Meet From “Anywhere” With Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

We are in an unprecedented situation where so much of the collaborative work we typically accomplish face to face is now being conducted online from our dining room tables, kitchen counters, etc. Your colleagues don’t have to know that, though! Thanks to Zoom’s virtual background feature, you can transport yourself to an exotic beach, a […]

How to Host Zoom Meetings from Blackboard

We are all using different technologies to connect with our classes during this time. Some folks are using asynchronous technologies such as VoiceThread and Kaltura, while others are using synchronous technologies like Collaborate or Zoom. The good news is that the folks at Technology Services have installed a tool in Blackboard that would allow you […]

Convert a Face to Face Case to an Interactive Online Activity

Do you need to move a case study online? Rather than posting a Word document or adding your case as a discussion question, consider sending your case to Elizabeth to have her convert it to a more interactive format. Below are screenshots of a sampling of cases that have been created at the School of […]

How to Put Your Tests Online

There are two ways to convert a printed version of your test for students to complete on Blackboard: Option 1: Manually create the test Open your course and go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools > Tests Click Build Test Name your test and add a description and instructions (both […]

How to Have Your Face to Face Class Recorded (Echo)

Please email sonit@vcu.edu or submit a ticket through Web Help Desk (Ticket type: Online Learning > Echo360) if you would like to have your class recorded for students that might not be able to attend in person. Recordings begin and end automagically at the scheduled time. Good To Know Recordings do not have to be […]

How to Use Collaborate to Meet with your Students Real-Time

Getting there In your course, go to Tools > Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Click on the name of your course to enter the default course room that is always available OR select Create Session to schedule a session for a specific date and time. Audio options Click the Join Course Room button Click Allow if you […]

How to Use VoiceThread to Create a Lecture

An easy way to create a voice over PowerPoint lecture is to use VoiceThread. You can upload a PowerPoint to VoiceThread and record a comment on each slide. If you wish to replace just one slide, you can!

How to Use Kaltura to Create a Lecture

The attached documentation steps you through the process of installing the Kaltura software, using Kaltura to record lectures, and adding those recordings to your Blackboard course. Where can I record? You can record in the Faculty Multimedia Room (3014) or on your own computer. Kaltura runs on Windows and Mac. Use the instructions below to […]

The Power of Judgment-Free Learning

Shankar Vedantam and his team at NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast, created an amazing episode entitled “When Things Click: The Power of Judgment-Free Learning.“ The episode is about 50 minutes long and starts by explaining the common animal training technique known as clicker training. It later tells the story of Dr. Martin Levy and how he […]

Climate Change and Health

Dr. Robins found some great information on climate change and health from the University of Minnesota Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility. The Center has downloadable PowerPoint slide decks that are available to be used freely for educational and research purposes. The slide decks are excellent and would spark engaging conversation. Other sources on […]

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