Online Readiness Faculty Development Project

The purpose of this project is to ensure that all school of education faculty are conversant with the technology tools and elements of design and delivery so that each may participate fully in the development of a framework for online courses that is appropriate for individual programs. Please select all sessions that you feel can contribute to your understanding of online course design, development, and delivery.

Additional sessions on systems such as Bb Collaborate (a virtual classroom environment), Taskstream (portfolios), and other tools will be offered at a future time based on level of interest.

All workshops will be held at the Center for Teaching & Learning unless otherwise noted. Click on the Workshop title for a description.

You can register for all applicable workshops at one time. Register here

Workshop Title Session Date Session 1 Session 2
Blackboard Workshops
Foundations Monday 3/25 12:30 - 2:00 2:30 - 4:00
Basic Tools Friday 3/29 1:30 - 3:00
Grade Center Monday 4/1 12 - 1:30
Discussion Boards, Wikis, Blogs, and Journals Friday 4/5 12:15 - 1:45
Discussion Boards, Wikis, Blogs, and Journals Monday 4/8 12:30 - 2:00
Foundations: Sessions #3 and #4 Wednesday, 4/10 9 - 10:30 1 - 2:30
Basic Tools: Sessions #2 and #3 Thursday, 4/11 9-10:30 1 - 2:30
**Session date changed due to scheduling conflict Friday 4/12
Course Development Sessions:
Online Course Design Monday 4/15 12:30 - 2:00 2:30 - 4:00
Faculty Forum: Good Practice for Blackboard** Friday 4/19 10 - 11:30
Teaching Presence in Online Environments Monday 4/22 12:15-1:45
Faculty Forum: Good Practice for Online Courses Friday 4/26 10-11:30



Foundations
This workshop will introduce you to basic best practices for organizing, optimizing, and uploading content into a blackboard course. The course is intended for novice and new users of Blackboard. Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Check the java version on your computer
  • Organize content within a Blackboard course shell
  • Navigate the Blackboard Interface
  • Manage course content using the course menu and control panel
    • Including adding menu links and adding content to a content area
  • Communicate with students using Blackboard’s communication tools
Recommended for xx Novice users (click for more information)
What to Bring: Content that you would like to upload to a blackboard course shell xx Register




Basic Tools
This workshop is designed for non-experienced users of Blackboard Learn who have already taken the Blackboard Learn Foundations workshop. In this workshop participants will learn how to manipulate Bb Learn's basic tools, create links to course tools, and set adaptive release on tools and other content items.

  • Tools Availabilty and Visibility
  • Creating Discussion Boards
  • Creating Blogs & Journals
  • The Tests, Surveys and Pools menu
  • Creating a test
  • Set adaptive release
Recommended for xx Novice and/or intermediate users (click for more information)
What to Bring: Content that you would like to use for formative or summative assessment and/or student interaction xx Register


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Grade Center
In this workshop participants will learn how to use, manage, navigate, and customize the grade center. The workshop is for users who have already attended the Bb Learn Basic Workshop or the Bb Learn Enhanced workshop. Topics covered during this workshop include:

  • Creating Columns
  • Creating Calculated Columns
  • Managing the Grade Center
  • Running Reports
  • Downloading the Grade Center to Excel
  • Automatic Regrading of Tests
  • Creating a rubric in Blackboard
Recommended for xx Intermediate users (click for more information)
What to Bring: The grade structure that you would like to create for your course xx Register



Discussion Boards, Wikis, Blogs, and Journals
In this workshop participants will learn how to set up course tools for students to use, how to grade tools, and elements of good practice for assignment design using these tools. Topics covered in the workshop include:

  • Creating groups
  • Design discussion, wiki, blog, and journal assignments
  • Grade assignments built using these tools

 

Recommended for xx Intermediate users (click for more information)
What to Bring: Content that you would like to use for formative or summative assessment and/or student interaction xx Register


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Online Course Design
This session will provide you with a set of principles and practices for designing and organizing your course in a blended or online environment. This session explores implementation of principles developed by UAB faculty, and include:

  • Designing and Organizing Content: Key Elements
  • Creating an Online Syllabus
  • Enhancing content for online delivery
Recommended for xx All instructors with little or no experience teaching online
What to Bring: Course syllabus xx Register



Teaching Presence in Online Environments
This session will provide you with a set of principles and practices for delivering your course in a blended or online environment. This session explores implementation of principles developed by UAB faculty, and include:

  • Developing Instructor Presence in online environments
  • Setting and Communicating Expectations for Students
  • Creating a Collaborative Environment

 

Recommended for xx All instructors with little or no experience teaching online
What to Bring: TBD xx Register


Faculty Forum

The panel sessions are intended to bring faculty together to discuss good practice and initiate development of a framework for online courses that make sense for individual programs, or departments.

Faculty Forum: Good Practice for Blackboard, Friday 4/12
• a panel discussion between faculty on uses and limitations of education technology tools, particularly Blackboard
• a focus group session to identify principles and practices that will help individual departments create a framework for online courses
Faculty Forum: Good Practice for Online Course Design, Development, and Delivery 4/26
• a panel discussion between faculty on experiences in online learning environments
• a focus group session to identify principles and practices that will help individual departments create a framework for online instruction

Recommended for xx All interested School of Education Faculty and instructors
What to Bring: Questions xx Register

 

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Preparing to use i>Clickers is your Course

A. Download the integration files:

  1. Click heretto download the integration files needed to ensure you can transfer information (You will be prompted to enter your blazer ID and password).
    1. Click on the drop-down menu
    2. Select iClicker and follow the directions provided.
  2. Extract the appropriate set of files (Select appropriate set of files for Windows [4 files] or Mac[3 files])
  3. IF you intend using both Windows and MAC, [e.g. a classroom PC and a home Mac] you will need to take these steps .
  4. Copy the selected files to the resources folder within the i>clicker software on your flash drive

B. Set up the student registration link in your course:

  1. Create a content area in your course (alternatively, you can use an existing content area. Click here for help on creating a content area).
  2. Within this content area, Select Tools, More Tools, then Select i>clicker Remote Registration:

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The following page will be displayed, just click Submit:

clicker_setup2

When your students enter your course, they will see the following link:

clicker_setup3

 

Students will click on the link and enter their remote ID:

clicker_setup4

July 11, 2013

Questionmark Live

Questionmark Live

Questionmark Perception is a software tool that provides the ability to create, schedule, deliver, and report on/analyze tests, surveys, and other assignment structures. Each school has an administrator who has access to the author tool and can create and maintain topic structures.

Questionmark Live is Question Mark’s web-based question authoring tool for instructors. It gives you the ability to write questions and submit them to the QM Perception authoring manager.

 

Why use Questionmark?

The transition from Blackboard Vista to Blackboard Learn was one to a new system, and not an upgrade to a new version of the same system. The former WebCT Vista product was purchased by Blackboard in 2005 and these separate platforms were maintained by Blackboard until their decision to discontinue support for Blackboard Vista in 2012.

The same features and functions do not exist in each system, and one component that Blackboard Learn 9.1 lacks is detailed test item analysis and reporting capability. To shore up this gap, UAB has adopted Questionmark Perception. If you used test item analysis and reporting features in Blackboard Vista that are not currently available in Blackboard Learn, you may want to consider using Questionmark to deliver tests.

 

How to Use Questionmark Live

This animated walk-through covers all the essential elements of using the software and additional support, including knowledge base and best practice documents, is located on the Questionmark support page.

We will also provide an on-site workshop.

Additional details are provided in build and share tests.

Respondus and LockDown Browser

Respondus is a test authoring tool for generating and managing test questions and pools. This software is a desktop application; you can download from UAB Information Technology's software download website.

Document Guides
Respondus Quick Start Guide
Lockdown Browser Quick Start Guide

Demonstration videos

Respondus:
Creating and formatting questions
Using publisher test banks

Lockdown Browser:
Introduction
Preparing an exam

Workaround for Uploading tests into Blackboard
Please Note: Currently, we have to employ a workaround for uploading tests created in respondus to blackboard. Please use this procedure until further notice.

Blackboard Collaborate Plan and Publish

Blackboard Collaborate Plan is a tool you can use to organize, script, and package a session prior to your real-time, online session. Unlike other products designed for self-paced viewing,

You can download plan here.

You can access a recorded demonstration on the plan tool, sample plans, and the user guide here.

The Publish tool allows you to create video and audio podcasts as well as standalone recordings.
Download the tool here. Click here for a recorded demo and the user guide.

Bb Collaborate Product Overview

Collaborate is a flexible product can that can be used in much the same way as Wimba as a virtual classroom, online meeting space, a location for virtual office hours, among other uses. Essential features include two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording.

New features include:

  • a redesigned user interface;
  • an object-based whiteboard that is more flexible and in which annotations persist throughout a session;
  • audio buffering to improve audio quality and echo cancellation that eliminates the need for headphones
  • up to 6 simultaneous video streams
  • multimedia presentation tool
  • private chat monitoring
  • mobile access to sessions for students

In addition, two desktop tools are available to develop content and activity before a real-time session: Plan and Publish.

The Plan tool will help you organize and script session content ahead of time, allowing you to devote more session time to interaction with your students. Publish allows you to create standalone recordings or video files from session recordings to allow for asynchronous review.

Features of the Wimba system that are not available in Collaborate include:

  • persistent settings and content
  • content organized by presentation
  • tracking information available to moderator
  • open ended polling

The Pilot program began in the summer 2012 term and will continue through spring 2013. Both systems will be deployed for use in Blackboard for the summer 2013 term, and the full switchover will be made at the beginning of the fall 2013 term. Wimba will be disabled at the end of the summer 2013 term.

 

Click for the Collaborate implementation timeline

Supported Technology Tools

Instructional technology provides training and support on the following tools. Click for online guides and/or additional information on using any of these tools.


blackboard cc iclicker2 cc respondus
ldb Wowza taskstream

Edit Question Settings

You can control the options available when creating Test questions through the Question Settings link located to the right side of the test canvas.

question_settings



Test Question Settings


Provide feedback for individual answers

Allows you to include the option to enter feedback for individual answers rather than just one set of feedback for correct or incorrect answers. Individual feedback can't be provided for answers to True/False questions, Multiple Answer questions, Ordering and Matching questions.

Add images, files, and external links to questions

Select this check box to include the option to attach images, files, and URLs to questions.

Add images, files, and external links to answers

Select this check box to include the option to attach images and files to answers.

Add categories, topics, levels of difficulty, keywords and instructor notes to questions

This option allows you to create categories for questions and add keywords to questions. When searching for questions from a Question Pool or other Tests, you may search for questions by category and keyword. This option is not available for surveys.

Specify default points when creating questions

Select this option and all questions will automatically have the same point value. Type the point value in the Default point value field. This only sets a default. This is not available for surveys or pools.

Specify partial credit options for answers

Select this option to make partial credit available for questions included in this assessment. If selected, an option to give partial credit appears when questions are created.

Provide option to assign questions as extra credit

This option allows you to make extra credit available for questions included in the assessment. If selected, an extra credit option appears when each question is created. If this option is selected points are added to the score if the question is answered correctly; no points are taken away if the questions are answered incorrectly.

Specify random ordering of answers

Will allow the test to display answers in random order.

Specify the horizontal or vertical display of answers

Select this option to include the option to display answers horizontally or vertically.

Specify numbering options for answers

Select this option to include the option for numbering the answers.



Create a Test

In this section we’ll discuss adding a test and determining test and questions settings. We’ll discuss test question creation in detail in the next section: Blackboard Enhanced.

There are two ways to add a test to your course. You can (1) create it directly in the content area, or (2) create the test and then add it to a content area. First, we’ll look at creating a test in a content area:

create_test1

 

When you hit Submit you will be shown the test information page:

test_information

 

When you click Submit here you will be taken to the test canvas, where you can add and edit questions:

test_canvas

upload_questions

 

You can learn how to create all questions types in the next online workshop: Blackboard enhanced.


Question Settings