The following Faculty/Staff Tech Tips were originally posted for the weekly Inside UNI email announcements.
November 27, 2018
Google Slides now provides automatic closed captioning in real-time during a presentation. This new feature can make your presentation accessible for students who are hard-of-hearing, non-native speakers, or when presenting in noisy, ambient environments. For more information, visit the UNI eLearning Suite FAQ.
November 13, 2018
Would you like to facilitate smaller discussion groups during Zoom meetings? Try breakout rooms! The meeting host can split participants into smaller sessions and can jump between or end these sessions at any time. For more information, view Zoom's support article.
November 6, 2018
Do you wish you could keep an offline personal record of the comments you've made on a student's Blackboard assignment? Now you can with Blackboard's newest feature: Annotated PDFs. For more information, visit the UNI eLearning Suite FAQ.
October 30, 2018
Looking for a way to implement peer review of student papers online? Try using Turnitin's PeerMark tool. A PeerMark assignment can be created directly through Blackboard. For more information, please view Turnitin's support article. Questions may be submitted to the UNI eLearning Suite.
October 23, 2018
Do you have ideas or suggestions for Blackboard Learn, our Learning Management system? The Blackboard Idea Exchange is the best way to have your voice heard. For instructions on how to get started, visit the UNI eLearning Suite Product Suggestions page.
October 16, 2018
Did you know that you can provide video or audio feedback on student assignments, discussion posts, tests, and more in Blackboard Learn? Visit the UNI eLearning Suite FAQ for more information. Questions may also be submitted to servicehub.uni.edu.
October 9, 2018
Lynda.uni.edu gives access to thousands of video tutorials from computer skills, to advertising, to music composition and more. Creating a custom playlist of videos is a great way to add supplemental material to your course. For more information you can view a short video tutorial.
October 2, 2018
Looking to gamify your next classroom lecture? Check out Poll Everywhere's interactive competitions. Simply create your questions, send a link to your students, and watch them compete in real-time. Not sure where to start? Visit the UNI eLearning Suite.
September 25, 2018
Does your Grade Center seem overwhelming? You can filter Grade Center data in Bb Learn by Grading Period, Category, Grade Status, and more, making it easier to find what you need quickly. Questions can be submitted to servicehub.uni.edu.
September 18, 2018
Looking for an easy way to interact with your courses on the go? Download the Blackboard Instructor App. You can view course content, make announcements, create discussion threads and more from a mobile device. For more information, visit the UNI eLearning mobile apps page.
September 11, 2018
Have you noticed the colorful meters next to content you've added in your Blackboard Learn courses? This is Bb Ally, an accessibility tool which scores your content and gives suggestions on how to make it more accessible. For more information, visit the UNI eLearning Suite. Questions can be submitted to servicehub.uni.edu.
September 4, 2018
Since Bb Learn's migration to the cloud, the Grade Center has experienced many new features including full screen mode and viewing the full titles of Grade Center columns. For more information, please view this presentation (slide 2). Questions may also be submitted to servicehub.uni.edu.
August 28, 2018
Looking to de-clutter your "My Courses" module in Bb Learn? You can now organize your courses by term rather than course title. For more information visit the UNI eLearning Suite Faculty FAQ page. Questions can also be submitted to servicehub.uni.edu.
April 6, 2018
March 30, 2018
March 23, 2018
Run into a tech problem on the go? Submit a service hub incident from your phone with the MyUNI app!
March 16, 2018
Shared keyboards are known to be extremely germy. With flu season not quite over, remember to practice good habits when sneezing and coughing. In addition to washing your hands often, watch this Mythbusters video for good advice on how to minimize germs.
March 2, 2018
Coming soon to Blackboard...Bb Ally increases awareness of course content accessibility and provides support for teaching students of all learning styles and abilities. Workshop opportunities will be offered. See this short video to get a sneak peak. Contact Service Hub with questions.
February 23, 2018
February 16, 2018
Want to learn tips and tricks for using Google Suite apps (such as Gmail, Drive or Calendar)? Check out the Google Suite Learning Center. Contact the instructional design team with questions or to request a consultation.
February 9, 2018
Blackboard, the company behind UNI's eLearning system, is constantly looking for new ideas to improve their product. Blackboard Idea Exchange (BIE) is the best way to have your voice heard. Learn how to access BIE to submit an idea. Submit questions to Service Hub.
February 2, 2018
Want to improve the organization and readability of your Google Docs? Try adding a table of contents. Comprised of headers you choose, this feature is a must have for long documents. For more information, visit Google Docs. Questions can be submitted to Service Hub.
January 26, 2018
A new Blackboard feature, SafeAssign, lets you check assignments for plagiarism directly in the Blackboard assignment grading interface. To get started, expand the “Submission Details” box while creating an assignment. For more information, visit Blackboard help. Questions can be submitted to Service Hub.
January 19, 2018
Is your “My Courses” module cluttered on Blackboard? This new feature might be the solution: grouping courses by term. For more information, visit eLearning. Questions can be submitted to Service Hub.
January 12, 2018
Wondering what happened to your Course Menu in Blackboard? Blackboard now utilizes responsive design, delivering a more consistent experience when accessing courses on any device. Upon first entering a course, the Course Menu may be collapsed and components on the page may have adjusted to a vertical alignment. Visit the FAQ webpage to learn more.
December 8, 2017
There will be a Blackboard update Thursday, Dec. 21. This includes bug fixes and feature enhancements, such as additional drag and drop locations. To learn more, visit the eLearning website. Questions can be submitted to eLearning.
December 1, 2017
Want to transition an existing Blackboard course to a spring 2018 course? Read the following support article for instructions. If this is your first time transitioning a course in Blackboard, we recommend that you request a consultation.
November 24, 2017
With the end of the semester approaching, it’s time to start finalizing grades. Our instructional designers are here to help with any issues, concerns or questions related to Blackboard Grade Center. Consultation requests can be submitted to Service Hub.
November 10, 2017
Lynda.com, which offers thousands of free educational videos (for faculty/students) on numerous topics, now also offers their service in the form of a mobile app! To download, visit: https://www.lynda.com/apps. Questions can be submitted to https://servicehub.uni.edu.
November 3, 2017
Blackboard's email tool allows you to directly email any number of students/groups within a course. The email is sent to their UNI email address. To learn more, read the following Blackboard Help article. Questions can be submitted to https://servicehub.uni.edu.
October 27, 2017
Student Preview is helpful if you want to see what your students see, try taking a test on a student account, or make sure that due dates are working correctly. How it works: Blackboard creates a temporary student account and gives you access. Simply click the button with two arrows (on the top navigation bar) to get started! Visit this article for more information.
October 20, 2017
Instructors now have access to a report verifying student assignment submissions within Blackboard. Submission Receipts record the time of submission and include attached files, date and time. To learn more, visit Blackboard. Questions can be submitted to Service Hub.
October 13, 2017
October 6, 2017
Embedding a Youtube video into your course is a great way to share important content. This is done by using the "Mashups" tool under "Build Content." For more information, read the following Help Article. Questions can be submitted to the Service Hub.
September 29, 2017
Several options are available for making videos available to students, including Panopto, Google Drive and YouTube. While videos should not be uploaded to your Blackboard course, they can be embedded on a course page. IT-ETMS can assist with learning how to accomplish this. Questions can be submitted to Service Hub.
September 21, 2017
For Panopto users, there is now a new folder called "My Folder," and it is not tied to any eLearning course. One suggestion for using this folder is to utilize it as a space for editing your Panopto video(s). You can then move the edited video to the appropriate folder/eLearning course. Questions can be submitted to servicehub.uni.edu.
September 15, 2017
Do you want Google Drive to convert your Microsoft Office files to the appropriate Google Drive format? Or do you just want to store your Office documents in Drive without converting? You have a choice in Google Drive Settings. Learn more at DocumentSnap.
September 1, 2017
If a Google Doc is shared with you for evaluation, you can insert "suggested edits" instead of editing the content or inserting comments. This visually helps the author/collaborator to see the changes you are recommending. They can accept or reject your suggestions. The "Suggesting" feature of Google Docs is demonstrated in this Lynda video. Questions can be submitted to servicehub.uni.edu.
August 29, 2017
New drag and drop files feature in eLearning (Blackboard)! When instructors create content items, assignments, and web links, they can drag files from their computers to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. Students can also drag files to upload when they submit assignments. For more information, please visit eLearning.
May 23, 3017
Microsoft Word has an Accessibility Checker which locates elements in your document that may cause problems for people with disabilities. To start finding and fixing accessibility issues in your Word documents, view the Accessibility Checker video tutorial at: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Find-and-fix-accessibility-issues-in-Word-2016-9d660cba-1fcd-45ad-a9d1-c4f4b5eb5b7d
May 16, 2017
Do you have questions about UNI’s learning technologies? IT-ETMS instructional designers will meet with you 1-on-1 to help answer questions and discuss how various learning technologies might help you and your students achieve course learning goals. Contact Instructional Design and Development Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 3, 2017
Course dashboard, sometimes called notifications dashboard, is a convenient way to quickly view what's going on in your course. It can show what assignments need grading, what's new, important alerts, and much more. If you don't see one in your course, you can always create a new one. Simply mouse over the plus sign (+) on the left navigation pane and select "Module Page". Give it an appropriate name (like "Course Dashboard") and then add the modules you want by clicking "Add Course Module". For more information, visit the official tutorial found here.
May 2, 2017
Google Docs allows you to view older versions of a document and, if desired, restore it to an older version. You can also view who made the various changes in the document. To learn more about Google Doc’s revision history, visit this support article.
April 24, 2017
Adaptive release allows you to customize the release of content. This customization can include multiple criteria, such as date, groups of students, grade, and review status (also known as completion status). For precise instructions on how to perform adaptive release, go to the following website.
April 17, 2017
If you've ever wondered what the effectiveness of a test or test question is, the item analysis tool is perfect! This tool shows statistics that help you improve questions, create remedial lessons, or determine a grading curve. Finding this tool can be a little tricky, we recommend following the short guide found here.
April 11, 2017
Running a Blackboard course report will give you vital information about students' activity in the course. To get started, select "Course Reports" under the "Evaluation" tab on the left navigation pane. Next, pick the type of report that you want. After selecting the method of output preferred (i.e. PDF, excel, word, etc.), choose a start and end date for the data. For more information visit https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Performance/Course_Reports#About_course_report_types. Submit questions to servicehub.uni.edu.
April 4, 2017
The Needs Grading feature in Blackboard is a great way to see what needs to be graded in one spot and to organize your grading workload. For courses with many enrolled students and gradable items, this can be very beneficial. Additionally, you can easily filter the results by assignment, student, and date submitted. To find the needs grading page, look under the "Grade Center" tab on the left navigation pane. For more information, visit the official tutorial found here. Submit questions to servicehub.uni.edu
March 28, 2017
If you use Google Calendar through your UNI Gmail account, in addition to creating regular events, you also have the ability to create "Appointment Slots". It's simple, yet powerful and efficient. Faculty, for example, may want to consider it for office hours. Watch this 3-minute Lynda video to learn how. https://www.lynda.com/Google-Calendar-tutorials/Use-appointment-slots/468142/512041-4.html?org=uni.edu Questions? Submit to servicehub.uni.edu
March 23, 2017
If you use ZOOM, you also have the capability of recording the session on your computer. You may then share the .mp4 video file with others in Google Drive, or upload it to your eLearning course via Panopto. View the recording tutorial at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362473-Local-Recording For any further questions contact email@example.com
March 9, 2017
The Blackboard Retention Center is an important tool to check the overall academic health of your class to see who is struggling. With just a glance, find out who needs your help and drill in to see their specific areas of difficulty. You can contact at-risk students immediately and flag those you want to monitor closely. As you observe their progress and send emails, you can also keep track of this correspondence and make notes about each student in the Retention Center. To learn more visit https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Performance/Retention_Center and if you have any questions contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 2, 2017
IT-Educational Technology and Media Services will come to your departmental meetings to provide an overview of one or more services and/or learning technologies available to UNI faculty and students. To discuss and schedule, email email@example.com.
February 21, 2017
Blackboard allows you to do weighted grades as a part of the Grade Center. The best way to do this is to organize your assessments into categories (e.g. quizzes, tests, papers, etc.) and then assign the weights to the Weighted Total column in the Bb Grade Center. You even have the option for dropping the lowest grades in categories, if needed. To learn more visit https://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/2e65d0f4da7c4f36a83c94a51cdd806a?org=uni.edu and if you have any questions contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.