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

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Reminder: Blackboard Upgrade on Mon. 1/11/16

The next Blackboard upgrade will take place on Monday, January 11, 2016, starting at 5pm until approximately 8am on Tuesday. The site will be unavailable to everyone during that time. Blackboard will be upgraded from the Blackboard 9.1 April 2014 release to the October 2014 release. While this is not a major upgrade, it includes some changes to the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing tool (the interface is much cleaner and users won’t have to download and install Java-reliant files in order to use the tool). Also, the spell check feature is fixed to check spelling as you type.

Blackboard Support for Students

As you introduce Blackboard to your students, please use the Get Started with Blackboard handout, which includes steps to log in, change your password, and update your email address. Feel free to attach this file to your Syllabus or distribute to your classes as needed.

Contact UsIf you have students who need assistance with Blackboard or an online/hybrid course, please direct them to the Online Learning website at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/online where they can submit a help request online. The Online Learning website provides students a wealth of information and resources, including steps for logging into Blackboard and using common tools within Blackboard, steps for setting up a preferred email account for Blackboard, as well as a self-paced Orientation to Online Learning. The orientation consists of video demonstrations and step-by-step instructions, as well as tips for student success with online learning.

Online Learning Student Support also offers an opportunity for students to drop-in to get in-person assistance on their online learning needs with an Online Learning Student Assistant. Working with an experienced online student, students can ask for assistance on a range of topics, including logging into Blackboard and getting started with their online/hybrid course. Hours and location are listed at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/online/DropIn/.

Also, please remind students that the default email address listed for their Blackboard account is their Chabot-provided Zonemail email address. If students would like to use a different email address for Blackboard, they can change their Blackboard email address through CLASS-Web. Click here for full instructions.

View your Blackboard Site from a Student Perspective

The "Student Preview" mode takes the place of a Fake Student account. To go into Student Preview mode, simply click on the rotating arrows + circle icon in the upper-right-hand corner of the Blackboard page (in screenshot).
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You can use this Student Preview mode to view your course site from the student perspective at any time while logged in using your regular instructor account. When you enter Student Preview mode, the student preview bar appears at the top of every page. The bar displays the text "Student Preview mode is ON" and has Settings and Exit Preview functions easily accessible.

If you go into Student Preview mode and then Exit Student Preview mode, it will give you the option to “Keep the preview user and all data.” Selecting this option will keep the Preview User account active and make it so that you can log into that account separately (Example: Joe Chabot would have a Preview Account Username: jchabot_PreviewUser. The password will be the same password as your instructor account).

Highlights from theCOOL

Planning on teaching in online/or hybrid delivery format Summer 2016 or later? Please visit the Committee On Online Learning (COOL) website www.chabotcollege.edu/cool for an overview of the Online/Hybrid Course Delivery Proposal Process, including links to the current proposal form. The web-based proposal form, piloted during the fall, allows for easy sharing with subdivision colleagues. A tentative deadline (pending COOL approval) for initial submission of proposals will be Tuesday, February 16th at noon. Faculty submitting their first proposal to the COOL will also be required to conduct a course site demonstration/review towards the end of the semester.

You'll note that the first component in the process is your own skills development and research. If you are planning to teach your proposed course using Blackboard and have never taught with Blackboard before, please be sure to check out the resources for Getting Started with Blackboard.

Volume 30, January 2016

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Blackboard Tips

Request your Spring 2016 Blackboard Sites:

Chabot instructors can use Blackboard for on-campus, hybrid, or online courses. Request sites by logging 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.

New to Blackboard? Getting Started:

If you are new to Blackboard at Chabot, requesting sites in CLASS-Web will create your Blackboard account and you will be contacted directly with your log in information. For more information, view resources for Getting Started with Blackboard.

Copy Over Course Content from an Existing Site:

Instead of re-creating content for your Spring 2016 sites, easily copy over the content from a previous site using these simple steps (the Course Copy tool).

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. Use the same steps to make old course sites unavailable.

Want to Give a TA, Learning Assistant, or another Instructor Access to Your Course Site?

Course site access request form.

Need Help

Online Teaching & Blackboard Faculty Support Form

Students Need Help?
Online Learning Student Support Form


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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