Welcome to the Fall 2021 Semester
Zoom Replaced Collaborate
If you did not teach over the summer, you may not be aware that Zoom has replaced Bb Collaborate Ultra as the virtual classroom in Bb. Our license for Collaborate Ultra expired at the end of June and is no longer available. To set up your Zoom account, see "Getting Started with Zoom" in the Zoom Knowledge article found here.
Panopto Video Course Link
You will notice that there is an additional menu link in your fall courses for Panopto Video. All Zoom class recordings will automatically be stored in the Panopto Video link in your course. You will need to configure the link so it is connected to the course folder. You can do this by following the steps found here.
Panopto Monthly Webinars
To see the schedule and register, use this link:
Panopto Trainer Office Hours
Panopto holds office hours every Friday at 1:00 pm to answer any general questions you have about anything Panopto. Click the link below to join!
Accept Faculty Contracts Online
To accept or reject your faculty contract, please follow these instructions to ensure that you get paid in a timely manner.
Accessing First Day Handouts and More
First day handouts and content related to student support services, academic calendar, and refund policy are now located directly in Blackboard. Select the links that follow for information on accessing:
- How to Access First Day Handouts
- How to Access Content Related to Student Resources, Academic Calendar, and Refund Policy
Where to Find Blackboard
You may notice that the Bb link from the College's website is missing. Due to the new Identity Access Management (IAM) project, PGCC applications can now be accessed through the college's portal, myPGCC (my.pgcc.edu) without requiring entry of user credentials for each system.
eLearning Smart Start
eLearning has recently revamped our Student eLearning Orientation program. eLearning Smart Start was created to help new and transferring online students get to know our learning community and introduce them to some of the many helpful resources PGCC has to offer. Completing eLearning Smart Start will help online students gain the essential information needed to be successful in the virtual environment. It is very important that the students are aware of the importance of this training, and that’s where you come in. Let your students know about all of the great things eLearning Smart Start has to offer and that participation is crucial. After taking eLearning Smart Start, your online students will be ready and confident to start their online journey at PGCC!
Ally Course Reports
The Ally instructor course reports have now been enabled in all Blackboard courses. The full course report can be accessed via the navigation bar under the course tools tab. Individual reports for linked content (such as Word or PowerPoint documents) can be accessed by clicking on the gauges to the left of the documents. For information about how to interpret the gauges and reports, you can use the knowledge base articles here.
eLearning Support Button in Bb
eLearning is excited to announce a new tool for providing “just in time” support for faculty and students. eLearning is deploying a support tool called the eLearning Support Center which will provide support directly in Blackboard. The eLearning Support Center is an on-demand resource available 24/7 where you can get help, find answers to questions, and learn more about how to use Blackboard and other tools like Zoom and Panopto. A pop-up message will appear explaining how to use the resource. You will see the following icon in Blackboard once the tool is deployed:
New Bb Content Editor
The new Content Editor is an update to the previous Blackboard Learn Content Editor. It provides a more simplified and intuitive experience, and it works better on both hand-held devices and larger screens. There are several improvements to accessibility and some new features. Besides some updated tool icons, there are also some changes in behavior and functionality. All existing content will remain the same and can be edited in the new editor. For more information on the content editor, see the Knowledge Base Article here.
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