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A publication for Faculty about Online Learning at Chabot College

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The Online Learning Link includes important information and announcements about Online Teaching & Learning and Blackboard at Chabot College.
earthEarth Day: Go Paperless with Blackboard!
No more lugging around a bag full of essays. No more spilling coffee on a student's test. No more dealing with the copy machine or lost handouts. In honor of Earth Day, we've comprised a list of ways for you, and your students, to use Blackboard to go completely paperless.

Post Documents & Files:  Use Blackboard to post your class handouts, documents, and other files. Use the projector in classrooms to go over handouts in-class. And let students know where they can locate the documents for their own use. Never deal with another lost handout or assignment sheet again!

Assignments (and SafeAssign): Use the Assignments feature to have students submit files directly to the instructor (no more emailed files!). Students access the assignment description, type a submission, attach files, and submit. You can respond to each student separately with comments and attached files. And through SafeAssign, get the added function of a plagiarism scan on all submitted files. Great for essays or reports!

Journals and Blogs: If you have students do any kind of writing each week (such as a journal or other reflective writing), consider using the Journals or Blogs tool in Blackboard. The private nature of journals offers students a safe environment to express themselves and receive individualized feedback. While Blogs support the development of communication skills in a “public” arena of your course. Makes it easy to collect student writings!

The Blackboard Grade Center: The Blackboard Grade Center resembles a spreadsheet. Each row is populated by a user in your course and each column includes information for an item, such as an assignment, test, blog, survey, or calculated grade (Total). Customize your view of the Grade Center and create grading schemas, grading periods, categories, and columns to present and gather the information you need. Best of all, grade information is backed-up by Blackboard, so you won't need to worry about losing scores!

A Current Course Roster: An added benefit of Blackboard is that it also functions as a current course roster. As it is tied to the enrollment system (CLASS-Web), when a student adds/drops your class, they will then be added/dropped in the course Blackboard site. This helps to keep a current list of active students, as you can use this updated roster shown in the Grade Center in conjunction with grades to determine which students are still  "active" in your class.

Paperless Exams through Blackboard and Respondus: If you have wanted to move your tests online, but don't want to take the time to enter each question into Blackboard - Respondus can help. It provides a quick and easy way to convert all of those test questions and Word documents into a Blackboard exam. And Chabot College has a campus-wide license which allows faculty to have one copy of the software installed on their office computer, and another on their personal computer (access at-home!).

For more information about these features and Blackboard, visit http://www.chabotcollege.edu/OnlineTeaching/blackboard/
Highlights from theCOOL:
A spotlight on the activities of the Committee On Online Learning.

The COOL is currently moving into one of the final stages of the (now paperless) online course approval process - the Course Demonstrations. Instructors who are proposing to teach an online or hybrid course for the first time are asked to complete a Course Demonstration including the basic organization of the course site and two weeks of course content. The demonstrations will be conducted online by way of each review team member logging in asynchronously to the course site in Blackboard as a student. These online "demonstrations" will take place between 4/30 and 5/2, which will allow enough time for the team to provide feedback before wrapping up the approval process in early May.

Thanks to the COOL members for all of their hard work this semester!

Volume 19, April 2014

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Keep your Syllabus Available On-demand

Many instructors print out a copy of the course Syllabus to distribute to students on the first day of class. Instead, try posting your Syllabus in Blackboard and letting students know that they will be able to access it throughout the semester. That way, neither the instructor nor the students have to print out a copy and can access it anytime on-demand through Blackboard.

Don't want to use the Bb Grade Center? Export to Excel!

If using the Blackboard Grade Center seems like too much to take on, try exporting your roster from Blackboard into Excel. You can then easily keep a record of grades and attendance on an easily accessible Excel file.

To download a copy of your Grade Center Roster 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 can then click the "Download" button to choose to Open the file (in Excel) or Save the file.

Paperless Surveys with Bb:

In Blackboard, you can survey your students online anonymously. This provides a quick and easy way to get honest feedback from your students. While Blackboard surveys are not graded (and the results are anonymous), you will be able to see if a specific student has completed the survey. You can add a Grade Center column to provide students with points for completing the survey.

Request Summer & Fall Bb sites:

Request your summer & fall Blackboard sites at any time before or throughout the semester. To request Blackboard sites, 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. Click here for detailed instructions.



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The Online Learning Link is a publication by the Chabot College Online Learning Staff

Minta Winsor, Distance Education Coordinator
Lisa Ulibarri, Instructional Designer/Developer


View previous editions of the Online Learning Link at  http://www.chabotcollege.edu/OnlineTeaching/newsletter/default_conv.asp

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