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New offerings are here for instructional applications this fall

08.14.2017 | By: Texas Wesleyan University

IT-Academic Services would like to announce the following changes and new applications services relevant to the start of the Fall 2017 semester:

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience is coming to Texas Wesleyan University this fall. Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing and collaboration tool designed specifically for education. It's easier than ever to lead virtual classes, office hours, advising, tutoring, mentoring sessions, departmental meetings and more.

Features of the Bb Collaborate Ultra tool include:

  • Browser-based web conferencing
  • High-quality audio and video
  • Simple, fast file sharing
  • Recording
  • Breakout Groups
  • Polling
  • Attendance Reporting

To ensure you can familiarize yourself with these new features of Blackboard Collaborate and be ready to integrate them in your instruction. Here are a few valuable resources that you may be interested in reviewing which are offered by Blackboard:

  • Feature Showcase – review all of the new features.
  • Help.Blackboard.com – assistance using the new Blackboard Collaborate (tailored specifically for faculty and students.)

Blackboard Mobile App Changes

Blackboard has updated its mobile app intended for student use and has introduced a completely new “Blackboard Instructor” app for faculty use. As of Aug. 1, 2017, the “Mobile Learn” mobile app will no longer be available in app stores globally. After Aug. 31, 2017, Blackboard will no longer support “Mobile Learn.”

Students and faculty wishing to access Blackboard via a mobile device are now encouraged to make use of the Blackboard app for students and the Blackboard Instructor app for educators (released on July 20th, 2017) respectively. This initial launch of Blackboard Instructor focuses on key communication tools, as student engagement is critical to success.

Grading capabilities are currently being validated by users and will follow in the coming months. In the meantime, the “Bb Grader” app (for iPad) will continue to be available to give instructors access to mobile grading functionality. 

Sun-setting of PsychData Survey Tool

Texas Wesleyan University’s legacy survey tool, PsychData, is scheduled to expire on Feb. 1, 2018. In the coming weeks, current/active users of PsychData will receive communication disseminated from the Office of the Provost regarding PsychData survey data retention. Your responsiveness to this communication will ensure that your survey data is handled appropriately. Faculty interested in making use of the current university survey solution, Qualtrics, can contact the Service Desk for additional information.

Atomic Learning is Now Hoonuit

Texas Wesleyan University utilizes a service that provides online access to robust eLearning/technology and online professional learning. This service was previously known as Atomic Learning, but the organization has recently begun a rebranding process. Going forward, the service will be known as Hoonuit (pronounced “who knew it”). This service also integrates with the university’s Blackboard environment.

For questions or support requests related to these applications and services, please contact the Service Desk. Information on faculty technology training can be obtained from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

Have a question? Get in touch with us.

Service Desk
817-531-4428 opt. 1
servicedesk@txwes.edu

CETL
817-531-6563
cetl@txwes.edu

 

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