There are numerous technologies available for Georgian College faculty to use in the classroom to enrich the learning experience. To sign out laptops, clickers or any technology related equipment, please contact Media Services at ext. 5140. For more information or to book a training session, please contact our Instructional Technology Technician in the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are a series of links to tip sheets and video tutorials to guide faculty through performing common tasks in the Blackboard Learning Management System. If you have any questions, please contact our Instructional Technology Technician at email@example.com. Contact IT Support for login issues at ext.1732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Blackboard Tipsheets are grouped by category. Click the headings below to expand and view a list of tipsheets.
- Make a course available to students
- Create an announcement
- Using the text editor to format an announcement
- Email students
- Create a link to a course outline
- Post a syllabus
- Post PowerPoint presentations or lecture documents
- Create a link to a website
- Create a new content area
- Create weekly learning folders
- Getting Started package
- Getting started with the Grade Center package
- Enable and manage grade colour coding
- Properly hide the total column
- Unhide columns
- Setup the weighted total column and display as the external grade
- “My Grades”: How students view their grades
- Download and save grades in Excel
- Sort class list after course merge
For a comprehensive guide on how to get started with YouTube in your classroom, please visit the “YouTube in the Classroom” tab above.
- Course calendar
- Course files area
- Create a mashup
- Customize the course navigation menu
- Create a folder to organize course content
- Create a link to another area in the course
- Manage tool availability for students
- Merge/unmerge course sections
- Backup and import course content
- Copy course content
- View course reports and statistics
- Track number of views and view item statistic report
- Collaboration tools workshop package
- Create, edit and grade journals
- Create, edit and grade blogs
- Create and grade a discussion board forum
- Create, edit and grade Wikis
- Student wiki guide
- Getting started with groups
- Create and deploy groups
- Creating group sets
- Create a virtual classroom and live chat session
Video and Power Point
The tip sheet below outlines how to embed videos into PowerPoint 2013.
definition: A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot generates a single picture of a computer screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, enhanced with audio narration.
Screencasting in 3 Steps
PREPARE ——> RECORD ——> PUBLISH
To get started you will need:
- A laptop (or desktop computer) with a microphone. We recommend a laptop because they have built-in microphones.
- A free screencast-o-matic.com account. You’ll need that to be able to share your screencast with students and faculty. Alternatively, you can use YouTube to store your video – you’ll need to create a YouTube account if you want to do this.
- (Optional) Earphones/headphones for listening to the audio of your screencast. If your earphone/headphone has a built-in microphone, you can use it to improve the sound of your screencast.
- Have a plan. Having a script is very helpful. Studies have shown that 6 minutes is a good length for recordings.
- Organize resources you’ll need (Word or PDF file, website, etc).
- Review best practices for screencasting (see Additional Resources at the end of this document).
- Choose a quiet room for your screencast recording.
- If you need to, review how to make a screencast – click on Tutorials on the Screencast-O-Matic website to access video tutorials.
- Go to http://screencast-o-matic.com
- Click on “Start Recording” (you’ll have the option to download an app)
- Set up your “stage” (choose to resize the dashed rectangle or choose to record the entire screen). Set the zoom on your document or website so that text can be ready easily.
- Record a brief 1 minute screencast to check for sound quality.
- Rehearse your screencast.
- Once your “stage” is set, you are ready to click on the red Rec button.
- For your first screencast, expect to take numerous takes as you learn your way around the software and “perfect” your screencasting technique.
- Once you have completed the recording, review it.
- Re-record if necessary.
Three tips for recording
- Once the recording starts, do not start talking for about 3 seconds. As you finish the recording, wait about 3 seconds after you finish talking to stop the recording. You can trim the beginning and the ending of your screencast before publishing your screencast.
- Speak slowly and carefully – the audio is the trickiest part of a screencast.
- Use the Pause button to your advantage. Pause between major points you want to make. This will allow you to recompose. You can also pause using Option-P for Macs and Alt-P for PCs.
- Once you are satisfied with your recording, you are ready to publish it. We recommend using Screencast-OMatic’s hosting service.
- When publishing, you can choose to make your video “Searchable” through Google or to make not searchable.
- Once published, you can open the uploaded file. On that page, you can get the link or embed code that you can use to share your video through your Blackboard course.
You may want to take advantage of Screencast-O-Matic’s webcam option. This allows you to display yourself in a “picture-in-picture” small window on the bottom left corner of your screencast. When using the webcam feature, pay attention to the lighting in the room. Make sure that your face is well lit. You may want to use other lighting sources to help light up your face. Note that the “picture-in-picture” window will obscure part of your screencast – so take that into account when planning your screencast. Ready to explore the Pro features? Contact us at the Centre for Teaching, Learning & Academic Excellence and we’ll help you get started.
Youtube in the classroom
A powerful tool available to all Georgian faculty, Respondus can be used to create and manage pools of test questions that can be printed to paper or published directly to one or more courses in Blackboard.
Faculty can download the files required to install Respondus along with a complete step-by-step tip sheet package from the Teaching Resources page on the Georgian College intranet.
NOTE: You must copy the two setup files located on the page to your own computer and run the installation from there.
Georgian College supports the use of ResponseWare, a web-based student response system from Turning Technologies. For more information about the new system, resources and sign out process, please visit the ResponseWare page on the intranet.
ResponseWare allows students to participate in presentations or lectures by submitting responses to interactive questions using a ResponseCard™ keypad or other hand-held computer device. PowerPoint presentations then become powerful data collection and assessment tool that collects real-time audience responses and dramatically improves productivity and results. Author, deliver, assess and report without ever leaving PowerPoint.
Additonal Resources and templates
Additional online video tutorials can be found on the TurningTechnologies website.
Remark is an optical mark recognition program that allows instructors to administer a paper-based test using specifically designed Remark forms, scan completed papers and automatically generate grades and reports. The grades and reports can be emailed to the instructor if desired.
If you would like to learn more about using the Remark system or download the bubble sheet template, please view the resources on the Remark page of the Georgian College intranet.