July and August Blackboard Training

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

If you will be teaching on Blackboard this Fall, please make sure to complete the Bb 101 course on the new Blackboard 9.1 server. All instructors are enrolled in this course, so it will appear on your list of courses after you login to Blackboard.

After completing Bb 101, you can attend a face-to-face workshop, which will introduce you to the Bb 9.1 course management system. You will also be enrolled in a Sandbox course as an instructor. You can use this area to practice using Blackboard tools.

To view a list of workshops being offered , select the “DL Training for Instructors” link on this blog.

Don’t Get Stung by the Blackboard Upgrade

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

prepare for the Blackboard 9 upgrade

CFCC will be upgrading from Blackboard 7.3 to Blackboard 9.1 starting on May 10. The system may be unavailable through May 13. Be forewarned that the new version of Blackboard is significantly different from the current version so it’s important that you complete Bb 101 and attend training as soon as possible to prepare for this new and exciting change.

Are you prepared for the upgrade?

  • Have you completed Blackboard 101 for Bb9?
  • Have you attended either a What’s New in Bb 9 workshop (current online instructors) or a Getting Started with Blackboard workshop (new instructors)? See training schedule.
  • Have you copied course content for your summer and/or fall courses?
  • Have you reviewed our Teaching with Blackboard 9 webpage?

The Department of Distance Learning is here to help you with this transition. Please contact us for further assistance with your courses and have a great summer!

North Campus Training

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Department of Distance Learning will offer one final workshop before the end of the semeseter at the North on What’s New in Blackboard 9 on April 29. For more information and to sign up for this workshop, visit the DL Training page on this blog. 

This will be the last training opportunity at North campus before the summer semester. We will be upgrading the Blackboard server to the new version from May 10-13, so the system might be unavailable for those dates. You can continue to work on your courses in the current Blackboard system and make your course copies. We will move all content over during the upgrade.

What’s New in Bb 9 Training at North Campus

Friday, April 16th, 2010

If you are current online instructor at North Campus and have not yet attended a What’s New in Blackboard 9 workshop, the Department of Distance Learning is offering one just for you on April 19. For details, please visit our Training Page.

Free Your Files: Bb improves file management

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Are you tired of embedding and attaching files in Blackboard, only to try and recall all of the locations where you need to replace these for future revision?

Let me introduce you to the Blackboard 9 Course Files system. This will look familiar to those who have used Moodle or WebCT in the past. For those who prefer the old method, this will still be available, but now you can upload your files into a file manager and link to them when needed. This allows you to replace files as they need updates, without breaking the links, as long as you do so properly ;-). Sometimes, you have files that might be linked to several areas in your course (e.g. rubrics). This new system enables you to update the file in the storage area rather than require you to re-embed an instance of the file in each location. This saves you time and effort.

Are you interested in learning how this works? Check out Blackboard’s On Demand Learning Center and a movie tutorial explaining this tool: View Course Files Tool tutorial. Learn how to upload and organize files and how to link content in your course.

There is one little viewing glitch with this movie; the full screen does not show when viewing at 100%from the link in the On Demand Learning Center, but if you open the link I provided above, you’ll see the tutorial in full-screen.  Happy filing.

March 19 Blackboard Training Added!

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The Department of Distance Learning has added a morning workshop for What’s New in Blackboard 9. The workshop will be conducted on Friday, March 19 at 9 a.m. in L210 (technology training center in the library). You should complete Bb 101 on our test server before attending. Please refer to the training page for more details and contact information to register for this workshop.

Blackboard 9 Cheat Sheet

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Many of you are awaiting the upgrade from Blackboard 7.3 (old school) to the new, bright and shiny Blackboard 9. The following document will provide you with a snapshot of some differences you can expect:

What’s New in Blackboard 9? (PDF) 

Remember, when you get access to our Blackboard 9 test server, do NOT count on building out your courses to be moved to the production server, since test servers do not have guaranteed stability. You can continue building out courses in our current Bb and these courses will be moved to the Bb 9 production server during upgrade.

Oh, while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out CFCC’s Course Essentials Checklist (.doc), conveniently also available in a rubric version, if you’d like to take notes while checking your course.

What’s New in Blackboard 9?

Monday, February 8th, 2010

You might be asking, “What’s Blackboard 9?”  CFCC will be upgrading its current Blackboard 7.3 software to the newest version, Blackboard 9. This upgrade will occur in between the spring and summer semesters and we hope it will be a seamless process, with only a day or two down time.

Please be aware that this new version looks considerably different from the current model, utilizing Web 2.0 features to provide a more flexible and robust course management system. Once you get beneath the surface, most of the tools look familiar so don’t worry that you’ll be learning an entire new system. The gradebook is now called the Grade Center and this tool has been most revised.

The Department of Distance Learning will be providing a number of workshops to get you acquainted with this upgraded platform. Please check the training page on this blog for dates and make sure to contact lstover@cfcc.edu to sign up for workshops.

Blackboard Getting Started December 21

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Blackboard Getting Started

This workshop will cover the very basics of Blackboard and online course design. It will provide you with just enough information to get started developing or editing your course.

When: Monday, December 21, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: L-210 Technology Training Center
Prerequisites: Completion of Bb 101 online, basic computing skills

Contact: Liz Stover, Instructional Technologist / S200-E / 910-362-7722 / lstover@cfcc.edu

Blackboard Getting Started Training

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Distance Learning is offering another Blackboard Getting Started training in L-210 (Technology Learning Center in the Library) on December 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

If you will be teaching online (hybrid or fully online) and have not attended Blackboard Getting Started training, please mark your calendar as the spring semester is quickly approaching. Contact Liz Stover by email at  lstover@cfcc.edu or by phone at 910-362-7722 with any questions.

Second Blackboard Training for December

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Distance Learning is offering a second Blackboard Getting Started training on December 7, from 1-3 p.m. Please refer to the DL Training page of our blog for details.

Blackboard Training on December 4

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Getting Started with Blackboard

For instructors teaching on Blackboard for the first time this spring, please note that there will be a training on December 4 from 3-5 p.m. in the Technology Training Center (room L-210).

Please make sure, if attending, that you first complete the  Bb 101 course. If you plan on attending and have not contacted me yet, please do so at lstover@cfcc.edu or 910-362-7722.

Thanks and I hope to see you there!

Liz Stover, Instructional Technologist