Category results for: Learner Support

State of Mind in the College Classroom

The article: State of Mind in the College Classroom by Stacy Roth in this week’s issue of Faculty Focus is really interesting.  The article describes the mental health crisis on  college campuses and specific strategies that teachers can take in the classroom to help students get the help they need. From the article: According to […]

Troubleshoot Viewing of Echo Recordings

If you or your students attempt to view an Echo recording and receive an error message that the correct version of the Adobe Flash player is not installed, it is NOT necessary to upgrade the player. There is actually a simple fix that involves enabling Flash in the browser as shown below: Use the Chrome browser […]

Active Learning with Dr. Richard Felder

I happened to come across Dr. Richard Felder’s Random Thoughts columns and thought that I had stumbled onto a gold mine of powerful insights related to teaching and learning.  Dr. Felder is the Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and the author of of over 150 education-related papers. This YouTube […]

Allow Your Students to Download Kaltura Videos

By default, Kaltura videos are not available for download.  This does not pose a problem when students have an internet connection, but recently some with long commutes have asked to listen to Kaltura recordings offline.  SON IT took the request to VCU’s Learning Systems team, who worked with Kaltura to give instructors the ability to […]

Exploring Active Learning in Large Academic Spaces

Mike Forder, Director of eLearning for VCU Nurse Anesthesia, created this resource when he worked at the VCU Alt lab.  The purpose of the site is to provide instructors of large classes with tools that can be used to integrate active learning technologies.  Visit the site to learn about instructional applications and best practices for engaging students […]

Coming soon in Blackboard! Remind students of missing coursework.

VCU will be upgraded on May 16, 2017 to the Bb Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 release. This new version will give instructors the ability to send reminders from the Grade Center to students and members of groups who have missing coursework.  The reminder tool is accessed from the gradebook by clicking the chevron associated with the gradebook column […]

Technology options for student multimedia assignments

There are so many ways for students to create multimedia assignments that deciding what to have them use can be overwhelming.  View the video below for an overview of 3 free options:  Kaltura, VoiceThread and Adobe Spark. Created by SON IT using Adobe Spark Video

Teaching and Creating APA-Formatted References

APA Style Publications The copyright for the APA Sixth Edition is 2010.   Since 2010 there have been a number of changes to how people are collecting research information.  There has been an increase in the number of high quality online resources and more and more libraries are making information like dissertations and theses available online. […]

Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate had an overhaul and the new interface is called ultra.  The new interface is more intuitive, easier to use, and much easier for student and faculty collaboration. To get the full benefit of the Ultra Experience, it is recommended that users use Google Chrome for their web browser. More information about ultra is […]

Using Kaltura to Create a Presentation

Students or faculty can create a voice over PowerPoint video presentation using the Kaltura tool within Blackboard. Create a discussion board forum for your students to use to post their final presentations.  Distribute using Kaltura to create a student video presentation to your students to show them how to create and post their recording.

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