Welcome back for the 1617 Academic Year

The 1617 Academic year has just begun, and by now you will hopefully have started your teaching, or at least be in the throes of preparation. This is by way of a quick reminder that the SALT Team are on hand to answer any questions you may have about your…

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Blackboard Tests and Quizzes

Today’s Make one Change covered the Tests Surveys and Pools features within Blackboard.  It seemed to be a popular session, with staff attending from a variety of colleges, not to mention those who were watching via the Live Stream or following on Twitter. Today’s session was simply an overview session…

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Blackboard Seminar in York

Combining face-to-face teaching with on-line activities is a challenging task. Blackboard and York University have partnered to provide this one-day workshop which aims to outline a range of models which may be employed to create an effective blend, with a specific focus on approaches to collaborative learning. The workshop will…

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Adding a Wiki to Blackboard and Jing!

In today’s excellent lunch-and-lean session, Matthew Allen told us how to take the fear out of e-learning by thinking about how traditional teaching methods may be enhanced by technology. In other words, we should regard e-learning is a means to an end, and not the end itself. These insights are…

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Introducing Blackboard, Pebble Pad and LEAP

Some of you may of heard of the Blackboard Quest that we use in the School of Engineering to ease our first year students into our MLE of choice! This year the quest was expanded a little to take in brief tours of Pebble Pad (the new Personal Learning System…

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Blackboard – the future

Blackboard inc have released some video presentations about their Project NG (Next Generation) this is the hybred product that includes the final best of breed integration of WebCT and Blackboard into a single product. The presentation is not yet complete and more will be released as it becomes available. Nor…

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Really Simple Surveys with Google Docs (cross posting)

Today I was looking for an alternative to Blackboard’s survey manager when I stumbled upon this great suggestion from Technology Bites. All you do is go to Google Docs (docs.google.com), create a new Google Docs Spreadsheet and share the spreadsheet with your students via a web form. It’s really quick…

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Blackboard tips from the coal face

Colleagues and readers may be interested to know that I have published an article on using Blackboard’s External Links to quickly create a useful presence on Blackboard. I think that the tip will be particularly useful if the thing that’s preventing you migrating course materials to Blackboard is the effort…

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