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The Online Learning Link includes important information and announcements about Online Teaching & Learning and Blackboard at Chabot College.


 Blackboard Upgrade in early January 2015

The next Blackboard upgrade will soon take place in early 2015. On Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 5pm, Blackboard will be upgraded from Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 13 to Blackboard 9.1 April 2014 release. While this is not a major upgrade, it includes some new features and fixes from Service Pack 14 and the 2014 releases. Features and functions that will be added after the upgrade include:

  • An updated look for the My Grades area for students, which makes it easier for them to view feedback from the instructor.
  • SafeAssign integrated into regular Assignments. And the look of the SafeAssign Originality Report has been updated.
  • Course Message notifications: Those using Course Messages can now choose to receive notifications of new messages within their Blackboard account or via email.
  • Test Total Points Adjustment: This enhancement address several related needs, all revolving around the total points possible for tests, and needing to adjust the total points possible.
  • A "Score Attempts Using" drop-down list has been added to the Test Options and Create Assignments pages.
See the Blackboard Tips column in this newsletter for more information about requesting Blackboard sites, copying over content from a previous course site, and when Spring 2015 students will be uploaded. More information about the upgrade will be added to http://www.chabotcollege.edu/OnlineTeaching/Blackboard/upgrades/

Email Conversion: Groupwise to Microsoft Outlook

Please note that Groupwise email will be converted to Microsoft Outlook in early January 2015. This email conversion is especially important for online instructors who will utilize email to communicate with their students prior to the Spring 2015 semester. ITS has sent out a few emails regarding this email conversion and has indicated that the "target date for cutover to the new Outlook email system is Thursday, January 8."

New to Microsoft Outlook? The district now has a license for Lynda.com, which is an extensive collection of training videos for Outlook and many other programs. Access to Lynda.com is free for all CLPCCD employees using their college-provided email addresses. For more information on the upcoming email conversion and Lynda.com, please visit http://www.clpccd.org/ipbm/TCCHandouts.php .

Captioning Provided through Grant

A Distance Education Captioning and Transcription (DECT) grant offers funding to faculty and staff of the CCC's for the captioning of educational media. This is great news for instructors who already use 3C Media Solutions for their video needs, as the DECT grant has made it possible to get captioned videos in a few simple steps.

To request captions for your video or audio file thru 3C Media Solutions, simply log in to your 3C Media account > From your "My Media" tab, click the "Details & Options" link to the right of the media you want captions for > Under "Tools", click on "DECT Captioning Grant" > Fill out and submit the form. Once created, (usually within 5 working days, depending on length), the caption files will be emailed back to you for uploading.  3C Media Solutions and the DECT grant make it easier for you to provide accessible materials for your students.

Highlights from theCOOL

The Committee On Online Learning (COOL) is now wrapping up the proposal feedback stage of the Online Course Approval Process for instructors who submitted proposals for Summer/Fall 2015 and who will be new to online teaching.  The committee has made some astounding progress and has reviewed 36 proposals during the Fall 2014 semester! In addition to the proposal process, there were 10 faculty new to online teaching who completed course demonstrations. During the course of the semester, the COOL also discussed an upcoming Blackboard upgrade, the January Email conversion from Groupwise to Outlook, and evaluation procedures for online faculty.

Overall, it has been an exciting Fall term for the COOL and the members look forward to productive Spring semester.

SnowflakeHappy Holidays from Online Learning and the COOL!Snowflake

Volume 24, December 2014

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Blackboard Tips

For Fall 2014 Sites:

Save a Copy of your 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.

Make your Blackboard Site Unavailable
After grades are submitted and students no longer need access to your Blackboard site, you may choose to make your site unavailable to students. Steps to make your Blackboard site unavailable.


For Spring 2015 Sites:

Request Blackboard Sites
Whether you are teaching an online, hybrid, or face-to-face course, 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. Detailed instructions for requesting sites.

After you request your sites they will appear in your Blackboard account usually within 24 hours.

Copy Over Content
Instead of re-creating content, easily copy over the content from a previous site. How to copy content from one Blackboard site to another.

When Will Students be Able to Access My Sites?
Students will be uploaded to the Blackboard system about one week prior to the first day of the semester. Once students are uploaded to the system, you will still need to make your course site available in order for students to access it.

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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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