Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

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collab_imageA new, simplified version of Blackboard Collaborate is now available to faculty who use myCourses. This updated version of Blackboard Collaborate offers crisp, hi-definition audio/video and launches meetings right in your web browser without the need for updating java or installing a launcher program. The user interface has also been modernized to be more intuitive to navigate.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is currently available by request only to any faculty member using myCourses. Beginning spring 2016, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will be automatically enabled in all myCourses sites. Read more

This Week in ID – 10/6 to 10/14

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VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool built into myCourses that can be used to facilitate rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us at tomorrow’s Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

REEF Polling allows instructors to shake up their lectures by engaging students with multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions. Students can respond from their phone, tablet, or laptop and the instructor can display the results data immediately afterward on the projector to discuss as a class. Attend our Polling with REEF workshop next week on Wednesday afternoon to learn more about this in-class engagement tool.

Facilitating group work as an instructor can be challenging, but the benefits of student collaboration is undeniable. We invite instructors to join us at our “Where Group Work Meets Technology” workshop next week on Thursday afternoon to discuss some strategies and technologies that can be used to aid in the facilitation of group work.

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Friday, October 7th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 226

Polling with REEF
Wednesday, October 12th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 225

Where Group Work Meets Technology
Thursday, October 13th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 128

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. Enter the workshop name in the search box or click on the date of the workshop in the calendar.
  4. Click on the workshop title and then click the “Register” button.

This Week in ID – 9/21 to 9/28

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Hello and welcome back faculty!

The Instructional Development team is happy to share our Fall 2016 faculty workshop offerings. This semester we are offering two new workshops – Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread and the recently updated Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Our first VoiceThread workshop is this week and you can catch one of our Collaborate Ultra workshops later this semester in October or November. Keep reading below to find out what else we have on the schedule in the next several days.

VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool built into myCourses that can be used to facilitate rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us at tomorrow’s Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

Have you ever considered moving some of your face-to-face lectures online? Come learn how it can be done at next Monday’s Recording with Techsmith Relay workshop. Techsmith Relay allows you to record audio narration over PowerPoint presentations, documents, or any other content you can open on your computer screen. During this workshop we will walk you through the process of installing the software, recording a presentation, and sharing that recording in myCourses. All you will need to participate in this workshop is your laptop.

Next Wednesday our Blended Learning: Finding the Mix online workshop begins. In blended classes a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. This fully online two-week workshop provides a comprehensive look at how a unit of face-to-face instruction could be delivered in the blended format.

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Thursday, September 22nd
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 226

Recording with Techsmith Relay
Monday, September 26th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 226

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
Wednesday, September 28th – Tuesday, October 11th
Online via myCourses

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. Enter the workshop name in the search box or click on the date of the workshop in the calendar.
  4. Click on the workshop title and then click the “Register” button.

Congratulations Chris!

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Our own Christopher Farnham, is the August 2016 monthly CARES nomination winner!

Chris was nominated by a faculty member for his expertise and professionalism in supporting the first online, accelerated undergraduate mechanical engineering course offered during the summer of 2016.

Congratulations!

VoiceThread is here!

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The Voice Authoring (audio recording) feature currently built into myCourses will no longer be available after August 31st, 2016. This decision was made by Blackboard, the company that owns Voice Authoring.

As a result of this announcement, we have installed a new tool in myCourses called VoiceThread. Similar to Voice Authoring, this tool allows students and instructors to easily submit audio/video recordings and narrated presentations in myCourses.

Instructional Development is offering VoiceThread workshops in August and during the fall semester. To register for one of the upcoming August workshop sessions, check out the workshop schedule.

To learn more about the new features offered by VoiceThread you can visit our VoiceThread help page or contact the ID team directly.

This Semester in ID

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If you were not able to make it to one of our lunch and learn sessions this semester, we have you covered! Our first session in February was on the use of rubrics as a tool for streamlining grading. This session was recorded and can be viewed here. Our second session that took place in March explored how classroom and desktop based lecture capture are being used on campus to capture in-class lectures, presentations, audio, and desktop content. The recording of this session can be accessed here.

This semester we also launched our newly redesigned website. This new site is designed as a central location where faculty can explore the technical resources and pedagogical support available from Instructional Development.

Over the summer months we will continue to offer workshops for faculty. Two offerings in particular may be of interest if you are curious about teaching online or blended courses.

Our Online Teaching and Learning Strategies course in July provides an introduction to the current research and best practices for online teaching and learning. Participants will work both independently and collaboratively with peers to design and organize a unit of online learning to be built in a myCourses site. This fully-online four week course is designed to support the UMass Dartmouth Quality Online Course Review Rubric.

In blended courses, a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. If you would like to learn about designing blended learning, we encourage you to participate in our “Blended Learning: Finding the Mix” workshop at the end of July. This two week long workshop consists of face-to-face meetings on campus and online activities completed in myCourses.

Online Teaching and Learning Strategies
Wednesday, July 13th – Tuesday, August 9th
Fully online through myCourses

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
Wednesday, July 27th – Tuesday, August 9th
* Two face-to-face meeting dates TBD.
Online via myCourses AND two face-to-face meetings


To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. In the Search field in the upper left corner of the page type in “training” or the name of the workshop, then click the Search button.
  4. Click on a workshop title to view event details and register.

This Week in ID – 4/20 to 4/27

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Facilitating group work as an instructor can be a challenge, but the benefits of student collaboration is undeniable. We invite instructors to join us at our “Where Group Work Meets Technology” workshop tomorrow morning to discuss some strategies and technologies that can be used to aid in the facilitation of group work.

In blended courses, a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. If you would like to learn about designing blended learning, we encourage you to participate in our “Blended Learning: Finding the Mix” workshop that starts next week. This two week long workshop consists of face-to-face meetings on campus and online activities completed in myCourses.

Where Group Work Meets Technology
Thursday, April 21st
10:00am – 11:30pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 128

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
April 27th – May 4th – Online
Face-to-face meetings on 4/27 and 5/4 from 3pm-4pm
Online via myCourses AND two face-to-face meetings in LIB 240

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at http://calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. In the Search field in the upper left corner of the page type in “training” or the name of the workshop, then click the Search button.
  4. Click on a workshop title to view event details and register.

This Week in ID – 4/5 to 4/11

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Did you know that 78% of instructors were found to have flipped at least one lesson according to a 2014 study conducted by the Flipped Learning Network and SOPHIA Learning? It was also reported that 96% of instructors who have flipped a lesson would recommend this method to other instructors.

Interested in learning more? Consider joining us Thursday morning at our “Fundamentals of Flipping” workshop. You will gain insight into the flipped instructional approach and draft a “flipped” schedule for one of your own lessons.

Fundamentals of Flipping
Thursday, April 7th
10:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 128

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at http://calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. In the Search field in the upper left corner of the page type in “training” or the name of the workshop, then click the Search button.
  4. Click on a workshop title to view event details and register.

 

This Week in ID – 3/28 to 4/4

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Join us on Wednesday to explore how classroom and desktop based lecture capture are being used on campus to capture in class lectures, presentations, audio, and desktop content. Hear from faculty members who are already capturing class lectures and how it has improved student learning and knowledge retention. Lunch and light refreshments will be served.

Thursday afternoon we are offering a workshop on Blackboard Collaborate, a live conferencing tool built into myCourses that allows you to host online meetings (such as office hours) with students.

On Friday morning we are offering a “Getting Started in myCourses” workshop. myCourses allows instructors to post files, accept assignment submissions, incorporate multimedia from popular websites like YouTube, and more!

As some of you may have noticed, LARTS 208 was remodeled over the summer. That space is now designed to facilitate active team-based learning. Attend our “Technology for Team-Based Learning” workshop on Monday the 4th to learn about active and collaborative learning strategies that make use of the technology in LARTS 208. This workshop is limited to College of Arts & Sciences faculty.

Exploring Lecture Capture
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 314

Blackboard Collaborate
Thursday, March 31st
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 225

Getting Started in myCourses
Friday, April 1st
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 226

Technology for Team-Based Learning
Monday, April 4th
11:00am – 12:15pm
Liberal Arts Building, Room 208

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at http://calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. In the Search field in the upper left corner of the page type in “training” or the name of the workshop, then click the Search button.
  4. Click on a workshop title to view event details and register.

This Week in ID – 3/7 to 3/11

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As some of you may have noticed, LARTS 208 was remodeled over the summer. The space is now designed to facilitate active team-based learning. Instead of traditional row seating, students sit in groups of five where each student has a laptop and each group has their own television screen to project on. We invite you to attend our “Technology for Team-Based Learning” workshop tomorrow to explore active and collaborative learning strategies that utilize the technology of LARTS 208.
This workshop is limited to College of Arts & Sciences faculty.

REEF Polling allows instructors to shake up their lectures by inserting multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions. Students can respond from their phone, tablet, or laptop and the instructor can display the results data immediately afterward on the projector to discuss as a class. Attend our Polling with REEF workshop on Thursday afternoon to learn more about this in-class engagement tool.

Technology for Team-Based Learning
Tuesday, March 8th
1:00pm – 2:15pm
Liberal Arts building, Room 208

Polling with REEF
Thursday, March 10th
12:45pm – 1:45pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 225

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at http://calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.
    2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
    3. In the Search field in the upper left corner of the page type in “training” or the name of the workshop, then click the Search button.
    4. Click on a workshop title to view event details and register.