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.
More information coming soon!
Blackboard & Campus Connection Grades Integration
Blackboard/Campus Connection Grade Import -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 more streamlined interface which is very user-friendly, and will be 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. Tegrity, NDUS/UND’s current lecture capture application, will be discontinued June 30, 2019. TTaDA will work with faculty to move Tegrity content that is needed to the YuJa platform during spring 2019. YuJa includes automatic closed captioning for all content created in the platform.
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 will be able to host virtual meetings and stream events.
A remote proctoring system is in the process of being selected as UND’s standard service for all online 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.
More information coming soon!
UND is excited to issue digital badges via Credly. 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.