Month: April 2020

Participation Activities in Online Videos

Dr. Emily Riddle, Department of Human Ecology, SUNY Oneonta, I haven’t introduced any new resources that I could link others to in my classes since transferring online. However, I have continued to use in-class participation activities, in both my synchronous and asynchronous classes. For asynchronous classes, I record 3 mini lectures for every 1 normal …

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A Faster Way to Get Your Test Questions into Blackboard (finally!)

Dr. Sarah Portway, Department of Human Ecology, SUNY Oneonta, If you have ever tried to create a quiz or test in Blackboard, you’ve probably noticed that the part where you have to copy and paste the questions from your word processing file into the quiz’s text boxes takes a lot of time. Thanks to a …

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Breakout Groups for Dialogic Exercises

Dr. William Walker, History Department, SUNY Oneonta,  Professor Will Walker explains the effective use of breakout groups for dialogue-based activities. Will explains how this is done quite simply by using the breakout group function in Blackboard collaborate.  This is part of a series of posts collected by the TLTC and Faculty Center to share ideas and tools that have been helpful in the shift is teaching during the …

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Virtual Whiteboard Solutions

Dr. Keith Jones, Mathematics Department, SUNY Oneonta,  One of the best pieces of advice I saw early in the online switch was to pick up a relatively inexpensive document camera and use that as a virtual whiteboard. It is very natural since, well, we’re already familiar with writing on paper! Unfortunately, I had already panic-bought a Microsoft Surface. I …

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All About Blackboard (Polls, Screenshots, and Grading Exams)

Dr. Keith Jones, Mathematics Department, SUNY Oneonta,  Blackboard Collaborate Polls  I am used to running a classroom where students speak just as much as I do, but it has become much more difficult to get students to speak up in video conferences than it was in class. I do not require them to have their cameras on, …

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Using LaTeX with Blackboard

Dr. Keith Jones, Mathematics Department, SUNY Oneonta,  LaTeX is the universal standard for typesetting mathematical communications; so any subject that involves the use of equations can benefit from LaTeX. Blackboard technically has built-in LaTeX support, but it is very poor. It generates image files which it loads onto the webpage, which is frankly not acceptable for current-generation webpages. These …

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Using Perusall

Dr. Keith Jones, Mathematics Department, SUNY Oneonta,  About the Website The website Perusall is designed to facilitate reading and discussion online. It provides a platform which integrates textbook (or other document) reading with annotations that spawn discussion threads. One reader can highlight a portion of the text and make a note or ask a question, and then any other readers …

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Another Day, Another Folder

Dr. Sallie Han, Anthropology Department, SUNY Oneonta,  I reorganized the folders on Blackboard so that each one contains all the materials for one day/lesson, and my students have told me that this has been helpful for keeping their work organized. Previously, I had organized the course so there was a folder of readings, another of quizzes, etc.  Now, each day/lesson has …

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Blackboard Collaborate: Polls, Breakout Groups, and how I use them

Dr. Elizabeth Small, Foreign Language & Literature Department, SUNY Oneonta,  Beth Small provides some helpful tips and tricks on how to interact with students remotely on Blackboard. Dr. Small explains how to use Blackboard’s functions to their maximum in order to keep those in her remote courses active with both herself and their peers, mimicking a normal classroom set up as closely as possible.  This …

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Creating A Custom Landing Page in Blackboard

Dr. Gregory Fulkerson, Sociology Department, SUNY Oneonta, Greg Fulkerson has some ideas for how to change the landing page when logging into a Blackboard shell. Making these alterations in a few short steps allows faculty to customize the page the students see when logging into Blackboard. “I love having control over what students see and …

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