Important Information About Your WebCT Vista Courses
As you may be aware by now, UBC is in the process of moving from WebCT Vista to Blackboard in our online Connect learning environment over the summer.
In preparation for migrating all of your WebCT Vista courses to Connect and our BlackBoard learning management system, we will be creating a backup archive of all your previously taught courses in WebCT Vista from 2008 to 2011 and this content will be available for you to request that it be copied into your new courses in Blackboard.
In order to ensure the integrity of your course content backups, you will not have access to any of your WebCT Vista courses after June 16th, 2012.
You may however request access for special cases at a later date should you need to review the content or student data and access will be provided for you.
If you are teaching a summer course that is running in Vista – you will continue to have access until 6 weeks after the course is completed.
Support and Training sessions for working in Connect on your Blackboard courses will be available throughout the summer.
Our transition process is well under way as many instructors are using Blackboard for their summer courses! If you have requested courses for September 2012, they will be available to you soon. Summer courses will continue to be created upon request, please fill out the form.
All September 2012 courses being offered on our campus will be available through Connect in Blackboard during the first part of July. Your course(s) may require some modification such as Vista content copied in, or multiple sections merged into one. We will be communicating with you to assist in ensuring that the course set up meets your needs. Please visit our website to access the most current information, online resources, or to register for workshops and events.
Blackboard Connect Course Request
Blackboard Connect Drop-In Sessions (June, July)
Faculty are welcome to drop in for assistance with Blackboard, the new learning management system. Bring your laptop if you have one.
Getting started with your migrated course
Explore your migrated course and learn the basics as you transition from WebCT Vista to Blackboard.
Blackboard has a variety of communication tools including internal messaging, email, discussions, journals and wikis. This session will focus in depth on how these can be used to enhance student communication, feedback and collaboration.
Blackboard assessment tools include online tests and assignments. This session will provide an overview of how these may be used to evaluate and assess student learning.
This session will take an in depth look at how to create and add content in Blackboard. A brief overview of communication tools, student activity tools, and grade center will be provided.
Sherri Savage is a copyright first point of contact. She is available to assist with finding answers to your copyright questions. To obtain a copyright compliance audit of your course materials please contact Sherri Savage or at 250-807-8410. This service is provided to faculty members who wish to use it in order to ensure their compliance with Canadian law.
Another important support resource is the http://copyright.ubc.ca website. This site contains extensive information on how to efficiently and legally access teaching and research materials.
This session will provide participants with practical solutions for delivering course materials in class and online in BlackBoard / WebCT Vista while adhering to legal obligations. A brief overview of the current copyright landscape will include a discussion of Canadian Copyright Law, Access Copyright and library license agreements. This will be followed by step-by-step instructions for various options for delivering course materials.
All faculty are welcome to attend this workshop for an overview of the new course reserve system. There will be a hands-on portion to allow faculty to create their course reserve link item and make it available to students. Faculty will then receive instruction and assistance to complete the form(s) to request course reserve items for courses. Course reserves may take up to 4 weeks to process. If you wish to participate in the hands-on portion, please bring your detailed list of reserve items and ensure that your Blackboard course is available. You may also bring your own laptop or use available lab computers.
The University recognizes the important contribution made by teaching assistants and graduate students to its instructional course offerings in collaboration with the University's academic departments and graduate programs, the Teaching Scholars Credentialing (TSC) program, offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), provides opportunities to advance graduate students' pedagogical, academic, and professional progress.
The purpose of the credentialing program is to develop the skills of Teaching Assistants at UBC's Okanagan campus so that they can begin their teaching careers as TA's using known and tested effective strategies.
Time spent refining one's reflective teaching practice makes one more confident and skilled as a teacher and is valuable preparation for an academic career. For graduate students and teaching assistants, the Credential is a demonstration of their tangible commitment to teaching. This can be of great benefit in today's increasingly competitive academic job market, where colleges and universities routinely ask applicants to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness.