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Start of the Semester Checklist – Fall 2015

Note: The YouTube MashUp tool is now functional as of August 12th.

The Fall 2015 semester officially begins on Thursday, August 27th. If you are using Blackboard to host some or all of your course material please review the following checklist of items and resources that might help you get ready for the first day of classes:

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Register Now for Online Courses

Are you looking to register for online courses at SCCC but don’t know how? What are online courses and are they right for you?

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Getting Started and Finding Help in Blackboard

Be sure to visit the SCCC OIT Blackboard page and our YouTube page a full list of instructional material. Also remind students of our Student area which contains the SCCC Student Guide to Blackboard.

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The 5 Biggest Myths About Online Learning

Online learning can carry a stigma. Many may think students are buying a degree and others say these students are simply not smart enough for ‘traditional’ education. So what’s the real story? What are the biggest myths about online learning you should know about?

If you’re considering an online degree or have ever wondered who are the students who pursue one, check out the below infographic as it’s both whimsical and informative. What could be better than that?

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Aug
check-list

Start of the Semester Checklist – Fall 2015

Note: The YouTube MashUp tool is now functional as of August 12th.

The Fall 2015 semester officially begins on Thursday, August 27th. If you are using Blackboard to host some or all of your course material please review the following checklist of items and resources that might help you get ready for the first day of classes:

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13
Aug

Reconciling Banner and Blackboard Rosters

Faculty need to reconcile their Banner and Blackboard course rosters at the beginning of each semester to make sure that the students registered for their course in Banner have properly been placed in your Blackboard course.

  1. Log into your Blackboard course(s) and scroll down to the Course Management area. Click on Users and Groups and click Users.
  2. Your class roster will be displayed. Please note, you may need to navigate to the second page to view all your students.
    1. If a student’s email is blank, please inform the student that they will need to set up their SUNY Suffolk email by logging into MySCCC and clicking on the Email tab.

There are two frequent causes for the lists to be out of sync:

  1. There might be a delay sending student records from Banner to Blackboard. You should wait about a day and check again to see if the problem has been resolved.
  2. A student who is new to SCCC might not have logged into MySCCC. You need to contact the student to find out if this is the case and let them know they will need to create a MySCCC account. After the student creates their MySCCC account, it will still take time to transfer their newly created account from Banner to Blackboard.

If neither of the above steps resolves the issue, you will need to contact the Office of Instructional Technology at by emailing us at bbsupport@sunysuffolk.edu

Reconciling Banner and Blackboard Rosters (PDF)

13
Aug

Course Copy

Whether you’re looking to copy your course materials from one semester to another or even just from one course to another section of the same course, you can use the Course Copy tool. If you are looking to copy materials from the Blackboard development site to the production one, you will need to follow the Export/Import instructions.

  1. Access the section whose content you wish to copy.
  2. Scroll down the Course Menu to the Course Management area and click on Packages and Utilities.
  3. Select Course Copy.
  4. Make sure the Select Copy Type is set to Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course.
  5. Click on Browse, select the course you want to copy the course material into and then click on Submit.
  6. Scroll down to the section Select Course Materials. Choose Select All or check the box(es) associated with the specific course material to copy.
  7. You need to click on Submit to complete the process.

Coping Course Content with Discussions (pdf version)

4
Jun
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YouTube Mashups not Working

UPDATE: As of 8/12/2015, this issue has been resolved.

If you are using the Mashups tool to add YouTube videos, you might have noticed that it gives an error message when searching for a video. Likewise, any YouTube videos you might have added to your courses previously using the Mashup tool will also give an error message when attempting to play the video.

This is a known Blackboard issue that occurred when Google changed the way YouTube videos are searched for and embedded. Blackboard is working to fix Mashups but they haven’t provided an eta for it. In the meantime here’s two methods for you to add YouTube videos to your Blackboard course.

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28
Apr

End of the Semester Checklist – Spring 2015

It’s the end of the Spring 2015 semester and if you are using Blackboard here is a checklist of items to complete. Just click on the links to go to instructions on how to complete those items.

  • Archive Courses: at the end of each semester it is strongly advised that each instructor archives their Blackboard courses, especially if they contain any user interaction.
  • Extend Student Access to your Course: By default, Blackboard courses are closed to students on the last day of classes. For Spring 2015, this date is May 13th. You might want to extend the availability of your Blackboard course for students that need to submit late assignments or just view their grades. Video of the handout:
  • Copying Course Material to Next Semester (handout) and Copy Course Content Between Courses (video): Summer and Fall 2015 courses are now in Blackboard. If you are teaching the same course next semester, you might want to copy your course material from your Spring course into your Summer or Fall course.

Just as a reminder, OIT Blackboard Workshops will continue to be held throughout the summer. View the workshop schedule and register through Eventbrite.

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