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Being Mindful of Student Bandwidth Usage: 5 Quick Collaborate Tips

Internet bandwidth is a hot commodity right now as anyone who can is working and/or learning remotely. As a result, many web conferencing tools, including Blackboard Collaborate, are experiencing issues with lagging and poor connections. Adding to this, many students do not have high-speed Internet connections and even some high-speed providers may be experiencing high[…]

Captioning Made Easy with Yuja

Captioning Made Easy with Yuja

The good folks in the Learning Technologies office have already blogged about captioning using YouTube. With this post, I want to show you one more awesome thing about Yuja (in addition to adding quizzes in videos, and syncing that with the Blackboard gradebook. Yuja does the captioning for you. That’s it. That’s the post. Let[…]

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Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra with Accessibility in Mind

In order to serve any COD students who may need accommodations (and to help our those who may just have different learning preferences), all Collaborate Ultra sessions, especially those you’re doing synchronously, need to have captions. In order to make it possible to add captions, you have to: 1) Record the sessions 2) Make it[…]

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Remote Teaching Webinar Recordings

We will be adding links to the recordings of each of the topics covered by our online sessions here. If you don’t see the session you’re interested in, please check back later– we are still in the process of recording. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Explains how to web conference using Collaborate Ultra and shows the essential[…]

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Don’t Throw Pedagogy out The Window

First off, we’re all stressed out, and this Tik Tok of Gloria Gaynor washing her hands for 19 seconds while singing I Will Survive is EVERYTHING. Don’t say I never give you anything nice. [Tik Tok is generally bad but every once in a while, there’s a stroke of genius.] Obviously, we all have a[…]

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Getting Acquainted with Blackboard’s Retention Center

I am one of those people who like to maker her work simpler and more streamlined, hence my elation at the discovery of the date management tool in Blackboard, which I posted about in an earlier post. The second key tool I use to streamline my workflow in Blackboard is the column organization page, accessed[…]

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The Swiss Army Knife of Tech Tools

Why did no one tell me about this??? And by this, I mean H5P, the tech tool to create interactive content. H5P is available in Blackboard, with a ton of options. Because it is such a multifaceted tool though, you should create yourself an account over at h5p.org so you can check out the tutorials[…]