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The Online Learning Link
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.
Summer SunRequest Summer and Fall Blackboard Sites
 As you are finishing up with the Spring term, don't forget that you can request your summer and/or fall Blackboard sites at any time. 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 are listed at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/OnlineTeaching/Blackboard/RequestSite/ .

Once your
course sites have been setup and appear in Blackboard, you can use the Course Copy tool to copy over your content from a previous site (
view steps on how to use the Course Copy tool). This can be done at any point after sites are in Blackboard, but we recommend that you do it early and only one time (to avoid repeated items).

Please note: Students are uploaded to the Blackboard system about a week prior to the start of the term. And in order for students to be able to access your Blackboard site, you will need to make the site Available.

Recent Issue with Yahoo Email and Blackboard
Recently, Blackboard reported issues with emails coming from Yahoo email addresses. Yahoo made changes to it's DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance) policy that has affected the way Yahoo servers process emails from @yahoo.com email addresses. In order to prevent spoofing of Yahoo email addresses, the Yahoo mail servers will not accept emails originated on non-Yahoo mail servers with a return address of @yahoo.com.

For Blackboard users, this means that if a professor with an email address of professor@yahoo.com tries to email their class through Blackboard, all the students that have @yahoo.com email addresses will not receive the email (as the email is originated from a non-Yahoo mail server - since it came through Blackboard). As this is just one example of the reported issue, we recommend that student and instructors with Yahoo email addresses, change their email address for Blackboard to a non-Yahoo email address.
Highlights from theCOOL:
A spotlight on the activities of the Committee On Online Learning.

The COOL wrapped up their online and hybrid course approvals for the year with the completion of course demonstrations by potential first-time online/hybrid faculty. In the 2013-2014 year, the COOL approved 13 online courses and 7 hybrid courses. There were also 8 instructors approved to teach an online or hybrid course for the first time at Chabot. Thanks to the COOL members for all of their hard work this academic year!

If you are looking to teach an online or hybrid course in the future, Summer is a great time to get started on the Online/Hybrid Course Approval Process. The first step in the process involves research and an assessment of faculty skills. Our Online Course Consultation page provides a variety of best-practice resources for getting started. The complete steps are available on the COOL Website.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Volume 20, May 2014

Bb LogoBlackboard Tips

End of the Semester To-do list:

1) Create a new Grade Center column to post final grades:

If you'd like to post your students' final letter grade, in addition to the Total or Weighted Total column, you can add a new Grade Center column: Go to the Full Grade Center > From within the action bar, click on Create Column > The next page will open up the column information form where you can provide a Column Name (such as Course Grade), as well as designate to have the grades display as a Letter Grade or Text (which would allow you to enter an "I" for Incomplete if needed) > Be sure to make this column worth "0" points and do not include it in Grade Center calculations > Once you've set the other settings as appropriate, click Submit. The new column will be at the end of your Grade Center.
2) Download a copy of your Grade Center:

It is important to retain a copy of your Grade Center. We recommend doing this a few times throughout the semester so that you can have a record of students' grades, even if they've dropped.
To download a copy of your Grade Center into Excel: go to the Grade Center (Full Grade Center) > in the top, right corner, mouse over "Work Offline" > 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.
3) Make your Blackboard site unavailable to students:

After grades are submitted and students no longer need access to your Blackboard site, you may choose to make your Blackboard site Unavailable to students. Students may appreciate this as it minimizes confusion with current Blackboard sites listed in their accounts.


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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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