Faculty Announcements


 

Welcome to the Spring 2017 Semester

Welcome Faculty! Please browse through these semester announcements to learn about Blackboard features that you may not be aware of or the Blackboard resources you may not know exist.

 

See "Bb Tools" and "Teaching with Bb" links to the left for additional online resources.

 

Get Blackboard Text Notifications: Faculty and students can receive Bb text notifications in place of, or in addition to, email notifications. Click here for information on editing your notification preference.

 

Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience: All courses are now using the Ultra experience when using Collaborate in your Blackboard course. Click here to read more.

 

Blackboard Retention Center: Faculty, are you aware of the Blackboard Student Retention Center? The Retention Center provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Click here to read more.

 

Blackboard Jumpstart Training: All PGCC faculty are expected to use Blackboard to support and enhance every credit class offered on campus. Click here for information on available training.

 

Click on links below for useful information


 

 

 

 

 

Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience

All courses will now be using the Ultra experience when using Collaborate in your Blackboard course. Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact with your students. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don't have to install any software to join a session. Click here for frequently asked questions and a Bb video. For more information on how to get started with Collaborate in your Blackboard course, click here.

 

 

 


 

 

Blackboard Jumpstart Training

All PGCC faculty are expected to use Blackboard to support and enhance every credit class offered on campus.  This training will provide Blackboard basics on how to post announcements, your syllabus, schedule and contact information. It also goes over how to use the Grade Center. See below for training dates/times. To register for Blackboard Jumpstart training, send an email to eLearning@pgcc.edu with your preferred date and time. You will receive a confirmation email on your registration.

 

eLearning Services has scheduled 4 training sessions over the Spring 2017 semester.
Blackboard Jumpstart training for faculty:

Wednesday, January 18th

3:00pm

4:30pm

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Friday, January 20th

11:00am

12:30pm

A-332

Friday, January 20th

1:00pm

2:30pm

A-332

Wednesday, January 25th

2:00pm

3:30pm

A-332

 

 


 

 

 

Blackboard Text Notifications

 

The Blackboard notification system alerts you when events occur in your courses, such as when items need grading, new content and tests are made available, and when you have unread discussions and blogs. Notifications are generated automatically whenever their associated events occur and can be received as an email, text, voice message or a notification in the Dashboard. You and your students have the option to edit the way you receive these notifications. For information on how to edit your notification settings, click here and scroll down to "Choose how and when you get notifications".

 

For more information on the Notification Dashboard and how to edit your settings, click here. If you select to receive text notifications (SMS) or 'Text to Voice" you must have your mobile phone number listed in your Personal Settings.

 


 

 

 

 

Blackboard Content Collection

Blackboard's Content Collection is a file repository that allows faculty to store, manage, and share content. The Content Collection functions as a virtual hard drive that can be accessed from any computer by logging into a user's Blackboard account. With the content collection system, you can store your files once and link to them from any Blackboard course or organization. Click here for more information.

 

Blackboard Drive is a desktop application that allows you to map a network drive to the Content Collection in a Blackboard course or organization. With Blackboard Drive you can manage your files easily on your desktop. Files can be opened, edited, and saved right to your computer without having to re-upload them back into Blackboard. Click here for more information and how to install Blackboard Drive. Click here for a "quick hit" video on using Bb Drive.

 

 

 

 


 

Blackboard Retention Center

Faculty, are you aware of the Blackboard Student Retention Center? The Retention Center provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement. You can access the retention center from your course control panel under "Evaluation". Click here for more information.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Student Preview

 

As an instructor, you can view your course as a student to confirm that your course functions as intended. Use student preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered. This way you can be sure what your students are seeing. Click here for more information on 'Student Preview' or Click here for instructions on how to use Student Preview.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Colleague Retention Alert

 

The Colleague Retention Alert is different than the Blackboard Retention Center that is designed to help faculty quickly see what students are at risk. The Colleague Retention Alert is designed to submit a Retention Alert to Colleague.

 

  • Access to Colleague Retention Alert system from within Blackboard
    Faculty will be able to access the Colleague Retention Alert early warning system from within Blackboard (without additional login).

    To streamline submission of early warning messages to students, faculty will be able to access the Colleague Retention Alert system from within Blackboard.

 

  • Click here for instructions on how to submit a Retention Alert.

 

 

 


 

MyPgcc Portal

 

Access to Blackboard Courses from the myPGCC Portal

Faculty and students have access to Blackboard course sites and course announcements directly from the myPGCC portal (without additional login). From the portal, students and faculty are able to click on the Blackboard course link and go directly to the Blackboard course, without additional login to Blackboard.

 

 

 

 


 

Important Dates

January 19: Courses starting on January 23rd will become available to students in Blackboard.
January 23: First day of spring 2017 semester.

 

All other courses will become available to students 4 days prior to the start date of the course.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Information for Faculty Teaching Online and Hybrid/Online Courses


Online Student Orientation

The on-campus Online Student General Orientation will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017.


Individual Instructor-led Course Orientation sessions will be held between 5:00pm and 8:00pm on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Click Here for schedule.

 

 


Online Tutoring - SMARTHINKING


Smarthinking is an online tutoring service that Prince George's Community College has made available to online students. Smarthinking provides tutoring in a variety of subjects, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  Please inform your online students about this valuable tool. Note:  Due to the limited licensing, we are only able to extend this service to online students at this time. Smarthinking can be accessed through the "Quicklinks" button in your course.

 

 

eLearning Online Student Orientation “Course” in Blackboard

All online and hybrid/online students have been enrolled in the Blackboard course “eLearning Online Student Orientation". From this Blackboard course, students can access the online student orientation and other helpful information to help them get started in their online course.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Information for ALL Faculty Teaching With Blackboard

 

Bb Course Site Availability

All Blackboard courses will become available to students 4 days prior to the start date of the course. Students registered for regular-semester classes that begin on Monday, January 23rd will be able to access their courses in Blackboard on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Need Help With Blackboard?

The eLearning website has a wealth of information on Blackboard and other tools used with Blackboard.

  • The Teaching with Blackboard page has a variety of tutorials and other training materials to help you teach with Blackboard.
  • New to Blackboard or still searching for an answer? Our How Do I? page has additional tutorials on getting started with Blackboard.
  • See the list of Known Issues or the eLearning blog for updates and workarounds.