technology tips for sharing content with your students
Adding Files to Blackboard
A new help feature called EesySoft has recently been installed in GBC’s instance of Blackboard to provide professors with more context-specific help. You can access it any time by hitting the blue button near the upper right side of your screen. Through this button you can get help with any feature of Blackboard, including how to add files to any area.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be mindful of file sizes! Very large files can strain bandwidth and affect usage for both students and faculty.
Sharing in Office 365 & Teams
Every instructor and student at GBC has free access to Microsoft Office365. This online suite of productivity tools includes the full MS Office suite of applications (notably Word, Excel, Powerpoint) as well as personal file storage on OneDrive. It also provides access to MS Teams. Teams has many features to share content, enable group work and file collaboration.
Embedding and linking to Video in Blackboard
While Blackboard allows you to upload a video directly into your course, the large file size creates a bandwidth burden. It is recommended instead that you upload the video to another place (such as YouTube) and simply provide the link in your course.
Alternatively, you can use YouTube's Embed code to embed a video in a Blackboard item so that it streams directly from YouTube in your course.
Students Submitting Videos
Students may need to submit videos of their presentations as part of their assignment. To reduce bandwidth strain, they should be discouraged from submitting their videos directly to Blackboard and instead be instructed to upload to another server (such as YouTube) and submit a link to their video.
To have students share and comment on one another's work, one strategy is for students to upload their videos to YouTube (or OneDrive) and submit a link to it in a Blackboard discussion forum post. Other students in the course can then watch the video and provide a comment in reply.
You might decide to post content on your blog, social media accounts, or other sites -- as always, it's a good idea to keep in mind the learning curve for students and the possible limitations in their access during this disruption. Wherever possible, post links to your external resources in one centralized spot such as Blackboard so that students can easily find the content in a consistent area.