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Thank you Spring 2012 Flex Week Presenters!

A special thank you to all Flex Presenters, the people behind the scenes getting classrooms ready, and the Staff Development Committee for another successful flex week. There were a number of new flex events attended by many faculty, staff and administrator/managers. The global awareness theme was evident in several events. Participant feedback indicated they were inspired to revise course lessons to include a global context. A variety of flex topics had themes such as human rights, effects of environment degradation, interdiscinplinary aspects of research, data analysis of student performance, and the impact of social violence on our student population. Again, thank you presenters for sharing your knowledge with the Cabrillo community.

Send your flex week suggestions to the Staff Development Committee. Have a pressing professional development need? Want to change something?

Blackboard NEWS

The transition has taken place and Cabrillo is now on Blackboard Learn 9.1. We hit some turbulence during flex week when demand for TLC services was highest, but things have leveled off.

As of today we have:

  • 8,499 student Blackboard accounts
  • 12,8042 average page views per day
  • in 468 course sections

If you wish to use the Blackboard llearning management system, we INSIST you participate in training in the TLC. Call or email us and we can set this up. We want to emphasize how important training is, and getting you off to a good start means fewer problems when you are working on your own.

For seasoned Blackboard instructors (2 weeks of use or more!) below are tips for using the NOTIFICATION SYSTEM:

  • the Notification System is "ON" for the "What's New & Due" menu item. Click on the menu link and under the "What's New" panel, press the button, Edit Notification Settings > select Bulk Edit Notification Settings > courses I am teaching
    • Select a set of courses or organizations to change their notification settings. Select or clear the boxes adjacent to each type of notification. Higher priority notifications should be sent with a method that will deliver that notification in the timeliest fashion.
  • set a rule to notify non-participating students; go to Control Panel > Early Warning System > Create Rule > Last Access Rule > criteria may be to identify students who have not logged in in 7 days
    • To identify which students get caught in the Early Warning System net > go to "What's New & Due" and under the Alerts panel, select your course rule > use the action link to select Details. Look under the Meets Criteria column. If it says YES, check the box next to the student's name and Notify them. The notification will be an individual email to the student's personal email address. Cool, huh?
    • Go ahead and set a grade rule now that you know where to find the Create Rule button. You can notify students whose running total is less than optimal performance, and send them a note of encouragement.

Contact the TLC for more information.

@ONE Spring 2012 Online Courses

Join fellow educators and participate in popular @One online courses. Course curriculum has been developed to align to the internationally recognized iNACOL standards for effective online instruction. Demand is high so register today!

For more information, see their Online Courses page.

Desktop Seminars and Online Courses:

  • Beyond Online Teaching With Virtual Presentation Skills
  • Using Google+ in Education
  • If I Read another Bad Paper I'll Scream: Developing Alternative Assessments with Technology
  • Introduction to Teaching with Blackboard 9.1
  • Creating Accessible Online Courses
  • Designing Effective Online Assessments

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Kyle McCarthy, Student Assistant, Blackboard Helpline

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