Blackboard Collaborate Workshop

Running an Online Session in Collaborate – 3rd April 2019, 13:45 – 15:00

Blackboard Collaborate is an online virtual classroom and meeting space which allows users to connect via audio, see each other via webcams, use a chat tool, collaborate on documents and view presentations as well as other features. Available as a plugin on all Blackboard modules, Collaborate is invaluable for engaging with students who are unable to come onto campus due to other commitments or travel problems. Some courses have used collaborate to increase student engagement by allowing students to engage remotely if they wish. Other applications include:

  • Tutorials
  • Delivering lectures on snow days
  • Facilitating guest speakers

The best way to get to know a new tool is by using it, so this session will be delivered online using the Collaborate virtual classroom. Guidance on best practice will be discussed and participants will be able to experience the interactive features this tool has to offer. There will also be a chance for discussion and questions.

If you are interested in attending either of these sessions, you can sign up via the Staff Development Workshops Page.

Supporting Student Retention in Blackboard

13th March, 13:15-15:45

We all know that student recruitment is a top priority for all universities, and the University of Worcester is no different. Nationally we face many challenges, with an historic low in the number of 18 year olds to draw our numbers from, and doubts over Brexit potentially having a negative effect on the number of international students studying in the UK.

The flip side of this story is student retention, which is every bit as important as recruitment. How can we keep students engaged and make sure that they aren’t struggling with life at university?

Student engagement and progression is key to their success, and the retention centre and performance dashboard are tools in Blackboard which can help you monitor your students’ activity within your Blackboard. Our handy 90-minute workshop will look at setting up rules for reporting lack of engagement and/or achievement and discuss strategies for re-engaging students and promoting active learning.

If you are interested in attending this session, you can sign up via the Staff Development Workshops Page.

Taking Over Another Tutor’s Blackboard Page

So, you have been given the keys to someone else’s Blackboard page and you have just moved in. You might find that they haven’t been the best tenants and have left things in a bit of a mess. Or maybe everything appears to be ship-shape, until you discover the dodgy wiring and the funny smell coming from the cupboard under the stairs. You don’t know which problem to fix first or even how.

Having extended this metaphor further than is feasible, we thought it would be useful to prepare a list of six things to check when taking on another tutor’s Blackboard page.

1. Welcome Message

Check that the Welcome message has been updated (the default message begins with “This module is not using Blackboard”). Update the welcome message and add your contact details so that the students can get in touch with you.

2. Links

Check that all of the links on the module are working and update where appropriate.

3. Materials

Make sure that the previous tutor has passed on any teaching materials ready for you to continue to use (e.g. via OneDrive).

4. Module Outline

Make sure that the current Module Outline is available on the Module Information page and that its contents are up to date.

5. Assessments

Poorly set up assessments can cause students a great deal of trouble so it is well worth taking the time to check that these have been configured correctly.

  • Are the assessments set up on the Assessment page?
  • Do all Blackboard assignments appear in the grade centre?
  • Are assignments set to mark out of 19?
  • Are the dates set up correctly?
  • Are Turnitin submission points named meaningfully rather than just being called ‘Turnitin’? This helps students identify the correct place to submit work.
  • Check that there are no stray Turnitin submission points lurking around the module such as on the Welcome page. These are likely to have incorrect settings and students can easily submit to the wrong place.

For more information, see our Blackboard Manual and our Turnitin Workflow.

6. Not using SOLE?

If you are not using SOLE for assignment submission, check that registry have been informed so that they do not send out automatic emails to students for non-submission of work.

Still need help?

Hopefully these pointers should get you well on the way to running an effective Blackboard module. If you do run into trouble however, you can email us for help at TEL@worc.ac.uk

Setting up Turnitin for Assessment

Wednesday 6th March, 13:45 – 15.15

When used correctly, Turnitin is a fantastic tool for managing formative and summative assessment. It is also invaluable for students to check their referencing and originality, as Turnitin compares submitted work to both internet sources and a database of previous submissions.

Turnitin is a plugin to Blackboard and is becoming more and more popular, with more departments coming on board. The long-term aspiration is for all departments to accept assessment submissions through Turnitin.

Setting up assessment submission points on Turnitin is relatively straightforward, however, it is really important that these are configured correctly, as incorrect settings can cause a range of problems for students. A significant proportion of student queries that come to the TEL Unit are due to Turnitin set-up issues, which must be referred back to the tutor, causing more work for everyone concerned.

Thankfully, these issues can be easily averted. Our handy 90 minute workshop will take you through the settings that you need to apply. Most of the settings can also be saved so that setting up future assignments could not be simpler. The session will also cover marking and providing feedback.

If you are interested in attending this session, you can sign up via the Staff Development Workshops Page.

Using Quizzes, Tests and Surveys in Blackboard

20th February 2019, 13:45 – 15:15

Did you know that Blackboard has a number of useful tools for conducting surveys and questionnaires? We will be running a handy 90 minute workshop to introduce you to the many ways that this can benefit your teaching.

 There are 17 different question types ranging from multiple choice to hot-spots to calculated questions in Blackboard. These can be included in formative, summative or anonymous tests and surveys to gain student feedback, guage understanding and ultimately, assess student performance.

This workshop will cover the set-up of a test canvas and the various options that entails together with a closer look at all the question types and how these might be used. Participants will be engaged both as students to experience the student view, and also as tutors setting up and marking their own quizzes to gain an all-round appreciation of the online assessment function.

Book your place via the staff development pages.

Beyond the Basics with Blackboard

7th February, 10:00 – 11:30

Would you like to get more out of Blackboard? Then come along to our workshop “Beyond the Basics with Blackboard”.

This 90 minute workshop session participants the opportunity to consider the design aspects of the Blackboard course including aesthetics, structure and layout.

A familiarity with the basic functionality is required to get the most out of this workshop which will help users move on to a more design focused use of the VLE.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please book your place via the Staff Development Workshops Page.

We look forward to meeting you!

The TEL Unit

Programme Update – ‘TEL’ Me More

On the 7th March 2019 the TEL Unit, along with colleagues from across the university will showcase a series of innovative uses of technology in Learning and Teaching.

The presentations are as follows:

CHAT: Congenital Heart Assessment Tool, delivered through ‘Articulate Rise’
Dr Kerry Gaskin, Head of Department for Post-Qualifying Courses
Gerry Beattie, Academic Learning Technologist 

This online learning resource aims to equip health care professionals with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to teach parents about going home from hospital with their infant following the first stage of surgery for complex congenital heart disease.

Using PebblePad to record student achievement for Sports Coaching
Glyn Harding, 
Principal Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science
Nathan Caesar, Single Honours Sports Development and Coaching Student

This presentation will discuss how PebblePad has been used to record evidence of student achievement in Sports Coaching. The students have been encouraged to use the PebblePad App to record video and audio evidence using mobile devices while coaching. This evidence is subsequently linked into a Portfolio which is then submitted as their final assessment.

Engaging masters students through Blackboard Collaborate
Dr John Francis, 
Course Leader for MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis

This presentation will provide a case study in to how Blackboard Collaborate has been used throughout a Masters in Applied Sports Performance Analysis course to deliver learning content to a broad range of students across all of modules. The benefits and challenges that the lecturers have faced regarding delivery style, learning the platform and engaging students will be addressed along with the solutions that have been used to enhance student learning.

Lunch will be provided and there will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

Book your place via the Staff Development Workshops page.

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‘TEL’ Me More Seminar

The Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting a ‘TEL’ Me More Seminar on the 7th March 2019, showcasing a series of innovative uses of technology in Learning and Teaching.

Colleagues from across the university will share their experience and expertise in a range of topics. This will include using media-rich portfolios for documenting video evidence and audio reflections. Creating interactive learning resources using Articulate 360 for midwives across the UK, and engaging masters students through online course delivery.

Lunch will be provided and there will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

Book your place via the Staff Development Workshops page.

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Help with Turnitin

With the semester coming to a close and marking of assignments underway, we thought it would be a good time to remind you of the resources available to assist you when using Turnitin for assessment.

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This handy guide: https://lttu.uk/support/Turnitin/Guide/index.html  includes all you need to know when marking and providing feedback online, through Turnitin. From viewing and understanding the originality report, right through to adding feedback and grading. We’ve included step-by-step instructions with images to help you along the way.

tiibookmarkDon’t forget to bookmark these pages so you can refer back them at any point!

TEL Workshops

We have now released a range a Technology Enhanced Learning workshops for semester two:

Blackboard Made Simple

This workshop will cover the basics of using the Blackboard system from requesting access to modules to changing the basic template and uploading content in various forms. It will also provide participants with advice on effective design to support student learning. Aimed at users who are new to the system or who need a refresher.

30.01.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15

Beyond the Basics with Blackboard

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to consider the design aspects of the Blackboard course including aesthetics, structure and layout. A familiarity with the basic functionality is required to get the most out of this workshop which will help users move on to a more design focused use of the VLE.

07.02.2019 – 10:00 to 11:30

Using quizzes, tests and surveys in Blackboard

There are 17 different question types ranging from multiple choice to hot-spots to calculated questions in Blackboard. These can be included in formative, summative or anonymous tests and surveys to gain student feedback, guage understanding and ultimately, assess student performance. This workshop will cover the set-up of a test canvas and the various options that entails together with a closer look at all the question types and how these might be used. Participants will be engaged both as students to experience the student view, and also as tutors setting up and marking their own quizzes to gain an all-round appreciation of the online assessment function.

20.02.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15

Collaborate Virtual Classroom

Blackboard Collaborate is an online virtual classroom/meeting space which allows users to connect via audio, see each other via webcams, use a chat tool, collaborate on documents and view presentations as well as other features. This session will cover the basic functionality, options for setting up your own sessions and guidance on best practice.

27.02.2019 13:45 to 15:15

Setting up Turnitin for Assessment

This workshop will cover setting up Turnitin assignments for summative submission, marking and feedback.

06.03.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15

Supporting Student Retention in Blackboard

Student engagement and progression is key to their success and the retention centre and performance dashboard are tools in Blackboard which can help you monitor your students’ activity within your Blackboard. In this workshop we will look at setting up rules for reporting lack of engagement and/or achievement and discuss strategies for re-engaging students and promoting active learning.

13.03.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15

Camtasia

Camtasia is a piece of software that can be used to produce videos, screencasts and interactive learning objects. This tool is easy to use and can produce really professional looking materials which you can make available to your students through the VLE and can support a flipped classroom type approach to teaching and learning. This workshop will cover the basics of using Camtasia and provide hands on practice in the use of the software.

20.03.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15

Running an Online Session in Collaborate

The best way to get to know a new tool is by using it, so this session will be delivered online using the Collaborate virtual classroom. Guidance on best practice will be discussed and participants will be able to experience the interactive features this tool has to offer. There will also be a chance for discussion and questions.

03.04.2019 – 13:45 to 15:00

Managing Online Group Work in Blackboard

The groups tool in Blackboard provides a powerful way of setting up and managing group work within the VLE. This workshop will work through the various options for creating online groups and their individual merits and look at the different tools and options that can be assigned to groups. Participants will be engaged both as group members to experience the student view and also as tutors setting up and organising their own groups to gain an all-round appreciation of the group function.

10.04.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15

Book your place on any of these workshops via the Staff Development Workshops page.

If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact us.