Conferences and Consultations with Instructional Designer, Lisa Hammonds

Our very own Lisa Hammonds, Instructional Designer, presented at T-BUG (Texas Blackboard User Group) Conference this past week in Houston, TX. T-BUG is an organization for those who use Blackboard products and the group facilitates sharing of best practices and solutions to problems. Lisa’s presentation, “Blackboard Three R’s – Rewards, Retention and Rubrics,” highlighted how to incorporate Blackboard’s achievement, retention center and rubrics features to increase communication with students, engage students with course content and keep them on track for success. On November 7th, The Center for Digital Education, in conjunction with the North Texas Community College Consortium and the National Convergence Technology Center, will host the 10th Annual Texas Community […]

2014 BLACKBOARD BADGE WINNERS

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Congratulations to the Blackboard Badge Winner: Jasmine Tuya. +3 bonus points are awarded on your leaderboard. You may stop by the CETL to get your sticker.

2014 BLACKBOARD BADGE WINNERS

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Congratulations to the Blackboard Badge Winners: Bruce Benz and David Tripp. +3 bonus points are awarded on your leaderboard. You may stop by the CETL to get your sticker.

2013 BLACKBOARD BADGE WINNERS

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Congratulations to the Blackboard Badge Winner: Gladys Childs. +3 bonus points are awarded on your leaderboard. You may stop by the CETL to get your sticker.

Planning and Preparing Your Blackboard Course Shell

Before building your blackboard shell for the upcoming semester from scratch, you should consider transferring course content from a previous semester’s course shell.  This will minimize the work necessary to get your course ready to go. Once the transfer is complete, you’ll then need to edit your assignment/test dates, refresh discussion posts and other semester specific items and you’re off to a great start! The purpose of this post is to cover steps necessary to prepare and import course content from an old shell to a new one. After you’ve successfully imported content, follow the post on Preparing Copied Courses for New Semester to get a head’s up on what […]

2013 BLACKBOARD BADGE WINNERS

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Congratulations to the Blackboard Badge Winner: Julie Vowell. +3 bonus points are awarded on your leaderboard. You may stop by the CETL to get your sticker.

Managing Blackboard’s Grade Center

The Grade center is an excellent tool for organizing, calculating and viewing grades. However, because of its extensive functionality, it’s easy to make costly mistakes.  If you’ve used Excel to maintain and calculate course grades, as I have done many times, I would challenge you to take a look at the grade center’s offering for grade book management. Starting with this post on grade center organization, I’ll write several posts in the upcoming weeks covering grade center topics. Grade Center Column Organization Working with the grade center can be daunting as it’s not easy to know which columns are seen by the students.  To make life a little easier, you’re […]

Blackboard Tips and Suggestions for Faculty

It’s hard to believe that classes start today for the fall semester. Hopefully you had an opportunity to take some time off to rest, relax and recharge your batteries. I read a blog post the other day with the caption of “Don’t think of summer ending…think of school beginning!” So here’s to school beginning! The first week of class is your opportunity to orient your students to Blackboard. In some respects, this is the most critical time to get the students involved in your course and to help them overcome any anxiety or confusion they may have with Blackboard. I thought I’d share a couple of Blackboard tips to help […]

Embracing the Active Learner

Here’s a slide share (with some embedded videos) from Blackboard on “5 Ways to Embrace the Active Learner.” Though I think the “digital natives are changing the world in an instant” rhetoric is a bit overblown, it’s hard to argue with the fact that our students are coming to us with a different set of expectations and behaviors. The question for instructors is: to what degree to we modify our courses to meet these expectations or when do we act to modify those expectations and behaviors? Either way, knowing what those expectations are is very important.    

Blackboard – My Menu [SP11]

A quick demonstration video about the Blackboard menu and its features.

About the CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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