The New WebCampus – Feature Rich with Fewer Clicks in 2013
In January 2013, the next step in UNLV’s transition to Blackboard’s new product, Learn 9.1, will begin. As part of this step, the School of Nursing and Hotel College will be piloting the new WebCampus for all of their courses (excluding the Singapore Campus).
By Fall 2013, ALL UNLV WebCampus courses will be offered in the new environment.
What does this mean for you?
- Your existing WebCampus courses will need to be converted to work in the new system. The Office of Online Education will be migrating the content for all online education sections (hybrid, web-based, web-based with on/off campus meetings). Self-help materials are being created for all other courses. Staff and the Faculty Collaboratory will be available to assist in the transition.
- Many of the features that have been requested over the years will now be available, including an improved grade center, drag and drop functionality, calendar enhancements, and customizable course menu.
What should you do right now?
- Start now to think about what courses you will want to move to the new environment.
- This is a good time to eliminate files you are no longer using or to delete duplicate files and remove back-up files from your course files. We are here to help if you need assistance cleaning up your course files.
Stay tuned for more communication throughout the spring semester regarding the transition and brown bag lunch sessions.
Sampling of Enhancements
- Displays to all roles by default
- Can be linked to files or tools in the course
- Email notification is available
Assessments (Tests, Surveys, and Pools):
- Even more question types
- Auto regrading function
- Can specify number of attempts
- Can increase number of attempts for a single student while grading
- Can view submission history
- Can set a date/time availability
- Can associate multiple rubrics
- Toggle between edit mode on/off no more switching between build/teach and student view
Course Content (Content Area):
- Streamlined inserting of Flickr photos, SlideShare presentations, YouTube vidoes
- Moderated forums
- Email subscriptions to new posts
- Ability to disable attachments
File Manager (Content Collection):
- Thumbnails of image files
- Recycling bins
Grade Book (Grade Center):
- Inline editing
- Printable reports
- Simplified calculations
- Updated interface
- "Smart Views" (i.e. needs grading, tests, assignments, etc.)
Grading Forms (Rubrics):
- Can be imported and exported
Samples of new features include:
- Separate tool for self and peer assessments
- Alert tool
- Audio is available within the Content Area
- Early warning system
What will your new course look like?
Here is an example of what a course looks like in the current WebCampus (Vista) system.
Now, here is how the same course looks after moving to the new product and without making any changes.