Issue 5 / May 2015
The ANGEL learning management system will no longer be accessible after June 30, 2015. Please let us know if you have any essential courses or materials that have not been migrated to Brightspace.
Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 7602) prior to June 1, 2015 to request that your course materials be migrated.
Create a Video Welcome Message in Brightspace
What better way to introduce your students to their online classroom than to have a video of you welcoming them to the course? With the “News Tool” in Brightspace, it is easy to create a brief welcome message for your students. You can record a video right from your webcam, or upload a video that you have recorded from a camera, using the “Video Note” feature. You can then insert these videos thanks to the “Insert Stuff” button in Brightspace’s HTML Editor. Teaching more than one course and you only want to record yourself once? No problem! You can record a general video message that would apply to multiple courses, and then use the “Video Note Search” feature to add any previously recorded or uploaded videos. To see how you can do all of this in Brightspace, please see the tutorial (9 min.) below:
If you have any questions or comments about “Video Note”, please contact us email@example.com.
BRIGHTSPACE UPGRADE TO 10.4
Hi everyone! We just wanted to let you know about the upgrade from version 10.3 to 10.4 for Brightspace that will be performed on Monday, May 25th. Please note – Brightspace will be down the whole day for this upgrade, so plan accordingly.
Here are some of the new features that are coming with version 10.4:
Updates to the quiz item analysis
User stats will now include standard deviation and the class average for the overall quiz
Question stats will now include standard deviation, discrimination index and point biserial per question
Question details now include standard deviation, discrimination and index average grade achieved per question
Full support for PDF files
In 10.3, PDF files were rendered as an image, meaning hyperlinks and embedded objects would not work. In 10.4, this will no longer be the case.
Various discussion improvements
Ability to bulk edit or delete topics or forums
Office 365 integration
Ability to check your SJC email within Brightspace
Ability to access your Outlook Calendar within Brightspace
Ability to access files in your OneDrive within Brighspace
These are just a few of the features that are coming with the upgrade and we thought these were the ones that would make a large impact to our faculty, staff and our students. If you have any questions about the upgrade or the new features coming in 10.4, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ The CIDET Team
TWO MINUTES (or less!) WITH THE WELLEHAN LIBRARY
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FACULTY / STAFF SPOTLIGHT
Dr. Michele Hinton-Riley
Adjunct Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies
History instructor Michele Hinton Riley has been teaching for the General Studies program since 2008. She teaches the online American History survey courses, HY 201 History of the United States I and HY 202 History of the United States II.
In 2012, Riley was awarded a fellowship from Maine Campus Compact. This program, Fusion Project, provided faculty an opportunity to complete a two-week online course on how to infuse service-learning components into existing online courses, giving students real-world, hands-on experience to strengthen learning and create connections. After completion of the fellowship, she worked with Kristin Belanger and Tony Schwieterman, from course design, to implement community based learning projects within both survey courses. Both Belanger and Schwieterman played an integral part in the success of service learning within the online classroom environment. In 2014, Riley served on the Saint Joseph’s College Learning Management System (LMS) Advisory Workgroup.
Riley continues to update her courses to provide an engaging and interactive experience for her students. She is currently designing LiveBinders for her courses. These binders will provide students with additional resources not housed within the LMS. These resources will give students the opportunity to view lecture notes, upload final projects, comment on fellow students’ assignment, observe videos, and explore historical primary sources. The goal is to have students be the center of their learning process by giving them to opportunity to engage, comment, and post relevant materials. Instructor Riley will be holding a workshop on LiveBinders at the SJCME’s Second Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching and Learning.