Yearly Archives: 2012

Giving Online Exams: Instructor Best Practices

We’ve arrived at the end of the semester. Let the mad dash to the semester finish line begin! Over the next few days many exams will be given and many final grades will be recorded. If you are considering giving your final exam in UTC Online (Blackboard) below are some practices and test settings to consider before exam day. Creating a test: Use Questions Sets and Blocks to randomize

Blackboard Security Warning

Starting Monday you may notice a security warning in UTC Online (Blackboard) when you attempt to access certain materials or tools. This warning is due to an expired Java certificate. Please follow the steps below to resolve the user issue. When the security warning appears, check “Always trust content from this publisher” and then Run. The UTC Online support team will apply patches to the Blackboard system later this

Welcome Back and Looking Forward: Customizing the Look of Your Course Part II

Getting bored with the same look of your online class?  Spice things up by adding a customized banner to your course! How do I create the banner?  Though there is no required size or shape for a banner, keep in mind that different sized monitors will display it differently.  A banner that fills the whole screen on a large monitor, may not fully display on a smaller monitor. Generally,

Welcome Back and Looking Forward: Customizing the Look of Your Course Part I

Hopefully Spring Break brought some time to log-off and relax from a busy spring semester. The rejuvenating effects of a nice long break may have you feeling on top of your to do list and looking ahead to the end of the semester and the busy summer sessions to come. If you’re teaching this summer you might have noticed that your summer courses are already available in UTC Online.

Are you feeling the Midterm Madness? Student guide for preparing for an online test

Before your test begins you should make sure all pop-up blockers (any software or application that disables a pop-up) are turned off and close any other software you may be running. Give yourself plenty of time to take the test, accounting for any technical difficulties you may have. Make sure you follow directions from start to finish and be sure not to close out of your test before submitting

Share Weekly Articles Using a Course Blog

Blackboard’s Blog tool has many uses, but it can be intimidating to use an unfamiliar technology with students in a hybrid or online course. So start out small and slow; give yourself a chance to become comfortable with the technology. Why not try an instructor blog to get started. Share weekly or bimonthly articles with your students and ask them to respond to the article using comments. Once you

Discussion Forums: They don’t have to be a headache

Using online discussion forums can add a whole new dimension to your classroom. Students learn and remember material better when they continue to engage with it and each other between class periods.  Depending on how you choose to set up your forum, however, it can either be a helpful addition or a frustration to both you and your students. Whether you decide to have each student create their own