Blackboard Collaborate, an upgrade from Blackboard Elluminate, is now available in Canvas.
This tool will allow you to host, record and archive virtual classroom sessions. Features include audio, video, chat, white board, web tour, document and application sharing. Maximum seating capacity is 250 people.
Universities Academic Support Services invest significant amounts of money each year to support students on campus. As online programs continue to expand the question is being raised, are these same support services the right kind of support for our online learners? Do the online students use those services? Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Steven Sachs, vice president for instructional and information technology at NOVA, addressed this topic in his talk at Educause 2012, “Engagement Beyond the LMS.” Are online students getting counseling for financial aid? Do they have access to tutoring? Are supports in place to help online students get jobs at the end of their program? Do they know how to get advice about graduation? Do online students who are falling behind get encouragement and support?
NOVA discovered that support services on campus were not meeting the needs of the online learner and invested $2 million in the “Next Level Initiative,” a project designed to recognize the needs of the online learner and provide support to them. Read more about the project at Inside Higher Ed,Calling In Web Support.
Are you creating or updating PowerPoint presentations to be recorded as part of your lecture and shared online with students?
PowerPoints that work well in other settings may need some ‘tweaking’ for online purposes. Your PowerPoints will be shrunken down and harder to read when recorded and put online and students with disabilities who take your course may be using Assistive Technology to access the presentation.
Follow the 10 easy steps listed in the PowerPoint linked below. This will ensure that the PowerPoint Presentations you create are accessible and optimized for recording in the DL Studio or using recording software on your own computer.
For the Spring, there will be no TurnItIn available in Canvas. The workaround is to export the documents from your canvas assignments, and upload them into SafeAssign as a Direct Submit within Blackboard. This will produce plagiarism reports, but the identification that normally goes along with SafeAssign integrations in a course will be lost. These will be an anonymous pile of reports that will need to be manually matched up with their author. It’s not a pretty workaround.