This tutorial will walk you through the steps needed to produce and post a video into a Blackboard course with your ASU YouTube account! [Read more…]
A new ASU Student Help module is now available for all Blackboard courses! The new ASU Student Help Module offers Live Chat with friendly Blackboard team members 24/7, 365 days a year. When students engage the live chat, a help ticket is automatically created providing a record of the technical difficulty and when it occurred. The new ASU Student Help Module allows instructors to stop being the first point of contact when students have technical difficulties.
The new ASU Student Help Module is available in the HELP tab on the Blackboard home page.
Additionally, instructors may also add the new ASU Student Help Module directly inside their Blackboard courses.
By inserting the new ASU Student Help module inside your Blackboard course, students can receive immediate support without having to leave the course. The process to add a Blackboard module is extremely quick and easy.
Directions to add the new ASU Student Help module.
1. Click the plus symbol in the course menu (top left corner of any course).
2. Select the module option from the provided menu.
3. Title the new module, then click Submit
4. Identify that you have successfully added a new menu item on the left side navigation
5. Click Add Course Module
6. You are now inside the module library, please locate and click Help and Support on the left side navigation. Identify the ASU Student Help module and click Add.
7. Congratulations, the ASU Student Help module is now available inside your Blackboard course!!
8. You can add additional modules using the same workflow.
Now that you have added the new ASU Student Help module, we recommend adding information to your course syllabus regarding this new technical assistance. Students can now receive immediate support 24/7, 365 from inside the course! There are a variety of additional Blackboard modules that instructors can add which strongly support both student learning and the overall experience students have in their Blackboard courses. We hope you will consider adding other modules to support all of your courses.
To be successful in online courses, students must quickly learn to be organized. In fact, organization is the key to a successful learning environment. Without organization, students quickly become derailed from the course timeline and must spend their time playing catch-up. Typically, students are enrolled in more than one course and instructors are teaching more than one course. One organizational challenge that both instructors and students face is keeping track of all of the assignments and due dates in all of their courses. [Read more…]
During the planning and design phase with an instructional designer, an instructor decides the best method to deliver content and present information. It might be that a Google doc, infographic or mentormob is needed, but keep in mind the value of video. Research supports the effectiveness in creating a sense of instructor presence through the use of video.
When instructionally aligned and where appropriate, engage your students with a video announcement, video introduction to a chapter, video demo, video instructions, video discussion of a complex topic, video of a special guest or get creative and make a video to promote an activity or assignment. Remember to offer options, consider accessibility, pay attention to camera angle, sound quality and lighting, but most of all enjoy the experience. Solicit feedback from your students to find out what worked. Start small and keep it short.
Follow these five easy steps for creating embeddable videos with YouTube. The timing of each step can vary depending on your skill and YouTube’s processing speed.
This post is specific to ASU Online courses in Pearson LearningStudio.
“HTML does NOT stand for having the time of my life!”
This was my initial reaction when discovering that I needed to learn about HyperText Markup Language (HTML) while working towards my master’s degree several years ago. I’ve now grown an appreciation for this markup language, and I would like to provide a few, basic tips when you feel ready to venture beyond the Design tab into the HTML tab in your LearningStudio courses.
Good design is an important part of getting your point across in a presentation. Over time Google added a bunch of features to help users bring a little something extra to your decks, like slide transitions and animations, thousands of free stock photos, and a growing collection of templates.
Turnitin is an internet-based plagiarism-detection service. The software checks for possible plagiarism by comparing submitted papers to serveral databases using a propietary algorithm. Students may submit student papers to Turintin.com as individual files. LearningStudio supports Turnitin and student assignments can be automatically submitted for orginality analysis.
Video is the best way to deliver rich media content in an online course. Watch this quick video (5:45) on getting the most out of creating your own desktop videos. Aspects such as camera angle, camera framing, lighting, and audio can determine the quality perception of your videos. Get some quick pointers on creating great web cam video.
Have you thought about adding audio clips to enhance your online courses? There are several ways to do this. Try at least one of the following:
- Introduce yourself.
- Introduce a lesson.
- Create a podcast.
- Record a scenario for a case study.
- Share interviews with professionals or with experts on the topic.
- Provide pronunciation assistance for difficult vocabulary or foreign languages.