As was the case with Blackboard, Fall course shells will be created automatically 90 days prior to the course start date. This has been our process for course shell creation since Spring 2018.
Need to know more about how to use Turnitin, specifically now that we’re transitioning to Canvas? Here are several training videos that should give you exactly what you need to know.
For this episode, the Educational Technology team reached out to members of the faculty and administration to gather 10 tips that will help faculty to have a great start to the Spring semester. So, let’s get started!
#10 - Syllabus & Course Preparation Checklist
The folks at FSCJ Online have prepared a comprehensive checklist to help you make sure that you’re able to stay on top of all of the tasks that need to be completed before the start of the Spring semester.
This document lives in the Faculty Exchange and we've added a link below for ease of use and download.
#8 – Course Availability
The PeopleSoft integration has changed the way that course shells are created within Blackboard. There are a few crucial points that you need to be aware of.
Each course is shell is created and made available to the instructor 60 days prior to its start date. This means that A session, B session, and C session course are created at different times.
The instructor then decides when they would like the course to be available to students, and has the responsibility of closing it at the end of the semester. This can be done by either setting a date range for the course to be available, or by setting it to be continuously open. The instructor must then remember to close it manually at the end of the term.
#7 – Know the Important Term Dates
There are important dates that occur throughout the semester like grading windows and drop for non-attendance. These dates are communicated during the term via email from Academic Operations and are available on the fscj.edu site, and can be accessed here.
#6—How to Access the Grading Roster
During the Fall semester, many instructors had difficulty accessing the grade rosters with myFSCJ.
To access the grade roster, users must navigate to the Faculty tab and click the ‘person’ icon. This is the best way to access the grade roster! Although there are other ways to obtain similar content, they don’t provide the full functionality of allowing you to enter grades.
#5 – Course Evaluations & Survey Results
There’s a new process for Course Evaluations.
During the last portion of the semester, students have the opportunity to evaluate their courses. This process opens on the Friday before the last week of the class within the Student tab of myFSCJ. The evaluation reports will be made available to instructors and administrators five days after the last day of class.
#4 - Using Kaltura MediaSpace
You may have noticed that the Kaltura Mash-up button is no longer in Blackboard! To access MediaSpace to upload, edit, or curate videos, in the short term, you must use the link that it still located in the Artemis portal under the Technology tab. From there, you can acquire an embed code located in the bottom right-hand corner of the video that can be added to the Blackboard video function to link to your content.
#3 – Finding Information & Answers
With so many new processes and information to keep up with, there are a few spots we recommend that faculty view regularly in order to stay updated.
The Academic Technology Blog is managed by the Educational Technology team, and contains information about system updates, articles about new technology, apps, and more. It also contains a student section with information that you may want to pass along in your classroom.
The Blackboard home page is being redesigned to include faculty updates with relevant content, software keys, and important announcements.
#2 Report Issues So They Can Be Reviewed
Check your Blackboard course shells as soon as they’re available and report any questions or concerns through the help desk. The sooner we locate any problems, the easier it will be to fix them. Even if you’re unsure if something is a problem, let us know and we can do the research for you.
#1 – You Have Help!
So, what’s number one? You! Being there when you need us is a top priority for all of us!
There are lots of resources available to assist instructors so you can keep your focus on your students and the classroom.
Help.fscj.edu is the Information Technology Help Desk site where users can search the Knowledge Base for answers to common issues, submit a ticket that will be routed to the department that can assist, call and speak to a representative, or email in an issue to service.desk.@fscj.edu.
Dedicated Faculty Development Specialists are available on campuses for in-person assistance with Professional Development, Blackboard, myFSCJ, video and photography needs, design work, and much more. Discover more about the Faculty Resource Centers.
Training.fscj.edu is the newly redesigned site by the Training and Organizational Development team where professional development and training content can all be found.
And Faculty members can always contact the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Union, or the Academic Technology Committee to report issues that may need additional review or evaluation.
Thanks for tuning in to this special Spring Semester edition of In Focus! We look forward to supporting you as we work together to make this a great semester!
On July 13, 2017, the Educational Technology Department worked with the Office of Training and Organizational Development to offer Tools for the Millennial Student, a look at how technology has changed the educational experience for today's students. The training provided an overview of some apps, websites, and applets that fit into the broad categories of effective learning detailed in the graphic above, drawn from the Adobe Education Creativity Study.
For those who are interested in learning more about MediaSpace, FSCJ's media streaming service and CaptureSpace, the screencasting and recording tool, the Office of Training and Professional Development is offering a dedicated session on Wednesday, July 19th at 2:00 at the Advanced Technology Center Downtown.
You can also view an In Focus webinar that showcased MediaSpace, produced by the Academic Technology Department, here, along with a series of tutorials that explain how to use some of the more advanced features of MediaSpace, like chaptering and video quizzing. Information about the Reach auto-captioning service for MediaSpace can be found by watching this tutorial. Remember that, as discussed in training, all academic videos should be captioned to 99% accuracy in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Based upon the results of the exit survey that we administered at the end of the training, many of the participants wanted more information about the use of Blackboard Collaborate. You can find a series of webinars that detail the many features of Collaborate, along with best practices for their use, here.
Thanks so much for attending our training! For more information about inititiatives offered through the Training and Organizational Development Office, click here to visit their website.
As a part of the Office of Training and Organizational Development's One Step Program, the Educational Technology team presented a workshop on teaching millennials with technology, focusing on a series of learning methods that were cited as the most useful by the Adobe Creativity Study. The video below provides a summary of the information covered in the training.
Those who are interested in taking this training (or others) through the Office of Training and Development should visit training.fscj.edu.
The Office of Training and Organizational Development teamed up with Academic Technology to produce a live web-based training for student services employees to introduce the new Campus Solutions admissions system! If you missed the training, or would like to view it again, you can do so here. The same video is also accessible at training.fscj.edu. Please direct any questions that you may have about the video's content to email@example.com.
Did you miss Training and Organizational Development's SharePoint Webinar on Professional Development Day? You're in luck! Click the image below to view the recording, which was delivered by TOD's Training and Development Specialist, Dr. Barbara Moyer.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the topic, SharePoint is a useful file-sharing tool that is a free part of the Office365 Suite to which all FSCJ employees have access. It can be used to create departmental or organizational websites, as well as for project collaboration and document authoring. In the webinar, Dr. Moyer begins with the basics of setting up a SharePoint site, and continues with a discussion of the major features of the application.
If you are a more advanced SharePoint user, the Training and Organizational Development Office hosts face-to-face classes to help you move to the next level. Find more information about this and other TOD offerings at https://training.fscj.edu/.
Here's a quick peek inside the world of Information Technology Services this week! Yesterday, we had our second Town Hall style meeting with CIO, Christy Campbell. After an overview and a few updates, each director was given the opportunity to speak to the department and nominate an employee who has been doing an outstanding job.
Today, the Client Services team is participating in Customer Service training with a very knowledgable, experienced trainer. Their role of serving the faculty, staff, and students who call or chat about any issues is extremely important and we want them to have the best tools available at their disposal.
Allen Dunn and Suzette Reagan from the ERP team, creating new training on how to create expense reports using your mobile device.