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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.

Blackboard Upgrade
The next Blackboard upgrade will take place over Winter Break. Following the Fall 2013 semester, Blackboard will be upgraded from Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 9 to Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 13 before the start of the Spring 2014 term. While this is not a major upgrade, it includes some new features and fixes from Service Packs 10, 11, 12, and 13. Details and video demonstrations of new functions can be found at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/OnlineTeaching/Blackboard/upgrades/
More details about the upgrade, and how to take a "test-drive" of the upgraded version, will be sent via email to the faculty teaching with Blackboard.

Interpersonal Interaction Impacts Quality
During a recent @ONE presentation on student authentication, Patricia James, the Dean of Distance Education at Mt. San Jacinto College, referenced an April 2013 publication from the Community College Research Center titled "Creating an Effective Online Instructor Presence." In interviews, online students said that they placed a high value on interaction with their instructors. Furthermore, students reported a greater sense of teacher presence and engagement when instructors used interactive technologies purposely and consistently, including the use of audio or video-capturing lectures. The entire publication can be viewed at the following link: http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/media/k2/attachments/effective-online-instructor-presence.pdf


Highlights from theCOOL:
A spotlight on the activities of the Committee On Online Learning.

Over the past month, the Committee On Online Learning reviewed proposals for 4 courses / 4 instructors: Biology 25 online, Business 7 hybrid, Psychology Counseling 10 online, and Sociology 1 online. Now that these proposals are approved, course demonstrations will be taking place soon. As part of the new "streamlined" course approval process, the course demonstrations will take place online to mimic the experience of a student. If you are interested in teaching a Summer/Fall 2014 online/hybrid course, you can learn more about the approval process at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/cool/process/.

Through a collaborative effort between LPC's DE Committee, Chabot's COOL, and ITS, students registering for an online or hybrid course will now be prompted with a new page in CLASS-Web, titled Student Acknowledgment of Requirements for Online & Hybrid Courses. Students will be asked to acknowledge statements about access to a computer with internet access, technology skills, myths and truths about online courses, student authentication, and the district-wide policy on student conduct. The new page/form was implemented in time for the Spring 2014 registration period.

The COOL is also working on clarifying the schedule information for online/hybrid classes. In effort to provide clearer information for students on how to get started in their online/hybrid courses as well as any course meeting requirements for hybrids, the COOL has been working on a suggested list of course schedule notes. The suggested schedule notes, or "templates," provide a standardized guide for fully online courses, hybrid courses, as well as late-start online courses. The suggested format can be altered/customized to fit the needs of each course or instructor.

Volume 14, November 2013

Bb LogoBlackboard Tips

Have a Product Enhancement Suggestion for Blackboard?

Let them know! Suggestions can be submitted through Blackboard's online product suggestion box at http://www.blackboard.com/Contact-Us/Suggest-Product-Enhancements/For-Learn.aspx .
All suggestions go directly to the Blackboard Product Management team who  take product enhancement suggestions into account for future updates. 

Need to Copy just One Quiz?

You can copy individual quizzes from one course to another (outside of a full Course Copy). 

Steps to export:
 Go to the course that has the quiz you want > Go to the control panel >  Choose 'Course Tools' > Then select 'Tests, Surveys and Pools' > Click on 'Tests' >  Beside the quiz you want to export, click on the downward facing contextual arrows and choose 'Export'. > The quiz will then automatically download as a .zip file (the required format for importing).

Steps to Import: Go to the course where you want to quiz to be uploaded > Go to the control panel > Choose 'Course Tools' >  Then select 'Tests, Surveys and Pools' >  Click on 'Tests' > Click the blue 'Import Test' button > Click on the 'Browse my computer' button and select the downloaded .zip for the quiz > Click Submit.

Deploy the quiz by going into the content area and use the 'Create Assessment > Test' dropdown option. Select the name of the quiz to deploy it within the content area.  

Ready to Request Spring 2014 Blackboard Sites?

You can request Spring 2014 sites at any  time through CLASS-Web.
Steps for Requesting Blackboard Sites
After you request your sites they will appear in your Blackboard account usually within 24 hours.

Haven't Used Blackboard yet?

If you have not yet used Blackboard, now is a great time to start in preparation for the Spring semester.  Blackboard can be used for online/hybrid courses or as a supplement for face-to-face classes. Please visit our Getting Started with Blackboard resource page for information on how to learn about Blackboard and obtain an account/course site(s). We can even create a "practice" Blackboard site for you to use while you learn!

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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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