Why?

Use Chat within Brightspace to connect with students in real-time. Chat is an older tool that has not been updated in recent years, but still has its uses as a quick and easy way to have online conversations with your students and a clear record of the chat. The Chat tool is best for synchronous conversation at a scheduled time.

Setting Up

COURSE ADMIN->CHAT

Checking Logs

COURSE ADMIN->CHAT-> select the chat‘s down arrow(context menu)

 

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Voicethread with Brightspace and Zoom

Do you know about Voicethread

VoiceThread is an interactive, collaborative, web-based tool that that allows user to communicate through images, audio recordings, videos, and text. People can use VoiceThread to set up a discussion board, record a lecture, or show images. Users can add text, audio, or video comments to a VoiceThread, so students can ask questions at a specific point in a lecture or respond to discussion prompts. In addition, instructors can have students create their own VoiceThread presentations as part of an assignment.

Voicethread is integrated into Brightspace (Existing Activities > External Learning Tools) and you can even pull in a Zoom meeting recording directly from the platform? Learn more here and here.

Adding Voicethread to your Brightspace course

  • Navigate to your Content area of your course.
  • Go Add Existing Activities->External Learning Tools->scroll down to VoiceThread and select

Setting up

After you have created the VoiceThread link in your course Content, you will decide what you want students to see when they click on that link.

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  • Course View

    • Display the collection of VoiceThreads that have been shared with your course. Anything that has not yet been explicitly shared with your course will not appear here.

      This is a good option when you want students to find and comment on each other’s work or if you want to allow students to review all course materials prior to an exam.

  • Home

    • Display all of a student’s VoiceThread content in a single view. This includes all VoiceThreads and all courses that belong to them.

      This option is useful if you want to create a simple portal into VoiceThread without directing students to any specific content.

  • Individual VT

    • Display any VoiceThread that you have created. When students click on the link, they’ll see just this one VoiceThread.

      This option is the best way to create a VoiceThread discussion board or lecture. Students will not need to look through a collection of VoiceThreads to find the correct one; they will be taken straight to it.

  • Assignment Builder

    • Create a graded assignment for students to complete. You can require them to create a VoiceThread of their own to submit, to comment on a VoiceThread you’ve created, or simply to watch a VoiceThread start to finish.

Building an Assignment

    • Create a graded assignment for students to complete.
      • Create their own 

      • Comment 

      • Watch 

    • Select the type of assignment and follow the prompts to complete the setup.

Student Assignment Submission

Grading VoiceThread Assignments

    • Go to your VoiceThread link in Content. Click on a student’s name on the right to see that student’s submission. Evaluate within VoiceThreads.
    • VoiceThreads are graded 0-100 or on a percentage. This percentage appears automatically in Grade.

‘Edit your Language Settings through settings cog.

 

You can toggle between the English and Spanish keyboard (shift + alt keys). Then you can press the apostrophe key and then any vowel to get the accent mark over it á. é, í, ó, ú, press the .key for the Spanish ñ

 

 

 

 

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If you do not want to add the Spanish keyboard then use the shortcuts below. Type the number using the number pad on your keyboard.

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Instructors

Video Note easily embeds video from your webcam or phone wherever there is the HTML editor. 

Engage learners through short videos 

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  • Announcements
  • Content
  • Discussions

Provide meaningful video feedback 

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  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Discussions

How do I add Video Note through the HTML Editor 

 

  1. Go to the HTML Editor
  2. Click Insert Stuff when the text editor window opens (see Figure 1, red circle)                                                

                                        Figure 1. Insert Stuff button with dropdown selections  

  1. Select Video Note (see Figure 1 in the dropdown selections).
  2. Click Record Webcam Video and then New Recording.  
  3. Click Stop Recording when you are finished. 
  4. Click Next.
  5. Type in a Title and Description
  6. Click Insert to insert the video in the topic.
  7. Click Save 

 You can use Video Note anywhere there is an html editor—announcements, feedback, etc.  

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Students

are able to attach Video Notes through the HTML Editor

When adding a new thread to a discussion, Insert Stuff through the HTML Editor.

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In Assignment, Insert Stuff through the HTML Editor.

As an instructor, you are able to add Video Note within your course content areas through the HTML Editor.

Create and insert a video note in HTML Editor 

  • In the HTML Editor, click Insert Stuff (the arrow icon in the first position) 
  • Click Video Note. 

 

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Choose either to Record Webcam Video or Upload File.

If you select Record Webcam Video, follow the prompts.

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If you select Upload File, do the following: 

    1. Click Choose File and select the locally saved file you want to upload.
      • Note: You can only upload MP4, FLV, F4V, or MOV files that are less than 5.00 MB in size.
    2. Click Next, and enter a title and description. 
    3. Click Next, and then Insert. 
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Use Video Note Search via Insert Stuff

If you want the same video in a different place, do this:

1. Go to the Content topic/module or discussion topic–anywhere there is the html text editor, in fact.

2. Click Insert Stuff and look for Search Video Note

3. Put in the title of the video and click Search

4. Click on the video once you have found it.

5. Voila!

Insert Stuff's Video Note Search

Sometimes you may feel as though you are getting spammed by Brightspace notifications (cell/email and Alerts through bell icon under Minibar) and missing the important alerts. You may wish to control (e.g. stop) the notification coming to your email/Cell.

Go to Your Name (top right) > Notifications 

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Once in notifications, select what notifications you want to receive and the method you would like to receive them

Scroll down to “Exclude some courses” and click on “Manage my course exclusions

A window will pop up with a list of your courses, you can exclude all the courses you do not want to get notifications from by clicking on the x next to the course.  

Checklist

where to find the New Checklist option

Use Checklists to help keep learners on track.

Create a checklist

  1. Go to a Module in ContentUpload/Create->New Checklist
  2. Name your checklist
  3. Categorize or divide into Lists
  4. Add Tasks

Tips

Use Quicklinks to link to activities that are due.

Engagement

Keep students informed

Gamify learning

Guide learning

Personalize learning

Enhance with apps, web content, and External Tools

    1. Secure Open Educational Resources(OER)

      • Contact your campus librarian.
    2. Publisher tools

    3. TurnItIn

    4. Zoom

    5. VoiceThread