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Instructional Media using Films on Demand

by Dawn Wing

Interested in incorporating engaging media into your instruction?

Explore our newly subscribed web-based digital delivery platform Films on Demand (FOD).

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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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YouTube Mashups not Working

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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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.


Up the Ante with your Students!

Up the ante with your students: Bring high-quality online courses to your campus

As institutions look to support the increasing number of non-traditional students, quality online course development is critical to meeting the high expectations of traditional college students as well as the busy lifestyles of non-traditional students. You cannot simply take what is being taught in the classroom and make it accessible online and consider it a well-designed, successful online course. In fact, the task of developing courses that are interactive, engaging and pedagogically sound at scale can be a daunting task for many institutions.

Join Susan Aldridge from Drexel University and Darcy Hardy from Blackboard, Inc. to hear about how Blackboard and Drexel worked together to bring stronger online courses to life. As a result, your institution can expect a stronger online course experience for your students.

Speaker: Susan Aldridge, Drexel University
Speaker: Darcy Hardy, Blackboard Inc.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT

To attend this session please go to:


Instructional Media using Films on Demand

by Dawn Wing

Interested in incorporating engaging media into your instruction?

Explore our newly subscribed web-based digital delivery platform Films on Demand (FOD).

Read more


Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States

by the Online learning Consortium

An infographic of the report’s findings is available at

Grade Level:Tracking Online Education in the United States is the twelfth annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education. The 2014 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson and Tyton Partners, reveals the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2014 is up 3.7 percent from the previous year. While this represents the slowest rate of increase in over a decade, online enrollment growth far exceeded that of overall higher education.

Key report findings include:

  • The year-to-year 3.7% increase in the number of distance education students is the lowest recorded over the 13 years of this report series.
  • Public and private nonprofit institutions recorded distance enrollment growth, but these were offset by a decrease among for-profit institutions.
  • The percent of academic leaders rating the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face remained unchanged at 74.1%.
  • The proportion of chief academic leaders reporting online learning is critical to their long-term strategy reached a new high of 70.8%.
  • Only 28.0% of academic leaders say that their faculty accept the “value and legitimacy of online education.”
  • The adoption of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) is reaching a plateau, only 8.0% of higher education institutions currently offer one, another 5.6% report MOOCs are in the planning stages.
  • The proportion of academic leaders who believe that MOOCs represent a sustainable method for offering online courses dropped to 16.3%.

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