Thursday, March 31, 2011

Protect the Integrity of your Online Tests

Bb 9.1 Information for Faculty Just a reminder, there is information on the eLearning Services website about protecting the integrity of your tests by ensuring students cannot print or copy them. For instructions, click here. The direct link is here.

"Invalid HTML" Error Message

Bb 9.1 for Faculty

Have you received the following error in your Announcements?

To get rid of this error:
  • Choose "Edit"
  • Select the markup validation tool from the Visual Editor
  • Click submit

This should get rid of the Invalid HTML error.

Friday, March 25, 2011

New Online Tutoring Service Now Available for Students

Information for Faculty and Online Students

eLearning Services would like to introduce you to an exciting new service that the college is piloting to help online students…

eLearning Services has partnered with SMARTHINKING to provide online tutoring in Math and Statistics, Spanish, Writing, Science and Business Studies (math tutoring is also available in Spanish).

The SMARTHINKING service supplements our existing academic support services by offering real-time online tutoring and homework help for core courses and skills. To view a complete list of tutoring subjects and time availability, see the SMARTHINKING Hours of Service page.

Smarthinking is an online tutoring service that provides tutoring in a variety of subjects, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SMARTHINKING has a staff of over 1500 tutors worldwide who are trained to provide high quality learning assistance to students.

SMARTHINKING is not a homework answering or editing service. Instead, they strive to assist students in developing successful learning and problem-solving strategies that will help them succeed. Feel free to check out and view the online demos to learn more.

How do students access SMARTHINKING?
The link to SMARTHINKING online tutoring service is found in the “Tools” area of each Blackboard course site. Note: only students can access SMARTHINKING services through the “Tools” area of Blackboard. Each student is allowed a maximum of three hours of tutoring. Students are encouraged to use this FREE service.

How can faculty learn more about SMARTHINKING?
Faculty interested in previewing the SMARTHINKING service, should contact eLearning Services and we will provide a faculty demo account. Also, SMARTHINKING representatives will be on campus in the coming weeks to meet with faculty to provide an overview and answer any questions regarding this online tutoring service. We will send an email with details about this soon.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Update: Blackboard YouTube Mashups Now Working

Bb 9.1 for Faculty

Good News! The YouTube Mashups are now working. You can once again search for and embed YouTube videos directly in your course site. You can also edit existing videos.