Enhancements to Blackboard

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Just sharing with you all that on the 2nd of December Blackboard will be upgraded.  Although the changes to take place are considered to be minor, these enhancements are very important as they aim at improving the staff and student experience in online learning and teaching.  These are as follow: Browser Support Blackboard 9.1 to support the Microsoft Edge Browser …

Upgrade to Turnitin

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Turnitin has recently released a product upgrade which will be available to RMIT University on the 3rd of December 2016.   This new upgrade called Turnitin Feedback Studio will replace the existing classic Turnitin.  Please note that you will still be able to switch between Turnitin Classic and Feedback Studio until August the 17th, 2017; after this date the classic …

Learning Environments: Creating a positive user experience

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A few weeks ago, the Digital Learning Team published a blog post called “Designing an advanced online learning environment for higher education” in where we discussed the importance of having a set of principles in mind that could guide the design or selection of a learning environment for higher education.  I strongly encourage you to read it, if you haven’t …

Be Blackboard and Google Drive/Apps ready for semester 2

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The beginning of a new semester can be a daunting experience not only for students but for teachers as well; in particular for those who are teaching for the first time, are relatively new to teaching or simply are returning to teaching after a break.  Teachers often get asked: “Are you ready to go? and the answer to this is …

Ice spiral

Designing an advanced online learning environment for higher education

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We’ve been thinking a lot about learning environments in higher education, and have started to develop a set of design principles

Teaching Youtube to teach

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We’ve been helping Andrew Robinson develop a Youtube channel with videos that assist in his teaching of shoe making…

Optin to Google Apps

How to: Opt in to Google Apps at RMIT

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What are Google Apps? Google Apps are a suite of cloud-based Google productivity and collaboration tools that can be used to enhance the learning and teaching experience. They include Gmail, Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Slides, Google Docs and Google Sheets. The following document will step you through the process of setting up your Google Apps account. You can follow …

How to: Create a Blackboard assignment submission

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What is a Blackboard Assignment? A Blackboard Assignment is an online assignment submission tool that includes the following features: The following document will step you through the process of setting up a Blackboard assignment. You can follow the links in the document, and note that related how-to’s are listed below should you want to learn more. Download (PDF, 3.33MB) This …

Mt Fuji

Learning Analytics LTIF update

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Just as you need to get up early to climb Mt Fuji, if you want to start an LTIF project in semester one, it helps to get the ethics application early. Cathy Leahy and Peter Saunders have been working hard with Blackboard data to extract hopefully meaningful feedback to be given to students about their performance. This data is from …

First steps

Student analytics: First steps

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As part of our Analytics project we have started providing students with their learner data. This data includes information about how often and how long they have been using accessing Blackboard, the number of posts they have made in Google Communities and the number of weekly tasks they have completed compared to other students. So far we have extracted data …