Are you ready for the start of a new semester? Below are a couple key updates you will want to read concerning Learning Technology Services and Blackboard.
Please Note: Several bugs and issues in Blackboard have been corrected over the last few weeks; including the problem with the My Grades view for students and the Video Everywhere tool in discussions and assignment submissions by students. Visit our Blackboard Issues list to keep updated with the latest major bugs or fixes.
What is Instructional Design all about?
- Are your students lost in the land of Blackboard?
- Could your course use a facelift?
- Do you want to do more online and don’t know where to start?
- Are you interested in incorporating a new educational tool in your course and not sure which one is most appropriate?
- Do you want to integrate active learning strategies to your online course and need some pointers?
- Are you interested in designing or re-working your Blackboard course and don’t know where to start?
Find answers to these questions and more by setting up a one-on-one consultation with your campus’s Instructional Designer. Keep an eye out for a couple new instructional designers joining our team in the next few months too.
Don’t know who the instructional designer is on your campus? CLICK HERE
Learning Technology Services Website Changes
Over the summer semester the Learning Technology Services website was redesigned and revamped to improve usability, including a brand new blog. Make sure to update any of your bookmarks and links within your courses to these new sites. Any hyperlinks directing to http://valenciacollege.edu/oit/lts will temporarily redirect to our new site but it’s important to make sure to cleanup and update old misdirected links.
New Faculty Resources Site: http://valenciacollege.edu/oit/learning-technology-services/faculty-resources/
New Faculty Blackboard Resources Site: http://valenciacollege.edu/oit/learning-technology-services/faculty-resources/blackboard/blackboard-resources.cfm
New Student Resources Site: http://valenciacollege.edu/oit/learning-technology-services/student-resources/
New LTS Blog: http://wp.valenciacollege.edu/lts-blog/
Coming in September are several workshops and courses with Learning Technology Services to help you learn a new tool, enhance your course, and receive a few faculty development credits.
Blackboard Essentials LTAD3283 CRN 2198 (9/9/13 – 10/7/13)
In this project-based course, participants will learn how to prepare their courses for delivery using the blackboard learning management system (LMS). Successful completion of this course is demonstrated by completing a learning module containing certain required elements to demonstrate your ability to use the tools. This course requires weekly synchronous virtual meetings in addition to online coursework. Class meetings: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, and 10/03 from 6-7pm. (10 Credit Hours)
Mobile Learning LTAD 3284 CRN 2609 (9/16/13 – 10/7/13)
If the content in your course is over 1 GB, please contact onlinehelp for assistance in reducing the file size of your course.
Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 11 (SP11)
Before the summer semester started, we upgraded Blackboard Learn 9.1 to Service Pack 11 (SP11). There are several new features that are list on a previous blog. Also, here is a link to our blog with the webinar recording from May 2013 covering the SP11 updates in Blackboard Learn. http://bit.ly/105Pbd9