2018 Faculty Learning Community Opportunities

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We are proud to announce new opportunities to join a faculty learning community (FLC) this spring. A faculty learning community is a peer-led group of faculty members who engage in an active, collaborative, year-long program, structured to provide encouragement, support, and reflection.

As the CTL enters its fourth year of hosting FLCs, we want to challenge those that have not participated in one. Joining an FLC places you as a Change Representative for teaching and learning at Forsyth Tech. We hope that you find interest in serving as a change representative by advancing one of the following initiatives:

  • Supporting our Students by designing interventions to positively impact student persistence, retention and completion
  • Advancing the philosophy of Universal Design and Accessibility by developing a platform that emphasizes universal design and equity in access as opposed to ADA-compliance
  • Championing Quality Matters by piloting the a Blackboard template and adopting the its rubric to enhance course design.
  • Develop a Quality Matters Faculty Mentor program to help onboard faculty members as early adopters.
Registration is open. Visit our Voices site​ to read more about each FLC and incentives for joining based on
elgibility. Why would you want to be an FLC Participant? Click here to learn more. Apply by November 7th.

Friendly Reminder: TechTube is Dying Soon…So Get Ready

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This is a follow up post to our announcement about TechTube. The service will end in December and it is imperative that you begin moving your content (if you want it) off of TechTube and into Office 365 Video. Office 365 Video is part of the other apps you have as part of your Office 365 package. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Announcement regarding TechTube transitioning to read-only status
First announcement regarding its end (may require you to login to Techlink)

Resources to Begin the Transition

A New Method to Request and End Instructor or Course Observer Access

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In an earlier announcement, we mentioned starting a pilot to test if the course copy process could be self-supported where faculty could complete them on their own. Ultimately, this would eliminate the need for the course request form; however, we are well aware that certain circumstances may require us to support the process on a case-by-case basis. We have not set a due date yet for when the course request form would expire, but one important part of the form includes requesting instructor access or course observer access.

Why Do I Need Instructor or Course Observer Access

A person would ask for instructor access if more than one instructor is assigned to a single course, such as in a team-teaching scenario. A person would request course observer access if they are supervisory faculty and need it for evaluation or emergency reasons.

New Process

In order to keep the integrity of instructor access and the course observer role, we are now transitioning to email requests for this process. To request instructor access or course observer access, email us at ctlsupport@forsythtech.edu and put instructor access or course observer access in the subject line. We need accurate course section information for this request to be successful.

Removing Course Observer Access

If you would like for us to remove course observer access for a specific course(s), you must send another email and state this in the message. It is EXTREMELY important that you ask us to remove course observer access when you are finished. This will help rectify an ongoing issue with Blackboard courses not appearing in the My Courses list for faculty due to being enrolled in over 100+ courses. As we remove access to the courses that you do not need in your My Course list, other courses that were not visible will begin to show.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact James Cook or Helen Dollyhite.

TechTube Transitioning to Read-only Status Today

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This is a follow up to the announcement on May 12, 2017 about discontinuing TechTube. TechTube will be switched to read-only status today as part of the next phase to end services. If you need help on how to use Office 365 video, please let members of the CTL know. You can also receive help during our Copin’ House event.

Click here for the original announcement
Click here for information about Copin’ House

Both links may require you to log into TechLink.

Getting Started with Blackboard for F2F Classes: Five Basic Functions to Be Successful

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The Center for Transformative Learning developed a course to assist you on how to create a companion site for your face-to-face class:

  1. Navigate the Blackboard course menu;
  2. Update your instructor information;
  3. Upload a syllabus;
  4. Create an assignment; and
  5. Set up the Grade Center.

To access this online training, faculty need to self-enroll in the Blackboard course by following the directions in How to Self-Enroll in Blackboard Training or by watching the video below:

If you have any questions with How to Self-Enroll in Blackboard Training, the Basic Blackboard Course Requirements training course, or the face-to-face training opportunities, please contact Learning Technologies via email: learningtech@forsythtech.edu.

Creating a Course Entry Assignment

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In the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year, a standardized course entry assignment was introduced to satisfy auditing of attendance in online classes. The assignment was also placed in hybrid classes in case students accessed the online portion of the course first. The Learning Technologies Committee, which consists of faculty and staff, was charged to update parameters for the assignment in a way that provides flexibility for faculty. This post explains the purpose of the course entry assignment and its importance for audit tracking.The Learning Technologies Committee re-evaluated the course entry assignment during the Fall 2015 semester. After extensive work with committee members and faculty feedback, we are happy to introduce updated parameters regarding the assignment.

Process Summary

  1. The course entry assignment for each Blackboard online and hybrid section (Sections 800-949) must be ready and available for students on the first day of class.
  2. You may use the discussion board icebreaker, which is the default course entry assignment, or any assignment in your course as long as it is due on or before the census date (your course’s 10% point). To learn more about the Course Entry Assignment parameters, view this PDF.
  3. For efficiency, it is highly recommended you use features in Blackboard that requires students to submit something such as a test, graded discussion, document upload, etc.).
  4. You must change the grade center column name to Course Entry Assignment. For a tutorial on how to do this, view this PDF.
  5. To verify student enrollment, assignments must be submitted prior to the census date. This does not mean graded, which can be done later. Please adhere to your respective division policies if there are different requirements.
  6. Use Blackboard as your guide for marking No Shows and enrollment (E) dates in Web Attendance. Due dates for marking these are dispersed by your respective divisions. To find submission dates in Blackboard, view this PDF. To learn how to mark No Shows and E’s in Web Attendance, view this PDF.
  7. Students marked as No Shows will not change in Blackboard until the Record’s Office and Snapshot runs their respective processes. For more information about Snapshot, please view the information on this page.

What is a Census Date?

  • The census date, also known as a course’s 10% point, is the last day students must verify enrollment (E) in their course. Failure to do so will result in a No Show (NS). The census date can be found using the Class Roster in Web Advisor for Faculty on Techlink.
  • Enrollments and No Shows must be accurately reflected in Web Attendance.
  • When a student submits the Course Entry Assignment, the date of their submission is the enrollment date and must be entered in Web Attendance with an “E” to show the first date of course attendance.
  • If a student does not complete any course work by the end of the census date, you must mark this student as a No Show by placing a check in the appropriate box in Web Attendance.
  • Enrollments and No Shows must be marked by the due date, often shared by the division’s administrative staff, because a process is ran by the Record’s Office to capture notations in Web Attendance.
  • Once the Record’s Office completes the above-mentioned process, students who were marked as No Shows are removed from your Blackboard course.

Tutorials Regarding the Course Entry Assignment