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The Digital Professor - Blackboard Edition Blackboard will be unavailable on Saturday, August 19, 2017 , from 12:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT for scheduled maintenance. Thank you to all of you for being a part of our continued success with Blackboard at Rutgers University—Newark (RU-N)! During the 2016-2017 Academic Year, we had 100% uptime with our Blackboard system. Our Blackboard upgrades continue to proceed without significant issues and we look forward to providing you and our students with increased functionality and efficiency. RU-N has hired an outside consulting firm to review our delivery of IT services and we are pleased to report that both faculty and students have overwhelmingly voiced their satisfaction with Blackboard and its support. With active users averaging up to 94 minutes of time spent in Blackboard each day...
Please join us for the following Blackboard hands-on or webinar sessions:Getting Started with Blackboard June 1st, 2:30pm - 3:30pm Hill 126 Description , Register Intro to Collaborate Ultra (web conferencing) June 1st, 3:30pm - 4:15pm Hill 126 Description , Register Grade Center Set-Up June 5th, 11:00am - 11:45am webinar Description , Register Assignment Manager June 7th, 2:00pm - 2:45pm webinar Description , Register Creating Rubrics June 14th, 12:00pm - 12:45pm webinar Description , Register Creating Tests & Quizzes June 22nd, 1:30pm - 2:30pm webinar Description , Register
Turning Technologies has extended their clicker and license rebates for students through December 31, 2017. Please, direct students to the Student Rebate Offer for instructions and information including the rebate codes. Proof of purchase is required and rebates must be submitted within 90 days of purchase.
ATS is looking to partner with faculty who are interested in piloting a tool called Akindi which is a web-based assessment system that automates the creation and grading of multiple choice exams. Akindi does not require proprietary scanners and paper. It allows you to use any sheet of paper and a scanner such as your department copier. It also allows you to print out the forms using a regular printer with student information pre-printed. Responses are processed by uploading a PDF scan of the completed assessments. Data analysis is then available by question and scores can be brought back into the Blackboard Grade Center. Click for additional details about Akindi or contact us at email@example.com or 973-353-1713.
Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam and video technology to maintain the integrity of online exams through monitoring. Although this is an automated solution, a student fee is involved and therefore requires notification in the syllabus and ideally in the Sections Notes on the University Schedule of Classes. A pilot opportunity is presently available and we encourage you to contact ATS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-353-1713 for additional details. Please be sure to review Respondus’ additional information or register for one of Respondus’ upcoming webinars .
Quality Online Course Initiative - Summer!
Academic Technology Services (ATS) is pleased to offer a limited number of $2,000 stipends for participating in the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) faculty development program. The goal of the program is to support instructors as they design online courses that meet selected Quality Matters standards . The QOCI course is eight weeks and delivered completely online. Instructors may transform a course that is currently taught on-campus to a completely online format, create a new online course, or redesign a current online course. The schedule for the course is:
Deadline to submit QOCI application
First day of QOCI course
Last day of QOCI course
One of our more innovative classroom upgrades will be the renovation of the Physics Lab in Smith Hall. This project will transform the existing facility into an active learning physics lab and double the size. Students and faculty will be able to collaborate using a wide range of technology that will be deployed in the room. We are looking forward to this opportunity to work with faculty and staff to transform curriculum and provide additional active learning opportunities for our students.
General classroom renovations and technology improvements will also continue throughout the university in the following locations: 3 classrooms in Bradley Hall, 5 classrooms in Conklin Hall, 3 classrooms in Hill Hall, 3 classrooms in Engelhard Hall, and an additional 6 classrooms in Smith Hall....
Summer Course Access Please be sure to use the Self-Service Tool linked under the Support tab within Blackboard to gain access to your Summer 2017 courses. Please note that REGIS access is required. As a reminder, all courses are unavailable to students by default so that you have time to set up your site. When you are ready, use the Quick Connect tool to open your course in just two clicks.
Qwickly also makes it fast and easy to post announcements and send emails to your classes right from the main page in Blackboard. In the Qwickly module, click Post Announcements or Send Email and select one or more of your classes. Enter a Subject and Message and click Submit. Additional options include attaching a file to an Email or a link to an Announcement. And don’t forget the great Email Announcement feature. You can find out more information here on our support page for Qwickly: http://rutgers.screenstepslive.com/s/10713/m/40502/c/130019