Moving to Online in a Hurry Blog Moving IVCC Classes online in response to Covid19

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Busy day today, so my only tip is to register for the Excellent! Online Teaching @ IVCC. The next sessions are April 22-May 13, 2020 OR May 13-June 3, 2020.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Building to all online summer classes many of you are starting to think about how you will build out the courses in Blackboard. I can't emphasize enough how important navigation and routine is in an online class. Several years back I spent time working at the student help desk. In that role I got to see many Blackboard shells and from a student's perspective. I saw alot of really good and really bad navigation schemes. I don't think anyone tries to make a bad scheme, but they may simply think about it or try to use a face to faces scheme or a textbook scheme that doesn't work well for an online class. I have made some videos for the excellent online teaching course. I am adding them here for some ideas on how to create a student friendly navigation scheme.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Online learning is a big adjustment both for the teacher and the learner. In the best of circumstance it is time and energy consuming, but in today's world it can be exhausting. Remember to take breaks away from the computer and take time for yourself. Also be mindful that your students are dealing with the pressures of online learning too. This all takes an extra level of patience and grace with each other! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

So it seems like most everyone is up and moving for the sprint to the end of the spring semester in our online classes. The CETLA volume of emergency calls is starting to slow. That either means you all are getting the hang of it or it maybe because we had nice weather this week. Some of you maybe starting to think about summer, and how you can set up your online class as an online class rather than a face to face class crammed into an online format. Look for news on the excellence in Online Teaching course offerings coming soon. I'm also going to shift my blog a bit to some thoughts on elements that can help you shift to online. Today's thought is on a classic online tool, the discussion board. I found the the Inside Higher Ed article: "Discussion Boards: Valuable? Overused? Discuss" and thought they had some great tips and ideas for the creating effective and engaging discussions. I also added some Blackboard tutorials below.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

In CETLA we have been talking about digital accessibility for a long time. This article was shared with us and it discusses how the hurry to online is leaving some of our students behind. Ask us in CETLA how you can take steps to make your online content accessible and look for more opportunities to learn about it this Fall,

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Today's workshops were all about zoom interactivity. Since zoom has so many resources, I'm going to link to their website for tutorials.

Zoom Polling

Zoom polling is a great tool for feedback and formative assessment. You can create the polls before the meeting and have up to 25 polls per session. Unfortunately, I can't find away to move a poll from meeting to meeting. You can though get a report of the answers and as long as the poll isn't listed anonymous that would make it perfect for taking attendance in the class.

Zoom Break Out Rooms

Break out rooms allow for group work in a zoom meeting. You can pick the groups ahead of time in the meeting settings or you can let the students be randomly assigned. It is very easy for the host to move from room to room to check on the groups.

Whiteboard and Annotations in Zoom

The whiteboard/chalk board is a long standing educational tool. Zoom provides a tool that lets you draw on a whiteboard or shared screen. The best part is you can save them to share with students later.

Keyboard Shortcuts in Zoom

Monday, April 6, 2020

It was busy day, so today I'm going to post my message for Virtual Campus Voices that learning technologies has put out and and a picture for the future one.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Do you want to know the last time your students logged in to Blackboard? There is a quick and easy place to look! The grade center has a column that shows the last access date, and it is easy to email students from the grade center too. Just move your mouse over the name of the student you want to email and use the down arrow to select email user. If you want more detailed information about student’s interaction with course materials try a course reports.

Did You Know?

I found out in a zoom meeting yesterday that you can temporarily unmute your mic in a zoom by holding down the space bar on the keyboard! Thanks Andy from OUC for the tip! It rocked my world!.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Today's tip! Offer feedback to students. Just like we put up course materials in blackboard and wonder if the students are seeing it, students submit assignments, tests and discussion board posts and wonder the same thing. Sometimes just an announcement that says "I see many of you have posted your assignment and I'm emailing the people who haven't submitted an assignment or I am having trouble opening the file." can provide feed back to the people who turned it in. They now know they you got it and can open it. A big relief for many students. Of course the biggest feedback is grading the assignments and tests. Today we had a zoom workshop on grading in blackboard. I have a short video of part of what we covered below.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

I was asked if I was going to record the faculty zoom workshops. It seems like the sessions are a good free flow of ideas that I'm not sure would happen if they were recorded. Since I don't want to leave anyone with out the main points of the workshops, I will try to create a video tutorial that covers the basics. If you can, you will want to join the workshops and open sessions. We design them to the needs of the group that comes, and it fun to see what others are doing in their courses! We are all in this together!

Cleaning up Navigation in Blackboard

Setting the Entry Point in Blackboard

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The days sure to go by quickly in CETLA lately! Today was both an exciting and productive day with many items crossed off my list but many more added to it. I think the best part of the day though was seeing people in the zoom workshop and our learning resources group meeting. There are so many great thing happening at IVCC, and I am so happy to be a part of it. Okay, I need to get to my tip! One zoom tool keeps coming up in conversation today is breakout rooms. It is a tool that lets you bring active learning to your synchronous zoom meetings by allowing you to place students in groups to accomplish a task and then bring them back as class. Oh, the possibilities!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Tip for a Monday Morning! Make sure to point your students the resources that IVCC has for them! The Student Help Desk, Peer Tutoring, and Writing Center are all currently supporting students by various online means. Counseling, Project Success and many other student services are also supporting students. The status and information about services is available for students can be found here https://www.ivcc.edu/iama…/ivccstudent/learningresources.php I would also like to mention the You@ivcc has many resource for students! This is a big adjustment for everyone! Keep communicating! Remember CETLA is here to help! Speaking of help we have a zoom workshop tomorrow for all faculty. Check out the CETLA website to learn more and sign up! https://www.ivcc.edu/cetla/cetla-event-registration.php

Friday, March 27, 2020

Tip for a Friday. Take a look at our Zoom Workshops.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Tips for a Thursday

Student Help desk reports students are looking in Blackboard rather than email (despite efforts to get them to check email also) Please make an announcement in blackboard even if you don’t use blackboard.

Student Help desk also reports that finding information in blackboard is often a problem for students. Consider hiding your unused menu options.

Tool for the day! Blackboard Ally has opened up a temporary tool to convert documents into accessible formats. Upload a word file and it will make it into a OCRed PDF, Audio, Electronic Braille, Tagged PDF and more.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mid Week Tips

Course Navigation Clean Up In Blackboard

Make course navigation easier by removing unused tools and content areas in the side navigation buttons. Just hover over the button and a down arrow will appear. You can either select hide or delete. Delete will erase content in the content areas. If you delete a tool button, you can always add it back, so if you don’t use it, get rid of it!

Embed a YouTube Video in Blackboard

The YouTube tool in blackboard has always seemed to be a source of trouble. We recommend embedding the video. There is a new CETLA tutorial to show you how to get and embed the code. Bonus: You can use the second half of the instructions to embed other stuff too! Like a google form, padlet, quizlet..


Communication is key in situations like this. Think about adding some of the classroom assessment techniques for getting some formative feedback from the students. Some tools in Blackboard for this would be assignments or tests (you can make them not add into the grade column calculations). You could also use a form. Microsoft 365 and Google forms are two good options, and you can get the answers in a spreadsheet. Survey tools are another good way to collect that feedback, and Survey Monkey is a good tool. Another good tool for a presentation that allows formative feedback is Mentimeter.

If you have papers that you hand graded and need to get back to students, the copiers at IVCC scan to a USB drive quickly. If you need help scanning to PDF, let us know in CELTA.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tips for those of you holding synchronous meetings with students. Students may not be able to attend or get kicked off because of bandwidth, so be sure to record your sessions. Zoom has some tools for interactivity for active learning. Below you will find a list. of links to the interactive zoom tool tutorials. As always CETLA is here to help! This week daily until 7pm through Thursday and Friday until 1pm!

Zoom Active Learning Ideas

Have Students Respond to a Question in the Chat

Create a Poll

Have Students use the White Board

Try a break Out Room for Group Work

Monday, March 23, 2020

Just a reminder that CETLA is here to help. I think I will pause the video creation for right now. I think everyone is just so busy creating and managing online content, but I would like to still give a few tips though.

1. If you are using textbook software or email to manage your course, consider posting an announcement in Blackboard just in case students attempt to find you there. Here is a link to how to create an announcement

2. Ask students for feedback! Try a google form to get some feedback on course navigation or schedule. You could also use them for formative assessment.

3. Try to be encouraging! The whole shift to online learning can be stressful for students. Point them to resources like Aseret and Matts video,

Hope you had a great first day!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Have you contacted your students?

This video I created about a month ago about how to contact students. The two quick ways to do so are first in WebAdvisor in the roster screen (no attachments) the second is through Blackboard and the announcement tool check send email box,

Get week one up and running!

Remember you can hide content areas or items in content areas while you work.

Point students to resources!

The student help desk will maintain regular hours by email and phone. Let the students know they are there to help!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Create a Content Area

  • In Edit Mode, above the Course Menu, click the “+” sign.
  • Select Create Content Area.
  • Enter a Name for the link and select whether it will be Available to Users.
  • Click Submit.

How to Create Blackboard Content Folders

  • Click on the “Build Content” action menu button to expose a listing of content types to choose from.
  • Select “Content Folder” listed under the “New Page” heading.
  • Name the folder and decide when to make it available to students.
  • 3. Click “Submit” to complete the creation process.

Monday, March 16, 2020

We are in CETLA! The week of March 16 CETLA hours are Monday- Thursday 8am to7pm and Friday 8am to noon. We have Clorox wipes and are cleaning like crazy. If you feel comfortable stopping by you are welcome. If you cannot we are available via email, phone or zoom. We are available to help you through this!


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