ELITE offers trainings for employees who are planning to teach online or want information on online teaching at Montgomery College .
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education recently provided responses for four distance education issues. You can read the responses by download the following file: Middle States Commission on Higher Education 4 Response to Distance Education Issues (PDF, ) .
Blackboard: Learning Management System
At Montgomery College, we use Blackboard as the Learning Management System for faculty who teach fully online or blended courses. Blackboard features exciting social learning and teaching tools that foster more logical, visually impactful and active learning opportunities for students.
Blackboard Instructor is a mobile app that enables faculty to view course content, connect with students in discussions, and interact with your class in Blackboard Collaborate. For more information, see Blackboard Instructor app websitenew window.
Blackboard Collaborate is built specifically for live, multi-media, and many-to-many collaboration. Whether you have two students—or two hundred—Blackboard Collaborate enables world-class communication, collaboration, and education that transforms teaching and learning. For more information, see the Blackboard Collaborate website.
As you are developing materials in Blackboard, at some point, you will need to copy materials from one course to another. This may be copying one of the sites with your first and last name into a five digit CRN site you will use with students. Or you may wish to copy the previous semester’s 5 digit CRN site into a new semester’s course to use with students. Here are the steps to copy a course (PDF, ) .
The Blackboard Text editor features improvements to the interface to make adding content easier for faculty and students. View the new editor improvements (PDF, ) .
- Integrates seamlessly with Blackboard Learn, Instructure Canvas, Self-hosted Moodle, Open LMS, and D2L Brightspace
- Automatically checks course materials against WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards
- Provides students with accessible alternative formats such as audio and electronic braille
- Delivers guidance to instructors to improve accessibility of their course content
Visit Ally for Learning Management Systems Helpnew window for additional information.
Hypothesis is a social annotation tool installed directly in Blackboard. Adding Hypothesis to readings in Blackboard supports student success by placing active discussion right on top of course readings, enabling students and teachers to add comments and start conversations in the margins of texts.
If you would like to get started now, here are some resources for implementing Hypothesis in your Blackboard courses immediately:
- How to set up Hypothesis readings in Blackboardnew window
- How to grade Hypothesis annotations in Blackboardnew window
- A student guide to Hypothesis in Blackboardnew window
And here are some general annotation resources. Feel free to share them with your students as well:
- Annotation etiquette for studentsnew window
- An Illustrated Guide to Annotation Typesnew window
- Using images, links, and videos in annotationsnew window
View the Hypothesis Workshop Videonew window.
Examitynew window will provide MC students on-line exam proctoring services: automated and live. This service will continue to be free of charge for our students. Examity is compatible with Chromebooks as well as Mac desktops and laptops (no iPhones or iPods.) This particular feature should allow more students to benefit from this service.
Examity is available through Blackboard. They have shared digital resources for faculty and students. I invite you to review the list of resources below.
- Examity Blackboard Administrator & Instructor Guidenew window
- Instructor Frequently Asked Questionsnew window
- Scheduling Exam Exceptions Outside of the Testing Window Demonstration Videonew window
- Examity Technical Support: support@examity
A Windows application that enhances the functionality and usability of Blackboard’s quiz, survey, and self-test tools. This software is available to faculty who have course sites on Montgomery College’s online learning Blackboard system. For more information, see the Respondus Installation Procedure website.
The Online Teaching Course: Competency Demonstration Criteria
Professors become eligible to teach online or blended courses for Montgomery College by building a prototype of an online or blended course that includes a syllabus, an orientation, and one learning module. The prototype must meet the competency demonstration criteria below which include the 23 Essential Quality Matters Standards. For more information, view the criteria for Online Teaching Part 1 (PDF, ) and the criteria for Online Teaching Part 2: Online Teaching Competency Demonstration Criteria (PDF, ) document.
Quality Matters (QM)
Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Quality Matters has generated widespread interest and received national recognition for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education.
Montgomery College is a Quality Matters subscriber. ELITE offers training opportunities to faculty who are interested in becoming QM peer reviewers and/or having their courses formally reviewed using the QM Rubric. If your application for QM Review is accepted, ELITE will conduct a pre-review of your course. Check Workshop Calendar and MC Learns for QM training dates and times.
Becoming a Certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer requires the following: Experience teaching online within 18 months of taking the Peer Reviewer Course, Completion of the Quality Matters course “Applying the QM Rubric” (APPQMR), and Completion of the Peer Review Certification (PRC) course. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Reviewer at Montgomery College, please contact Buddy Muse.
Montgomery College is committed to implementing the Quality Matters standards for the design of online and hybrid courses, and we are systematically developing and evaluating these courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. For more information, view the Montgomery College's QM Implementation Plan (PDF, ) .
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