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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 soon take place in early 2014. On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, Blackboard will be upgraded from Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 9 to Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 13.

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 to the faculty teaching with Blackboard.

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 2014 students will be uploaded.
Webinar: Discussion Board Best Practices
@One recently provided a webinar on Discussion Board Best Practices. In this free webinar, they explored six of the ten best practices presented by Judith V. Boettcher PH.D. on her website Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online: Quick Guide for New Online Faculty (available at http://www.designingforlearning.info/services/writing/ecoach/tenbest.html). Applicable to all courses, these tips are great advice for both new and experienced online instructors.
The best practices discussed in this webinar are:
- How much guidance to provide students
- Categories of forums
- Communicating expectations to students
- Pros/cons of using groups, set up of groups
- Feedback to students: grading discussions with or without rubrics
- Administration of logistics, timing and deadlines for discussions

The archive of this webinar is available at http://www.onefortraining.org/node/682.

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

The COOL wrapped up the Fall 2013 semester with several accomplishments, including: the approval of four course proposals, developments in Online Counseling, updated templates for online & hybrid course schedule notes, a more streamlined course proposal, demonstration, & course review process, and a "show and tell" session on Flex Day that was very well received. Accomplishments achieved jointly with LPC's DE Committee and ITS staff include a clarified email to waitlisted students as well as a new page in CLASS-Web titled "Student Acknowledgment of Requirements for Online/Hybrid Courses.

If you are looking to teach an online/hybrid course in the Summer or Fall 2014, the winter break can be a great time to get started on the online/hybrid course approval process. For more information and how to get started, visit http://www.chabotcollege.edu/cool/process/.

In the Spring 2014 semester, the COOL plans to continue their efforts to clarify the schedule information for online/hybrid classes and further streamline the online/hybrid course approval process, including a reformatted Online/Hybrid Course Proposal form.

Happy Holidays from Online Learning and the COOL!

Volume 15, December 2013

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End of the Semester: Download your Grade Center and Make your Site Unavailable

Download a copy of your Grade Center:
It is important to retain 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 to students:
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


Request your Blackboard Sites before the Spring 2014 term

Even with the Blackboard upgrade coming up, 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.

Copying Over Content from a Previous Course Site?
How to copy content from one Blackboard site to another.

When Will Students be Able to Access My Sites?
Students will not be uploaded to the Blackboard system until one week prior to the first day of the semester. Even after 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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