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EdTech Open Labs and Support Opportunities

Happy new year and welcome to the spring 2017 semester! EdTech staff are ready to support you this week as you prepare for the new semester.

As you review this week’s College Community Schedule, be sure to note the following EdTech events.

  • Distance Learning Faculty Meeting, Monday, January 9 at 1:30 pm, Central Campus, Slocomb Auditorium (This meeting is held for all full-time faculty teaching distance learning courses. Part-time faculty should consult with their Department Chairs.)
  • EdTech Open Lab – Central Campus, Tuesday, January 10 at 9:00 am, C-1.219
  • EdTech Open Lab – South Campus, Thursday, January 12 at 1:00 pm, S-12.214
  • EdTech Open Lab – North Campus, Friday, January 13 at 9:00 am, N-2.207

For training and course preparation support outside of scheduled open lab sessions, faculty are encouraged to contact their campus Instructional Designers.

EdTech looks forward to working with you in 2017!

EdTech Connect – November 2016: Productivity Tips, Friday Training, DL Certification Dates

The November  issue of EdTech Connect is now available.

This month’s publication includes productivity tips and tools, topics for our Friday training sessions, and dates for upcoming DL Certification sections.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

EdTech Connect November Newsletter

EdTech Connect – October 2016: Tips for Creating Instructional Media, New EdTech Training Opportunities

The October  issue of EdTech Connect is now available.

This month’s publication includes tips for creating your own instructional media and information about new EdTech training opportunities.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

 

 

 

 

EdTech Connect – September 2016: OER, Media Center Grand Opening, DL Certification

The September issue of EdTech Connect is now available.

This month’s publication includes an overview of Open Educational Resources, by contributor Department Chair and OER Grant Coordinator Mark Johnson!

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

EdTechConnect-Newsletter-September 2016We look forward to connecting with you!

EdTech Connect – June 2016: Turnitin Feedback Studio, Bb Maintenance Dates, EdTech Trainings

The June issue of EdTech Connect is available.

This month’s publication includes a preview of the new Turnitin user interface referred to as Feedback Studio, a reminder about Bb maintenance dates, and scheduled EdTech trainings.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

We look forward to connecting with you!

EdTech Connect Newsletter_June_2016

EdTech Connect – May 2016: End Of Semester, Atomic Learning and Training Dates

The May issue of EdTech Connect is available.

This month’s publication includes end of semester reminders, overview of the Atomic Learning Tool, and scheduled EdTech training dates.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

We look forward to connecting with you!

EdTech Connect Newsletter_May_2016

EdTech Connect – April 2016: New Media Center, EAC tool and Training Dates

The April issue of EdTech Connect, our monthly newsletter, launched today.

This month’s publication includes a feature on the new Media Center, an introduction to the EAC tool in Blackboard, and training dates scheduled for the remainder of the spring semester.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

We look forward to connecting with you!

EdTech Connect_March_2016
April 2016 edition of the Educational Technology Department newsletter

EdTech Connect – March 2016: Bb Course Template Updates, NBC Learn and Training Dates

The March issue of EdTech Connect, our monthly newsletter, launched today.

This month’s publication includes an overview of the improvements made in the updated Blackboard course template, a feature on the NBC Learn tool, and training dates scheduled for the remainder of the spring 2016 semester.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

We look forward to connecting with you!

EdTech Connect March 2016 Edition
March 2016 edition of the Educational Technology Department newsletter

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.

About EdTech

What is EdTech?
The shortest answer?  EdTech is the Educational Technology Services group.

To elaborate further, the values we hold, the goals we pursue, the services we provide, and the tools we use may be visualized as the EdTech Wordle generated via wordle.net

San Jac EdTech provides instructional design, media development, technology training and general educational technology services to the college community. There are 5 Things You Need to Know About EdTech, we . . .

  • offer consultations to improve the teaching and learning experience with active, collaborative and authentic interactions.
  • collaborate with faculty to design, develop and deliver a wide range of multimedia resources which enhance learner engagement.
  • provide training and advanced support for college technology systems in an effort to enhance workplace performance and collaboration
  • integrate contemporary learning theories and proven instructional strategies for all learning environments: face-to-face, hybrid and online.
  • continuously explore and evaluate emerging and innovative technologies and trends that impact the college environment.