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Blackboard Help and How To Documents

Janice Florent in CAT has created several Blackboard how-to documents for you and your students.

Checklist for Online Courses: Use this fillable pdf to gauge if you have included the required elements in your online course. New-to-online faculty may wish to discuss this form with their mentors.

CAT's Online Faculty Resource Center in Blackboard; choose "Browse as Guest"

CAT is pleased to provide for you an Online Faculty Resource Center. The Resource Center is not just for faculty members who wish to create online courses. If you add course content to Blackboard, we hope you'll find many useful ideas as well. Here's a list of the menu items currently available. You are welcome to browse using the link above but If you'd like to add the Resource Center to your Blackboard account, please contact Karen Nichols (knichola@xula.edu, x7692).

CAT Online Faculty Resource Center
Getting Started
Designing Your Course
Adding Course Content to Blackboard
Engaging Students
Menu Items for Your Students
Blackboard Guides
Copyright and Fair Use Issues
General Resources
Technology Requirements

Quality Matters

In order to teach an online or hybrid course at Xavier it is required that the instructor take an online introductory course through Quality Matters which reviews in detail the rubric so that you will know which features need to be included in your course. Here's the link to the calendar of Quality Matters course offerings. Once there, please be sure to click on one of the Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) courses that are available. When you come to the part in the registration process that asks for payment, choose "invoice" and Xavier will receive the invoice. If you have any trouble at all with the registration, please contact Karen Nichols (knichola@xula.edu; x7692).

Quality Matters is an internationally-recognized non-profit organization that offers peer review of online and hybrid courses. The rubric used for the review is research-based and conducted by an extensively trained three-person review team. Any standards not met are flagged and the review team works with the course developer to make corrections. Xavier is an institutional member since 2012.

In addition to Professional Development courses and peer reviews, the Quality Matters Conference offers informative sessions on a variety of topics. You're welcome to explore the presentations from the 2013 QM Conference in Nashville. (All links will open in a new window.)

NOTE: ITC Help Desk @ 520-7446 is offering extended hours as follows:

Monday through Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday - 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday - 1:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Please note: The new extended Help Desk hours will be in effect only during academic semesters when classes are in session.

You’re invited to join ETC: Educational Technology Community
CAT is forming a Special Interest Group (SIG) for faculty interested in Educational Technology. The Educational Technology Community (ETC) is an interactive component of CAT’s Online Faculty Resource Center in Blackboard and will provide access to research and discussions on this topic. To join, simply email a request to Karen Nichols (knichola@xula.edu).
Once there, you’ll see resources not only for faculty who are designing and teaching online and hybrid courses, but information for adding content to Blackboard for your face to face courses, accessibility resources, etc. In addition, there will be a Discussion section for posting questions and comments as well as an Announcements area where you will receive information on the latest innovations in ed tech, recommendations by your colleagues and other items of interest.
Virtual meetings will be set up using Blackboard Collaborate where we can meet to share and discuss any ideas or perhaps get advice on challenges.
So if you’re interested in Educational Technology, please feel free to join us. The first virtual meeting of ETC will take place on Thursday, February 6 from 2:30pm-3:30pm using Blackboard Collaborate. The link and instructions will be posted in the Announcements section of CAT’s Online Faculty Resource Center. To join ETC, simply email a request to Karen Nichols (knichola@xula.edu). This will be a great opportunity for you to experience how Bb Collaborate works and to start sharing ideas!

Email us for information!