Instructors: Simplified View

Instructors – Did you know that you now have the ability to change the view of Course Tools (Blackboard) menu items? You may choose between the standard Default View and the Simplified View. The Simplified View may be desirable if you wish to see only the very basic, frequently used menu items.
Select My Courses tab in Course Tools (Blackboard) > Select Simplified View in the Switch Course View module > Click Change View
You will see the changes in the Control Panel and the Course Materials available Build Content drop down items once you access your course. You will see the words “Simplified Instructor View” under the University of Saskatchewan logo at the top of the screen.
Note: Changing the view affects ALL courses in your course list. You may switch views at any time. Students will not see any changes in their course materials.

Instructors: Tip of the Week: Exporting Grades to SiRIUS

Exporting Grades to SiRIUS
Use the following instructions to export midterm and final grades from the Blackboard Grade Centre so they can be loaded into SiRIUS.
First, refer to SESD’s instructions for entering final grades. Pay particular attention to the section called “Copy and Paste Grades from a Spreadsheet”.
Then, use these instructions to export the grades.
Select “Grade Center” then “Full Grade Center” from the instructor’s course management control panel in the bottom left of your browser window.
Select the “Work Offline” button from the upper-right corner of the grade center.
Select “Download” to download the grade center to a spreadsheet.
In Section 1 (Data) select “Selected Column” then in the dropdown box select which column contains the final grades. This will let you export just the grades you need for SiRIUS.
For “Delimiter Type” select “Comma”. This makes it easier to load into MS-Excel.
Select “Submit” then “Download” to download this file.
Open the saved file in Excel (or your favorite spreadsheet program)
Delete all columns except for “Student ID” (the student number) and the grade column. In Excel you do this by right-clicking on the column heading then select “Delete”.
Follow SESD’s instructions given in the PDF document to copy the student numbers and grades and paste them into SiRIUS.
Note that in combined courses, you don’t have to separate out the students. SiRIUS will ignore any extra students in the grade list.

Instructors: Tip of the Week: Scholar on Blackboard

Blackboard has announced that the “Scholar” social bookmarking system will be shut down on January 13, 2012. Instructors currently using Scholar are encouraged to use other services such as http://www.delicious.com/ for social bookmarking.
ITS will be removing the “Scholar” tab from the top menus on December 23 after all the September term courses and exams are finished. On January 13, ITS will also remove all the Scholar tools from courses including the links to “Scholar Stream”, “Scholar Bookmarks” and the “My Scholar Home” tools because these will no longer function once the Scholar system is shut down.
Instructors currently using Scholar are encouraged to contact the ITS help desk (help.desk@usask.ca) for assistance in moving from Scholar to another system.

Students: Tip of the Week: Scholar on Blackboard

Blackboard has announced that the “Scholar” social bookmarking system will be shut down on January 13, 2012. Students are encouraged to use other services such as http://www.delicious.com/ for social bookmarking.
ITS will be removing the “Scholar” tab from the top menus on December 23 after all the September term courses and exams are finished. On January 13, ITS will also remove all the Scholar tools from courses including the links to “Scholar Stream”, “Scholar Bookmarks” and the “My Scholar Home” tools because these will no longer function once the Scholar system is shut down.
Contact the ITS help desk (help.desk@usask.ca) for any assistance required.

Instructors: Tip of the Week: T2 Courses

T2 courses are being loaded into the system today, so you will be able to start prepping for next term now. Students will be able to see the courses as soon as they are loaded.
Here is a tip for you on how to organize your class list to hide old courses:
IN BLACKBOARD:
· Select the “My Courses” tab
· Select the “gear” at the top of the “U of S Course List” module.
· Use the check boxes to control which courses are displayed, and what additional information to display with each course.
· Use the double-arrows to drag the rows up and down and change the order in which the courses are displayed.
· Add your own links to external web sites at the bottom for courses not in Blackboard, or other campus services you find useful. (These can use CAS for single sign on)
Do you require help with Course Tools? We have training sessions to help you with any questions that you might have. See the offerings at our website. You must login first in order to register.
Questions? Requests for one on one assistance? Contact the help desk at help.desk@usask.ca or call (966-4817)

Students: Tip of the Week: T2 Courses

T2 courses are being loaded into the system today, so you will be able to see these right away. Your instructor may not have added anything into the courses as yet, so be patient!
Do you require help with Course Tools? We have training sessions to help you with any questions that you might have. See the IT4U offerings at our website. You must login first in order to register.
You can also contact us at it4u@usask.ca for one on one assistance. For all help inquiries, please contact the help desk (966-4817)

Students: Tip of the Week – Completing Online Quizzes

Students – Are you taking a quiz online? Remember to:
1. SAVE answers every 5 minutes or so, especially when answering an essay question.
2. Use a reliable WIRED connection. Wireless connections can sometimes drop, yet this is not apparent to you, the student, as you are working on the quiz. It appears that answers are being saved, and in reality, are not because the connection to the server has been dropped.
3. Saving the answers does not mean you can’t change the answer before you submit the quiz. The submit or finish button is the FINAL step in completing the quiz. Instructors do have the option to set a quiz to force you to complete it in one sitting, but this is not recommended. Networks occasionally have issues, out of the control of the instructor or institution.
4. Talk to your instructor if you experience any technical trouble with a quiz.

Instructors: Tip of the Week -Tips for Constructing Multiple Choice Items

Using Course Tools to create questions is as simple as creating a Pool of Questions, then choosing questions from the pool to populate the quiz or test. We have a couple of documents that will help you with question construction. The first document describes how to use the Pools within Course Tools. The second document is just one of many references available online that outlines how to create a proper Multiple Choice item.
1. Working with Pool, Questions and Tests
2. Tips for Constructing Multiple Choice Items

Students: Tip of the Week – Self Enroll in a Help Course

Students, did you know that there is a free course for you to help orientate you to Course Tools?
The course is meant to take about an hour, and will cover all the main areas of content like how to submit an assignment, how to find marks, contacting your instructor and so on.
How to find this course….
1. Login to Course Tools
2. Select the Help Tab
3. Select the Technical Help subtab.
4. Locate the Tutorials for Students Channel or Module
5. Click on “Enroll Yourself” to enter the Self Enrolment Page
6. Click submit and on the confirmation page select OK to enter the course “Introduction to BBLearn for Students”.
No marks are recorded, no record of student attempts are kept, and there is no reason for you not to try out the system. Once you have self enrolled in this course it is always available for you on the My Courses Tab in the Other Courses / Organizations Module.
Just try it!

Instructors: Tip of the Week – Help Your Students

Instructors, did you know that there is a free course for students to help orientate them to Course Tools?
The course is meant to take about an hour, and will cover all the main areas of content like how to submit an assignment, how to find marks, contacting your instructor and so on.
Tell students to…
1. Login to Course Tools
2. Select the Help Tab
3. Select the Technical Help subtab.
4. Locate the Tutorials for Students Channel or Module
5. Click on “Enroll Yourself” to enter the Self Enrolment Page
6. Click submit and on the confirmation page select OK to enter the course “Introduction to BBLearn for Students”.
No marks are recorded, no record of student attempts are kept, and there is no reason for students not to try out the system. Once students have self enrolled in this course it is always available for them on the My Courses Tab in the Other Courses / Organizations Module.