Wednesday, November 28, 2012

End of Term Record Keeping

It's that time of year again - finals!

Did you know that you can create detailed user activity reports in MyHCC? You can also download your grade book to save in Excel. Creating both of these reports is an easy way to keep a digital record for yourself and can also be helpful in financial aid reporting.

Follow these tutorials to create your reports:
Creating an End of Term Activity Report

Creating a Grade Center Report

Friday, November 16, 2012

HCC now has NBC Learn for Blackboard!

NBC Learn has archived video content (dating back to the 1920s) that can be used in your MyHCC course. The video collection is updated regularly to include current content being broadcast on NBC news programs.

Interested in using NBC Learn content in your course? Check out this how-to video

Want to see how other faculty are using NBC Learn? View this testimonial from Grand Rapids Community College

Finally, here are some fast facts on the collections

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Call for Proposals: 20th Georgia Conference On College & University Teaching

The 20th Georgia Conference On College & University Teaching
February 15 - 16, 2013
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Click here for more on the conference

Call for Proposals
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2013 no later than 11:59 pm
Notifications of acceptance or rejections: Friday, January 18, 2013

Keynote Spearkers:

Improving College Teaching: What Really Works Today?

Peter Seldin

Peter Seldin is Distinguished Professor of Management Emeritus at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. He has been a consultant on higher education issues to more than 350 colleges and universities throughout the United States and in 45 countries around the world. He was named by the World Bank as a Visiting Scholar to Indonesia, and he was elected a fellow of the College of Preceptors in London, England. For his contributions to the scholarship of teaching, he has received honorary degrees from Keystone College and Columbia College (South Carolina).

J. Elizabeth Miller

J. Elizabeth Miller is Associate Professor of Family and Child Studies at Northern Illinois University. Previously, she was the university Director of the Teaching Assistant and Training Development Office, where she established and ran the training program for more than 800 teaching assistants. She is a consultant in higher education and has mentored hundreds of faculty on portfolio development in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of several teaching awards, and her research focuses on the interplay between feminist teaching and learner-centered teaching. They are the authors of the The Academic Portfolio, 2008 and The Teaching Portfolio (2010, 4th edition) along with Clement Seldin, published by Jossey-Bass. Their work together focuses on portfolio development and implementation, faculty evaluation, improvement of teaching, and building strategies for maintaining institutional integrity.
Behind the Fig Leaf: Faculty Preconceptions of Student Achievement

David A. Green

David A Green is Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and affiliated faculty in International Studies at Seattle University, WA. Before becoming a faculty developer, David was chair of Languages and International Business at Birmingham City University (UK) and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level in foreign language, literature, cross-cultural management, communication, and higher education. He publishes on academic identity and faculty perceptions of both student characteristics and the field of higher education pedagogy. David is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development and co-author (with Celia Popovic) of Understanding Undergraduates: Challenging Our Preconceptions of Student Success, published in the USA and UK by Routledge (Behind the fig leaf: Faculty preconceptions of student achievement).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blackboard Service Pack 8 Upgrade

During the 2012 Winter Break MyHCC/Blackboard will be upgraded to Service Pack 8 (SP8). At first glance, MyHCC/Blackboard will look very different from what you are currently seeing. The interface has been redesigned to make navigation more clear and easier to use. The location of all of Blackboard’s tools and menus, however, are exactly where they are now.

For an overview of the new features in Service Pack 8, check out this video

For print tutorials on the changes coming with Service Pack 8, click through the resources on this page.

Finally, CITT is hosting live previews of Blackboard's Service Pack 8 upgrade on all campuses. These previews will be held Friday, November 30th and Friday, December 7th. Service Pack 8's new features and mechanics will be highlighted. To join us for a session, please register