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== eLearningBCC ==
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[[Image:Office365logo.png | Office 365 Logo]]
  
=== Accessing Course Files ===
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[http://dl.bristolcc.edu/wiki/index.php/Technical_Help#Office_365 Learn more about how to access and use Office 365 at BCC.]
  
In your eLearningBCC courses you may need to download or view the course syllabus, lecture notes or other class files. The [http://www.getfirefox.com Firefox] web browser handles files well, but Internet Explorer has proven to be challenging to students because it will prevent files from being downloaded.  
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Visit [http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/ Microsoft's online training site] for great tutorials, videos and references on how to use all of the products.
  
If you are using Internet Explorer and click on a file you'll get a blank screen and it will appear that nothing happened. In reality, IE is blocking the file from being downloaded and is waiting for you to tell it that it's ok to download the file.
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[[Image:GCFLearnfreelogo.png | GCFLearnfree.org logo]]
  
[[Media:downloadingfilesfromeLearningBCC.pdf | Learn how download and work with files in both Firefox and Internet Explorer.]]
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[http://www.gcflearnfree.org/onedrive View tutorials from GCFLearnFree.org] on how to use OneDrive and Office Online.  
  
=== Printing Documents from eLearningBCC ===
 
Before you begin printing from eLearningBCC it's important that you understand [[Media:PrintingDocumentsFromeLearningBCC.pdf | how to print various types of documents.]] 
 
  
=== Viewing and Printing PowerPoint Files ===
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[[Image:BBLearnLogo.png | Blackboard Learn Logo]]
  
Many instructors upload PowerPoint files for students to access and view. [[Software Tools #Viewing PowerPoint Presentations | Viewing a PowerPoint file]] is pretty straightforward but printing can become problematic because many students will print the full slide view which uses up lots of paper and can completely deplete your ink supply. What you want to do is to [[Media:ViewingAndPrintingPowerPointFilesIneLearningBCC.pdf | print out handouts ]] which will put multiple slides on a page. You'll still be able to read the content but this way you'll save paper,ink and $$$!
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Blackboard has created a full set of YouTube videos for faculty and students:
  
=== How to Post to the Discussion Board ===
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*[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLontYaReEU1seUE3ACG3sEc3zR7Br7URU Blackboard Learn: For Students]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLontYaReEU1tzu1T5gfiX-JQA5nBc3isN Blackboard Learn: For Instructors]
  
Most online classes require student interaction through the discussion board. Although you are likely familiar with how to post to a blog or online message board, there are certain features of the[[Media:HowToPostToTheDiscussionBoard.pdf |  eLearningBCC discussion board]] that are important to understand before you begin using it.
 
  
In addition, it's a good idea to review the [[Media:Netiquette.pdf | netiquette guidelines]] prior to posting.
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[[Image:VTlogo.png | VoiceThread Logo]]
  
=== How to Send Mail with Attachments ===
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A VoiceThread is a collaborative, interactive, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos. It allows people to view and create a presentation and leave comments in 5 ways: using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Typically, users would have to register for an account in VoiceThread, but BCC has purchased and integrated VoiceThread with everyone's accessBCC accounts. To log into [http://bristolcc.voicethread.com VoiceThread], just use your accessBCC username and password.
  
[[Media:HowToSendMailWithAttachmentsIneLearningBCC.pdf| eLearningBCC mail]]  is a bit different from traditional email. Any mail that you send within your eLearningBCC course space remains in the course. It does not get forwarded to an outside email address. This means that course emails within eLearningBCC will not appear in your accessBCC email account. You'll need to actually go into your course space to read messages from your instructor. So, if you're taking multiple courses you'll have to check each space individually (which is good anyway since you're supposed to regularly check your course site!)
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*[https://voicethread.com/howto/creating-a-new-voicethread/ How to Create a VoiceThread]
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*[https://voicethread.com/howto/how-to-comment/ How to Comment on a VoiceThread]
  
== Word Processing Tips and Tricks ==
 
  
=== Working with Microsoft Office 2007 ===
 
  
Unfortunately the files that Office 2007 creates are not easily opened and edited with previous versions of Office. It is recommended that if you are using Office 2007 that you [[Media:WorkingWithOffice2007Files.pdf | save your files in a format that is backwards compatible with earlier versions of office.]]
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[[Image:SafeAssignLogo.jpg | SafeAssign Logo]]
  
If you are using an earlier version of Office or are using Open Office you can install [http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&DisplayLang=en Office 2007 converters] which will allow you to open, edit and save Office 2007 files.
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SafeAssign is anti-plagiarism software that is integrated into the Blackboard eLearning platform.  Faculty members can set up their Assignment Drop-Boxes to check submissions using SafeAssign. Students can see their own Originality Reports as a way to better understand how to properly cite sources (and to ensure they are not plagiarizing material!) 
  
[[Technical Help#Mac | Mac]] users - try this [http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/24947/office-open-xml-file-format-converter free converter] to allow you to open Office 2007 documents on the Mac.
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This video from Purdue University shows how [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuWI72QoPj0 SafeAssign works from a student's perspective]. This video does have automatic captions.  
  
There is also an [[http://download.novell.com/SummaryFree.jsp?buildid=ESrjfdE4U58%7E | OpenXML converter]] available for users of [[Software Tools#OpenOffice|OpenOffice.]]
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And, this video from the City University of Seattle explains [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gGRgjzDYEA how to use the SafeAssign reports to improve your writing]. This video is CC and has synced captions.
  
=== Save Documents as Rich Text Format (RTF) Files ===
 
  
If you do not have Microsoft Word but instead have Microsoft Works or Word Perfect you will need to save your files as [[Media:SaveAsRTF.pdf |rich text format (.RTF) documents.]]  
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[[Image:CollaborateSmallLogo.jpg | Blackboard Collaborate Logo]]
  
This is because that even though Microsoft Works, Microsoft Word and Word Perfect all create documents they have difficulty reading each other’s files. Saving your documents in RTF form will allow you (and your instructor) to easily access your work – regardless of what program it was created in!
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Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing platform (similar to WebEx, Join.me, Skype). It is integrated right into Blackboard and faculty members may use Collaborate for online office hours, online help sessions, or for real-time (live) lectures. If you are new to Collaborate, you can [https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant/Get_Started/Start_Here_With_The_Basics! start here with the basics].

Latest revision as of 08:35, 2 November 2017

Office 365 Logo

Learn more about how to access and use Office 365 at BCC.

Visit Microsoft's online training site for great tutorials, videos and references on how to use all of the products.

GCFLearnfree.org logo

View tutorials from GCFLearnFree.org on how to use OneDrive and Office Online.


Blackboard Learn Logo

Blackboard has created a full set of YouTube videos for faculty and students:


VoiceThread Logo

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, interactive, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos. It allows people to view and create a presentation and leave comments in 5 ways: using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Typically, users would have to register for an account in VoiceThread, but BCC has purchased and integrated VoiceThread with everyone's accessBCC accounts. To log into VoiceThread, just use your accessBCC username and password.


SafeAssign Logo

SafeAssign is anti-plagiarism software that is integrated into the Blackboard eLearning platform. Faculty members can set up their Assignment Drop-Boxes to check submissions using SafeAssign. Students can see their own Originality Reports as a way to better understand how to properly cite sources (and to ensure they are not plagiarizing material!)

This video from Purdue University shows how SafeAssign works from a student's perspective. This video does have automatic captions.

And, this video from the City University of Seattle explains how to use the SafeAssign reports to improve your writing. This video is CC and has synced captions.


Blackboard Collaborate Logo

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing platform (similar to WebEx, Join.me, Skype). It is integrated right into Blackboard and faculty members may use Collaborate for online office hours, online help sessions, or for real-time (live) lectures. If you are new to Collaborate, you can start here with the basics.