Rubrics are extremely valuable in helping to align faculty assignment expectations with student performance. In other words, rubrics help to communicate faculty expectations for an assignment and help make grading much more clear to students.
Blackboard provides a robust, effective, and easy to use rubric tool that is built-in. Once created, students can view the assignment criteria and faculty can quickly and efficiently, click-to-score their students’ assignments. Further, faculty can provide personal feedback for each student using the rubric tool.
To learn more about creating rubrics in Blackboard, head on over to the GVSU eLearning Help page.
At GVSU, both academic advisors and faculty student advisors are provided with Blackboard organization sites that support student success through a variety of communication and content capabilities.
Advisor sites are automated from Banner, providing ease of use for faculty and staff. Students enrollments are kept up to date so that the information is timely and is sent to those students in need.
Blackboard Collaborate is also valuable as it provides screen sharing and allows advisors to work with students remotely, providing just-in-time guidance.
The most popular organization sites include the following information:
- Program Information / Helpful Documents
- Degree and Curriculum Guides
- Internship Information
- Bachelor and Masters Materials
- Graduate Certification
- Graduation Requirements
- Advisor Information
- Faculty/Staff Bio
- Office Hours
- Link to Collaborate Ultra for Live Office Hours
- Discussion Board
- Posts with Questions and Answers from Students
- Advisors can “subscribe” to posts to receive timely email questions from students. Further, with public posts, this forum provides a FAQ services.
- Website Resources
- Department/Division Web Site
- GVSU Library Databases
- GRE Information
- Employment Opportunities
To learn more about using Blackboard for student advising, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
If you are teaching an online or hybrid course this semester we would like to extend a personal invitation for you to considering joining our GVSU Online & Hybrid Teaching Faculty Learning Community.
The initial group began meeting in January 2015 and we now have three learning communities (one per campus) located at the Allendale, CHS or Pew campuses where we meet once a month for 90 minutes to:
- Support new and experienced online/hybrid faculty through dialogue and samples
- Explore best practices associated with online/hybrid teaching and learning
- Identify emerging technological needs to support online teaching and learning
- Share collective expertise across disciplines
Sponsored by IDeL (Instructional Design for eLearning) and the Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center, these learning communities provide a venue for faculty-led dialogue and to share collective expertise regarding online/hybrid instruction at GVSU. During the winter semester we will be meeting at the following dates/locations:
- Wednesday(s) meeting at CHS
1pm – 2:30pm 1/17 (CHS127), 2/14 (CHS209), 3/14 (CHS209), 4/18 (CHS209)
- Thursday(s) Meeting on the Pew Campus
9:30am – 11am 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19 (302E DEV)
- Friday(s) Meeting in Allendale
11:30am – 1pm 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20 (KHZ4402)
We will use our first meeting to introduce members, share technology updates, review discussion topics and assign various faculty to act as lead facilitators for subsequent meetings. In addition to monthly meetings, a Blackboard organization has been set up to provide access to new resources/meeting agendas and minutes related to online & hybrid teaching. If you’d like me to add you to this Bb organization so that you can be part of our email distributions (even if your schedule doesn’t allow for meeting attendance) we are happy to add you.
Please contact Kim Kenward if you are interested in joining our Online/Hybrid Teaching Faculty Learning Community and best wishes with your winter semester preparations!
Kim Kenward, Instructional Designer
Grand Valley State University
This eLearning post comes to you from Kim Kenward, Instructional Designer in IDeL. Kim holds a Masters in Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan, and joined GVSU in 2000 as an instructional designer. In addition to her instructional designer duties, she is also responsible for facilitating university-wide and department specific faculty development workshops and coordinates the Online & Hybrid Teaching Faculty Learning Communities.
Online learning continues to expand at Grand Valley State University with over 170 instructors teaching in 174 different online/hybrid courses with a student enrollment of 4881 (3,870 headcount) in the Winter 2018 semester. This represents a +25.8% enrollment growth since last year. Additionally, roughly 17% of our students are taking at least 1 online/hybrid course.
To assist in preparing students, GVSU provides an “Are you Ready for Online Learning?” assessment for students interested in enrolling in online courses.
The survey offers an opportunity for potential or existing students to review their: 1) time management skills, 2) independent learning skills, 3) learning environment, 4) technology skills, and 5) computer requirements as to a variety of factors that can contribute to success in distance learning.
At the end of the survey, students are also asked to enter their current living location and zip code. The following maps indicate responses by students with an interest in online learning at GVSU. Through online courses, the university has great potential to extend learning globally.