From the Director’s Desk

Welcome back to Fall in the Virtual Campus. In mid-August we upgraded to the most current version of Blackboard. This should fix several of the annoying error messages  Trishseen during spring and summer terms.

  • Blackboard IM and Safeassign have also been updated.
  • Blackboard Collaborate has been developed into a more social space for easy file, desktop and website sharing, conversations, and class meetings. If you are interested in trying out this Collaborate, which is more similar to the Google Hangout setup, let me know. Until all the tools are fully functional I will not put it in all classrooms. Development for the mobile components should be complete in a few weeks.
  • Unfortunately we have had to cancel Respondus Lockdown Browser. It is being redeveloped but is not ready for use. The virtual campus is searching for an affordable replacement with similar functionality.

Look for our newest tool called Atomic Learning. It’s a Blast! It is available to all students, staff, and faculty, and can be found in Blackboard under tools on the MyWBU page. This tool has thousands of short video tutorials on how to do things. For example, there are Blackboard tutorials from an instructor or a student perspective. Need to format a Word document? Learn how with Atomic Learning. Confused using Excel? Need help using Photoshop? Got an Apple Watch? Search Atomic Learning to find a video to help you figure it out. These tutorials can also be placed and assigned in a classroom – with direct links to the video.

In October, the Virtual Campus will hold some training on Blackboard and various tools. These trainings will be a combination of onsite and virtual so anyone can attend or watch the training at a more convenient time. Learn more about Kaltura for multimedia, Atomic Learning, the new Collaborate, Grade Center, and assessments.

As always, the Virtual Campus team is ready to assist you. Holly, Leslie, and Jennifer Brown are experts for your classrooms and Blackboard issues. Jennifer Martin helps our students with all the ins and outs of advising within the virtual campus. Call, email, IM or Lync into our help.

We hope you have a blessed and exciting Fall term.

Patricia M. Ritschel-Trifilo, PhD
Director of the Virtual Campus
Faculty Support
Wayland Baptist University


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