Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bb Grader

Device Requirements:
•iOS, iOS7, iOS8
•iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 2, 3, or 4

Things I noticed: 
·         As an instructor in the Bb Grader app I couldn’t see what I entered under comments in an assignment as a test student
·         In the Bb Grader app inline grading annotation - comments can be added.  (Draw, highlight, text box, or strikethrough are not available.)

I think this app will come in very handy for those who need to grade on the go! Try it out.

Be sure to visit the feature guide AND  how to information to learn more about how to use the app.

from Lorraine Sturgeon at Owensville.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blackboard October 2014 Update

Start Date:          December 19, 8:00 PM
Duration:             48 hours

KCTCS currently uses Bb Service Pack 13.  Bb has changed its update nomenclature to month and year of release.  KCTCS will be adopting the October 2014 release.

Beta has already begun an the verdict is that the new release is very stable.  While new features are present, most of the benefits appear on the back end with improved stability and functionality of existing features.  For example, Bb Collaborate no longer requires Java and will open without having to download and run a Java file.  SafeAssign is integrated with the gradebook.  An expanded student preview allows instructors to view the course as a student and even takes tests as a student.  Read more about features in Bb’s Mobile Learn Update, October 2014.

Looking ahead. . . Bb is beginning tests on a major interface change...but we would not see this for a year at least. . . 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Collaborate Mobile 2.0 Beta Testers

Collaborate Mobile 2.0 Beta – Testers Wanted!
We are kicking off the Collaborate Mobile 2.0 Beta program next week and are looking for a focused group of participants. Please register here if you would like to participate.
What’s in 2.0
Collaborate Mobile v2.0 will have some added features and a fresh look and feel. Users will be able to:
·         Transmit and Receive Video
·         Participate in a Web Tour
·         Receive Multimedia Library Content (audio and video files pushed by the moderator)
·         Participate in Private and Group Chat
Program Dates
  • What? The Beta program is currently scheduled to kick off on Thursday, September 4th and will conclude Thursday, Oct 9th.  We will only meet during the kickoff, but testing will be continuous with weekly surveys to analyze feedback. Please register through this link-
  • Who? Collaborate users, specifically Faculty and Students. A limited number of both iOS and Android participants will be selected. We will reach out directly to those who are eligible to participate
  • What's the time commitment? Participants are expected to participate in weekly surveys to give feedback on experience
  • Requirements: The Beta programs require signature of a Beta Agreement by the institution. This agreement will be distributed before kickoff.
Additional questions? - Email

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bb Analytics

Blackboard Analytics is a tool used to report student activity, engagement as well as inform about course design and development. Four course reports are available for all KCTCS instructors within the Control Panel > Evaluation area of the Blackboard course.

Looks promising...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

KCTCS Proctor Resource Center Migration

Proctor Resource Center’s migration to the new SharePoint will happen August 8th.  That is after the latest date affecting Summer finals.  As soon as the migration is complete, how-to resources will be made available to out to faculty and proctors for the Fall semester.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Comp TIA CTT+ Boot Camp at Gateway

Learn how to successfully teach, present and facilitate in both a classroom and virtual classroom environment…at no cost to you.

Details here: