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Thursday, April 21, 2016 3PM ET Why can they print?? A conversation about online testing. Assessing students in an online environment is alternatively enthralling, overwhelming and frustrating. Instructors are sometimes shocked to discover that students can print or take screenshots of online tests, or that the text banks to all the major textbooks are for sale on the web. How can you be certain you’re accurately assessing students when they are able to print or copy by hand all of the questions in your exams? Join Corrie Bergeron from Lakeland Community College and Kevin Lowey from the University of Saskatchewan as they discuss assessment strategies which can help address your concerns and give you creative solutions to the authentic assessment problem. REGISTER NOW

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In this 58 page analyst report, Goldman Sachs predicted that the virtual reality market will outpace the TV market in annual revenue by 2025 by generating $110B dollars compared to TVs $99B. Other top highlights include predictions that: VR/AR growth will be slower than smartphones/tablets and they continue to believe that VR/AR is poised to be the next computing platform.’’ http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-13/goldman-sachs-has-four-charts-showing-the-huge-potential-in-virtual-and-augmented-reality

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Faculty  and staff~ Don’t forget to complete the CTL Survey! Let us know what you would you like to learn about and how CTL can help you.  Interested in exploring social media in higher education, flipped classrooms or 3D? Wondering what OER and Open Textbooks are all about? Confused about creative commons, fair use, or licensing? Interested in learning more about how you can access Lynda.com, an entire library of professional training resources available 24/7?  CTL is gathering feedback which will be used to guide development of new training and programming. Even if you have not used our services or worked with us, we are still very interested in your feedback!

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Need to get situated in the world of online teaching and distance learning in all its variations (hybrid, blended, etc.)? Would like to know “best practices” and get ideas for successful online learning initiatives? See below some helpful resources: http://online.ucf.edu/teach-online/professional-development/faculty-seminars/ http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eq/a002/eqm0023.pdf http://www.umass.edu/oapa/oapa/publications/online_handbooks/Teaching_and_Learning_Online_Handbook.pdf http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/AGlanceatInstitutionalSupportf/213685 http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/winter144/lackey144.pdf http://jolt.merlot.org/vol7no4/brinthaupt_1211.pdf http://blended.online.ucf.edu/

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Beginning Spring Semester 2016, ATC’s courses are moving from ANGEL to Blackboard Learn. If you’re taking an online course or a course with an online component, follow the steps belowto access Blackboard.   Download (PDF, 3.83MB)        

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Being accessible enables people with disabilities to fully engage and participate in the teaching and learning experience. Here’s a summary of how Blackboard Collaborate removes the barriers to universal access. FOR THOSE WHO ARE BLIND OR HAVE LOW VISION FOR THOSE WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE MOBILITY CHALLENGES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LEARNING DISABILITIES http://www.blackboard.com/platforms/collaborate/products/blackboard-collaborate/web-conferencing/accessibility.aspx  

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BB Express! The Basics – (Mary Clare DiGiacomo) Course Date: Oct. 29, 2015 Course Time: 2:00 PM Length: 1.50 hour(s) Location: Elberton 129 Course Description: A 90-minute warp-speed course to introduce adjuncts and faculty to Blackboard. We will learn basic navigation, how to add announcements and content, how to use mail, manage your roster, input attendance, create assessments, setup your grade book, and learn about a new Blackboard feature called the retention center. In addition, you will learn how to copy and backup courses. Intended Audience: Faculty and adjuncts  

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October 9, 2015 1.       Checklist – Make sure you can check off these items today! If you can’t check them off, sign up for training and/or contact the CTL with questions or concerns. Logged in to Blackboard Completed BB Learn training Reviewed the “BB Learn Basics” course under your course listing Submitted ANGEL Master course export requests to the CTL Help Desk* Submitted a ticket to the CTL Help Desk if you need an empty course master shell* * This is optional, and only applies if you choose to have master course content imported to Blackboard. Follow the attached instructions for how to prepare your master courses for export/import 2.       BB Learn Important Dates October 13:  BB Learn Student E-learning Orientation deployed October 15: Spring semester BB Learn master courses are built and ready to copy into spring course shells October 22: Master course export deadline October 30: Spring BB Learn course shells will be accessible to instructors November 12: Master course export deadline December 3: Master course export deadline FINAL deadline for exporting courses to BB Learn for Spring semester. You will be able to continue to export master courses after this date, however, these will not get processed…

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Blackboard Learn migration Update – October 9, 2015 1.       Checklist  Logged in to Blackboard Completed BB Learn training Reviewed the “BB Learn Basics” course under your course listing Submitted ANGEL Master course export requests to the CTL Help Desk* Submitted a ticket to the CTL Help Desk if you need an empty course master shell* * This is optional, and only applies if you choose to have master course content imported to Blackboard. Follow the attached instructions for how to prepare your master courses for export/import 2.       BB Learn Important Dates October 13:  BB Learn Student E-learning Orientation deployed October 15: Spring semester BB Learn master courses are built and ready to copy into spring course shells October 22: Master course export deadline October 30: Spring BB Learn course shells will be accessible to instructors November 12: Master course export deadline December 3: Master course export deadline FINAL deadline for exporting courses to BB Learn for Spring semester. You will be able to continue to export master courses after this date, however, these will not get processed until after the start of Spring 2016 3.       Upcoming Trainings – sign up on the Intranet! October 13: BB Webinar – Adding Content October…

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