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.
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.
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.
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.
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.