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It’s the Final Countdown

Finals week is here and you may be wondering what your grade is in a particular course or how well to do on your final to pull of an A. A great way to get started is to view your Grades and Feedback within UTC Online. Checking Grades There are two possible ways to check your grades. If your grades are in neither of the following locations, you should

Preparing For Finals

                    Finals are approaching quickly! Here are a few tips to make the week a little less stressful. Get an early start Don’t wait until the day before to begin studying. Start preparing for your exams at least a week before. Check UTC Online Check your courses on blackboard for study guides or tips from your professors on preparing for

Introducing Mediasite

The Center for Online and Distance Learning is a new entity here at UTC.  Our goal is to expand online and distance class offerings, as well as present entire programs online.  In addition to Blackboard, UTC CODL is experimenting with a couple of different technologies to help faculty deliver courses online.  One of the most promising is called Mediasite.  Mediasite is a lecture capture technology that records a presenter’s

Blackboard Boot Camp – Survival Guide

The Center for Online and Distance Learning offered its first Blackboard Course Development: Teaching Online Boot Camp this October. The two-week workshop was designed as a crash course in teaching online at UTC and was presented in a hybrid format (workshop materials and interactions took place online and special topics were addressed in two face-to-face meetings). Instructors from departments all over campus quickly filled up all available spots in

Want to be a Grade Center Guru? Sharing Grades with Students

So it’s that time of year again and all of your students have begun to ask you what their grades are in your course. Want to avoid the flood of emails coming through? Go ahead and check out what grade information your students can see…. from their point of view. You are in control of what Grade Center data is released to your students. First make sure My Grades

Boot Camp: Teaching Online with UTC Online

This fall and winter the Center for Online/Distance Learning is offering two opportunities to explore teaching and learning online in an intensive 2 week hybrid* workshop. This workshop will prepare participants to supplement their face-to-face course with online interactions and activities or design an online course. Workshop participants will test their readiness for online instruction, explore best practices in online teaching, and unpack how to create content, interaction and

Don’t Forget to Welcome Your Students!

It is a new semester and a new start for both you and your students.  While designing your online class, it is easy to get distracted by creating your syllabus, posting lecture notes, and everything else that comes along with online learning, but don’t forget the basics of welcoming your students to the class!  The welcome message is the first thing students will see upon entering the class.  This

Avoid the ‘Install Plugin’ Message When Adding a File to Your Blackboard Course

Build Content >File is an easy way to add content to your course.  Files may include Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, or PDF documents.  A more detailed explanation of how to add these documents can be found here.   When using Build Content > File, there is an option to have the attached file open in a new window. Always use the option to Open in New Window.    

Welcome back!

I am so excited to be able to welcome you to Fall 2012 at UTC.  It’s a new year full of excitement, expectation, fresh faces (mine included), and a new twist on online and distance learning for UTC with the new Center for Online and Distance Learning.  We are in full swing and ready to support you with your online and distance learning endeavors. For faculty, the Center for

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