Ryan Witt (TLT's Video Producer) poses with Maggie Cissel (student producer) in front of the Taj Mahal.
During Winter Term 2012, Teaching and Learning Technologies’ (TLT) Video Producer Ryan Witt, along with communications major Maggie Cissel, spent three weeks traveling with University President Leo M. Lambert and his wife Laurie as they crisscrossed the country of India visiting four Elon study abroad groups. Witt and Cissel captured footage throughout their journey to ultimately piece together into a new video for Elon’s Study Abroad program.
Their first stop was Kochi where the Education and Development study abroad students completed a service project with local high school students to bring a traveling science exhibit to the area’s middle school children. Next they caught up with students studying business and culture in the Indo-Gulf which included a spectacular trip to the Taj Mahal. In their final week, they joined the Health & Human Services and Periclean Scholars groups in the southern rural community of Jamkhed. The Health and Human Services students completed their practicums, as they took residence on the campus of the Comprehensive Rural Health Project, a program which brings healthcare and health education to the rural poor and marginalized communities of India. Meanwhile, the Periclean Scholars group traveled a few hours west to Pune to organize a rural health conference which brought in over 125 attendees from various non-profit organizations and corporations throughout India.
The Blackboard Learn Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.
Grade Center Enhancements
Creating and taking Tests have several enhancements to reduce errors and increase efficiency.
Test-takers are reminded to submit answers before they are allowed to leave a test.
Random Blocks and Question Sets are both available for instructors to add groups of questions to tests. Random Blocks pull questions into a test from a pool based on certain criteria. They are dynamic and reflect changes to the question pool. Question Sets are static and are made up of specific questions selected to be in the Question Set used in the Test.
Question and response statistics are displayed for each question on the Assessments Attempts page.
The Grade Center has been enhanced to improve grading efficiencies and reduce errors.
Instructors are prompted to save or delete specific Grade Center columns when deleting a Group with gradable Blogs, Journals, Wikis, or Discussion Forums or Threads.
Instructors navigating away and then back to the Grade Center in one login session are returned to the last scroll point they viewed or graded in the grid.www.blackboard.com
Instructors can color code Grade Center cells that meet certain criteria such as grade threshold, exempted grade and so on. This new feature helps instructors spot trends and action areas in large Grade Centers.
This week’s topic highlights the addition of blogs, wikis, and journals in the new Blackboard Learn. When used together, these tools allow students collaborate, share information with their classmates, and post private information seen only by the instructor. Learn more about each tool below and how you can integrate them into your course.
A blog is a collaborative collection of information, similar to an online discussion board. Collaboration occurs as entries from multiple people collect in one place, but each participant’s entry is only editable by that person.
“What we did / will do in class” — created by the instructor, but students can comment. It saves instructor the time it takes to answer the question for multiple students, one by one, via Email.
If a classroom activity isn’t tied to a particular assignment, this can be a simple way to have your students hand in their work for “Class Participation” points. Then they can easily look at each others’ work, too.
Students could enter their “muddiest points” of what was covered in class. Then they and the instructor can see all the entries and know whether there is a trend or not.
Have an online discussion about a topic. Students who don’t usually participate verbally in class have a safe place to express their views.
When the blog is embedded in Blackboard, participants can find it easily and the grades are automatically entered into the Bb Grade Center. It is also shielded from the outside world, which can be considered both a plus and a minus.
A Wiki is a Web page(s) where people can work collaboratively. The most common example is Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that allows anyone in the world to contribute content to it. What makes a wiki unique is that multiple participants can edit the same page, and everyone can view it. The instructor can access the Wiki content and collaborate, too.
Allow groups to coordinate projects easily without the usual scheduling hassles of meeting in person.
Let the whole class access create/complete a study guide for the next test.
When the Wiki is embedded in Blackboard, participants can find it easily and the grades are automatically entered into the Bb Grade Center. It is also shielded from the outside world, which can be considered both a plus and a minus.
A journal is an online diary which contains entries that normally only the individual student and the instructor can access. The privacy factor and the separate individual entries makes the journal different from a blog or a wiki. Journals are also indexed weekly or monthly.
Journals have two prime uses — as a personal writing space and as a private communication tool with the instructor. The most common use of a journal is as a private diary to share and store personal reflections. When the journal is embedded in Blackboard, participants can find it easily and the grades are automatically entered into the Bb Grade Center. It is also shielded from the outside world, which can be considered both a plus and a minus.