Archive for November, 2010

What’s Working? What’s New?

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

There’s good news for CFCC DL faculty. The course copy and course reports features are now working! You can find information on how to use both on the DL Faculty Procedures and Guidelines page.

There’s a new feature available that will make your lives easier. Under the Control Panel in Course Tools, you will see a link for “Add Test Student”. This tool allows you to add your own test student, which enables you to login in with a different username to view your course content from a student’s point of view. Remember, the course must be made available to allow viewing (you can make it unavailable after you are finished if the course is not live yet). Please see Add Test Student in Courses for information on how to use this feature.

Prepare Your Spring Course

Monday, November 1st, 2010

It’s that time of the semester when you should be preparing your Spring 2011 courses. Below are a few reminders and tips:

  • Use Course Copy to copy previous courses into your new course shell.
  • Please make sure you do not copy items more than once.
  • Make sure you include an Enrollment Verification discussion thread, which will be used to verify a student’s participation by the census date.
  • Take a look at the Course Essentials Checklist and rubric to ensure that your courses meet these standards. The Department of Distance Learning offers an online resource for this, Best Practices for Teaching Online, and Course Essentials workshops to help you apply these standards. See Module 4 in the Bb101 course in Blackboard for instructions on self-enrolling in the Best Practices course. Refer to the DL Training Schedule for upcoming workshops.
  • Remove all discussion posts by students from the previous semester.
  • Remove old announcements.
  • Check the Grade Center to ensure that all graded items are included.
  • Check links in the course to ensure that they work properly (includes internal and external links).
  • Review content for validity.
  • Build into your course reminders to students about the Blackboard Student Tutorial and Distance Learning Basics manual.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Department of Distance Learning if you have questions or need assistance.