- 1 eLearning
- 2 How to connect to Pearson MyLabs through your Blackboard Course Shell
- 3 Working with Audio and Video
- 4 Working with PowerPoint Files
- 5 Creating Interactive Tutorials
- 6 Detecting plagiarism
- 7 Accessibility
- 8 Copyright Considerations
- 9 Contact the CITE lab
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.
According to The NSSE 2009 Report, Assessment for Improvement: Tracking Student Engagement Over Time:
"Students whose classes used course management technologies (which provide discussion boards and the posting of notes, readings, or assignments) or interactive technologies (such as collaborative editing software, blogs, simulations, and virtual worlds) scored higher on NSSE benchmarks, participated more in deep approaches to learning, and reported higher academic and personal gains during college."
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.
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!
Working with Audio and Video
If you will be using audio or video components you'll need to be mindful of the accessibility of the content.
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.
Adding audio to your eLearning course space
Faculty and students are able to easily include audio files into their eLearning course spaces through the use of iTunes U and Voicethread. These tools include a built-in audio recorder (no need to record then upload, VoiceThread does it in one step!), voice discussion board (where students can respond to an audio prompt or question), and a podcasting application.
Not sure how or why you might want to include audio? Here are some ideas to consider:
- Ask a guest speaker or colleague to record a personal story or experience
- Develop an audio case study
- Create a mobile audio tour of a local museum or historical site or ask your students to create their own!
- Upload pre quiz reviews prior to exams
- Have students record responses to pronunciation exercises
- Develop a voice discussion board so students can respond verbally to questions
- Create personal audio reflection journals
- Give students a mid-semester pep-talk or remind them of course expectations
As with video files, the Center for Instructional Technology Expertise (CITE lab) can work with you to create transcripts for any audio files or voice-over PowerPoints that you do create.
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...)
There are two strategies that we recommend to make it easier for your students to access your PowerPoint files:
Create PDF files from your PowerPoints formatted as handouts
Creating your PowerPoint presentations as Portable Document Format (PDF) handouts will provide your students the ability to easily print your presentations, reduce file downloading waiting time from the web, and help conserve resources. In order to create PDF files you will need a PDF creation program.
Office 365 and OneDrive were new additions to the college as of the Fall 2014 semester. You can use your OneDrive as cloud storage space and easily link to your files from your Blackboard Learn course space.
Creating Interactive Tutorials
Camtasia is the tool that the CITE lab uses to create our own “how-to” tutorials. You can record the entire desktop, a specific window or just a portion of your screen and add audio while you record or add it later. You can also add captions for users with disabilities, call-outs, title screens, and more! For an example of how Camtasia can be used see the Bookstore Order Tutorial.
The makers of Camtasia have created a "Camtasia-lite" version called Jing that is available for use via the internet. Jing doesn't have the bells and whistles of Camtasia (and none of the built-in accessibility features) but it's a great way to get started creating simple screencasts.
CamStudio is a full featured screen capturing software that is completely free published under the GNU General Public License. It contains most of the features Camtasia and Jing offer, along with a very simple interface that is friendly to the average beginner user.
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.
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.
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 Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
- Is it protected by Copyright? Try the digital slider and find out!
- The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance
- Creative Commons
- Fair Use in Academic and Research Libraries
- Managing Fair Use on Campus: The Online Academic Administrator's Dilemma
You can also view a video created by Cindy Poore-Pariseau to learn about copyright and disabilities.
If you have questions about Copyright contact your Divisional library liaison.
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.