Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Video and/or Audio Feedback for Assignments in BlackBoard

Instructors can now leave video and/or audio feedback for gradeable items in BlackBoard.  This is particularly nice if you like adding more presence into your course, keeping your online students feeling connected.

For an Assignment item (used to be called a 'drop box', remember?), a student will submit a file for the assignment.

In the Gradebook, you will see the submission that needs grading marked with the 'Needs Grading' icon:
A submitted assignment
Click the down arrow and then on the Attempt to grade it.  Just like normal so far!

In the grading section, click the down arrow to get the feedback options:

Click to get feedback options
Then click the 'A' icon to open the full content editor:
Click icon to get full content editor
For other Gradebook items, simply go to the Gradebook, click the down arrow next to the item, and select View Grade Details to get the full content editor (Feedback to Learner).
Click View grade Details

Once a full content editor is open, click on the microphone icon to insert a new recording.  NOTE: this recording has a maximum of 5 minutes.  
The full content editor
You can choose whether or not to include video, if you prefer only adding audio.
Add with or without video

Make sure to add a numeric grade before submitting!


When the student goes to check their grade, they will see a bubble icon, indicating there is feedback.
The bubble icon means there is feedback
When the student clicks on the bubble icon, they will have the opportunity to view/hear the recording.
Viewing the feedback

Engaging Activities: Scavenger Hunts

Are you trying to find a way to get your students engaged in the orientation process or learn more about the university or the hospital?

Is there a fun way for new faculty or even your department to learn more of the resources offered here at KUMC or maybe make IPE fun?

Then a scavenger hunt maybe the activity you are looking for.

But isn't it hard to put one together and create worksheets or maps for this activity? 

Well, that is when technology can make it easier.



GooseChase is an online, free service (for up to three teams) that you use to manage your scavenger hunt. You may have used it already at a conference as I did. The concept is simple. The app allows you to have a set of objectives or missions to complete. When you complete the objective, you upload a picture or video proving that you completed it and score points. A leaderboard displays the team's ranking. And all of this is done your smartphone.

Possible objectives for student orientation:
  • Find a particular service or person, like your school's librarian. 
  • Locate labs, classrooms, or student service locations on campus.
  • Find information on university's website
  • Take a picture with the Dean or an alumni. 
Scavenger hunts add a bit of excitement and competition. And they are fun and engaging.

I guess the real questions are: Are YOU ready to engage your students and have some fun? Wait are you waiting for?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Faculty Spotlight: Kay Folck

Professor Kay Folck is a faculty member who is willing to try new approaches to improve learning in her courses. Kay is an avid user of technology, using Blackboard in all of her courses and creating many short videos to communicate course and content information to her students. Currently, Kay teaches an online medical terminology course with around 100 enrolled students. Collaborating with TLT, Kay found an effective and efficient way to administer oral assessments in her course using a video assessment tool called YouSeeU. Watch the following video to learn more.



Kay Folck's medical terminology course has been identified as a TLT Exemplar Course by effectively implementing technology into her course. Thank you, Kay, for putting students first and working with TLT to assist your passion for education.

If you have additional question regarding video assessments or TLT Exemplar Courses, feel free to contact our office at tlt@kumc.edu.

Kay Folk
Kealia (Kay) Folck, MHA, RHIA, CPEHR, CPHIT
Clinical Assistant Professor

Blackboard Tool: Attendance

KUMC Blackboard has added a new tool to track attendance. Feel free to contact your school's liaison for more information or training. The information below has been taken directly from Blackboard's support site omitting the Ultra user experience which KUMC currently does not support.

Many instructors who teach face-to-face and blended courses use attendance data as part of their students' overall grades. Also, some institutions and programs have attendance policies that require instructors to track the number of class meetings students have missed.
Instructors and institutions also use attendance data in these ways:
  • International students who must maintain visas may need to meet attendance requirements.
  • Institutions may need to prove “seat time” for federal funding or accreditation.
  • Many institutions and instructors use attendance as they focus on student retention.
For each class meeting, you can mark whether a student is present, late, absent, or excused. The attendance records for each student appear in a single column next to other grades. On the Attendance page, profile pictures appear so you can easily identify students.
You can use attendance as part of calculating grades just as you can for an assignment grade column.


Access attendance

Control Panel > Course Tools > Attendance
When you access the attendance feature for the first time, you decide if you want to add attendance to the Grade Center. On the Attendance page, select Add Attendance and the Settings panel opens.
You can change the default settings for the grade display and for Late in the grade schema. You can't change the percentages for Present and Absent at this time. Save your settings or close the panel if you don't want to make changes. An attendance column appears in the Grade Center, but you mark attendance from Control Panel > Course Tools > Attendance.
At any time, you can change the schema in the Settings panel, save, and then refresh the page. You'll see your newly selected schema reflected in the grade pills on the Attendance page in the Overall view.

Tour the Attendance page

By default, when you open attendance, you'll see the Meeting view for the current day even if you haven't finished marking a previous meeting. In the Overall view, you can view several meetings and see overall course statistics. You can mark or edit attendance from either view.

Meeting view

In the Meeting view, you can mark each student's attendance. You can also use the menu in a status's heading to mark all students present or absent. Then, you can change individual students' statuses as needed or clear all marks. Your work is saved as you go.
As you mark students' attendance, their attendance grades are posted automatically. If you change students' attendance or clear marks, students see the changes immediately.
Meeting view is the only view that appears on small devices.
Select the date column header to access the menu and perform these actions:
  • Clear all student marks for a meeting
  • Choose another status for all students
  • Exempt the meeting
  • Edit the meeting
  • Delete the meeting
If you mark all students the same status and want to change to another status, you'll receive an override confirmation.

Statuses

  • Present: Set at 100%. You can't change the percentage at this time.
  • Late: Default is set at 50%. Adjust the percentage in the Settings panel.
  • Absent: Set at 0%. You can't change the percentage at this time.
  • Excused: Counts as Present for scoring purposes. Excused won't negatively impact a student's overall attendance grade. The grade pill displays a null or empty value (--).
The Meeting view scores are always percentages regardless of the schema you chose in the Settings panel. Because the Meeting view shows only one status, you'll see the percentage because it's the weight of that one status.
Use the Previous Meeting and Next Meeting arrows to navigate between meetings.
Select student names to view summaries of their overall attendance records. You can see how many class meetings each student has missed. Each student's Overall Score appears with the schema you chose in the Settings panel. This view is read-only.
In the Ultra Course View, you'll see an icon next to students with accommodations.

Overall view

In the Overall view, you can mark attendance, view attendance history and class summary statistics, and create new meetings.
As you mark students' attendance, their attendance grades are posted automatically. If you change students' attendance or clear marks, students see the changes immediately.
The most recent meeting you need to mark appears on the right side of the screen. The column is purple until you add marks for all students.
You can use the menu in a column heading to mark all students present or absent. Then, you can change individual students' statuses from their cells as needed. Your work is saved as you go.
If you mark all students the same status and want to change to another status, you'll receive an override confirmation.
In the Ultra Course View, you'll see an icon next to students with accommodations.

Student summary in grade pill

The grade pill for each student displays the overall attendance grade with the schema you chose in the Settings panel, such as A+ instead of 100. Select student names to view summaries of their overall attendance records. You can see how many class meetings each student has missed. This view is read-only. If you change students' attendance or clear marks, the students see the change in their overall grades immediately.

Overall course summary

The Overall view displays course summary statistics about your students' attendance. These statistics are included:
  • Course average displayed in the grade pill
  • Perfect attendance
  • Average or above average attendance: Students with perfect attendance are included
  • Below average attendance
If a student has only excused records, no records at all, or is removed from your course, the student's attendance isn't included in the course summary statistics. The number of students listed for each statistic might not equal your total student count.
If every student has an attendance record, the average/above average and below average statistics add up to all students.
Unavailable students' information appears read-only and their previous attendance grades won't be included in the course summary statistics.

Watch a video about marking attendance

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.

Video: Mark Attendance shows you how to mark attendance in Blackboard Learn.














Edit a meeting

Select the date column header to access the menu and select Edit meeting. You can choose a new date from the pop-up calendar. If you change the date of a meeting or select Go to Today, all meetings are chronologically sorted when you close and open the Attendance page.
You can choose a meeting date in the future. If you have one or more meetings in the future, the Meeting view still opens to the most recent Today meeting.

Add or delete a meeting

In the Overall view, you can add a meeting if your class met outside of the established course schedule. You can also delete a meeting if you canceled class.

Add a meeting

In the Overall view, you can add more than one meeting for attendance on a day. For example, if your class met for a field trip after your regularly scheduled class, you can add a meeting and mark who was present. Select the plus icon next to an existing meeting's date to add a new meeting.

Delete a meeting

You can delete a meeting in either view, but at least one meeting must remain. You can't have an empty Attendance page. If you have only one meeting and you delete it, a new Today meeting replaces it.
Students' overall attendance grades update to not include the deleted meeting.
In the Meeting view, select the date column header to access the menu and select Delete meeting.
In the Overall view, select a date column header to access the menu and select Delete meeting.

Exempt a meeting

In the Meeting or Overall view, you can exempt a meeting that no longer requires an attendance grade. Students' overall attendance grades update to not include the exempted meeting, even if you've marked some or all student cells. You can also clear the exemption in both views.
When you exempt a meeting, that meeting's column header menu no longer contains options to mark all students present or absent. Also, the menu option Exempt meeting changes to Clear exemption.
Exempt meeting columns appear gray and all grid cell menus are disabled. A null or empty value (--) appears for all students without a mark. If you marked students with a status, those statuses remain, but are read-only and you can't change them.

View attendance in the Grade Center

You can view attendance in the Grade Center though you can't mark attendance. Students' accumulative attendance scores always appear out of 100 points. You can't delete the Attendance column, but you can hide it from your view.
The attendance column is added automatically to the Attendance category. You can change the category on the Edit Column page.
You can perform most of the same actions on the attendance column as other columns. For example, you can add a display name and change the settings, such as Primary Display and use attendance in calculations.
Access a cell's menu and select Grade User Activity to view a summary of a student's overall attendance records.
You can see how many class meetings the student has missed. Each student's Overall Score appears with the schema you chose in the attendance Settings panel. This view is read-only. At the bottom of the screen, select Return to Grade Centerto return to the grid.

Though you can edit students' overall attendance grades from their grade cells in the Grade Center, no changes appear for any meetings you've already marked. So, if a student was present for all meetings and you edit the student's attendance grade cell and change 100 to 75, 75 becomes the overall attendance grade. When you open attendance, 75 appears as the overall grade, yet the student was present for all meetings. We recommend you make changes to individual meetings to change a student's overall score.

Mobile and tablet views

In your face-to-face classroom, you can use your mobile phone or tablet to mark attendance while you stand in front of your class. You have access to a compact view of attendance that displays one meeting at a time, complete with your students’ profile pictures. No need to make notes for later or take attendance on your computer.
At the top of the screen, you can select a status and mark all students in one action. Your work is saved as you go. Or, you can individually mark some students one status and move to the next status. Students are grouped by the statuses you assigned. Unmarked students move to the top of the list. If any students are unavailable, they appear in a separate section.
As you mark students' attendance, their attendance grades are posted automatically. If you change students' attendance or clear marks, students see the changes immediately.
Use the Previous Meeting and Next Meeting arrows to navigate between meetings.

Export attendance data

In the Overall view, select the Export icon to download a CSV file with your students' attendance records. The download begins immediately without a confirmation.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Blackboard Maintenance 8/5 - 8/6 - Downtime Required

Blackboard will be running maintenance Sunday 8/5 at 11:59 pm until Monday 8/6 at 1am.  Downtime is expected to be less than an hour. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Virtual Reality at KUMC

TLT has acquired the HTC Vive virtual reality headset that can provide faculty and students new learning and research opportunities. Currently, Sonny Painter, the SHP liaison, has introduced this technology to a few SHP faculty. The demonstrations and apps currently supported has given faculty a look into VR and its possibilities. Most of the currently available consumer software for the Vive are games, but there are a few medical apps that faculty are particularly interested in for demonstration purposes. One such app is called Sharecare You VR.


This anatomy app allows users a unique view of the body and provides a number of animations. This fall, a couple of faculty plan to use the VR set up and Sharecare You in the classroom. Reactions to this implementation in the classroom will come a later post.

If you are interested in learning more about VR and experiencing it for yourself, please contact Sonny Painter at spainter3@kumc.edu. For now, let me leave with some of our faculty experiencing VR for the first time.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

TLC Scheduled Maintenance 7/17

The vendor for TLC has scheduled maintenance starting at 2 PM on Tuesday July 17th. The downtime is expected to only last 20 minutes but there is potential for it to be longer. An issue brought in with a recent Microsoft patch has caused issues with the TLC server and is being removed. This does require a restart to complete the uninstall. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.