August 2015 Blackboard Upgrade – First Notice to All Employees

The San Jacinto College Blackboard system will be upgraded during the period of August 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM through August 17, 2015 at midnight. This upgrade will serve two purposes:

1)    provide enhancements for faculty to support their instructional processes within the system, and

2)    remove old course content from the system for any semester prior to fall 2014 (201510).

An outage will be necessary during this period to perform the upgrade. Additional details will be announced as they become available.

Informational sessions to share details of the upgrade are scheduled for the following dates and locations for those who would like specifics about the enhancements that will be available.

Monday, April 20

Tuesday, April 21

Thursday, April 23

Friday, April 24

South Campus

S-12.214

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Central Campus

C-1.219

1:30 PM– 3:30 PM

North Campus

N-2.207

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

North Campus

N-2.207

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Central Campus

C-1.219

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

South Campus

S-12.214

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Additional sessions, as well as both on-demand training and face-to-face training sessions, will be announced in the future.

STEPS YOU SHOULD TAKE

Faculty should take time to archive copies for each of your courses. This process will create a permanent record of the course, including all content and user interactions. Archived copies of courses should be kept in a secure location like your SJC H:\ drive folder. You may find this End of Semester Checklist handy for details on archiving your course(s).

Be sure to watch the following locations for future updates and information on the Blackboard upgrade plan and training opportunities.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact us at:

 

Blackboard Support Team

San Jacinto College – Educational Technology

8060 Spencer Hwy. | C.1-218| Pasadena, TX 77505

On-Campus:  2084

Off-Campus:  281.542.2084

Email: bbsupport@sjcd.edu

 

Why Use Blackboard Content Collection?

5 Reasons your department should be using Blackboard Content Collection

You may have seen the words “Content Collection” within your Blackboard course sites, but did not know what it meant, or where afraid to click on the unknown. In this article, I hope to provide you with information on what Blackboard’s Institutional Content Collection is, how San Jacinto College is using it, and 5 benefits Institutional Content Collection can have for your department/program.

Blackboard Content Collection

Blackboard Content Collection

What is Blackboard Institutional Content Collection?
The Blackboard Institutional Content Collection System is an area within the SJC Blackboard LMS environment, where files are stored and can be shared/linked throughout Blackboard course sites.

How is San Jacinto College using Blackboard Institutional Content Collection?
San Jacinto College uses the Blackboard Institutional Content Collection System for two primary purposes:

1. To store institutionally used instructional files that are incorporated in multiple Faculty Blackboard course sites. This purpose primarily relates to the use of files in Ready-to-Teach (R2T / iR2T) courses.

2. To be utilized as a Blackboard content repository to share ideas, instructional documents/files, links, etc. amongst faculty teaching the same course. The Blackboard Content Collection system should only be utilized for these types of instructional materials resulting in the use of files in a Blackboard course site.

5 Benefits for utilizing Blackboard Institutional Content Collection
1. Singular repository for content that all faculty can access, view, and link files into their course sites.

2. An area for faculty across the district to share ideas, activities, assignments, etc. with other’s teaching the same course or discipline.

3. The Content Collection System allows you to link a single file to multiple Blackboard course sites. Once the link is created, any modifications to that file in the Content Collection System will automatically update in the Blackboard course sites.
Example: If lecture notes are uploaded to Content Collection and then linked to multiple individual course sites, when the notes need to be updated, the updated lecture notes file is uploaded into Content Collection and overwrites the original file. After the new file overwrites the old, within Content Collection, the file link is automatically updated to the new notes in any course site where the link may exist. This process removes additional steps organizing and updating content across multiple courses.

4. Having the ability to link one file to multiple Blackboard course sites reduces the amount of storage space that is used on the Blackboard servers.
Example: If you would like to link to a topic’s lecture notes in multiple course sites, instead of uploading the same file to each individual course site, the file should be added to the Institutional Content Collection folder, and then linked to all relative course sites. Resulting in only one upload of a file versus multiple uploads of the same file.

5. Due to Content Collection being within the Blackboard system, a user can access the system anywhere with an internet connection. This method of using Content Collection is more beneficial to the end-user than using a San Jacinto College network storage drive (G:/ or P:/), because it eliminates the need to use VPN to access College network drives.

If you are interested and would like to find out more information about how Institutional Content Collection works and how it can be implemented for your department, please contact your campus Instructional Designer or click here for on-demand resources.

5 Things to Know from EdTech – Spring 2015 Edition

Happy New Year!

In preparation for the Spring 2015 semester, here is the latest copy of 5 Things to Know from EdTech.  A copy of the handout  will be included in the packets distributed at the assembly event on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 .

In addition to the key information, our open lab schedule for College Community  Week is also listed on the flyer. Please stop by one of the open lab sessions if you need any course development or Blackboard support to prepare for the new semester.

 

EdTech 5 Things To Know - Spring 2015

EdTech 5 Things To Know – Spring 2015

 

1. Course Merges (Combines). Reminder: Due to system errors creating intermittent issues with faculty and student enrollments, Blackboard Support will not be able to continue course combines / merges. If you have a situation that makes it difficult to teach your course using multiple sites, contact the Bb Support office via email at bbsupport@sjcd.edu.

2. Blackboard Final Grade Submission. Reminder: As of the Fall 2014 semester, the College has transitioned to submitting final course grades via the Blackboard system. Beginning Spring 2015 semester, grade submission via SOS will not be an option. Visit the On Demand Training page at www.sanjac.edu/edtech.

3. Distance Learning Evaluation by Department Chairs. During the Fall 2014 semester, department chairs were trained on conducting Quality Matters aligned reviews of the distance learning courses within their area. If you are a department chair and have not completed training, contact the Distance Learning office at 281-998-6370 or dist-learn@sjcd.edu.

4. Faculty Mentors and Peer Faculty. To add faculty mentors or peer faculty to your Blackboard course sites, complete the “Request to Add Users” form available on the Forms page of the EdTech Blog. Submit your completed form to Blackboard Support at bbsupport@sjcd.edu. Blackboard Support will provide a confirmation once the process is complete.

5. Publisher Updates that Impact Bb. Faculty aware of updates to publisher content that will have an impact on their Blackboard sites are encouraged to contact Blackboard Support in advance to ensure a smooth transition. A testing process that can take 2 to 6 weeks to complete is required prior to implementation of new or updated tools.