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Lunch & Learn: Dennis Hood on Blackboard 9.1

Image representing Blackboard as depicted in C...Wednesday, September 21,
12:00 noon
Frist Multipurpose Room B
Blackboard 2011: New Features and Feature Enhancements
Dennis Hood

Users will be relieved to learn the Blackboard upgrade in June does not require relearning the interface, as it did in summer 2010. Instead, old features have been enhanced and new ones added.  Among the changes:

  • New capabilities for bulk uploading, managing, and using content in a Course are available with the Course Files feature.  Course Files can also be used for creating a shared dropbox, which has the advantages over the WebSpace Dropbox of 1) keeping everything right in the Blackboard course site, as opposed to sending users to another application; and 2) allowing users without Princeton IDs to participate.
  • New content types include Mashups, which allow you to pull data from YouTube videos, SlideShare presentations, and Flickr photos, and Lesson Plans.
  • Paste From Word allows you to paste MS Word files into text boxes without losing formatting.
  • The Lesson Plan feature enables Instructors and Course designers to create a structured unit plan with distinct and customizable sections that provide a means of documenting information such as description, learning level, delivery instructions, and so on.
  • Now you can keep Priority Announcements at the top of the page by putting them above a repositionable bar.
  • Back to the future: Announcement e-mail notifications once again contain the text of the announcement and are sent to course staff, as well as to students.

Grade Center Improvements:

  • Smart Views : Grade Center Smart Views allow for more customization and types. Selecting a favorite view links to it directly from the Control Panel.
  • Needs Grading Page : For Courses with many enrolled Students and gradable items, the Needs Grading page can help determine which Assignments and Tests need grading first.
  • Color Coding : Grades can now be color-coded. Grading Color Codes apply background and text color to items in the Grade Center that meet specified criteria. Colors can be defined for items based on Grade status or based on the score.
  • Rubrics : Instructors can create a Rubric to provide guidelines for grading an Assignment, Blog, Wiki, Journal, or Discussion Board. Instructors can associate the Rubric to a grading column and view the Rubric while assigning a grade.
  • Anonymous Grading : Instructors can grade assignment and test attempts while information identifying the Student remains concealed.

About the speaker:
Dennis Hood is in his 11th year of managing Blackboard for Princeton. He also uses Blackboard in teaching his speech communications course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

Free Daily Spanish Videos and Mp3s (with Vocab Lists)

If you are looking for a free site that has Spanish videos, mp3s, and vocab lists for free, then The Spanish Blog is a great resource. The owner of the blog, Laura Garrido Eslava is a Spanish Language teacher from Spain. She even offers parts of her lessons for free on her site. Her videos and course materials (one lesson is a comparison of Spanish to English texts) are pretty comprehensive and written by a true expert. To view what Laura has to offer, click on the link below or view one of her many videos:


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Lunch & Learn: The New Blackboard 9: Finding Your Way

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Ten years ago, Princeton adopted Blackboard as its course management system. During the past decade, the system has moved from serving a handful of courses to every course. What was an occasional convenience has become an integral part of the educational process at Princeton.

In June, the University will be upgrading the system to Blackboard 9. New features promise to improve teaching, learning, and course management. The most striking change initially, though, for instructional staff and builders, will be the new interface for editing and managing the course sites.

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Tech Spotlights: Online Flashcards and Other Vocab Tools

Our Technology Spotlight Session on 4/6/2010 was titled Online Flashcards and Other Vocabulary Tools. Different flashcards programs and vocab programs were reviewed (including our own Princeton based flashcard program that you can use inside Blackboard). Below is a link to the handout from the session:

Online Flashcards and other Vocabulary Tools (PDF)

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Lunch & Learn: Clickers in the Classroom with Janet Temos

clickers.jpgAt OIT’s Lunch ‘n Learn seminar on February 7, Janet Temos, the Director of OIT’s Educational Technologies Center and Joshua Rabinowitz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, demonstrated the use of clickers (also known as Personal Response Systems, and Student Response Systems) in University classrooms.
Before the talk, they distributed simple 5-button clickers (similar to TV remote controls) to each member of the audience. Attendees got to experience first hand how to use the devices. The fact is… it’s not hard. To answer a question, audience members simply had to press one of the five buttons, “A” through “E.” After responding to a simple question, Temos and Rabinowitz showed us that our answers had been tallied and displayed the results. They also demonstrated that the answers can be displayed as they are cast.

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