Updates from the Design Center

Hi everyone, these are a few reminders or Blackboard updates from your Instructional Designers: 

  • Notifications page: we notice that several of you are turning off access to this page or don’t update this page regularly. Maybe you aren’t aware that you can? If so, great news, we have some new modules that greatly help students. To add these modules, go to Notifications, click Add module, and click Add on the following: Accessibility Statement & Links, Blackboard Support, FERPA & Privacy Statements, and Student Support & Resources Links (on page 2).
    • You can then reorder your boxes by scrolling over the name of the module, holding down your mouse button and dragging to move or reorder so that all modules are in the left column and the Student Support & Resources Links is on the right column.
    • Here’s an example of what that looks like:
  • Re-ordering the Course Menu: Perhaps you’ve noticed that when you complete a course copy or add something new to the Course Menu, your links are always added to the bottom under the Blackboard Help links? You can reorder the course menu to help your students easily navigate the course. Scroll to the left of the link name on the menu. When the compass arrows appear, click with your mouse, hold the button down, and drag your links to the top.
  • Using material from previous semester: You can use your old content without creating new content from scratch by following the Course Copy Directions, found on the Start of the Semester Tips on the Faculty tab inside Blackboard.
    • You can change all due dates on the Date Management page, found under Course Tools under Course Management on your Course Menu.
      • Tip: Don’t put due dates on the description of items or assignments because then you have to go back and change them every semester and you may miss them. Put due dates on the ACTUAL assignment/discussion/test/quiz/etc and the due date will be put on the course calendar that the students can view in Blackboard. OR create a course schedule for the students to view.

Reminder: The Instructional Design Center Open House: “Fall into Blackboard” will be held the week of August 29th. We are hosting a faculty wine reception on Tuesday, August 30, 4:30 – 6:30 PM. Ruth Newberry, from the Blackboard Outcomes team will be here to answer questions about goal, alignment, and outcomes. Please join us in Drinko Library 235!

Updated event schedule is posted here: www.marshall.edu/muonline/open-house








Design Center Open House

To celebrate the opening of our new office in Drinko Library, we are hosting an Open House the week of August 29th. We have a mix of drop-in times as well as scheduled events.

Drop-in anytime Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM for snacks and giveaways.

Faculty Wine & Cheese Reception Tuesday, August 30th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM featuring Ruth Newberry from the Blackboard Outcomes Team.

Blackboard expert Tammy Jolley will be here Friday, Sept. 2nd from 8:00 – noon.

Our new location is Drinko Library 235. Follow the stacks to the back of the building.

We look forward to seeing you and answering your Blackboard questions!

Use Development Courses to Ready Content

We know that some of you like to work on readying your courses prior to the live sections becoming available. We can make that easy for you! We use blank courses called “Development sections” to act as a template for you to create your courses prior to the start of the semester. Live course sections are created and make available two weeks prior to the start of the semester in order to accommodate last minute changes to the schedule and student enrollments. If you would like to request a Development section to work on your course ahead of time, please do the following:

  • First, log into Blackboard and check under the No Term Assigned header to see if you already have a Development section for the course you want to work on. If you do, but you want to remove all of the information and start fresh, you can contact us for help in doing so.
  • Second, if you find that you do not currently have a section for your class, contact us at designcenter@marshall.edu with your course name.

You can also copy the most recent course’s content into your Development section to make changes. Follow the Course Copy directions to copy content into or out of your Development section. You can find these directions by logging into Blackboard, clicking on the Faculty tab, seeing the Start of Semester Tips module on the right of your screen, and clicking on Course Copy Directions.

You can continue to make changes to your Development section at any time, and use that template course as the guide next time you want to ready your course for the start of the semester.

If you have any questions regarding Development sections, or how to copy into your live section, please remember to contact us at designcenter@marshall.edu.

Design Center Update

Due to construction work occurring in our Communications Building office, the Huntington Design Center will not be available for drop-in appointments until Monday, May 23rd. At that time, you will find us in our new location in Drinko Library 235. Instructional Designers are still available to meet with faculty on the Huntington campus if needed, and we are available via our personal emails, as well as our group email of designcenter@marshall.edu. We thank you for your continued patience as we move to upgrade our center to better serve the Marshall community.

Design Center Move

The Huntington Design Center is moving from Smith Communications Building into Drinko Library 235. We will be fully operational in our new space starting June 6, 2016. Until that time, if you would like to make an appointment with us on the Huntington campus, it would be best for us to come to you. You can give us a call at 304-696-7117 or email us at designcenter@marshall.edu  if you’d like to set up a time to meet with us to discuss your ecourse or course development.