Please see below for information on select technologies and tools to enhance your online course and support student engagement. Clicking on a heading will expand this area down for more information.
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LLCC Blackboard Support Center: AIeL has developed the Blackboard Support Center to provide you with on-demand resources on the use of Blackboard tools and functions.
Qwickly: The Qwickly Course Tool supports your Blackboard use by increasing the efficiency of communicating with members of multiple courses and organizations in Blackboard as well as simplifying tasks that need to be done repetitively in each Blackboard course an instructor teaches.
Ally: Ally helps you make your Blackboard content more accessible. Ally automatically checks course materials against WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards, Ally provides students with accessible alternative formats such as audio and electronic braille. Ally also provides guidance to instructors to improve accessibility of their course content. Information on the use of Ally for faculty can be found on the Ally for LMS Help for Instructors page. To get started, use the Ally Quick Guide or check out the Ally page in the Blackboard Support Center.
Blackboard Tests & Quizzes. If you need to give your students a basic test or quiz, you can develop and administer them in Blackboard. Additional information on using testing, quizzing, and survey tools in Blackboard can also be found on Blackboards help site. Please note that LLCC using the original Blackboard view, not Ultra view.
Blackboard Grade Center. The Blackboard Grade Center in each course shell already has your students set up in the gradebook. You can use the gradebook in your Blackboard course shell to provide feedback to your students on all assignments, discussion posts, quizzes and exams. Grade are immediately available to students. You may also use the gradebook to provide written feedback on individual assignments. Video tutorials and written instructions have been developed on how to use the many functions of the Blackboard Gradebook.
Qwickly. You can communicate more efficiently by using the Qwickly course tool.
Remind. Remind is a communication platform build to improve engagement and faculty to student communication. Remind provides two-way communication for notifications, instructions and more. Remind allows for free account activation.
LLCC Library Resources. The Library has an excellent resource on Open Education Resources and streaming video services you can use to enhance your course content.
- LLCC Open Educational Resources (OER) LibGuide – The “Using Filtering Tools to Identify OER’s” tab is especially helpful!
- Kanopy LibGuide – Kanopy is a new streaming video service for faculty to use to enrich their course teachings. This link will provide you with more information about the resource and the basics of using the resource. Kanopy Guide for Students – This link can be shared with your students and will explain how to authenticate into Kanopy from an off-campus location.
OneDrive. The LLCC IT department offers Office365 to all LLCC students and staff, including Microsoft OneDrive for file storage and sharing. Please see this resource for more information on sharing Office365 documents in Blackboard
Padlet. Padlet is an online platform where faculty and students can share ideas, images, and videos. Padlet is very easy to use and will add an element of visual learning and engagement to your class. Padlet can also be used to support group or individual work and provides a quick and easy way to give feedback to students. LLCC has a Padlet license and has been integrated with our o365 login, no account set up needed.
- To get started, simply go to https://llcc.padlet.org and select “Log in with Microsoft.” Next, enter your LLCC username and password – this will establish an account and get you ready to build your first wall.
- Please see the link Getting Started with Padlet at LLCC for more information about using Padlet.
An easy way to promote class discussion in an asynchronous environment is to use the discussion board feature in Blackboard. Discussion board activities encourage students to think critically about their coursework and interact with their peers and their ideas. Following the instructions on how to use the discussion board in Blackboard will help you develop engaging online discussions for your classes. Learn more about starting a discussion board forum from the LLCC Blackboard Support Center.
Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Some LLCC faculty have been successfully using the Microsoft Teams and Zoom tools for office hours and small class discussions. See the information below on these tools.
- How to Make a Video in PowerPoint gives an overview of creating voice-over PowerPoint presentations and saving them as movies for the latest version of PowerPoint
- Creating a PowerPoint with Narration, Exporting to Video, and Integrating to Blackboard from the LLCC Blackboard Support Center
- See instructions for creating a voice-over video for older versions of PowerPoint
- Turn your Presentation into a Video from Microsoft’s Support Site
- When finished creating your voice-over PowerPoint movies, you can load these into your own YouTube channel and embed them into a content area of your Bb course shell.
Screencast-O-Matic. Screencast-O-Matic is a free web-based screen recording and editing tool. Screencast-O-Matic allows you to record anything on your computer screen, save the recording, and save the video for sharing. A video can be shared from Screencast-O-Matic (requires a free Screencast-O-Matic account) or saved to your computer. Once saved, a video can be uploaded to YouTube, shared with a link, or embedded into your Blackboard course. Screencast-O-Matic has several short tutorials on their website for getting started.
Microsoft Teams. LLCC provides you with access to Microsoft Teams. Teams allows you to schedule a video conference, chat or audio call with your whole class or just one student. Teams can also be a great way to host office hours. With Teams you can also share your desktop, a specific window or document (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with others. Please see this information provided by LLCC IT office on how to use Teams for instruction and this page for information on downloading the Microsoft Teams desktop app.
Zoom. Some LLCC faculty have been successfully using a tool called Zoom for office hours and small class discussions. Zoom is a video-conferencing platform that allows you to engage in live Web conversations with your students using audio, video, and text-based chat features. You can share presentation and other files with zoom. Zoom has a very helpful support center as well as a great Getting started page. You can set up a free account with Zoom and send your students a link to your conference session.
Note: Please see this document for more information on getting started with Zoom and adjusting Zoom conference room privacy settings.