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1 Make your papers disappear!?! 1

2 The Paperless Classroom! A presentation by Ronald Stephenson & Stephanie Berridge 2

3 Why go paperless? There’s a revolution going on in education, and we are going to have to adapt quickly - not as followers, but as leaders, if we still want to be in this business 10 years from now. - The Paperless Classroom (2010) Systems Contractor News (18)10, 26 3

4 Why go paperless? Compared with the traditional approach, the paperless classroom pedagogical approach...exemplifies a wide range of benefits to students, including: - an anytime and anywhere learning environment where the instructor’s assistance is only a couple of clicks away; students’ questions are answered promptly - a set of convenient tools to manage course materials and team projects - strong knowledge management (KM) capabilities - a transition to active and hands-on learning - a learning community in which students feel always connected - useful online skill sets that will prepare them for the digital future Fei Wang, J. (2010) Creating a paperless classroom with the best of two worlds. Journal of Instructional Pedagogies (21), 1-22. 4

5 Why go paperless? The ability to use technology is a graduation competency! College of Education - Use educational technology as an instructional and management tool ( College of Health Professions - Access, use, and evaluate information effectively and appropriately. Use technology to effectively locate and communicate information( aspx) aspx College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Demonstrate effective utilization of current technologies ( 5

6 So how do I “go paperless”? There are many different options available, but since WU uses Blackboard, we will review a few options available through this platform, such as: – Assignment Manager – Online Assessments – Gradebook – Discussion Board – Using Bb as a knowledge repository for students & faculty – Other options, including attendance, through WebCampus 6

7 Assignment Manager Student submission is time and date stamped Instructor feedback is time and date stamped No more lost papers Feedback can be provided directly to My Grades (student Gradebook on Blackboard) 7

8 So how do I set up an assignment to be submitted through Assignment Manager? Click on the assignments tab on your course homepage/create assessment/assignment Name your assignment and type the instructions in the space provided Add a point value in the space provided Complete the availability information, add a due date, and hit submit More complete training is available from our Technology Training Department 8

9 Online assessments Overview of “how to” covered by another workshop Works for any test format, but multiple choice is preferable Grades are calculated by Blackboard when the student hits submit Grades are entered into My Grades/Gradebook automatically Saves time in calculating final grades 9

10 Possible student objections to using Assignment Manager & Online Assessments I don’t know how! I don’t have the right hardware/software! I didn’t know this was a technology class! 10

11 Remove these objections! I don’t know how! – Provide extra credit assignments that help students learn how to use assignment manager and how to take tests online – “The Assignment Manager Test Drive” – Practice Quiz 11

12 Assignment Manager Test Drive Instructions: Successful completion of this Assignment Manager Test Drive by Sunday, September 16, 2012 will earn you five (5) extra credit points. Please follow the instructions exactly to earn the extra credit points. Here's what you need to do: Please create a word file (.doc,.docx, or.rtf) and type "this is my assignment manager test drive" in the file. Save the file under the file name "Assignment Manager Test Drive". Submit the file by clicking on the phrase "Assignment Manager Test Drive" (the label for this section), clicking on the "Browse" tab, choosing the file you just created and attaching it to Assignment Manager - it's like attaching a file to an email. You will also see a place to write me a note to go along with your assignment. This is optional. Once you have uploaded the file, click "submit". After submitting the file, click on the "My Grades" tab, which is available on the course homepage, and confirm that your assignment was submitted. Look for the green box with the white exclamation point. This is the symbol of an assignment waiting to be graded and tells you that the file you submitted was uploaded correctly. It does not guarantee that I can open the file. After you have confirmed that your assignment was submitted successfully, please send me an email from your WU email account with the subject line "Assignment Manager Test Drive completed". Emails from non-WU email accounts are not acceptable. My email address is You don't have to send a message with this, but please type your name and the class number (PHI 302) in the message area, since I can't always figure out who you are from the email address. Once you have done this and we are both confident that you will be able to successfully use Assignment Manager, I will add five (5) extra credit points to your grade. Please remember: you must complete this assignment as presented by September 16, 2012 to earn the extra credit points. If you complete this assignment after that date and/or do not complete the assignment as described in this posting, you will not receive any extra credit points. 12

13 Practice Quiz – 5 question multiple choice quiz with easy questions about the class (i.e., what is the course number) – the practice quiz questions can also be used to reinforce course policies (i.e., what is the late assignment submission policy for this class?) – students can take the quiz multiple times – the goal is for students to be comfortable taking tests on Bb 13

14 Remove these objections! I don’t have the right hardware/software! Tech support can confirm if student hardware/software is compatible with Bb Students are correct – not all file formats are compatible with Bb. If the student does not have Microsoft Word (.doc or.docx documents), the student can convert Microsoft works (.wps) documents to.rtf documents by choosing.rtf format from the "save as" function. 14

15 Remove these objections! I didn’t know this was going to be a technology class! Two ideas - – First – Employer expectations – Second – Graduation competency 15

16 Gradebook Once the grade is in the gradebook, it can’t get lost Student and instructor work is time and date stamped Instructors can provide feedback using the track changes feature in Word & in the comments box in the grading section Students can review instructor feedback at their convenience Instructor and student can monitor progress Saves time in calculating final grades 16

17 Blackboard as a knowledge repository For Students – Course outlines – Course syllabi – Discussion Boards Students tend to share (sometimes “over share”) more in the perceived anonymity of the online environment – Course materials Web links Videos Blogs Wikis 17

18 Blackboard as a knowledge repository For Faculty – Bb organizations sites Place to store collected program and college knowledge Facilitates communication with faculty Facilitates course outline submission and review process 18

19 Here’s what it looks like….and a quick demo of how it’s done… Assignment through assignment manager Grading through the gradebook Online Assessment Discussion Board Bb as a knowledge repository for students Bb as a knowledge repository for faculty Announcements Attendance (and other cool stuff) through WebCampus 19

20 Questions???? 20

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