myCourses maintenance – Jan 9, 2019

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An extended servicing will be performed for myCourses on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, beginning at 3:30 AM until 9:30 AM.

During this time myCourses will not be accessible. Please plan accordingly.

The maintenance will include some fixes and feature updates to myCourses.

  Cloud Storage
Instructors can copy files from their favorite cloud storage solutions when authoring Content Items or creating Assignments. Students can submit assignments from their favorite cloud storage solutions. Cloud storage that is supported includes OneDrive, OneDrive for Business,  Google Drive* including G suite accounts, Dropbox, and Box.
Record Feedback

An instructor or grader can create personalized feedback recordings for individual gradable item attempts or manual gradebook items. Each recording can be up to 5 minutes long and can be both video and audio.

Collaborate in Groups

Collaborate is now available as a tool in Groups for easy collaboration. Session creation is limited to members of the group.

Discussion Board

Users can now sort by Replies to me in the Discussion Board for easier sorting in large discussions.

Grading

Cleanup: Instructors can now delete several columns at once out of the Grade book.

Anonymous Grading: Instructors can now grant an additional attempt for scenarios when the student needs one and the prior attempt can’t be cleared because it is in an anonymous state.

 

Accessibility improvements

When a user first logged into myCourses, an overlay appeared on the screen to highlight key navigation elements. The overlay caused a frustrating user experience for those using assistive technologies and has been removed to improve overall accessibility. The responsive design also allows users to resize windows and view on smaller screen sizes.**

Box Assignment

The ability to download annotated assignments for both students and instructors from Box has now been added.

Fixes

 Safari and Assignment submission: Papers submitted using Safari now do not have an error associated with the submission

*Although Google docs can be attached to course items, they do not render within the assignment tool when submitted. When downloading Google docs, users need to choose an application to open the files. We recommend using a standard format for documents in myCourses such as .docx and .pdf.
** When viewing on smaller screen sizes the course menu may collapse but can be opened by hovering over the left side of the screen and clicking on the arrow to reopen.

Submit Your Nomination-Provost’s Award

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john buck receving awardThe call for nominations for the 2019 Provost’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Award is OPEN. This annual award recognizes a UMass Dartmouth faculty, librarian, or staff member, who have improved student learning outcomes through the use of technology.

Please visit the Provost’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Award page for further information about award eligibility and guidance for submitting nominations.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by 5:00pm EST.

Save the Date! January 18, 2019

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New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference

Mark your calendars! 

Join us for the 3rd annual New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference on January 18, 2019. Share ideas and catch up with your colleagues before the start of the spring semester.

Register

Assignment Markup Tool (Box) in MyCourses

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Please be aware that instructors using tablets and/or certain web browsers may experience issues with the assignment grading markup tool (Box) in myCourses. If you do experience issues with this tool, try switching to another device or browser. Alternatively, you can download submitted files (pdf, video), mark them up using the track changes/commenting features in Word (pdf, video)and then re-upload the file for student review (pdf, video).

November Workshops

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iClicker Cloud allows instructors to engage students during class with multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions. Students can respond from their phone, tablet, or laptop and the instructor can display the results on the projector to discuss as a class. Attend our In-Class Polling with iClicker Cloud workshop tomorrow to learn more.

Have you ever considered hosting online office hours or meeting virtually with students? Blackboard Collaborate can make it happen! Instructors and students can communicate with each other via text chat, audio/video, or by calling in using a telephone. Collaborate also lets you to share your computer screen and present documents to students. Sign-up for next week’s Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate workshop to learn more.

Did you know that instructors are able to post course materials online for their students? myCourses allows instructors to post files, accept electronic assignment submissions, share content from the internet, maintain an online grade book, and more! Sign-up for the next Getting Started in myCourses workshop on November 20th to learn how myCourses can become the digital headquarters of your courses.

In-class Polling with iClicker Cloud
Tuesday, November 6th 2018
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate
Tuesday, November 13th 2018
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Getting Started in myCourses
Tuesday, November 20th 2018
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Find a full list of upcoming workshops.

CFP: New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference

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We invite proposals focused on innovative and creative teaching and learning strategies. The goal of these interactive sessions is to share effective teaching and learning practices so that attendees can gain concrete ideas to integrate into their own courses. Proposals could include, but are not limited to, any of the following topics:

  • Best practices and strategies for Active learning
  • Creating a holistic learning environment (social, mental, behavioral, etc.)
  • Teaching difficult subjects and controversial topics
  • Effective collaboration or Team-Based Learning techniques
  • Fostering student engagement and community within courses and programs
  • Creative assessment strategies
  • Student multimedia projects
  • Innovative use of technologies
  • Online teaching strategies (Fully online, Blended, Flipped, Web-enhanced)
  • Project-based learning
  • Effective service-learning projects or experiences
  • Teaching and learning strategies in STEM fields

This year’s conference will feature concurrent panel sessions and two lightning round sessions. We welcome proposals for both.

  • Full panel session (30-40 mins)
  • Active learning lightning round
  • Teaching with Technology lightning round

Submit a Proposal

Deadline for proposal submissions is 11/30/18.

October Workshops

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Instructors can use the Blackboard Collaborate tool built into myCourses to host online office hours, conduct online review sessions, and meet virtually with students. Instructors and students can communicate with each other via text chat, audio/video, or by calling in using a telephone. Collaborate also allows you to share your computer screen and present documents to students. Sign-up for tomorrow’s Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate workshop to learn more!

Did you know that instructors are able to post course materials online for their students? myCourses allows instructors to post files, accept electronic assignment submissions, share content from the internet, maintain an online grade book, and more! Sign-up for next Tuesday’s Getting Started in myCourses workshop to learn how myCourses can become the digital headquarters of your courses.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to teach or be part of an online course? Our Online Teaching and Learning Strategies course offers the perfect opportunity to learn. This course introduces instructors to the current research and best practices for online teaching and learning. Participants work independently and collaboratively with peers to design and build one unit of online instruction in a myCourses site. This fully online four-week course supports the UMass Dartmouth Quality Online Course Review Rubric.

VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and presentation tool built into myCourses that facilitates rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us for the Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop next Thursday to explore how you can take your online discussions to the next level.

Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate
Wednesday, October 24th 2018
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Getting Started in myCourses
Tuesday, October 30th 2018
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Online Teaching and Learning Strategies
Wednesday, October 31st – Tuesday, November 27th
Fully Online in myCourses

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Thursday, November 1st 2018
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Find a full list of upcoming workshops.

September Workshops

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Join us tomorrow at our Getting Started in myCourses workshop. myCourses allows instructors to post files, accept electronic assignment submissions, share content from the internet, maintain an online grade book, and more! Sign-up now to learn how myCourses can become the digital headquarters for your courses.

VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and presentation tool built into myCourses that facilitates rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us for the Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop next week on Thursday to explore how you can take your online discussions to the next level.

Register for Getting Started with myCourses
Tuesday, September 11th
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Register for Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Thursday, September 20th
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135