Leicester School of Biological Sciences

30 June 2008

Exploiting New Research Tools

Filed under: how_to, web2.0 — Tags: — jobadge @ 9:40 am

How to save time online
MSB G61 12.00-2pm Monday July 7th
All academic staff from the School of Biological Sciences are invited to this free, hands-on event.
No need to book, just turn up.
Alan Cann: How to find the research paper you need without looking for it
Chris Willmott:
Knowing where it’s at – find it? flag it? share it?
Joanne Badge: Beyond “Track Changes” to collaborative writing
Stuart Johnson: Organising your online world

26 June 2008

HEA Centre for Bioscience launches online network

Filed under: web2.0 — Tags: — jobadge @ 10:39 am

ningbadgeCome and join an experimental social network site for the Centre for Bioscience. As you will know, online Social networks and ‘Web 2.0’ technologies have grown significantly recently and we wish to explore their potential, without wasting your time or ours. With this in mind I have set up a simple social network using Ning (a popular social network host) as a potential service provider.


Email Jo Badge for an invitation

12 June 2008

Improved gradebook for easier eFeedback

Filed under: Blackboard, news — jobadge @ 10:14 am

The new version of Blackboard 8 coming for 2008/9 has a complete redesigned gradebook. Take a look at the short video below to see the main features in action.

It includes:

  • direct grade entries on the spreadsheet (no more clicking through 3 pages to get to an netry point)
  • direct email to students or groups of students from the gradebook (and a record that you have emailed them!!! FINALLY!)
  • easy to enter eFeedback for each student

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New Version of Blackboard in the summer

Filed under: Blackboard, news — jobadge @ 10:00 am

ITS intend to move directly to Blackboard Version 8 (missing out version 7.3) for the next academic year. A test system with your current course content will be available sometime in August with a view to a final upgrade in September.

The main changes are:

  • New version of the Gradecentre (a completely reworked gradebook)
  • Blackboard’s discussion boards have been redesigned to include options for tree view
  • Content Collection will have a recycle bin from which deleted items can be restored.
  • course links into the Content Collection are preserved when courses are copied.
  • Visual Text Box Editor (VTBE) support for Mac users
  • Windows Vista and Office 2007 compatible
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