Linfield has a number of online resources that instructors can utilize in the event that face-to-face classroom time is not possible. Instructors can always contact email@example.com or Lige Armstrong (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance. Many of these resources are also very useful for faculty who may want to take advantage of blended course formats. A wealth of research shows that blended format courses:
Email: Instructors can reach individual students by email. Also, each instructor can reach students in his or her entire class by utilizing their class list, which is managed by ITS.
Kaltura: Linfield's streaming server. Think of it as our private YouTube. Please see the Kaltura Getting Started Page.
BBLearn: With BBLearn, Linfield's online learning management system, every course is created and populated automatically each semester. BBLearn provides a web interface that allows users to securely upload and download files as well as a multitude of tools for online interactivity such as discussion boards,a grade book, an assignment manager, a set of assessment tools, whiteboards, chat rooms, and more. Support for BBLearn is split across several people - to access the primary support person for Portland, DCE or Mac, please complete this help request form. To learn more about BBLearn at Linfield (including a quick start guide for first time users), visit http://www.linfield.edu/blackboard/.
Webex: Host an online discussion with your students in real time with screen sharing. Linfield's Webex Info
Other resources that may be useful:
Turnitin - plagiarism prevention, grade annotation and peer evaluation tool. TurnItIn is accessed directly through Blackboard
Wikispaces.com - a great place to get a free wiki. You can create both public and invitation only wikis.
Facebook - join the Linfield network and connect with peers and students.
Twitter - a free resource for frequently updated microblogging.
Google Docs - a free, online productivity suite that makes collaboration a snap.
If you have any needs or questions, please contact email@example.com.