As of January 16, 2016, the Video Everywhere feature of Blackboard is no longer available because of changes made to the underlying YouTube functionality. Consequently, faculty and students can no longer record webcam videos directly within the Blackboard environment using the Video Everywhere tool. Nevertheless, using the Blackboard mobile app, student and faculty users are still able to upload audio and video directly to the course. This short training video is provided to all Blackboard users by Wichita State University’s Instructional Design and Technology team.
Crafting an instructor presence can be a daunting task for instructors who have just started teaching online. Maintaining that same presence can be just as challenging for repeat online instructors. Instructor presence (or social presence) is all about reminding your students that you are there, that you are present, and that you are listening. Each of
Next week, Wichita State will be launching one of its first online courses in the History Department! HIST 132: American History 2 covers American history from the Civil War to modern day. In one of my first assignments as an Instructional Designer at Wichita State, I was asked to help design and develop the course.
This entire holiday season has had me absolutely giddy. If you’re lucky, you had the chance to follow my series of holiday infographics two weeks ago. Those are a good indicator of how obsessed I am with the holiday season. Capping off the end of an excellent year and an even better fall semester, the
As we wrap up our final days of the Fall 2015 semester, it’s already time to start looking ahead to spring. One of the very last things I do before I cross another successful semester off my schedule is export all of my online classes. The Export Course feature in Blackboard “creates a package of the Course
Wow! The last two weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. Instructional Design and Technology has been hard at work on our “Stop the World” project for the Criminal Justice department. Over the past two weeks, we have created, redesigned, and edited more than twenty courses in both the Criminal Justice BA and MA programs. At
Good afternoon, Shockers! Instructional Design and Technology has been hard at work on a project we fondly call “Stop the World.” Over the next few weeks, we’re creating and editing more than twenty Blackboard courses that will launch in Spring 2016. Jay, our Educational Technologists, is recording this entire process and will eventually create a
On this blog, we at IDT spend a lot of time talking about the instructor experience in online courses. But what about our students? What drives so many students at Wichita State to choose online courses or entire online programs? I can’t speak for every student at Wichita State, but online learning appealed to me
Yesterday, I spoke a little bit about how to prioritize building trust between student and instructor in an online class through design. However, as I said before, building and maintaining trust in an online class also depends on how the course is delivered. Design is all about planning; delivery is all about, well, delivery.