The New Google Sites

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The new Google sites is available both on RMIT and private accounts. They are not replacing the classic sites – see the section on Migration below. There are a number of new features of this long overdue refresh providing a new ease and speed in creating content that also removes several complications. Due to the ease and speed with which …

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 …

Making Groups

Create and Load Groups into Blackboard

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Do you have separate cohorts of students in your course or program that require separate communication, management or access needs? Student groups such as: If so, you can use groups to:   In this guide we will show you how to create and load groups into Blackboard using an Excel file ‘BB Group Maker‘ and a student list exported from …

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 …

Making use of the National VET Repository

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Last year I made some preliminary investigating how we might make better use of resources available in the National VET Repository. This is a repository of learning objects and toolboxes that have been built over many years to support specific industry vocational demands across Australia. As a lot of vocational content within the national training system requires relative uniformity in …

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 …

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 …

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Student Guide: Using the similarity checker in Turnitin

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Assignments submitted via Turnitin can be checked for originality against a wide variety of sources including previous student papers, online databases, internet sources and other uploaded documents. To learn more about how you can use the originality checker in Turnitin Classic, watch the Turnitin Student training video below. For instructions using Studio Feedback, visit the Interpreting the Similarity Report page. …