an MCQ test in your Blackboard course, also covering recommended test settings.

This workshop is offered at the intermediate level. Participants should be comfortable with the basic functionality of Blackboard.

 

Workshop: Using Blackboard for Assessment and Feedback

Wednesday 22nd October, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Blackboard at NUI Galway provides a range of options to support student assessment, including: online submission of student work; support for marking and the return of feedback; interactive tools to support reflection and collaboration; originality checking; video assignments; multiple choice quizzes; and more.

This workshop will give you an opportunity to experience some of the tools available and direct you to resources where you can find out more. It will also demonstrate how the various assessment tools link to the Blackboard Grade Centre, and how marks and feedback are available to students there.

This workshop is offered at the intermediate level. Participants should be comfortable with the basic functionality of Blackboard.

 

Further workshops on using Blackboard to enhance teaching and learning are planned. For an up-to-date listing of our events during the year, visit the CELT website at http://www.nuigalway.ie/celt/events/events.html

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Blackboard Education on Tour is coming to Dublin

Blackboard on tour 2014The Blackboard Education on Tour series is focused on teaching professionals and learning technologists in higher and further education.  And, it’s coming to Dublin on Tuesday 4th November, 2014.

Come along to find out what’s new and what’s coming, and get training on how to use Blackboard’s solutions to develop best practices for designing engaging online courses.

Registration is free for anybody at NUI Galway. Just sign up using the online form at the event website, where you’ll also find a full schedule for the event.

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Introduction to Blackboard – Video Guides

We had a great response to our Introductory workshops. However, if you’re new to NUI Galway or just new to Blackboard, and couldn’t make our training sessions this week, we have put together a series of short video guides on our website.

Covering all the basics, including getting started, adding content and creating assignments these guides (put together by Margaret), are available here.

BBLoginscreenRemember, these and all of our other training resources are available on our dedicated Blackboard website at: www.nuigalway.ie/blackboard and if you have any questions, the team is on hand at blackboard@nuigalway.ie.

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Introductory training workshops announced

I am pleased to advise you of the following introductory Blackboard workshops offered by CELT next week.

All workshops take place in AM102, Ground Floor, Arts Millennium Building


Workshop: Introduction to Blackboard

Monday 29th September, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; or
Wednesday 1st October, 2:30 to 4:30 pm

This popular workshop is targeted at users who are new to Blackboard and is aimed at getting participants up and running with the system. All attendees are provided with their own Blackboard training course shell, which they populate with a variety of content during this hands-on workshop session.

Numbers in each workshop are limited, so it is essential to reserve your place in advance. To book a place, contact Margaret Forde (email margaret.forde @ nuigalway.ie), stating the date of the workshop that you’d like to attend. Bookings will be taken on a first come basis, so early registration is recommended.

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Overview of Assessment Tools on Blackboard at NUIG

Last month, during our festival, I gave a workshop on the various tools you can use on Blackboard for assessment. It was quite well received and will probably be offered again in future. The main advantage for instructors was that they got an opportunity to try out the various tools from the student perspective, and see how each could be used to support engaging assessment and useful feedback.

As part of the workshop development, I put together this resource (2 pages) which gives an overview of various tools and how they can be used. The first page shows, for each tool, the technical details: how they are set up, if they link to the Bb Grade Centre, if you can use rubrics with them, and where students access feedback. The second page shows which tools are useful for different types of assessment (writing, reflection, discussion, group work etc).

Let me know if you find this useful or if you have any suggestions for improving it.

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Using the Qwickly Tool on Blackboard

The Qwickly tool is a Blackboard building block that enables you to post announcements and send emails to a number of courses that you are enrolled as an instructor on, simultaneously.

To use Qwickly, you need first to add a new menu item to any one of your courses. This only needs to be done once, or you can add it into as many courses as you like.

Adding the Qwickly Tool

1. Select any course where you are an instructor (it doesn’t matter which one – choose one that you use often).

2. Ensure that the Edit Mode button is On

3. Click on the + symbol to add a new menu item and select the Tool Link option.

Add Tool Link
4. Type in a suitable name for the link such as ‘Global Communication’ and associate the Qwickly Tool with that name as below.

Add Qwickly Tool
5. Click on the Submit button and ensure the ‘Available to Users’ check box is not ticked as you do not want this functionality available to students.

Add Qwickly Tool 26. The link should now be added to your course menu as shown below with a small black box with a line through it, indicating that it is not visible to the students.
New menu item

Using the Qwickly Tool

1. Click on the new link ‘Global Communication’ and this will bring you to the Qwickly tool.

2. You can either Post an Announcement or Send and email. In this example, we will select the option Send Email.

Quickly Menu

3. Enter the email content as shown in the example below. Select the particular courses that you wish the email to be sent to and finally click on the submit button. You also can upload an attachment by clicking on the Computer icon.

Qwickly send emailBy clicking Send, the email will go to all users in each of the Blackboard courses you have selected.

(With thanks to Margaret Forde for putting together the instructions and screenshots)

 

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