What's New with Teaching Tools & Technologies
New technology and teaching tools are being added to the TTaDA portfolio every semester.
Blackboard Ally was developed to help institutions understand and tackle accessibility in a way that benefits all students. One of the driving forces behind the creation Ally is the belief that accessibility should not be connected only to disabilities. Accessibility should be about providing better access to everyone and improving the quality of the educational experience for everyone. The North Dakota University System (NDUS) purchased Blackboard Ally to help all the campuses become more inclusive through improvement of digital content.
Blackboard & Campus Connection Grades Integration
The Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA) along with the Office of the Registrar are excited to announce the availability of Blackboard Grades Import function into Campus Connection (CC). This integration allows the instructor of record to import term-based final grades from their Blackboard course(s) directly into Campus Connection. The option provides a one-way transfer of data and will help to ensure a secure and accurate recording of grades from Blackboard to Campus Connection.
Tegrity to YuJa Transition
The new video platform, YuJa, was selected by a team of faculty and staff and implemented in spring 2018. It has a streamlined interface which is very user-friendly, and is the standard platform for digital media in courses. YuJa can be used to record lessons, audio and video, create tutorials, edit videos, for storage and streaming, and is integrated into all Blackboard courses. YuJa includes automatic closed captioning for all content created in the platform. Tegrity was discontinued on June 30, 2019 and requested content has been migrated to YuJa.
Zoom video conferencing is now available for all faculty and staff. After a successful pilot in 2018, a license was purchased which makes Zoom available for all faculty, staff and students at UND. Zoom enables web conferencing, group meetings, and office hours for online classes. Student, faculty and staff groups are able to host virtual meetings and stream events.
UND’s partnership with ProctorU allows students to take a test with a live proctor from anywhere using a webcam and Internet connection. Starting fall 2019, ProctorU will be the sole source for proctoring for online semester-based courses and students will no longer have to pay for proctoring services. Using a single vendor will improve service to students, since only one platform will be used and it will be integrated into Blackboard. It also offers better test integrity and security.
UND is excited to issue digital badges via Credly's Acclaim. Digital badges assist with promoting, tracking, and organizing achievements by capturing and communicating credentials (Hamson-Utley, 2016).
Digital badging displays evidence of competencies and achievements earned by students, faculty and staff. A badge is a visual indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest.