Thursday, January 13, 2011

Supplementing your Course With Blackboard -- Day 6

Last day, you can rest OR set some stretch goals for next semester.  Identify 3 or 4 things that you would LIKE to do and possibly try to implement a couple in a trial basis (extra credit perhaps) during the semester.  

Take those lessons learned into your Blackboard site for the next semester.  Yes, it sounds early, but I actually keep a folder for next semester as soon as I start the current semester. Personally, I believe it takes from 6 months to a year to fully adopt a new technology. So the earlier you start, the sooner you can add it to your technology toolkit (we are all lifelong learners... RIGHT?).

Did you know that all University of the District of Columbia students have access to FREE Online Tutoring through SMARTHINKING?

There are Math, Business, Nursing, and Writing subjects and over 1500 tutors to help your students!

To access* FREE tutoring:
1. Log into your Blackboard account
2. Select a course
3. Select "Communication and Tools" on the left
4. Scroll down to click “Smarthinking login"
* Faculty cannot login to Smarthinking.  Only students.
Lastly, be sure you make the course available to the students and make a commitment to stay 1 to 2 weeks ahead of the course if you need to make changes. Avoid the situation where you need to make changes on Sunday for class on Monday. Students will pick up on this and it eventually leads to complaints: "It wasn't there when I checked!" is my favorite:)

That completes our series. Outside of visiting this blog often, I also recommend keeping an eye on the Faculty Focus website and their online teacher postings.  

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