Keeping students engaged in synchronous online classes can be a challenge! However, recent advances in technology can enable a truly collaborative environment that allows for students to perform groupwork and for instructors to seamlessly monitor progress and give feedback.
- Professor Kate Savelberg takes us through how she uses Office 365 and Zoom to enable groupwork online
All Michener courses have an online presence in our Learning Management System, Blackboard Learn. Using Blackboard, instructors can post their Learning Plans (including documents, presentations, animations and short streaming video clips) to enhance the delivery of their course and enable student learning. Backboard supports seamless communication between students and between instructors and students through the use of discussion boards, e-mail, synchronous chat and Virtual Classroom tools, blogs, wikis, journals and more! Student performance can be evaluated using Blackboard’s many Assessment tools, including tests, quizzes and assignments. Instructors can manage and evaluate student performance through the Grade Centre which can be used in Blackboard Learn or exported for offline editing in a spreadsheet application such as Microsoft Excel. Michener’s Blackboard Learn system can be accessed by registered users at: michener blackboard
Resources that can support you.
Download a copy of Michener’s Blackboard User Guide
Contact our Learning Systems Administrator for all of your Blackboard Learn needs, including:
- Course Administration
- Training and technical support
- User Management
- Drop-in Hours
iClicker is a wireless, interactive student response system. Instructors can create a series of questions with multiple choice responses and get instant feedback from students. No hardware or software installation is required and your questions can be created in the software of your choice such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or an old fashioned overhead projector sheet. Results are compiled into an easy to read Excel spreadsheet for further review. Michener has 200 iClickers available for use in your class on a first-come-first-served basis.
Interested in using iClickers or another student response system in your course? Contact our Learning Systems Administrator for more information.
CAE LearningSpace is an audio-visual system that is used in healthcare simulation to record students in order for them to observe and reflect on their performance. Recording infrastructure is installed throughout ,abbr title=”Centre for the Advancement of Simulation Education”>CASE, and in select discipline-specific labs, including CT, general X-ray, Ultrasound, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, and Respiratory Therapy.
Interested in using LearningSpace for your course? Contact our Production Coordinator for more information.
Digital media and video production services are available to faculty and staff to support the delivery of course content in-class and online through Blackboard Learn. Services available to faculty and staff include:
- Digital Media:
- Audio/Video Production:
Audio/Video Production (on-site or on location)
Video for DVD
Audio Production (recording & narration)
Interested in adding audio, video or other digital media content to enhance your course? Contact our Production Coordinator for more information.
Zoom is a videoconferencing product that integrates seamlessly into Blackboard, and offers a number of functions that are highly useful for education, including:
- Stable performance in low-bandwidth situations
- World-wide call-in numbers, for participants who do not have a stable internet connection
- Breakout rooms (up to 50)
- Shared whiteboard and image markup tools
- Audience polling
Zoom does require setup to enable all education features and connect to Blackboard:
The following video will walk you through how to configure your account and connect Zoom to your Blackboard course(s): https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/a378ce8d-d050-48c6-9d12-98c18a072dea
The following videos will give you tips on how to best use Zoom for class sessions:
- How to schedule, start, and record Zoom sessions in Blackboard: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/bd59ebdb-dd57-4fea-b81f-fea344411b62
- How to use screen sharing, annotation, and polling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25Awq_v1Zms
- How to use breakout rooms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNCrdSnnqiU
- How to present Powerpoint slides on a single screen while keeping the notes section, Zoom chat, and presenters tab viewable: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/7a2b06cd-e83d-4246-ba8e-bc7bc913bf83
Zoom may also be used for remote exam invigilation (please consult with your Program Chair for clearance). The following video will walk you through the process for invigilation: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/55930465-b2d6-4f35-8272-c7cab52b4e5e
Technical support for Zoom is being provided by the Helpdesk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For questions about educational features, or for guidance on how to conduct invigilation or integrate Zoom with Blackboard, please contact Alex DeOliveira at email@example.com.