UoM Transition to Bb9 for the School of Arts, Histories & Cultures
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Presentation from the Faculty eLearning team outlining plans for the transition from Blackboard Vista to Bb9 for the School of Arts, Histories & Cultures. 16/02/2011

Presentation from the Faculty eLearning team outlining plans for the transition from Blackboard Vista to Bb9 for the School of Arts, Histories & Cultures. 16/02/2011



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  • Already experience being developed within the School
  • Plans still to be agreed formally at TLCDiscussed with Martyn and Yoram

UoM Transition to Bb9 for the School of Arts, Histories & Cultures UoM Transition to Bb9 for the School of Arts, Histories & Cultures Presentation Transcript

  • Making the move to Bb9.1 in SAHC
    Catherine Booth
    Assistant eLearning Manager
    Faculty of Humanities eLearning team
  • Your School pilots
    Who is already using Bb9 to support students?
  • Pilot Phases 1 and 2
    Phase 1
    • CLAH10011 Constructing Archaic Greek History 800-478 BC (Polly Low)
    Phase 2
    • CLAH20042/30042 Greek Mythology (Emma Griffiths) View slide
    • CLAH21262/31262 The Poetry of Ovid (Alison Sharrock) View slide
    • DRAM20022 Transnational Chinese Cinemas (Felicia Chan)
    • HIST20182 European Intellectual History: Rousseau to Freud (Stuart Jones)
    • Plus: [organisation – in development]Joint Honours space between AHC and SLLC
  • Bb9 Summary
    What are the improvements to Bb9?
  • Bb9 Summary
    • Improved interface
    • Enhanced File Management
    • Media rich content and assessments
    • Improved student performance monitoring
    • Email direct to students
    • MLE Developments
  • Improved interface
    • No tabs - just Edit On/Off
    • More control over the course menu
    • Using items to build up content
    • Drag and drop items around
    • Set your own home page/entry point
    • Standard Course Structure
  • Enhanced File Management
    • Drag and drop files
    • Organise on computer, then upload as a batch
    • Structure remains the same
    • Display files as required
  • Web 2.0 content
    • Mash up tool
    • Adding external content
    • YouTube, SlideShare, Flickr
    • Wiki
    • Simplified Blackboard Wiki
    • Easier to use
    • Gradeable
  • Assessing Learners
    • New question types in tests
    • YouTube
    • Calculated formula
    • Opinion scale/Likert
    • HotSpot
    • Quiz Bowl
    • Wikis now gradeable
  • Monitor student performance
    • Grade Centre
    • Smart views
    • Tailored view of student progress, e.g. students who scored less than 60 on Week 1 quiz
    • Performance Dashboard
    • Notifications/early warning/tracking
    • Base on Grade Rules
  • MLE Developments
    • Blackboard Mobile Learn
    • Sharing content across the University
    • Community
    • Provide personalised and targeted information to students integrated with the current portal
    • Enables groups to collaborate and communicate using Bb9.1
  • Standard Course Structure
    Help for you, consistency for students, meeting the minimum requirements
  • Why a Standard Course Structure
    • Makes it easier to start developing
    • Consistency for students: feedback has been that different navigations and different terms are confusing
    • Support for staff in meeting minimum requirements
    • Additional resources for both staff and students
    • Schools can build on this Faculty SCS to add content useful to Schools
  • Uomimplementation of Bb9
    The Portal and the ‘Playground’
  • Rationale
    • Why have we upgraded?
    • Product development by supplier
    • eLearning Strategy Goal 2 advancing Manchester 2015 Agenda
    • Ongoing investment in eLearning high priority
    • Beyond Bb9 – considers whole MLE framework
    • Open up ways to manage and share academic content
  • Portal: staff
    • The Staff Portal is the entrance way into Bb9
    • Access it from www.manchester.ac.uk/portal
    • Click ‘Teaching and Research’tab
    • In the ‘My Courses’portlet, you will see all your courses: Blackboard Vista 8 and/or Bb9: Current, Future and Ended Courses
    (Option to add ‘My Organisations’ portlet)
    Little person icon= Blackboard Vista 8 course
    Bb9 icon = Bb9 course
    • Students access the portal in the same way
    • The main difference is that they have a ‘My Studies’ tab (in place of the staff ‘Teaching and Research’tab)
    Portal: students
  • ‘Organisations’ or ‘Communities’
    • Provides more flexibility in using the online environment to support students
    • Definitely for 2011:
    • Programme level spaces
    • Delivery date tbc:
    • Other academic Communities
  • Activate your ‘Playground’
    • Playground is for testing, NOT for course development
    • Please activate it today - but we will use it to support the Practical Workshops so don’t play too much!
    • Just click Activate Playground - you will be asked for a name/title, e.g. Cath’s Test Area, then click Activate
  • Search the Knowledge Base for resources
    Lots of Help Articles available on the Knowledge Base
    Go to www.manchester.ac.uk/servicedesk
    Click Knowledge base
    Type Bb9 and then Search
  • How to make the transition
    Support for the School in Making the Move to Bb9?
  • Transition overview
    • Aim: Ensure student experience not affected
    • All Schools have timeslots between now and July to move content, re-using from Blackboard Vista 8 to Bb9
    • eLearning team will provide a range of support, presentations, workshops, drop-ins
    • Academics rebuild courses in Bb9 with content from their computers or content downloaded from BbV8
    • Other activities working with Schools to:
    • Develop SCS
    • Identify courses that might need extra help
  • Support for your School
    • Individual School Plans are online at:www.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/tandl/elearning/bb9/
    • SAHC timetable: AHC timetable.pdf (Note: this is a snapshot of the online plan, correct as 17/02/2011; please follow the online link to check for updates)
  • What now?
    • Playground via Portal
    • Get to know Bb9 using the Playground and online support
    • Wait until your transition date and we will send an email directing you to the Transition Wizard
    • Activate your courses for Bb9
    • Using support online and face to face re-build/ move content
  • Finding out more generally
    • Blackboard On-Demand Learning Centre:
    • http://ondemand.blackboard.com
    • Knowledge Base articles:
    • http://www.manchester.ac.uk/servicedesk
    • Screen cast of a presentation delivered by Blackboard in June:
    • http://www.campus.manchester.ac.uk/elearning/resources/mle_webinars.html
    • MLE Highlights: information about Blackboard 9.1 and the MLE Project, including more information about Mobile Learn and Mobile Central
    • http://www.campus.manchester.ac.uk/tlso/newsbulletins/mle/
  • Questions?