Important Changes for Assignment Inline Grading Tool

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Blackboard’s assignment inline grading functionality is serviced by a third party tool called Crocodoc. This tool allows faculty to annotate assignments with text and point based comments, highlighting and drawing directly within the course site. The Crocodoc service is being retired by Box, the company who owns Crocodoc. Box is replacing with a comparable service called New Box View.

On December 22, 2017, Box View will replace Crocodoc, after which you will begin to use the New Box View interface.

View more information about what’s changing and the new interface.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (10/23 – 11/3)

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Have you ever thought about making a lecture available to your students online? Come learn how it can be done at tomorrow’s Recording with TechSmith Relay workshop. Relay allows you to record audio narration over PowerPoint presentations, documents, or any other content on your computer. Please bring your own laptop to participate in this workshop.

On Wednesday, we are offering a workshop on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra the online meeting tool built into myCourses. Collaborate can be used to have live audio/video chat sessions with students. Collaborate also allows you to share your screen and present office documents/presentations. Many instructors use Collaborate to host online office hours, conduct optional review sessions, and meet one-on-one with students.

Next week on Monday morning, we are offering a Getting Started in myCourses workshop. myCourses allows instructors to post files, accept assignment submissions, share multimedia from the internet, and more! Sign-up now to learn how myCourses can become the digital headquarters for your courses.

The Online Teaching and Learning Strategies course that starts on Wednesday, November 1st provides an introduction to the current research and best practices for online teaching and learning. Participants will work independently and collaboratively with peers to design and build one unit of online learning in a myCourses site. This fully online four-week course is designed to support the UMass Dartmouth Quality Online Course Review Rubric.

VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool that can be used to facilitate asynchronous audio/video conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us for our Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop next Thursday to learn how VoiceThread can be used to take your online discussions to the next level.

Recording with TechSmith Relay
Tuesday, October 24th
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
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Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Wednesday, October 25th
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
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Getting Started with myCourses
Monday, October 30th
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
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Online Teaching and Learning Strategies
November 1st – November 29th
Fully online through myCourses
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Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Thursday, November 2nd
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
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Call for Proposals: New Approaches to Teaching and Learning 2018

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New Approaches to Teaching and Learning 2018

New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference 2017

Date: January 19th, 2018 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Charlton College of Business Learning Pavilion & Library Living Room
Concurrent Session Times: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

We invite proposals for faculty sessions showcasing innovative and creative teaching and learning strategies. Each 50-minute faculty session will occur concurrently during the morning portion of the conference. The goal of these sessions is to share effective teaching and learning practices so that attendees can gain concrete ideas to integrate into their own teaching.

Proposals could include, but are not limited to, any of the following topics:

  • Best practices and strategies for active or “Flipped” learning
  • Effective collaborative and/or Team-Based Learning techniques
  • Creative assessment strategies
  • Effective implementations of web-based collaboration tools
  • Student multimedia projects
  • Innovative use of technologies (video, lecture capture, OER, WordPress, VoiceThread, in-class polling)
  • Online or Blended teaching strategies
  • Project-based learning
  • Building community in classes/programs
  • Community-based projects or service learning
  • Teaching and learning specific to STEM fields

Deadline for proposal submissions is Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be made by November 6, 2018.

Submit your presentation proposal today! 

Visit the New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Agenda for more information

New Approaches to Teaching and Learning 2018 is sponsored by the Academic Director of Online Education, Office of Faculty Development, Instructional Development, Provost’s office, and University Extension.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (9/25 – 10/13)

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On Wednesday our fall semester offering of the Blended Learning: Finding the Mix online workshop begins. In blended classes, a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by internet-based online learning. During this two-week long fully online workshop, you will explore how one unit of your face-to-face course could be redesigned and delivered in a blended format.

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 for our Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop next Friday 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 iClicker Cloud workshop on Wednesday, October 11th to learn more about this in-class engagement tool. 

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
Wednesday, September 27th – Tuesday, October 10th
Fully online through myCourses
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Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Friday, October 6th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

Polling with iClicker Cloud
Wednesday, October 11th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (4/10 – 4/21)

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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 on Thursday at our Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

Next Friday we are offering a workshop on an online meeting tool built into myCourses called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. You can use Collaborate to meet with students in a Skype-like online meeting space where you can use audio/video to talk and present documents, presentations, and show what you are doing on your computer screen. Many instructors use Collaborate to host online office hours, optional review sessions, and one-on-one meetings with students.

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Thursday, April 13th
11:00am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Friday, April 21st
2pm – 3pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

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.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (3/27 – 4/7)

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

Next week on Monday 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!

Recording with Techsmith Relay
Thursday, March 30th
1pm – 2pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Getting Started with myCourses
Monday, April 3rd
11am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

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.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (2/27 – 3/10)

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Thursday morning we are offering a workshop on an online meeting tool built into myCourses called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. You can use Collaborate to meet with students in a Skype-like online meeting space where you can use audio/video to talk and present documents, presentations, and show what you are doing on your computer screen. Many instructors use Collaborate to host online office hours, optional review sessions, and one-on-one meetings with students.

Next week on Tuesday 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!

Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Thursday, March 2nd
11am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Getting Started with myCourses
Tuesday, March 7th
11am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

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.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (2/13 – 2/24)

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Wednesday at Noon we are offering a workshop on an online meeting tool built into myCourses called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. You can use Collaborate to meet with students in a Skype-like online meeting space where you can use audio/video to talk and present documents, presentations, and show what you are doing on your computer screen. Many instructors use Collaborate to host online office hours, optional review sessions, and one-on-one meetings with students.

Next Wednesday our spring offering of the Blended Learning: Finding the Mix workshop online begins. In blended classes, a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by internet-based online learning. During this two-week long fully online workshop, you will explore how one unit of your face-to-face course could be redesigned and delivered in a blended format.

REEF Polling allows instructors to shake up their lectures by engaging students with on the fly multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions. Students can respond from their phone, tablet, or laptop and the results can be shown immediately afterward on the projector to discuss as a class. Those student responses are also simultaneously recorded in the REEF grade book. Attend our Polling with REEF workshop next week on Friday afternoon to learn more about how you could use REEF in your classroom.

Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Wednesday, February 15th
Noon – 1pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
Wednesday, February 22nd – Tuesday, March 7th
Fully online through myCourses

Polling with REEF
Friday, February 24th
2pm – 3pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

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.

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 – 10/26 – 11/2

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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 next week on Monday at our Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

On Tuesday 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!

Our Online Teaching and Learning Strategies course that starts on Wednesday, November 2nd 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.

Getting Started in myCourses
Monday, October 31st
11:00am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Tuesday, November 1st
11:00am – Noon
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135

Online Teaching and Learning Strategies
Wednesday, November 2nd – Tuesday, November 29th
Fully online through myCourses

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.