Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference — UMSL

Posted by on November 17, 2008

Just this past week, EdTech took a road trip to St. Louis to attend the Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference at UMSL, sponsored by their Center for Teaching and Learning (analogous to our CERTI, I believe). This conference is very similar in nature and scope to the Teaching and Learning Technology Conference that we […]

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Teaching Journal: After Teaching English 160 (2nd attempt)

Posted by on October 16, 2008

Today, I taught a section of English 160 on behalf of Dr. Northcut, the regular instructor. The topic of the day was progress reports, which all of the students have to create for their semester-long project. Dr. Northcut supplied some sample progress reports and a grading rubric. My original goal was to have the students […]

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Teaching Journal: Using Wimba

Posted by on September 22, 2008

Today I helped Angie Hammons teach Dr. Bih-Ru Lea’s class enter the Wimba Live Classroom virtual environment on Blackboard. Dr. Lea teaches a course about strategic enterprise management configurations. As part of the course, students are required to use a variety of different remote conferencing tools that allow them to collaborate in real time with […]

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Internet Explorer and Blackboard Grade Center

Posted by on September 15, 2008

An incompatibility has been identified between Internet Explorer (IE) web browser and Blackboard Grade Center. Specifically, several people have reported being unable to save their changes in the Grade Center when using IE or have reported other strange Grade Center behavior when using IE as their web browser. Click HERE for information on how to to […]

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Reminder: Blackboard Seminar Series on Wednesday, September 10

Posted by on September 8, 2008

EdTech and CERTI are hosting our first Blackboard Seminar Series for the semester on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 in the Carver / Turner Room of the Havener Center from noon to 1 p.m. We will be discussing the new Grade Center features of Blackboard along with any other issues that anyone wants to bring up […]

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Teaching Journal: Blackboard 101

Posted by on September 4, 2008

Dr. Northcut has asked me to teach Blackboard to the Tech Com 404 students (and herself) today. I think I have a decent outline of topics to cover, such as adding assignments and managing groups. Unfortunately, I don’t have finished documentation for some of what I will be covering. I will need to work quickly […]

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Firefox 3-Blackboard Incompatibility

Posted by on August 28, 2008

Students and instructors have reported problems uploading files into Blackboard using the Firefox 3 web browser. Specifically, when attempting to upload an attachment to an assignment, a javascript error message pops up: "Please enter a valid file", even when the file is valid. This issue only appears to occur in Firefox 3 on a Windows […]

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Blackboard 8: Grade Center Training

Posted by on July 21, 2008

Educational Technology and Blackboard will be providing training on Blackboard 8 Grade Center. Grade Center is a new and improved version of the previous Blackboard grade book. It supports an interface similar to a spreadsheet, directed email to students, and the ability for instructors to generate progress reports. Other features include Smart Views, Grading Schemas, […]

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Archiving Your Blackboard Course

Posted by on May 21, 2008

It’s the end of the semester and while we are looking forward to summer, there are a few things you can do to help prepare for next year. One of those is to archive your Blackboard course to be ready to use the material in coming semesters. Why would you archive? Archiving is great for […]

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Blackboard Upgrades over Summer

Posted by on May 12, 2008

Blackboard will be upgraded to version 8.0 over the summer of 2008. This includes vast improvements in functionality and features. Here are just a few of the features that will become available: • Grade Center – A new and much improved way of keeping track of students’ grades. This feature supports an interface similar to […]

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