Happy New Year!
In preparation for the Spring 2014 semester, here is the latest copy of 5 Things to Know from EdTech. In addition, we will host Open Labs on each campus during College Community Week. Dates, locations and times are listed on the handout below. A copy of the handout included below will be included in the packets distributed at the in-service event on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
1. New Blackboard Course Site Template. This semester Blackboard course sites will be using an updated template. Included in the 201420 (Spring 2014) site template is content to help meet the minimum course presence expectations and Quality Matter (QM) standards. Detailed information on the features can be found at this link: Blackboard Course Template Update.
2. Blackboard Updated to Service Pack 13. Due to necessary maintenance, Blackboard will not be available from 12:01 am January 5, 2014 through 11:59 pm January 6, 2014. Blackboard will install a service pack which will enhance or repair some features. Detailed information can be found here: Blackboard Service Pack Updated Scheduled for January.
3. Kaltura Media. Media development and screen capture is now integrated in Blackboard through the Kaltura Media building block. This tool will allow you to manage your course media content and record video or screencasts directly from within Blackboard. For more information, visit the Blackboard Tutorials page or consult with your campus Instructional Designer.
4. Online Attendance Tool. Attendance can now be tracked in Blackboard using the Online Attendance tool. For more information, visit the Blackboard Tutorials page or consult with your campus Instructional Designer.
5. Blackboard IM Tool. With the Blackboard IM tool, faculty can instantly communicate with students, colleagues and support staff creating a learning network to support office hours, meetings and desktop video conferencing. Visit this link on the Bb Collaborate site to view an introduction video of the IM product. More information can also be found on the the Blackboard Tutorials page or by consulting with your campus Instructional Designer.