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e-Learning Welcomes you to Fall 2014


The e-Learning Center welcomes you to the new academic year!

Beginning August 21, the e-Learning Center's Faculty Help Desk will be available on evenings and weekends! NEW SCHEDULE: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. That's almost twice as many hours as before! Contact us at 928-523-5554 or 866-802-5256 (toll free) or

About the e-Learning Center

The e-Learning Center (ELC), which reports to the Office of the Provost, serves the entire university and offers support and services related to teaching and learning with technology. We assist faculty in designing and delivering engaging and effective courses taught in any format: face to face, blended, or fully online.

The ELC offices are on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus on the 3rd floor of the Gammage Building (Building 1).

We have four primary functional teams: instructional and media design, training, Blackboard support (also known as our Faculty Help Desk), and course development. Each college has a support team consisting of an instructional designer and two instructional technologists (primary and backup). If you want assistance in creating learning activities or interesting assignments in your course, start with your instructional designer. For assistance in building a Bb Learn course shell, start with your instructional technologist. If you are not sure what kind of help you want, contact the help desk at Our help desk staff will route you to the right person.

See our website for more information about these services:

Fall Faculty Showcases on Sept. 26 & Oct. 24

We will be hosting two showcases this fall, in which faculty share information about their teaching practices and projects of interest to colleagues. Details are forthcoming, but mark these dates on your calendar now!

Collaboration and Communication, Sept. 26

Join us for a discussion of strategies to increase collaboration and communication in your classes. We'll hear from faculty panelists who have successfully implemented active learning approaches to foster greater student engagement. After the panel discussion, you'll have an opportunity to explore ways to apply these techniques in your own classes. Check the event page for updates.

8 a.m. to noon, Health and Learning Center multipurpose rooms on the second floor.

Strategies for Large-Enrollment Classes, Oct. 24

In a class of 100+ students you can't always do things the same way you do in a smaller class. Find out how your colleagues manage learning activities in large classes. More information is forthcoming. Check the event page for updates.

8 a.m. to noon, Health and Learning Center multipurpose rooms on the second floor.

Captioning & Transcript Service Now Available through Disability Resources

All online course media (for examples, videos and audio) need to have captions and, preferably, also a transcript. Faculty can submit a Usable Materials Request to the Disability Resources office, which provides this service free of charge to faculty. Please allow sufficient lead time for the materials to be properly prepared for your course.

Blended Learning at NAU

Under the leadership of former President John Haeger, NAU faculty created a number of blended courses that combine the best features of in-person and online courses. For more information, see the Blended Learning site, and check out the Course Redesign Resources. More information about the future of blended learning at the university will be forthcoming later this fall.

Suggestions for BlackBoard?

If you would like to see changes in the way Blackboard Learn works, or you have suggestions for new features, you can submit your ideas directly to Blackboard. The more people they hear from, the more likely they are to incorporate your ideas!

You can submit requests at their website:

Suggestions for Blackboard.

Bb Learn Update

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Bb Learn Update

For current best practices for creating and editing content in Bb Learn see Creating Content in Bb Learn.

A recent update to Bb Learn added some new features:


  • Student Preview -- A "student view" that eliminates the need for a separate Test Student account.
  • SafeAssign Integration -- SafeAssign is now integrated into the regular Bb Assignment tool, so you don't need to create a separate SafeAssignment to check for plagiarism. NOTE: If you already have SafeAssignments created in your Fall 2014 course, you might want to re-create them using the regular Assignment tool, and then add plagiarism checking to the assignment.
  • Date Management -- Use the new Date Management tool to quickly adjust your course activity dates in one place.
  • Anonymous and Delegated Grading -- Grade assignments without knowing who submitted, to remove influence of a student's previous performance, class participation, conflicts, race, gender, or perceived student aptitude.

For more information about this upgrade, see and

Contact us if you have questions:

e-Learning Center (
ELC Faculty Help Desk: (928) 523-5554
or Toll Free: (866) 802-5256

online learning consortium

NAU is a member of the Sloan Online Learning Consortium (OLC). The Online Learning Consortium is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. The member-sustained organization offers an extensive set of resources for professional development and institutional advancement of online learning, including, original research, leading-edge instruction, best-practice publications, community-driven conferences and expert guidance. OLC members include educators, administrators, trainers and other online learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises.

As an institutional member all NAU faculty and staff are eligible to create their own account and participate in numerous webinars and to access resources for improving technology mediated learning. There are also discounts on other services and conferences.

How do I create an account affiliated with my institution?

1. Click�hereto create a free user account.

2. Once you complete your registration, you will be sent an e-mail and asked to verify your account.

3. Once logged in, click on your username in the upper right hand corner of the home page. You will be brought to your “My Account” page. Click on “Edit Profile” to affiliate your account. Please enter your name and organization in the spaces provided. (Please make sure the organization name you type in matches the one listed on the�membership list.)

4. The system will now recognize you as a member. Go to the�member resources pagefor details on your membership benefits such as free webinars and access to the JALN.


Membership includes membership pricing on the�2014 scheduleof workshops. Additional workshops are added throughout the year, so please make sure to check the schedule often. The member price for a workshop is $169. Non-member pricing is $269.

Webinarsare free to all members (normally $99.)

Conference Discounts

Publications Discounts

Members receive a 10% discount on all publications. People with a properly affiliated user account will receive the 10% discount automatically when they log-in to the website.

Website Resources

All members have full access to website resources including the�Quality Scorecardfor the administration of online education programs, articles from the�Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks,�surveys,�practitioner documents,�JobLine,�effective practices,�Listserv,�catalog of online programs, and more.

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Sources of Blackboard Learn Information

Type of ResourceDescriptionURL
Video tutorials Blackboard On Demand Learning Center
Getting Started, Quick Reference, Tutorials, Manuals Behind the Blackboard Student and Faculty Support Resource Center
Online help Help available directly in Blackboard Learn

Log in to Bb Learn and click the Support link in the upper right corner.

Online discussion forum Ask the MVPs

Sources of NAU e-Learning Information

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