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Mediasite Hosting Maintenance Notice

Sonic Foundry IT will be performing planned hardware maintenance over two consecutive nights on Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14, 2015 for our Hosted Servers.  Access to your Mediasite server will be unavailable during the following maintenance windows:

  • 10:00 pm Thursday, August 13 – 2:00 am Friday, August 14 CDT
  • 10:00 pm Friday August 14 – 2:00 am Saturday, August 15 CDT

We will also be performing planned server upgrades on the following date:

  • 12:01 am – 4:00 am CDT Thursday, August 20

Access to your Mediasite server may become unavailable for brief periods during the maintenance window. During this maintenance you will be upgraded to version 7.0.25 which is a maintenance release.

Please contact Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning at 417-836-3059 or fctl@missouristate.edu with any questions or concerns regarding this maintenance or using Mediasite at Missouri State.

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August 13th & 14th ALL DAY Ask the Experts Blackboard Open Sessions!

In order to help get your courses ready for Fall 2015, Computer Services will offer two full days of our Ask the Experts Blackboard Open Sessions on August 13th and 14th, 2015.

From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days, come to the Meyer Library 205 Technology Training Center and get Blackboard assistance from one of our awesome Help Desk support specialists.

These sessions don’t require any registration and are open to all who need help getting ready for the coming Semester.

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LMS Resources for Faculty Blackboard Organization

In an effort to make useful resources available wherever they’re needed, Computer Services has created the Learning Management System Resources for Faculty organization in Blackboard.

This community houses:

  • our library of online training classes
  • example content
  • Respondus downloads and license key information
  • virutal “Ask the Experts” Blackboard Open Session held on Fridays 1:30 – 4:30pm
  • links to other helpful resources

To find the Learning Management System Resources for Faculty organization, simply log into Blackboard and click on the Community tab.

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Content Collection

Another important upgrade that came to Blackboard in May is the Content Collection. With it, instructors can keep their course files in one central location, and easily update a file across multiple courses. To learn more about the Content Collection, check out these articles in Experts, register for the Blackboard Green Belt Boot Camp in July, or sign up for an upcoming “Building and Managing Course Content” course. Registration for the Boot Camp or Building and Managing Course Content is through My Learning Connection. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Computer Services Help Desk.

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Blackboard Black Belt Bootcamps in July

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For users looking to earn their Blackboard Black Belts quickly, Computer Services will be offering a Green Belt Bootcamp on Wednesday, July 8th and a Black Belt Bootcamp on Wednesday, July 15th. Both sessions are from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

In the Green Belt Bootcamp, users will learn how to build and manage their course content, use built in tools and Blackboard Collaborate to enhance communication, and also how to assess learners with Blackboard’s robust assessment tools. In the Black Belt Bootcamp, you’ll learn how to design engaging content, create individual and group learning paths, and how to monitor student activity and master the Grade Center.

Registration is available through My Learning Connection. If you have any questions about the Blackboard Boot Camps, please don’t hesitate to contact the Computer Services Help Desk.

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Bb Grader App Available for iPad

Grading just got even more convenient with the Bb Grader app, available free of charge to teachers with an iPad running iOS 7.0 or later. With Bb Grader, you can use your iPad to review, provide feedback, and grade Blackboard Learn assignments from the convenience of your mobile tablet. To download the app, simply visit the App Store and search for “Bb Grader”.

Features include:
• Inline viewing of student submissions
• Support for audio-based and video-based feedback
• Seamless integration with Blackboard Learn

For more information on the Bb Grader app, visit this site, and check out this video to see the app in action!

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View Your Course as a Student with Student Preview

Before the recent Blackboard update, in order to get a reasonable approximation of what your course looked like to a student, you had to turn Edit Mode “Off”. With the addition of Student Preview you’re able to not only see your course from the student’s perspective, but also submit assignments and take tests as a “demo student”. You can also exit the Student Preview and review your own submissions, but don’t grade yourself too stringently.

The Student Preview Icon
The Student Preview Icon

The Student View Tool will allow the instructor to:

  • See course content exactly how the student sees it.
  • Check assignments and assessments to make sure they are configured correctly.
  • Take a test/submit assignments to verify functionality.
  • View availability of content.
  • Verify or troubleshoot issues students may have in a course.

For instructions on how to use Student Preview, visit this page in Experts. And come to one of our New Features classes to learn even more about what’s new in Blackboard!

 

 

 

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SafeAssign Updates

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The new Submission Details options in the Assignment set-up screen.

One of the new features in the recent Blackboard Learn update is SafeAssign integration into the normal Assignment function.

You’ll now have an option in the Submission Details section of an Assignment to add the SafeAssign plagiarism check. This is a significant improvement that allows instructors to use the Inline Grading feature, as well as multiple attempts, on assignments that have been selected for plagiarism review.

For more information on how to utilize the SafeAssign feature in Assignments, visit this article in Experts. If you have questions about SafeAssign or Assignment features in Blackboard Learn, please don’t hesitate to contact the Computer Services Help Desk.

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Blackboard Updates and Summer Blackboard Class Schedule

Blackboard will be unavailable on May 22nd and 23rd for an update. When it comes back online, you’ll find some very useful new features including:

  • Tabs for Content Collection and Services on the homepage.
  • SafeAssign integrated into Assignments.
  • Access to the Blackboard Grader App for iPad.
  • A true student view that allows you to experience the course exactly how a student would.

To help you make the most of Blackboard and these new features, Computer Services is offering in-person training sessions throughout the summer. Classes will be in the Meyer Library 205 Technology Training Center. Registration for in-person classes is done through My Learning Connection. We’ll also continue to hold the Ask the Experts Blackboard Open Session, both online and virtually, throughout the summer. Just come by the Meyer Library 205 Technology Training Center or click this link any Friday that the University is open between 1:30 – 4:30.

If you’re interested in a customized Blackboard training for your group, office, or department, we’re more than happy to arrange a session. Just email helpdesk@missouristate.edu  and we’ll get in touch to arrange a session specific to your Blackboard usage needs.

If you have questions about the Blackboard updates, in-person sessions, or customized training, please don’t hesitate to contact the Computer Services Help Desk.

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New Black Belts & the 2015 Blackboard Black Belt Summit

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Congratulations to the latest earners of the Blackboard Black Belt! To earn their Black Belt, these individuals attended the entire series of Blackboard training courses offered by Computer Services. Without further ado, here are the Blackboard Black Belt recipients for Spring of 2015!

Jessica Bennet, Library

Tara Boehne, Occupational Therapy

Ashlea Cardin, Occupational Therapy

Sapna Chakraborty, Occupational Therapy

Traci Dalton, English

William Edgar, Library

Diana Garland, BearClaw

Traci Garrison, Occupational Therapy

Yating (Tina) Liang, Kinesiology

Mark Woolsey, Assessment

 

In additional news, on Thursday, April 23rd a number of recipients of the Blackboard Black Belt met in the Cheek 100 Technology Training Center for the first ever Blackboard Black Belt Summit. There was a lively discussion featuring MOCRA Award winners Stanley Liesure and Ivy Yarckow-Brown on enhancing learning with Blackboard, a sneak peak at the new features coming to Missouri State’s Blackboard system in May, and an open session where Black Belts swapped tips and stories with their colleagues. For information on how you can earn your Blackboard Black Belt, visit the Computer Services Help Desk’s website.

Computer SErvices Training and Documentation Administrator Kristi Oetting greets the Blackboard Black Belts at the Summit!
Computer Services Training and Documentation Administrator Kristi Oetting greets the Blackboard Black Belts at the Summit!

 

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