Blackboard Profile Tool

Untitled-3Many people have uploaded profile pictures to Blackboard. When they post messages on Blackboard Tools such as the Discussion Board their photos now appear next to the messages, and simple personal profile pages are available.

Research by Kear et al (2014) found that some learners in online courses felt personal profile pages helped provide social presence in the online environment, while others preferred to learn about each other from the profile messages themselves. Because different students feel differently about creating profiles you might want to give students the option of creating a profile, rather than forcing them to. However there may be situations where you want to encourage student to add profiles and if so there are privacy settings available which may help put their minds at ease if they feel uncomfortable about creating profiles.

Below is a link to a video that goes through the process of creating a Blackboard profile. This includes uploading a profile picture, and changing privacy settings.
video that goes through the process of creating a Blackboard profile

If you prefer to use a text based guide, you can also follow the instructions provided in this guide on eShare which also covers using more of Blackboard’s Social Learning Tools.

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Peter Beaumont
Learning Technology Development Officer

Tab-tastic! Learning Edge now has faculty specific resources!

For new and returning students, there is something different in Learning Edge for this year!

For those returning, you may remember the Learning Services tab within Learning Edge, but now there is something even more special for each Faculty and Department for you to use.

The old tab has been replaced by Your FoHSC Resources, Your FoE Resources or Your FAS Resources.  Each one has specific resources tailored towards your Faculty and course so that you only get the most relevant information for your studies.

FoE tab   FoHSC tab   FAS tab

In each tab you will find panels full of useful information about your subject including videos, Twitter feeds, guides and quick links to the most needed materials (such as Referencing, Academic Skills, Journals, reading lists and more!)

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Keep an eye on these tabs as they will be dynamically updated to bring you the most relevant information depending on the time of year and will also change depending on what you are asking for to be included.  Just use Ask Us to let us know your ideas.

If you need any help please contact the Learning Services Help Desk based in the library.

 

 

Bristol Online Survey (BOS) – New Features Coming Soon

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The team behind Bristol Online Surveys have been working on the new and enhanced version of BOS which will be released later this year. BOS is the University supported survey tool which is easy to use and allows you to create, deploy and analyse surveys.

BOS featuresThe new version will look and feel different, with many features which will enhance the functionality within the survey design, completion and analysis.

BOS will also be mobile friendly which makes it easier for participants to complete surveys on their mobile phones or tablets – hopefully this will increase your returns!  You can even allow sharing of surveys via Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

So, what do I need to do in preparation?

 If you already have some surveys in your BOS account, please review them and close or delete any that you no longer need. This will greatly help to reduce the migration time.

We have also been advised that any unlaunched surveys with a close date set at over 2 years ago will not be migrated. If you need to keep a survey that this applies to, please ensure you modify the close date.

The Upgrade Process

The upgrade will happen towards the end of October this year. During this time, we will experience some downtime (estimated to be a day) on our University BOS account and all active surveys will be temporarily unavailable. The participants will see the message advising them to come back shortly.

Once the migration has been completed, you and your respondents will see the new updated interface.  The link to your survey will remain the same.

For more information about the upgrade date and a sneak peek into the new features and enhancements to BOS, keep checking this blog.

If you would like any further information or if you have questions regarding this, please contact us via the email at [email protected] or call us on 01695 650754.

 NB: Surveys containing personal information

It is worth noting that if you are collecting personal information about individuals, there are a number of legal obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998. Principle 5 of the Data Protection Act is particularly pertinent here: “Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.” If you don’t have any specific reasons to hold on to the data, then it should be deleted. For more information about your data protection responsibilities see the ICO’s Guide to Data Protection.

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Nina Unsworth

Learning Technology Development Operations Coordinator

 

Time to get Appy!

Smartphones and Tablets get better every year and more of you are using your mobile devices to engage with Edge Hill content on the go.

With the start of term only a few weeks away, what better time to showcase the apps available to you…

Edge Hill Central

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Stay connected with Edge Hill University wherever you are.

Look-up course information, search the library catalogue, check your emails and stay up-to-date with the latest university news, videos, images, and more.

iTunes link | Google Play link

Blackboard Mobile Learn

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Blackboard Mobile Learn makes it easier for you to keep up with your courses by letting you access them whenever and wherever you want – now on WiFi and cellular!

We have also bundled a copy of this in to the Edge Hill Central App – so there is no need to install separately.

iTunes link | Google Play link

Blackboard Collaborate

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Blackboard Collaborate is Edge Hill’s web conferencing tool. Collaborate provides an online environment where students and staff can engage in a live web conference for online classes, meetings, one-on-one tutoring, and much more.

In order to attend a Blackboard Collaborate session your tutor will need to schedule a session or create a room.

iTunes link | Google Play link

For more information on mobile enabled content available at Edge Hill University can be found here

As always, any questions on whats happening please contact LTD Support on 01695 650754 or email [email protected]

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John Langford

Learning Technology Development Systems Officer