2019 Spring Conference Resources

Blog Post created by ar0044571 on Mar 5, 2019

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and participate in the 2019 K-BUG Spring Conference! It is always great to connect with colleagues in person to share tools and expertise. Here are some highlights of the day!

  • Amanda Reed shared an Introduction to Blackboard's Digital Teaching and Learning Series (eTeacher) at our "March" K-BUG Meeting. Check out the Meeting Minutes and the Recording for more details.
  • The Lightning Round Presentations:
    • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Blackboard by Patsy Hayes from Blackboard See
      • 10 - Access Learn via a mobile browser - Bb Mobile App, good for discussions, collaborate app
      • 9 - Cloud Storage Integration (google drive, onedrive, dropbox, box)
      • 8 - Collaborate is on for groups in the LMS  (permanent session for Office hours, just share link to all classes)
      • 7 - Drag and Drop material into your course (folders and items) drag items up and down
      • 6 - Submission receipts - students get a confirmation number for all submission in a receipt, also in the reports menu
      • 5 - Retention Center - fast view to find at-risk students (can create your own rules for this)
      • 4 -  Attendance Tracking (Collaborate) - good for tracking on-ground attendance in the classroom
      • 3 - Align Goals to Content - Assignment, content, activities. ID directly to course goals
      • 2 - Date Management - automatically adjust due dates to new course start dates (April says this is problematic).
      • 1 - Can integrate audio and video directly into courses
    • Augmenting Classroom Reality by Diana Holiday
      • HP Reveal app (formerly Aurasma)
      • You can take a picture, add an overlay (3D model), etc.
      • Add pictures into Bb content and tag them as an HP Reveal item for students to view
      • QR tags work too
    • Remind by Denise Klassen
      • Sends texts without using personal cell phone numbers
      • Instructors can add an embed code in Blackboard to make it easy for students to join the class message group.
      • This provides a record that can be reviewed (if administrators, etc. have instructor's login credentials)
    • Institutional Content Collection (in Bb) by Denise Klassen
      • Can overwrite files so that every instance/link gets changed at once
      • Versioning is available
    • Paciello Group Colour Contrast Analyzer by Krystal Iseminger
      • Free tool that can be installed on any computer (even without install permissions)
      • Shows examples of what someone with color blindness would see
      • Says whether the contrast passes WCAG 2.1 standards
      • Excellent for showing faculty issues in their courses/content
    • Ultra Course View: What am I Missing? by Jorge Salinas from Blackboard
    • H5P by April Robbs
      • Content creation tool that includes interactive videos and quizzes
      • Cheaper than SoftChalk
  • Online Accreditation Coming Up? by Paula Phelps, Dawn Fry & April Robbs - Presentation Coming Soon!