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The Online Learning Link
A publication for Faculty about Online Learning at Chabot College

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Drop-In Faculty Help Sessions!
We are offering Drop-In Faculty Help Sessions to provide an opportunity for instructors to "drop by" with a Blackboard or Online Teaching question. Of course, more extensive one-on-one appointments are always available, but for a quick session, just drop by room 454S (building 400) on Wednesday April 18, April 25, or May 2 between the hours of 11:30am and 1:00pm.

Want to meet with us at a more convenient time? Just contact us at  bbhelp@chabotcollege.edu or use our Online Help Form.

Request your Summer & Fall 2012 Blackboard Sites!
You can now request Blackboard sites for your Summer and Fall 2012 courses via CLASS-Web! Simply log into CLASS-Web, click on the Menu for Faculty Staff & Advisors, scroll down to the Blackboard Course Site Request link, and get started by selecting the semester and campus. Full instructions are listed at /OnlineTeaching/Blackboard/RequestSite/
Blackboard sites will be available in your Blackboard account within 24 hours of request (weekends excepted).

New to Blackboard? How to get started with using Blackboard.

EduStream logoStreaming Server & Video
Have you been looking for a place to upload all those instructional audio/video clips or other large multimedia files, such as image-heavy PowerPoint presentations? Or how about visually enhancing your courses with professionally-created, educational video clips? EduStream is a FREE, user-friendly, centralized resource providing video-on-demand capabilities, such as uploading and linking locally authored video (and other multimedia files) to a streaming server, as well as access to thousands of captioned videos from a repository of professional educational films. EduStream is an ideal place to store large files, including PDF & image-intensive PowerPoint's, as files up to 100 MB are accepted. Faculty can then post links to the multimedia within their Blackboard course sites. Find out more on our EduStream Resource website.

@One logoOnline Teaching Conference
The 2012 Online Teaching Conference: The Many Faces of Online Teaching will take place on June 13, 14, and 15 at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, CA. This conference is for Community College Faculty, Staff, and Administrators engaged or interested in online learning. Registration information and pricing is located at http://www.onlineteachingconference.org/index.html . The conference is also offering FREE Virtual (online) attendance to most sessions. If you would like to take advantage of the free online option, please register at the above link (there is an option to select virtual attendance). Even if you are not available on the specific conference days, "virtual attendance" grants you access to any recorded sessions after the conference.

We are now on Twitter logo !
Both Online Learning/ Blackboard Student Support and Online Teaching/Blackboard Faculty Support are now on Twitter! Students can find us at @Chabot_Online and Faculty can find us at @ChabotOnlineFac . "Follow" us for updates, tips, and information about Online Learning, Online Teaching, and Blackboard at Chabot College.

Not on Twitter? Faculty and Students who want to keep up with online learning at Chabot can also view the most recent updates from either support homepage.
Students: /online/ 
Faculty: /OnlineTeaching/Blackboard/
Volume 1, April 2012

Blackboard Tips

Pasting Text from Word:
Need to paste from a Word document? When copy/pasting from a Word document into Blackboard, unwanted font or html is often included, which can cause display issues. To prevent display issues, use the "Paste From Word" tool, available under the last icon in the Text Box Editor.
screenshot of paste from Word
Opening Office Files in Blackboard:
For those of you inputting Microsoft Office files into Blackboard, you might have noticed a problem opening these files if you or your students are using the Internet Explorer browser. While using IE, you get confronted with a login screen that makes you click multiple times before the file opens.

If your course has Office files, a workaround is to use a different browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari) since the problem only occurs with IE. Converting Office files to PDFs -- which also helps for accessibility purposes -- also solves the problem.

Email a Copy of your Announcement:
To email a copy of your announcement text, use the Send Email feature (under Course Tools). You can Copy the text of the Announcement and Paste it into the text box to send a copy of your Announcement to your students.

Download a Copy of the Grade Center:
To download a copy of your Grade Center into Excel, go to the Grade Center (Full Grade Center) and in the top, right corner, click on "Work Offline" and select "Download." On the next page, leave the options to their defaults and click Submit. You will be prompted that the data has been saved. You can then click the "Download" button to choose to Open the file (in Excel) or Save the file.

Set External Links to Open in a New Window:
When you add a link to a webpage outside of Blackboard, it is a good idea to set it to open in a new browser window. This ensures greater accessibility and function of the outside website. When creating your links, either with the "Create External Link" function or through the "Hyperlink" icon in the Text Box Editor, make sure to select the option to "Open in a New Window."
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A publication by the Chabot College Online Learning Staff

Minta Winsor,
Distance/Online Education Coordinator; Blackboard System Administrator
Lisa Ulibarri,
Instructional Designer/Developer; Blackboard System Administrator


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