Entries by Elissa Tobin

Fall 2019 – End of Semester

Every ending is a new beginning…

Whether you’re focused on wrapping up the current semester, or getting ready for the next, we have the tools to guide you on your way. Spring 2020 courses are already loaded in Brightspace. New courses can be found in your course list. Course not on your homepage? Learn how to pin it. Use the knowledgebase articles to:

Wrap up the fall semester

Prepare for the start of next semester

For more help, look below or visit the knowledge base.

Psst…Find an error? share it with your Brightspace team, and earn a badge.
 
 

Attention – Final Grade Entry

Don’t forget, my.ccc.edu has changed. Click the circle icon in the top right corner for a vertical graphical navbar and then select Faculty Center.

For more help, visit the Faculty Portal Help Guide

Did you know that you can…

Upcoming Training

Brightspace Assessment Resources

Farewell, Maureen!

As my time at CCC comes to an end (12/27/2019), I wish you well. My 22 wonderful years at Wright have been filled with laughter and tears, boldness and fear, ease and frustration, triumphs and try agains. I have been librarian, webber, program director, instructional support, and TIS. All these different hats have enabled me to serve our students alongside you. Thank you for allowing me a glimpse into your classrooms. It has been inspiring to work with you.

I am confident that your dedication and commitment to your students will assist you in overcoming the pesky technology issues that will arise with grace and patience. Be kind and care for yourselves. Help one another. You are the best resources you have. You know more than you think.

It has been a pleasure working with you and I hope to see you in the future.  Please feel free to contact me via LinkedIn.

Thank you,
Maureen Boland, Technology Integration Specialist, Wright College

Help and Resources

Fall 2019 – Assessments

Assessments

Tests and Quizzes, Assignments, TurnItIn and Rubrics are tools within Brightspace you can use to evaluate students and measure student learning. Use the knowledgebase articles to:

For more help, look below or visit the knowledge base.

Psst…Find an error? share it with your Brightspace team, and earn a badge.

Did you know that you can…

Upcoming Training

For these trainings, bring your questions regarding the assessment tools. We will review common issues and help to make your use of these tools more effective.

Brightspace Assessment Resources

Faculty Spotlight

Sherece Thompson (Dental Hygiene, MX) is using Brightspace Quizzes to regularly assess her students’ learning and ensure they are keeping up with the material. She uses a variety of question types including multiple choice, true/false, matching, ordering, and written response. Every quiz is an opportunity for students to assess their own learning, and an opportunity for her to gauge how students are grasping the material in addition to identifying learning-gaps in the subject. One of the unexpected benefits of the Quizzes tool was in her ability to view question statistics and identify questions where the majority of the class was answering incorrectly. Upon reviewing this she was able to consider whether she wanted to change the wording of a question, throw out a question completely, or re-affirm the question despite the low achievement. This practice of assessing, evaluating, and then adjusting–either the exam or her instruction–has made closing the assessment loop in her courses quick, efficient, and meaningful.

Learn how to take advantage of all the Quizzes features in Brightspace using the links in this newsletter, the knowledgebase, and the Brightspace team!

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What’s New In Brightspace?

Every month Brightspace releases a video of new features. Keep informed and watch below!

November 2019 Highlights

Help and Resources

Fall 2019 | Mid-Semester Reminders

It’s beginning to look a lot like midterms

As midterms quickly approach, we continue to focus on students by informing them of their progress and grades. Empower your students by giving them access to their coursework, scores, and current grade through Brightspace.

For more help, look below or visit http://brightspaceresources.ccc.edu

Psst…Find an error? share it with your Brightspace team, and earn a badge. Congratulations to some of our Brightspace Blunder Finders, Naomi Brack and Mohamed El-Maazawi.

Midterm FAQs

Below are direct links to the most common middle of the semester tasks

  1. How do I locate dropped students’ grades?
  2. How do I create a midterm grade item or a calculated midterm grade?
  3. How do I show the “final calculated grade” column to students?
  4. How do I preview a student’s grade?

For more help, visit http://brightspaceresources.ccc.edu

Attention - Midterm grade entry

Don’t forget, my.ccc.edu has changed. Click the circle icon in the top right corner for a vertical graphical navbar and then select Faculty Center.

For more help, visit the Faculty Portal Help Guide

Did you know that you can...?

Help and Resources 

Fall 2019 – Student Engagement

Engagement

More and more research in the instructional technology field shows that retention and completion rates increase when instructors maintain an online presence in their class, engage regularly with students, communicate often, and provide clear instructions and expectations. We all want to reach each and every one of our students individually, but it can be time-consuming. Brightspace makes it easier!

Engage them and guide them.
Show them the way.
You’re off to great places.
You’re off and away.

-Dr. Seuss

Did you know that you can…

Upcoming Training

In this training you will learn about the engagement tools in Brightspace. Learn how you can personalize and direct learning, keep your students on task, and connect with them.

Engagement topics include:

  • Replace Strings
  • Release Conditions
  • Awards and Badges
  • Checklists
  • Intelligent Agents

Engagement Training (virtual) – Register Here

  • October 22, 12:00-1:00pm (virtual)
  • November 14, 12:00-1:00pm (virtual)

Psst…Missed the Grades Training? There’s still time Register Here

  • Oct 11, 1:00-2:00pm (virtual)
  • Oct 16, 12:30-1:30pm (virtual)

Faculty Spotlight

Rich Powers (English & Literature HW) on his use of Intelligent Agents:

“Intelligent Agents send out e-mails automatically to students when certain conditions are met or aren’t met. They save me at least an hour each week because I don’t have to send out reminders to students when their quizzes, assignments or discussion posts are late. Brightspace does that for me!

I also use an intelligent agent in my online course to notify students when they haven’t logged into the course in the last 5 days, prompting students to get their acts together and not fall behind.  

Intelligent agents are instructors’ and students’ friends!  They help with:

 –  class engagement
–   student motivation
–   students’ abilities to keep up with the course
–   fewer withdrawals
–   fewer e-mails reminding students about due dates
–   fewer e-mails asking about late assignments

Watch his tutorial on setting up an Intelligent Agent for “No Logins for 5 days”

Doing something cool with Brightspace? Share it with us!

What’s New In Brightspace?

Every month Brightspace releases a video of new features. Keep informed and watch below!

October 2019 Highlights

Help and Resources

Fall 2019 – Making the Grade

Grades. What are they good for? Absolutely everything! Rushing out the door fumbling for your keys, thinking of your next destination, juggling books and bags, a student asks you for his grade.  As the bags slip and a folder of papers sprays all over the floor, you struggle to find the book with the right […]

Summer 2019 | End of Term Reminders

It’s the end of Brightspace Summer 2019! As finals quickly approach, we reflect on the educational journey you guided your students on. Before you go, below are some reminders of common end-of-term tasks in Brightspace, as well as tips to help you prepare for fall. For more help, look below or visit http://brightspaceresources.ccc.edu End of […]

Summer 2019 | Mid-Semester Reminders

It’s the middle of Brightspace Summer 2019! As midterms quickly approach, we continue to focus on students by informing them of their progress and grades. For more help, look below or visit http://brightspaceresources.ccc.edu Midterm Reminders Below are direct links to the most common middle-of-the-semester tasks: Create a midterm grade item or a calculated midterm grade […]