Polling in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

This tutorial is designed for faculty who have previous experience using D2L and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and will cover how to create and run polls for participants in your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session. For further information, please contact desupport@camosun.ca for assistance.

Steps

  1. Go to the location in your D2L course site where you have linked to your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra room (for example, in the Content tool), click on your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session and enter your session.
  2. Open the Collaborate panel (the bottom right icon).Open the Collaborate panel
  3. Click the Share Content icon.Click Share Content
  4. Click Polling.Click polling
  5. Select Multiple Choice or Yes/No Choices, depending on your poll.Select Multiple Choice or Yes/No Choices
  6. For Multiple Choice, type in your question into the Ask a question box, then add your choices (click Add choice to add more choices). Then click Start.Add a question, choices, then click Start
  7. Yes/No Choices work in a similar way, except that you only need to add your question to the Ask a question box, then click Start.Yes/No Choices
  8. Ask participants to click on the Poll icon at the bottom of their Blackboard Collaborate Ultra window to complete the Poll, and watch the responses come in. The first image is the Moderator view, and the second is the Participant view.Moderator view of a pollParticipant view of a poll
  9. Click Show Responses to allow participants to see responses come in. Click the End polling button to end the Poll. The first image is the Moderator view with Show Responses enabled, and the second is the Participant view.Moderator view, Show Responses Participant view, Show Responses

Things to Remember

You can run a Poll at any point during your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session. Make sure to tell participants that you are starting a Poll, as they may need to click the View Poll icon to see it.

View Poll icon

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Creative Commons comes to Work

And now, my 5th assignment for the Creative Commons Certificate!

Emily Schudel, Instructional Designer

Submitted for Assignment 5, Creative Commons for Educators

The goal of this post is to “produce a strategy or informational document in which you reflect on how the values and practices of the Creative Commons can (or already do) have a positive impact in a context that is important to you, and to confront a specific issue in that context where what you have learned can make a real contribution.”  After several false starts, I finally settled on writing a more reflective piece, and to consider some more personal workplace goals.

When I think about Creative Commons, I recall all the sharing I have done with various colleagues over the past 30 or so years of working in educational technology and eLearning.  And how much easier sharing has become over those 30 years as materials moved from simply electronic, to available on the Internet.

Back in the day, when…

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Blind Marking Quizzes in D2L

Marking quizzes in D2L and wondering if there is a way to mark them without knowing which students submitted which quiz to reduce bias? This tutorial will walk you through how to blink mark in the Quizzes tool.

  1. Go to the Quizzes tool in your D2L course.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the quiz you wish to grade, and select Grade.Click Grade
  3. Click the Questions tab, then select Blind Marking. Then click the first question title to start marking.Questions tab, select Blind Marking, click a question
  4. Mark each question response, and click Save and Continue to move to the next question response.Grade, click Save and Continue
  5. When you have completed your marking, click Save.Click Save

Reminder: Releasing Final Adjusted Grades in D2L

This tutorial is designed for faculty who have previous experience using the Grades tool in D2L and will cover the steps involved when you wish to release your Final Grades to your students. For further information, please contact desupport@camosun.ca for assistance.

Steps

  1. Go to the Grades tool in your course, and make sure you are in the Enter Grades.
  2. Click on the down arrow next to the Final Grade (Calculated or Adjusted) and select Enter Grades.Select Enter Grades
  3. First, you want to transfer all the Final Calculated Grades into the Final Adjusted Grade column. To do this, click on the down arrow next to the title Final Grades, and select Transfer All.Click the down arrow next to Final Grades and select Transfer All
  4. Click Yes in the Confirmation pop-up box to continue.In the Confirmation box, click Yes
  5. Your Final Calculated Grades will be transferred into the Final Adjusted Grade column. To then release the Final Grades, move on to Step 6 below. If you do NOT want to release the grades at this time, click Save and Close. The final grades will be saved, but NOT released to students.Click Save and Close
  6. To release your Final Grades, click on the select box at the top of the student grade table to select all students.Select all students
  7. Click Release/Unrelease. You will then see checkmarks in the Release Final Adjusted Grade column. Click Save and Close. Click Yes in the pop-up box that appears.Click Release/Unrelease, then click Save
  8. You will then see the Final Adjusted Grades in the Enter Grades table, with open eye icons, indicating that those grades are now released to your students.The Final Adjusted Grades are now released

Things to Remember

As alluded to in Step 5, if you are not finalizing the grades for all your students at one time, you can set and save your Final Adjusted Grades without releasing them, and then release them once you have finalized all your students’ grades.

In addition, make sure your Final Calculated Grade is set to the Camosun Standard Grading Scheme:

  1. Edit your Final Calculated Grade.
  2. In the Grade Scheme drop-down menu, select Camosun Standard Grading Scheme, and click Save and Close.Camosun Standard Grading Scheme

Recording a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Session in D2L

This tutorial is designed for faculty who have previous experience using D2L, and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU), and will cover how to record your (BBCU) session, and what you can do with the recording later. For further information, please contact desupport@camosun.ca for assistance.

Steps

  1. Go to the location in your D2L course site where you have linked to your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra room (for example, in the Content tool), click on your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session and enter your session.
  2. Open the Session menu (the top left icon).

    Open the Session menu

  3. Click Start Recording.

    Click Start Recording

    A Session is being recorded message will pop up.

    Session is being recorded message

  4. To stop the recording, click the Session menu, and select Stop Recording.

    Click Session menu and select Stop Recording.

  5. To access your recording(s), go back to the location in your D2L course site where you have linked to your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra room (for example, in the Content tool), and click the Menu at the top left above the Course Room link.

    Click the Menu link

  6. Select Recordings (note that it may take a bit of time before the recording(s) appear – and you may need to log off of D2L and log back in again before you see them).

    Select Recordings

  7. Make sure Recording downloads are enabled by clicking on the Room (or Session) link and under Recording, selecting Allow recording downloads, and click Save.

    Click the Room link and under Recording, select Allow recording downloads, click Save

  8. Go back to the Recording area (see steps 5 and 6), and then click the three dots to the right of the recording you want to download, and select Download (from here you can also Watch the recording, Edit its name, Delete it, Copy its link for emailing to people, or Add a caption source, if you have a caption file saved on your computer. Note, if you would like the recording closed captioned, download it, upload it to Kaltura, and Kaltura will add auto closed-captions to it).

    Click the three dots and select Download

  9. Save the recording video to your device. You can then edit it using a video editing program, or upload it directly into Kaltura for sharing with your students.

Things to Remember

Recorded BBCU sessions are saved as MP4s, and only Moderators can turn recording on in sessions.

Recordings include the following activities from in the live session: Audio, shared content, active speaker video (if shared during the session), captions added during the live session, chat messages in the Everyone chat channel (NOT chat messages in breakout rooms).

Recordings can be viewed from any device, and can be viewed as often as needed – there are no view limits.

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Adapt, not Assimilate!

And here is my fourth assignment from the Creative Commons Certificate!

Emily Schudel, Instructional Designer

Submitted for Assignment 4, Using CC Licenses and CC-Licensed Works

Applying a CC license to your own work is a good first step to entering the wonderful world of sharing.  Adopting or copying a CC licensed work and sharing it out (according to its license) is a good next step.  But, there are other ways you can create new open educational resources (OER) through mixing and matching CC licensed creations already out there.  So, in this assignment post for Unit 4 of the Creative Commons certificate, we explore remixes as adaptations/derivatives and collections.

When you mix (or remix) CC creations, you can either create an adaptation or derivative as a new creation, or create a collection.  We’ll look at adaptations/derivatives first.

Adaptations/Derivatives

According to Unit 4 of the course, “to constitute an adaptation, the resulting work itself must be considered based on or derived from the original” which often involves…

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Open/OER Online Courses

Interested in learning more about Open Educational Resources (OER) and Creative Commons licensing?  Here are a couple of open courses for you to check out (and adopt or adapt – they are all CC licenced!)!

Open Content to Transform the Classroom by Matthew Bloom, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

  • Part 1: The Easy Way to Create, License, and Share Free Materials
  • Part 2: Exploring the Possibilities of Open Educational Resources

Learn OER managed by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges licensed under a CC-BY 4.0

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Copyright  License
  • Module 3: Understanding OER
  • Module 4: Open License
  • Module 5: Creative Commons Licensing
  • Module 6: Finding OER
  • Module 7: Public Domain
  • Module 8: Sharing OER
  • Module 9: Accessibility
  • Module 10: Why OER Matters