HAVE BLACKBOARD KNOWLEDGE TO SHARE? DON’T MISS THIS CONFERENCE!
The fifth annual conference of the Virginia Blackboard
Users Group (VaBUG) will be held at the Holiday Inn at
Valley View, in Roanoke, Virginia, on Friday, Oct. 24.
This is a perfect time to enjoy the peak fall foliage in the Roanoke
Valley area while you share knowledge and ideas with
Blackboard users from across the state. The conference will
once again have free registration, so mark your calendar now.
This year’s theme is “Broadening Educational Horizons,” and you can access additional information at http://vabug.org. You can also follow VaBUG
What exciting ways have you been utilizing
Blackboard and other technologies in the past year? The
VaBUG conference is a great opportunity for Blackboard users
to discover, discuss, learn and share best practices.
In order to afford members the best possible personal and
professional development opportunities, VaBUG
asks instructors, administrators, staff members and any
other interested members to submit proposals for concurrent
sessions for this year’s conference.
The group is looking for
sessions that focus on using Blackboard and related
technologies to better reach learners and expand the reach of
learners’ knowledge. Sessions will be organized along the following
• Blackboard administration
• Instructional design
• Faculty best practices
• K-12 best practices
consider participating as a presenter, and pass this message
along to someone you feel may be interested in participating.
information, please contact George Hoffman in the Center for Teaching and Learning at email@example.com.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
|This will be the last blog post by Tristan at SU. He has decided to take a position at another institution. We wish Tristan the best in his new position. |
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
We are kicking off the Collaborate Mobile 2.0 Beta program next week and are looking for a focused group of participants. Please register here if you would like to participate.
What’s in 2.0
Collaborate Mobile v2.0 will have some added features and a fresh look and feel. Users will be able to:· Transmit and Receive Video
· Participate in a Web Tour
· Receive Multimedia Library Content (audio and video files pushed by the moderator)
· Participate in Private and Group Chat
The Beta program is currently scheduled to kick off on
Thursday, September 4th and will conclude Thursday, Oct 9th.
We will only meet during the kickoff, but testing will be continuous with weekly surveys to analyze feedback.
Please register through this link-https://www.surveymonkey.
- Who? Collaborate users, specifically Faculty and Students. A limited number of both iOS and Android participants will be selected. We will reach out directly to those who are eligible to participate
- What's the time commitment? Participants are expected to participate in weekly surveys to give feedback on experience
- Requirements: The Beta programs require signature of a Beta Agreement by the institution. This agreement will be distributed before kickoff.
Do you want to learn more about specific features of SoftChalk Cloud and Create? Then these Short Courses are perfect for you! These live, one-hour webinars include a presentation and examples, as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions and receive assistance from the instructor.
Upcoming Short Courses in September
- An Overview of SoftChalk Cloud
- An Overview of SoftChalk Create
- TextPoppers, Images and Hyperlinks
- Navigation Features and Sidebars
- Embedded Media
- Quizzes, Quiz Groups and SoftChalk ScoreCenter
- Interactive Learning Activities - The Presentation Group
- Interactive Learning Activities - The Scoring Group
|Visit our Short Courses page for details and register today!|
The SoftChalk Team
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Welcome to the New & Improved Hosted Blackboard
We now have Portfolios within our Blackboard system. Below are some key information about the Bb portfolio syste.
Portfolios sit "outside" of courses. This means students and teachers can access Portfolios even if access to a course has been restricted.
Portfolios can be submitted by students to teachers using the Assignment Tool.
Students can take a regular assignment and convert it into an Artifact to use in a Portfolio
Students and teachers can share Portfolios with other individuals or classes using traditional sharing methods. This includes
While Portfolios are part of Content Management , they do not require individual access to the My Content area.
- Files stored in Artifacts do not count against Content Quotas
- This fall assignments and other Bb activities may be automatically uploaded to your portfolio.
Whenever a Portfolio author shares a Portfolio with other users, each “sharing event” creates a static snapshot of that Portfolio at that point in time. What is shared is the static Portfolio Snapshot, so even if the Portfolio author makes changes in his Portfolio, the recipient is still looking at the static Portfolio Snapshot of that Portfolio as it existed at the time it was shared.
For example, imagine a common program level Portfolio assessment scenario where a student in a 2-year graduate program must maintain a Portfolio over the course of the program representing his learning activities and reflections. He may be required to submit that Portfolio for evaluation at the end of each semester over the 4 semester program.
At the end of each semester, he shares his Portfolio. Each time he does this, it is a static snapshot of the Portfolio as it existed at that moment. He can continue to work on the same Portfolio knowing that any changes that he makes does not affect the shared Portfolio.
Where to Find It
In previous versions, the user had to navigate through several tabs and menus to find the tool. Now it is part of the Tools section of the Global Navigation Menu that is accessed by clicking one's name in the upper right corner of the screen.Portfolio Tool Sections
There are four main sections for the Portfolio Tool interface.
Regular Users See These
My Portfolios - where the user creates and manages their Portfolios
My Artifacts - where the user creates and manages their Artifacts
Received Portfolios - where a user accesses Portfolios that have been directly shared with him by other users
- My Portfolios - where the user creates and manages their Portfolios
System Administrator Sees Additionally
Portfolio Templates -- where the System Administrator can create templates
- Portfolio Templates -- where the System Administrator can create templates
- Regular Users See These
Artifacts are the building blocks of Portfolios.
They exist outside of a Portfolio.
A single Artifact can be used in several Portfolios.
An Artifact can be
Generated free-form content created using a Text Box Editor
A file (or files) uploaded from the local computer or selected from the Content Collection
Both (free-form content + files)
- Generated free-form content created using a Text Box Editor
Personal Artifacts are created as listed above.
Assignment Artifacts can be created by students by turning a course Assignment into an Artifact. Among the options, the student can choose from are
Feedback (from instructor)
Grade (from instructor)
- Assignment Description
Continue to watch the IT Blog to learn more about Bb Portfolios. In the meantime, if you want assistance with your portfolio contact the Help Desk at 540-665-5555 or submit a work order at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Where I'll Be This Week
11:00 - 1:00 Room 212
11:00 - 1:00 PT Conference Room
Health Professions Building
11:00 - 1:00 - In Front of Library
Monday, August 18, 2014