Issue 3 / March 2015
CROSSING THE FINISH LINE!
We did it! For the better part of the past 6 months, the Faculty Center for Instructional Design and Educational Technology has been actively working on the implementation plan for our transition to Brightspace. Our target was to have all courses migrated from ANGEL to Brightspace by the end of March, 2015.
The process officially started in July of 2014 with faculty and staff training and the initial setup of the system. The migration portion of this project began in September with a pilot of 4 online courses. Over the next five months, the team migrated over 300 online courses, close to 400 sections, and almost 100 campus courses.
In hindsight, the transition process brought to light how challenging ANGEL had made the learning experience for students and faculty. Brightspace offers an intuitive, easy user experience, where students and faculty can work together to accomplish their learning objectives.
I’d like to personally thank Toni Berube, Liza Dalfonso, and Justin Sparks for their hard work on this critical project.
~ Kristin Belanger
Academic Projects Manager
Have you ever wished there was an easier way to individually enter student grades in Brightspace? I have heard from numerous faculty who’ve asked me “Why can’t Brightspace’s gradebook function like a spreadsheet?” Thankfully, Brightspace does have a view for the gradebook called “Spreadsheet View”. This will allow you to enter grades in the gradebook manually, for each user, without having to click on various menus and other options. To catch a glimpse of “Spreadsheet View” and see how you can set it as your default view for the gradebook, please see the tutorial (4 min.) below:
If you have any questions or comments about “Spreadsheet View”, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
TWO MINUTES (or less!) WITH THE WELLEHAN LIBRARY
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime, well you just might find
You get what you need
~ Rolling Stones
Through the Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, faculty often can get what they want as well as what they need!
Click the image above for a brief video message.
FACULTY / STAFF SPOTLIGHT
Academic Projects Manager for CIDET
Now that migration is over, much of my time is devoted to managing the Course Design Program (where we work hand-in-hand with faculty to develop or redesign online courses), training faculty, and working on pilot projects. In my “free time” I teach online for SJC and for Quality Matters. With Spring right around the corner, I’m looking forward to planting my garden, heading to the beach and soaking up the sun! I’m excited for the new opportunities that Brightspace will offer to both our students and our faculty!
When I’m not migrating courses or doing course production work, I enjoy meeting new people across campus (come by Scully and say hi!); volunteering at Catherine’s Cupboard (Wednesdays nights if you are interested in helping out!); and being outdoors either snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or hiking. Also, after many years away from school, I decided to dust off my brain, crack open the textbooks, and enroll as a student! Now that migration is winding down, I look forward to new opportunities within CIDET. Fingers crossed that it will involve meeting a lot more of you!
In addition to building, migrating, and reviewing online courses, I am the editor and designer of the Interconnections Newsletter! I also dabble in research, writing , collecting data, developing surveys, and learning new technology. In my spare time, I enjoy true crime biographies, painting, music, criminal law, government issues, and eating ethnic food. I am proud of the work CIDET has done to successfully complete the Brightspace migration, and I look forward to what the upcoming year has to offer!