Signature on Emails sent from Blackboard

This past semester we found that emails sent from the Blackboard system are now coming from a “donotreply” email address.  This means that the students will not know who sent the email without the sender adding a signature to the email.  The only information automatically provided by Blackboard is within the email subject line; it does include the course name.  I suggest that you sign your name and input your email address and possibly your office and phone numbers and/or office hours should the students need to get ahold of you.

Copy and/or Merge Courses in Blackboard

Copy Courses

Did you know that you can quickly and easily copy course content from past semesters if you were using Blackboard?  Please use the GV instructions linked here (login required) or generic, but good, Blackboard instructions here (no login required) to ensure a great start to your semester.

Merge Courses

  • What is a merged course?  You may have multiple sections of the same course on your course list in Blackboard. What if you only want to maintain once course sight including one Grade Center?  You can merge your courses so that they appear as only one site on Blackboard where all students from those multiple sections accessing the same information.  Saves you time and energy.  It’s nice when tools promote efficiency, isn’t it?
    1. Limitations of a Merge:  For efficiency purposes, there is an order to this operation but with great details in instructions from you, it can be worked around.  Please let your LMS Administrator know where the original content is kept so that they can use the information as the basis for the merge.
      • Once courses are merged, students are not automatically dropped.  Please let your LMS Administrator know when student names are maintained and shouldn’t be.

Thinking about Thinking

This past Tuesday, several faculty and staff members gathered for the semester’s first Conversations on Teaching, which focused on promoting reflective learning and metacognition for better student learning. It was a thoughtful discussion, out of which several ideas emerged for collaborative work with students–so stay tuned. If you missed the session, you can find the resource guide by clicking here, and we’ll offer it again as a Saturday workshop later in the semester. It’s a fascinating and complex topic, with a lot of cutting-edge research suggesting that reflection and metacognition are key strategies for learning and retention.
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The Semester is Dead, Long Live the Semester

Another semester is staggering to a close marching toward a triumphant conclusion. There is a familiar consistency in the rhythm of the academic year; tree branches become bare, days get shorter, the Detroit Lions lose football games–you can almost set your watch by it. Yet part of that rhythm is the reality that as one semester ends, another one has essentially begun. And while we at least start a little later in January, the Spring semester looms over us. WATCHING. WAITING. WE’RE DOOMED. 1367686867113930
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