We truly appreciate this and many of the articles posted by Dr. Weimer and Faculty Focus:
I keep working because I love to teach, and I still believe that what we teach and what students can learn has the power to make a huge difference.
Source: Working to Make a Difference
Now that we are almost at the end of the semester, there are some final tasks you can take care of in Blackboard, to more efficiently wrap up your administrative tasks and prepare yourself for the next semester.
- Calculate final grades: If you have been recording grades in the Blackboard Grade Center, you can use it to calculate the final grades for your students. Remember to check that you have entered zeroes for any missing assignments or tests, so that the calculations are accurate. If you are using a Weighted Total, make sure that your categories are assigned correctly – you can do so quickly by going to Manage > Column Organization.
- Automatically assign letter grades in Blackboard: The Blackboard Grade Center uses a default grading schema to assign letters grades, with pluses and minuses. You can verify that the schema matches yours, and modify it if necessary, by going to Manage > Grading Schemas. To automatically assign letter grades, edit the Total or Weighted Total column (or create a new Calculated Column), and set Letter as the Primary Display option. You can use a Score or Percentage as a secondary display, which you will be able to see in the same column of the Grade Center.
- Grade Center Reports: From the Full Grade Center point at the Reports button (4th from the left) and select Create Report. Once you’ve chosen your options a report will be generated, 1 page per student, of each student’s grades throughout the semester. Watch this video on how to create a grade center report.
- Export the grades for safekeeping: While Blackboard is backed up regularly, it is a good idea to download your Grade Center as an Excel file for you to keep on your office computer: To do so, go to the Grade Center and click Work Offline > Download. Watch this video on How to Download Grades from the Grade Center to see how to do it.
- Course Archive: At semester’s end, when you are done working in the course archive it from the Packages and Utilities menu and download that archive file to a secure backup location. Instructions for this simple process are on the bottom of the page linked here.
- Request your course(s) for next semester: Get a head start on developing your Blackboard courses for next semester! If you are teaching an online or hybrid course and registration for the next semester has begun, you should already see your course shells available. To enhance your course you can request a web-component be created now, so that you can develop that material over the break. You can read the simple steps to request web enhancement for your course through Banner by clicking here.
As always, you can contact the Office of Educational Technology by calling Peter Snyder at (575) 737-3753 or emailing email@example.com.
The aim of UNM-Taos is to encourage blended learning campus-wide. UNM-Taos will train faculty in the use of our Learning Management System as well as encourage more student involvement and interest. We plan to support our faculty in enhancing their courses, and/or creating and implementing additional blended learning opportunities (i.e., hybrid and online) for UNM-Taos students. As an institution we shall strive to offer our courses in a variety of formats to best fit each student’s educational needs. Our institution is community based and as we move further into the eLearning environment this will be foremost in our minds. As we continue to build our blended learning courses and explore emerging technologies the focus will be to match the use of technology to our particular community college’s needs. With more variety in course format students will have more choices and opportunities to be successful and engaged. UNM-Taos plans to be in the forefront of education in rural communities by reaching them through a more thorough engagement with online technologies.
Currently we have three parts to our assessment, at three different times during the semester:
1) Peer Assessment: The Online Learning Coordinator will use the Quality Matters Rubric to assess your class in its early stages, in case there is something that the Coordinator suggests or needs for the instructor to augment before continuing on to teach the course.
2) Student Survey: Student feedback on teacher effectiveness in the use of online technologies, mid-way through the course. By having students provide feedback at this point in the course allows for the instructor to reformat and reassess their plans before the semester is over.
3) Self Assessment: Using Chico University’s Rubric you will assess your own use of the LMS. This allows then for the instructor to make plans for updating and reformatting their course for the following semester.
E-learning is an innovative process that is rapidly changing eduction at all levels in every corner of the world. At UNM-Taos, we are preparing to take our own step forward in the application of E-learning as well.
This handbook has two main objectives. First, it is a self-guided tour of Web-CT, the platform we are currently using for online learning at our college. Second, it is a training manual providing you with the tools to participate in E-learning. These tools are organized into four levels. Level 1 is concerned with the most basic methods to Web enhance your course.
Level 2 – Hybrid, Level 3 – Online, and eventually Level 4-Comprehensive are designed for more advanced application of E-learning concepts.