SAVE TIME! Prepare Your New Blackboard Course Quickly and Easily with the Course Copy Tool

It’s time to begin building (or at least start thinking about building) your spring Blackboard courses.  Save time by using the course copy feature in Blackboard to easily copy a few items, or an entire course into new or existing Blackboard courses.

Here is how it’s done:  (Note:  you must be an instructor in both courses)
1.  Go into the Bb course that has the materials you want to copy over.
2.  In the Control Panel, click on Course Copy under Packages and Utilities.

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Using Google Earth’s historical imagery and interactive layers

Google Earth is a free application for Macs and PCs. It’s a lot like Google Maps but in 3D. Using a vast repository of satellite and aerial photography and topographical data, the software allows you to explore the world (and the oceans and sky) in a highly interactive application.

There is a wealth of knowledge in Google Earth to explore for educational purposes. Advancements over the last few years have brought historical satellite imagery to Google Earth for public use, in some areas ranging back as far as 75 years. That’s not to mention the scores of “layers” developed by non-profit and educational organizations on topics ranging from genocide and human rights to climate change and global warming. If you’ve used Google Maps to search for local goods and services, then you’ll understand how layers work. Just like you can view the location of the local theater down the street in Google Maps, you can also see icons and placemarks in Google Earth. Google Earth is like Google Maps on Steroids.

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Just-in-Time Lab Help

When Brian Moore, KSC’s Analytical Instrumentation Engineer, saw an article in LifeHacker about generating your own QR codes, he sat up and took notice.   Why couldn’t he attach a QR code to a piece of lab equipment ?  The code could take students to a web page with directions for using that particular machine.  No more lost paper. No more having the directions languish on a website that was never looked at. Continue reading “Just-in-Time Lab Help”