What I Love About Ephrem

UPDATE: So, I don’t know where I went wrong, but as you can see from Ephrem’s statement in the comments, I clearly have. Somewhere along the way, I came under the impression that today was Ephrem’s last day. Not the first time I’ve been wrong, and certainly not the last. And despite that error, I stand by the rest. What’s wrong, after all, with a little celebration of a good man, even if it is a bit premature…nothing, says I, not a thing.

Today is the last day of Ephrem’s second career at HWC.

There are many, many things that I love (and will miss) about Ephrem Rabin, but number one among them is the warmth and kindness and good cheer that he continuously spreads through the hallways and classrooms of our building. He is a one-man morale boosting, joy-sprinkling carnival of kindness. Every time I see him, he shares a compliment or a nice story or a kindness of some sort. Every time I see him see someone else, he does the same.

I will miss you a lot, Ephrem, and I am so very very grateful for the ten years of kindness you have shared with me and others.  I hope your new grandchild is just one of many, many blessings that await you in the next phase of your path.

May there be many a summer morning when,/with what pleasure, what joy,/you come into harbors seen for the first time“.

In case you missed Ephrem’s 131 (that’s it) Bb topics e-mail, here it is again.

Feel free to reply directly to Ephrem and/or comment on this post.

I will be presenting Bb workshops beginning next week and running through the summer. You tell me what topics to include.

Select the number(s) of the Blackboard features listed below that you would like to learn about or review.  Reply to this email with those numbers, separated by commas, or send me a separate email with that information

 

BLACKBOARD FEATURES

1

Home Page

2

   Add Course Module

3

   Remove Course Module

4

  Hide Previous Courses

5

Manage Course Menu

6

Add Content Area

7

Add Subheader

8

Add Tool(s)

9

Remove Content Area

10

Remove Subheader

11

Remove Tool

12

Hide Menu Item

13

Rearrange Menu Items

14

Content Area

15

Course Information

16

Add item

17

   Add file

18

   Add image

19

   Add URL

20

   Add audio

21

   Add video

22

Add learning module

23

Add lesson plan

24

Add syllabus

25

Add course link

26

Add content folder

27

Add blank page

28

Add module page

29

Add Flickrphoto

30

Add Slideshshare Presentation

31

Add Youtube Video

32

Add a survey

33

Add a test

34

Add assignment

35

Copy Assignment

36

Add Turnitin.com Assignment

37

Move Content within Course

38

Move Content to Another Course

39

Copy Content within Course

40

Copy Content into another Course

41

Course Tools

42

Announcements

43

Calendar

44

   Add event

45

   Quick jump

46

Tasks

47

   Add tasks

49

Users and Groups

50

  List Users

51

Groups

52

   Create single group – self enroll

53

   Create single group – manual enroll

54

   Create group set- self

55

   Create group set- manual

56

   Create group set – random

57

Blog

58

   Add individual blog

59

   Add group blog

60

Journal

61

   Add individual journal

62

   Add group journal

63

Messages

64

Wiki

65

   Add class wiki

66

   Add group wiki

67

Staff Information

68

Add folder

69

Create profile

70

Send E-mail

71

To Group

72

To Individual

73

Discussion Board

74

Add forum

75

Add thread

76

Grade forum entries

77

Glossary

78

Evaluation

79

Course Reports

80

Early Warning System

81

Performance Dashboard

82

Add Elluminate Session

83

Course Properties

84

Change Course Name

85

Change Availability

86

Customization

87

Course Style

88

Change Course Style/Colors

89

Change Course Buttons

90

Insert Banner

91

Tool Availability

92

Make a Tool Unavailable

93

Assessment

94

Pool Manager

95

   Import a pool

96

   Export a pool

97

Packages and Utilities

98

   Check Course Links

99

   Import Course Cartridge

100

   Import package

101

   Export course

102

   Archive course

103

Tests

104

Build Test

105

Import Test

106

Creation settings

107

Deploy Test

108

Add from a pool

109

Add graphics/objects

110

Upload questions

111

Launch in content area

112

Modify test and options

113

Add questions

114

Grade Center

115

Download

116

Upload

117

Add Column

118

Enter Grade

119

Insert Comments

120

Modify Item

121

Weight Grades

122

Create View

123

Color Code Entries

124

Manage Rows and Columns

125

Needs Grading

126

Assignments

127

Tests

128

Turnitin.com

129

  Create Assignment

130

  Check for plagiarism

131

  Use GradeMark

 

Thank you,

Ephrem, erabin@ccc.edu

P.S.  The e-mail was a bit prettier; oh well.

Blackboard Blitz this Friday if you’re around

Blackboard Blitz
Friday November 11, 2011
Harold Washington College – Room 407

1. 9:00 – 10:00
Topics covered include:
– managing the environment
-creating announcements
-posting documents, videos, external links, and more
-accessing Control Panel functions
2. 10:00 – 11:00
Topics covered include Basic Grade Center features:
-customizing the view
-posting grades and student comments
-weighting grades
– generating reports
-downloading the Grade Center
3. 11:00 –12:00
Topics covered include:
-Communications Features (email, discussion board, internal messages)
– Digital Assignment Function
-Turnitin.com (plagiarism detection software)
Lunch (on your own)

4. 1:00 – 2:30
Blackboard Open Lab – Practice: Work on your spring courses.

Click on the link below to reserve your seat. (max. 25)
Response Deadline – noon Thursday November 10
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BB_in_a_day_workshop