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TLT Video Producer Captures India Study Abroad

Witt and Cissel in front of the Taj Mahal

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.

Footage from this trip will eventually appear in a new video for the Study Abroad program.  Until then, you can get a glimpse of these students’ journeys by viewing Witt and Cissel’s Photo Journal or by watching Witt’s Elon Study Abroad India Highlights video.

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Blackboard Learn Upgrade: The Grade Center

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.

Additional Grade Center Resources

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Blackboard Learn Upgrade: The Course Environment

Blackboard Learn is coming December 22, 2010. This week’s post highlights some of the changes to the course environment within the Blackboard Learn interface.  The redesigned interface decreases the number of clicks, adds drag and drop functionality, and an edit button that allows you to quickly switch between instructor view and student view.

Here are a few course environment enhancements we think will improve your experience in Blackboard.

Fewer Clicks Everywhere
Users will enjoy using fewer clicks to navigate the system and complete tasks.

Reorganization of Course Management Actions
Course Management features, such as the Control Panel and action bars, have been re-organized to align with the day-to-day tasks performed by instructors, increasing efficiency and becoming more task-appropriate.

Edit in Place
The ability to easily edit the course menu and switch back and forth between student and instructor view saves time. Instructors also no longer need to switch to a separate control panel to perform course editing functions.

Course Pages
Courses can have a start page that provides a portal like environment with various modules, instead of the typical announcements list.  Items such as announcements, what’s new, calendar, and tasks as well as other modules can appear on the course home page.

Easily Accessible Control Panel
All options in the Control Panel are now available from the main course menu. Instructors no longer have to navigate to a separate area of the course to access these options.

In-line Add, Edit, and Drag and Drop
In-line actions and drag and drop results in quicker Course Menu set up and management; instructors no longer have to navigate to multiple areas of the course to access these controls and they can complete each action with fewer clicks.

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Blackboard Learn Preview Sessions

Learn more by attending one of our identical Blackboard Learn Preview sessions. Registration is not required.

Main Campus (Belk 115) — Sessions begin at 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm on the following dates:
·         Tuesday, November 16
·         Wednesday, November 17

Law School – Session begins at 10:00am
·         Thursday, November 18

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Elon’s outstanding classroom technology featured in EdTech magazine

EdTech, a magazine focused on technology applications in education, features Elon University in its September/October edition. The article, titled “Building the Smarter Classroom,” says that Elon is “taking instructional technology to the next level,” with “pioneering collaborative classrooms and teaching students real-world skills.”

EdTech notes that about 200 of Elon’s classrooms are equipped with technology beyond wired and wireless network access.

Joe Davis, Elon’s assistant director of campus technology support for classrooms, told the magazine that, “over the past decade, we’ve systematically added technology in traditional classrooms until it’s become ubiquitous and standardized.”

Also quoted in the article are Christopher Waters, assistant CIO and director of teaching and learning technologies; Peter Felten, assistant provost and director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning; and Rebecca Pope-Ruark, assistant professor of English. In a sidebar story, senior Nick Friederich discussed an advanced document camera that was used to present an Android application he was creating as part of a computer science class.

Click here to read the full story on the EdTech website.

by Dan Anderson, Staff

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