OLET Weekly

May 3-7

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

OLET would like to wish all of our fantastic faculty a happy Teacher Appreciation week! We appreciate all you do for our students and how hard you've worked over the past year to provide the best possible outcomes for our students!

In celebration, we're highlighting some of our favorite teachers from years gone by.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Important Updates

Welcome Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation

Beginning May 17, the landing page of Blackboard will have a new look! At midnight on May 17, we will be switching on Ultra Base Navigation!

This change will not impact courses, but will provide a refreshed user experience to the home page. New features include direct landing on the Courses page and a highlighted messaging system within Blackboard.

See the video below for a preview of the new interface and read up on the new features here!

Instructors: Blackboard Learn Ultra Base Navigation

Welcome Back Respondus!

The results of our RFP are in! We are excited to announce that, beginning with the Summer 1 session, Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor will be available in all courses.

Need a refresher? Respondus will be hosting several webinars throughout May!

  • Thursday, May 6 at 12 pm
  • Wednesday, May 12 at 3 pm
  • Thursday, May 20 at 1 pm
  • Wednesday, May 26 at 2 pm
  • Farewell BioSig and Proctorio

    With the return of Respondus, we are also saying goodbye to BioSig and Proctorio. Both will be available through the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

    If you're using either in your course and need support during this transition, please reach out to OLET!

    Blackboard Collaborate Updates

    Pin Videos in Gallery View

    Beginning May 13th, participants in a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session will be able to pin individual videos so that they always stay at the top of their list!

    Walk In Week!

    As the semester draws to a close, we know your focus is on finishing strong! This week (and next) OLET encourages you to stop by our daily drop in Zoom sessions! Get answers to your questions Monday to Friday from 12:30 to 3:30 here or email nccedtech@northampton.edu to schedule a one on one session if those times don't work for you!

    Want to Revisit a Previous Workshop?

    Check out the Training page of the OLET Website! There you will find recordings of previous sessions so you can view them at your convenience!

    Additional Opportunities

    Raucous Caucus

    From our CTLT Friends:

    Friday, May 7th (3:00-5:00+) will be our last Raucous Caucus of the academic year, and it’s going to be FUN! In an epic collaboration with HR and Student Affairs, we’ll be bringing in stand up comedian and former educator Devin Siebold for a little bit of professional development and a whole lot of laughs! Did we mention that there will also be giveaways galore? We want to close the semester on a wonderfully happy note and also say thanks for all of your involvement throughout this epically unusual school year.

    Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/97336324319

    Password: 731121

    Online Student of the Month

    Nominate a student for NCC's Online Student of the Month!

    Have you noticed a stand out student in your online course this semester?? Consider nominating them to be recognized as this month's NCC Online Student of the Month! Fill out this quick online form to nominate them:


    We recognize one student per month. Please submit nominations for our next student by 6/1/21.

    Additional Webinar Opportunities

    Faculty of the Future

    This year, Faculty of the Future, hosted by Bucks County Community College will be held fully online! Registration is free. The event will be held on Friday, June 4th and includes workshops such as "Online course design: Content and pacing," "Reaching Reluctant Learners," and "Question Everything: Accessibility, Engagement, and Technology."

    View the full schedule and register here!

    Accessibility Summer Camp

    This free, fully online conference focuses on providing "accessibility training that empowers attendees to create quality, accessible learning environments and remove barriers for all individuals who have a desire to learn."

    The event will take place on Friday, June 18th from 9:30-5:30 Eastern Time.

    Register Here!

    6 Key Technologies Moving Teaching and Learning Forward in 2021

    Educause's latest Horizon Report highlights six technologies and practices to be on the lookout for in 2021 and beyond. Stay up to date on current trends!

    Read more here!

    Need Help?

    Online/Ed Tech Drop In Hours for Faculty and Staff

    “Drop-In” to our zoom sessions M-F from 12:30-3:30pm using the following link. https://zoom.us/j/94761099653

    Sarah Burton

    Online Faculty Training and Development Specialist