Many instructors use eLearning to provide online content and resources for their traditional face-to-face courses or to teach hybrid courses or 100% online. Course spaces are automatically created for every course offered at the college. See the eLearning Policies and Procedures area for more information.
Faculty are encouraged to visit the Technology and Learning blog for Blackboard Learn tutorials, links, and resources.
Blackboard itself has created a full set of YouTube videos for faculty
Interested in teaching online? Learn more about the BCC course development process.
VoiceThread allows faculty to easily create voice-over presentations (similar to voice-over PowerPoints), and/or to create video introductions, mini-lectures, or a voice-based discussion board. VoiceThread is also a great tool for online student presentations! VoiceThread is fully integrated into Blackboard so faculty should go into their Blackboard space to create or link to a VoiceThread they've created. Faculty and students can also access VoiceThread directly by logging in with their accessBCC username at password at http://bristolcc.voicethread.com or through using the VoiceThread app.
Working with Audio and Video
We encourage the use of private YouTube channels for faculty due to the accessibility features of YouTube. YouTube allows the content creator (you!) to reserve rights to content and allows the creator (again, you!) to manage your content on your own time. One of the main benefits of YouTube is the automatic transcription and captioning process that can be applied to every video with recognizable speech. The Center for Instructional Technology Expertise (CITE lab) can show you how to edit the automatic captions to ensure that they are correct and/or how to upload your own transcription file to go with your video.
It is important that eLearning course spaces and the content contained within are accessible to students with disabilities. Learn more about accessibility and how to ensure you are providing content that can be accessed by students with alternative learning styles.
Working with PowerPoint Files
Many instructors upload PowerPoint presentations to their eLearning course spaces. However, not all students have PowerPoint (though a viewer is available) and some have difficulty accessing the files due to file size (if you have a dial-up connection, downloading a 2MB PowerPoint file takes a long time...)
How to connect to Pearson MyLabs through your Blackboard Course Shell
Are you using a Pearson Mastering or MyLabs product? It's easy to link your Blackboard course to your Pearson account so that students can use their accessBCC username and password to access the Pearson content. Linking accounts makes it MUCH EASIER to troubleshoot student log-on issues and for us to locally help students who are having issues. Below are three YouTube videos that explain the linking process. If you have questions contact the CITE lab!
SafeAssign is a plagiarism detection tool that is built right into eLearning. Faculty and students can access it directly through individual course spaces. When a paper is submitted, SafeAssign searches for textual matches against a comprehensive web-based database and other sources. An originality report is then generated. Both the instructor and the student can view the report and determine if plagiarism has occurred. Many instructors use SafeAssign as a way for students to check their own papers before they are submitted for grading. Others use it to verify all submitted work. An excellent resource for understanding plagiarism is the BCC Library's Plagiarism Libguide.
As you prepare to utilize materials in your face-to-face or online courses it is important to make sure that you adhere to copyright and intellectual property guidelines as specified by Fair Use, the TEACH Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other applicable laws.
A great place to start is to view Copyright on Campus - a video created by the Copyright Clearance Center.
Below are a number of helpful links dealing with copyright issues:
- The BCC Library's Scholarly Communication Libguide
- Read the BCC Copyright Policy
- Is it protected by Copyright? Try the digital slider and find out!
- Creative Commons
- Managing Fair Use on Campus: The Online Academic Administrator's Dilemma
If you have questions about Copyright contact April Bellafiore, Dean of eLearning, or Robert Rezendes, Assistant Dean of Library Services.
Contact the CITE lab
If you have additional questions or would like one-on-one assistance with any of the technologies mentioned above please contact the Center for Instructional Technology Expertise (CITE) by calling (508) 678-2811 x2081. You are welcome to schedule an appointment or you can drop in to A208 on the Fall River campus or room 316 on the New Bedford campus during our regularly scheduled hours.