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Tech 4 U: Making Technology Work for You

Keeping You Up-to-Date

The remote world is always changing, always progressing. Below are highlights of new features and settings in a variety of tools that you can take advantage of.

Highlights in this Newsletter:

1)     Zoom – New features and settings

2)     Brightspace – New experiences and updates

3)     Lockdown Browser & Respondus – New features for proctoring exams

4)     Virtual Drop-in Help for Brightspace and Zoom 

Highlights

Zoom – New Features and Settings

There are some exciting new features and settings from Zoom that can enhance you and your student’s experience.

  • Enable Live Transcription – Enable the auto-transcription option that automatically provides captions during your class in real-time. This is incredibly helpful for students who may be unable to hear clearly or who may be in a loud environment. To use this feature, enable the setting in your CCC Zoom account and then enable it during class using the CC Live Transcript setting.
  • New (optional) Authentication option – A new optional authentication setting is available which, if enabled, will require users to be signed into their CCC Zoom account before being able to join your meeting. If you select “require authentication to join” you can now also select “CCC Users” as the authentication option.
  • For the best experience with Zoom, make sure you and your students are logged into the Zoom application before launching meetings.

Reminder: Zoom Cloud Recordings will be deleted 30 days after the term ends.

Zoom Cloud Recording is not a long-term recording storage solution. If you record your class sessions or other zoom meetings using “record to the cloud”, please note that those recordings will be deleted automatically 30 days after the term ends. If you need to maintain any of your cloud recordings, please download those recordings in a timely manner to avoid losing them.

New In Brightspace

New Assignment Creation Experience

You can opt-into a new assignment creation experience. This feature provides an opt-in experience for users to familiarize themselves with the new experience. There are some limitations with this tool*.

  • *Do NOT turn on the new creation experience if you use Turnitin, rubrics, assignment categories, or grade categories.

New Assignment Grading Experience
You can opt-into a new assignment grading experience*. This feature provides an opt-in experience for users to familiarize themselves with the new experience when evaluating in Assignments. In future releases this evaluation experience will become available in additional tools.

  • *Do NOT turn on the new grading experience if you use Turnitin, anonymous marking/grading, have multiple rubrics or large rubrics, use group assignments extensively, use email/instant message tools while evaluating, use the Edit a Copy function to annotate text or html submissions.

Word Count now visible in Discussions

Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor Updates

There is now an additional option for remote proctoring. The new Instructor Live Proctoring option enables instructors to use a video conferencing system (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet) for live, remote testing. LockDown Browser prevents cheating on the computer or device itself, while the instructor watches students via video conferencing. This mode of testing is recommended for small, synchronous classes where instructors can effectively manage and observe students during the exam.

Explore fun and effective ways to customize your course in Brightspace

For more help, visit the knowledge base.

 

Upcoming Training

Access the complete list of drop-ins and register here.

  • Drop-in Help for Brightspace or Zoom (Jan-May 2021)
  • Request an Individual Appointment

·        Brightspace Assessment Knowledge Base Resources

 

What’s New in Brightspace?

Every month D2L publishes notes on new features released in Brightspace. Keep informed and see below!

Help and Resources

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Tech 4 U: Making Technology Work for You

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.

Highlights in this Newsletter:

1)     Zoom Cloud Recordings – What to do?

2)     Wrapping up the fall semester

3)     Preparing for the spring semester

4)     Fun and effective ways to customize your course

5)     Virtual Drop-in Help for Brightspace and Zoom 

Highlights

Zoom Cloud Recordings – What to do?

Wrap up the fall semester

Prepare for the start of next semester

If you’ve already been assigned a course for Spring 2021 in CS9, you can access it now in Brightspace. New courses can be found in your course list, click on the tab for the term to easily sort.

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Explore fun & effective ways to customize your course

For more help, visit the knowledge base.

 

Upcoming Training

Access the complete list of drop-ins and register here.

  • Drop-in Help for Brightspace or Zoom (Nov 30-Dec 18)
  • Request an Individual Appointment

·        Brightspace Assessment Knowledge Base Resources

 

What’s New in Brightspace?

Every month D2L publishes notes on new features released in Brightspace. Keep informed and see below!

Help and Resources

 

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Tech 4 U

Making Technology Work for You 

(Brightspace Newsletter, rebranded for YOU) 

Midterm Reminders 

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

  1. How do I create a midterm exam in the Quizzes tool
  2. How do I create a midterm grade item or a calculated midterm grade
  3. How do I locate dropped students’ grades?
  4. How do I show students the Final Calculated Grade item?
  5. How do I use Grades?
  6. For more help, visit http://brightspaceresources.ccc.edu

 

Did you know? 


 

What’s New in Brightspace? 

Release Notes

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

September 2020 Highlights

October 2020 Highlights

All Release Notes

 

 

Upcoming Training? 

View training course descriptions and recordings here

View training calendar here

 

  • All About Quizzes Training
  • Thursday 10/8 @ 4pm – Register
  • Monday 10/12 @ 11am – Register
  • Wednesday 10/14 @ 12pm – Register
  • All About Grades Training
  • Friday 10/9 @ 10am – Register
  • Wednesday 10/14 @ 9am – Register
  • Friday 10/16 @ 1pm – Register

TRAINING ZOOM LINK

https://cccedu.zoom.us/j/93999292561
Meeting ID: 939 9929 2561
Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Drop-in Help

  • Monday 3pm-4pm
  • Tuesday 5pm-6pm
  • Wednesday 10am- 12pm
  • Thursday 10am-11am, 12:30-1:30pm* & 3pm-4pm
  • Friday 12pm-1pm

DROP-IN HELP ZOOM LINK**

https://cccedu.zoom.us/j/91263470950
Meeting ID: 912 6347 0950
Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

**Please check the training schedule to verify the Zoom room and times.

*Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm have a different zoom link and are hosted by WR Faculty Champion Dr. Laurie Alfaro


 

Faculty Spotlight? 

This month we highlight Valerie Pell from Wilbur Wright’s English department. One of the many hats she wore was Wright’s Brightspace Faculty Champion in 2018.

Tenacious, critical, and kind, Valerie made the Brightspace community stronger. While her focus was always her students, she shared her struggles and solutions to Brightspace quirks with us through office hours, videos, and workshops.

She passed away on August 9, 2020. She will be missed. You can contribute to a support fund for Valerie’s family here

Doing something great with Brightspace? Share it with us!

We are always looking for innovative ways that instructors use Brightspace within their classes. Do you have an assignment that translates well to Brightspace? Have you incorporated some of Brightspace’s more advanced features? Do you have unique ways to communicate with students via Brightspace? We would love to showcase the great work that you’re doing.


 

Help and Resources