Ed Tech Joins the Blogosphere!
Duquesne University's Educational Technology Center has started the Teaching with Technology blog! We are excited about this new avenue to share some of the great information on technologies in education that we come across day to day.
This is what you'll find on our blog:
- Articles written by the staff of Educational Technology
- Guest articles written by faculty in the various 10 schools at Duquesne
- General tips and tricks about how to teach with technology
Do you use technology to enhance your students' learning experience? We'd love to hear from you! Email us to learn how you can be a guest contributor to our blog.
New Beyond the Blackboard Basics Workshop Available!
BTBB: Assessing Diverse Learners is a new workshop being offered by Educational Technology. The workshop focuses on different ways to assess learners using various educational technologies, including Blackboard tools along with iPad and web applications.
To sign up for this or any of our other workshops, visit our calendar page.
Supporting the 7 Principles with Blackboard Learn!
Looking for research-based strategies to implement in your online course? View the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series webinar recording, Supporting the Seven Principles with Blackboard Learn (approximately 50 min). It focuses on the 7 Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education and how they can be implemented in online courses using Blackboard. Even though the 7 Principles note Undergraduate Education, these principles can be applied when implementing online learning at any level.
Important information about Bb Assignments
It is imperative that students do not submit documents to a Blackboard Assignment that contain any special characters in the file name, including apostrophes. The file will not load and the attempt cannot be properly graded.
If this occurs, the only way the attempt can be graded is by:
Clearing the student's attempt then having them rename then resubmit the file (recommended) or
typing the score in the student's attempt cell in the Full Grade Center (this is a grade override)
The document can still be downloaded by using the download icon in the Inline Assignment Grading Panel.
Important: Copy-Paste into Blackboard
We have seen recently that the view and functionality of the Blackboard site will be altered if the Paste from Word Mashup is not used when copying and pasting from any outside source into the text editor by either students or instructors. The area of the course where the pasted content is placed becomes corrupt from the excess HTML code in the text editor.
Instead of using the Paste from Word Mashup to add content from an outside source without the excess HTML code, you may also use Notepad (if on Windows OS).
View our Blackboard Help> Bb Basics tab within Blackboard for more detailed information on how to avoid excess HTML code.
Blackboard Mobile Learn App Unlimited Subscription Available!
Blackboard offers now offers an unlimited subscription to their Mobile Learn app for $1.99. This app enables students, faculty, and university employees to interact with their Blackboard courses and community sites through any iOS (IPhone, IPad, ITouch) and Android devices on ANY carrier or network. Please see the Bb Mobile Tab within Blackboard for more information.