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Events
Spring 2011-2012 - Upgrade Blackboard to Blackboard Learn 9.1 Project
Before Spring Semester 2012, the Blackboard Learning Management System was upgraded from the Blackboard Academic Suite Version 8 to Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP 7. Several new features were added to the system, including drag and drop interface, easily Accessible Control Panel, Contextual Menus.
 
The Project Team successfully released the new version of Blackboard on Jan 15, 2012 after  two-months of planning and preparation.
 
The Blackboard System Infrastructure was upgraded with up-to-date technologies as the Blackboard server was upgraded to the windows server 2008 and the database was upgraded to MS SQL server 2008 in 64 bit environment
 
Summer 2011-2012 - Blackboard Mobile
The Blackboard Mobile Service was conducted at the end of the Spring Semester and Summer 2011-2012 as a pilot project. It allows students and faculty members to access all their blackboard courses through their smart phones (Blackberry, Apple iPad and iPhone.) anytime and anywhere.
 
The project aims to study the Blackboard Mobile System within a learning environment from the academic users’ perspective and assess the ease of adaptation with Blackboard Mobile.
 
Fall - Spring 2011-2012 - Instructional Technologies Training Programs
Under the directives of the Deanship of Academic Support Services, the Instructional Technologies Team, part of the IT Center at UOS, conducted Instructional Technologies Training Programs across the Fall and Spring Semesters 2011/2012. Spring Semester Training sessions have been conducted on the new release of Blackboard (Blackboard 9.1) and covered the new features of the release, course building and assignment tools. Over 80 faculty members attended the open presentation and Lab workshops, which were bilingual.
 
The Program aims to raise the interaction and performance of the faculty in using the system and raising the level of interactive learning in delivering knowledge.
 
Mashups, Wikis, BLOGS and JOURNALS. These features are of the interest to many blackboard users at UOS and enable instructors to build their courses much more easily than before.
 
Spring 2011-2012 - Email Notifications Service
The Email Notification Service enables all course enrollment in the Blackboard System. The system notifies users through the notification board and through their UOS emails once an announcement or content is added to the course. This service has definitely increased use of the system and enabled students to be aware of all course changes once they happen.
 
University of Sharjah case study presented at Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference
The University of Sharjah’s adoption of Blackboard learning system has been presented as a benchmark practice at the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference 2011.
 
Spring 2010-2011 - Instructional Technologies Training Programs
Under the directives of the Deanship of Academic Support Services, the Academic Computing Services Section, part of the IT Center at UOS conducted the Instructional Technologies Training Program across the Fall and Spring 2010 2011 semesters catering to over 200 faculty members either via Lab workshops or through video conference to the remote branches with high levels of satisfaction from the attendees. Trainings have been conducted on Blackboard release 8 course building, Blackboard Learn 9 course building, assessment and advanced tools, in addition to Quiz development and courseware authoring.
 

Spring 2010-2011 - New Blackboard Learn 9 platform Pilot project

To ensure UoS e-learning services stay aligned with technology advancements, during the Spring 2010-2011 semester, the Blackboard system has been upgraded to the 9 release in parallel to the existing release 8 in production. The Blackboard 9 Learn system functionality is dramatically enhanced in terms of course building tools, user navigation and accessibility, easier communications tools and assessment tools with a smarter Blackboard Grade Center™ with enhancements to handle multiple sections and views, and features to facilitate self and Peer Assessments and special mechanism to handle student assignment submissions. A pilot projects has been conducted to facilitate the transition towards the new platform by involving a group of keen faculty members and students through about 32 online courses. The feedback is in general very positive.

 
March 2010 - Training sessions on BLACKBOARD SafeAssign
Under the directives of the Deanship of Academic Support Services, the Academic Computing Services Section under the IT Center, as part of continuous efforts and in line with Academic Accreditation guidelines on the reinforcement of detecting the amount of unreferenced copied content in student assignments (Plagiarism), invited all UOS Faculty members to attend one of 4 training sessions on ‘Using SafeAssign' the Plagiarism detection tool, held between 7-8 March 2010 at Ibn AlNafis Hall (W8) . Click Here to View presentations.
 
November 2009 - Distance lecture from Sharjah to Khor Fakkan
To stay in line with technology advancements, the Academic Computing services team is testing new platforms for ability to broadcast lectures over distance between campuses. During the course of this testing phase a 1 hour lecture was broadcasted between Sharjah and Khor Fakkan branches with the cooperation of Dr Hussain Al-Othman, Department of Sociology in November 2009 using the interactive board and communicator tools.
 
October 2009 - First Remote Training Session by ITU
During Fall 2009-2010 semester, the Instructional Technologies Unit (ITU) successfully conducted the first remote training session for the Community Colleges – Khor Fakkan branch from the Sharjah Main Campus. The 1.5 hour session attended by about 17 Community College (CC) faculty members at Khor Fakkan campus, part of the ITU training program was oriented to CC e-learning needs with presentation on the Blackboard LMS advanced features and the Course Genie tools. The session was facilitated by Ms. Mariam Al- Mansori at Khor Fakkan and by the ACS section from the Sharjah campus. This event denoted a milestone in our journey of enhancing ITU training program effectiveness.
 
October to November 2009 - Instructional Technologies Training Sessions
Helping you achieve your e-learning goals
Under the directives of the Deanship of Academic Support Services, the Academic Computing Services Section, part of the IT Center at UOS conducts the Instructional Technologies Training Program Series. 
To support our valued faculty members and teaching staff, and to facilitate e-learning processes, the Instructional Technology Unit under the Academic Computing Services section offered a customized Training program oriented to each College’s teaching staff and their instructional technology training needs. 
The Instructional Technologies training is designed based on the training needs analysis and understanding of the current usage of the Blackboard learning system and its related tools within individual College and departments, with the key objectives to:
  • Increase familiarity with Blackboard learning system and its features
  • Present advanced e-learning features and tools including Plagiarism detection through SafeAssign
  • Introduce the new course-design method and tools including Course Genie
The ITU training program drew attendance of over 130 faculty members and teaching staff from across all the Colleges including Sharjah, Khor Fakkan, Deba, Maleha and Kalba branch audiences.
 
April 2009 - Instructional technologies forums launched
In the endeavor to provide multiple channels to support UoS academic users, in Spring 2008 2009, the ITU has launched Online Forums on specific subjects related to the current Online learning system features and user-needs. The online discussion boards are established with the aim to facilitate user-community interaction on topics of e-learning, specifically on Blackboard, Course Genie and online collaboration.
 
March 2009 - Blackboard training series - Spring 2008 2009
In continued efforts to fulfil the goals of the unit, the ITU planned and implemented training sessions to further facilitate adoption of the Online learning system and to support academic staff. The ITU conducted the Blackboard Training series during Spring 2008-2009, covering 4 sessions on Course Building and Managing Gradecenter tracks, inviting all UoS Campus faculty members and teaching staff to attend to refresh their skills on Blackboard usage and gain insight to the new features and enhancements in the Online learning system.

February 2009 - COURSE DESIGN-COURSE GENIE TRAININGS
The ITU, in line with the unit goals and objectives, is driving efforts to facilitate academic staff to leverage the benefits of a new authoring tool for Course design, called Wimba -Course Genie. As phase one of the deployment of a 3 part Product suite, Course genie implementation has been continued through organized training session

January 2009 - Blackboard PLAGIARISM DETECTION SERVICE - SAFEASSIGN Launched
As part of the continuous efforts by the ITU to improvise and facilitate the IT enabled learning environment, in Spring 2008-2009 a new Plagiarism detection feature has been enabled within Blackboard Courses - SafeAssign.
The Launching event was successfully held on 20th January 2009 at the Al Bairouni Hall (M9). Faculty participated in the interactive session related to the features and applications of the new service.
SafeAssign enables plagiarism detection in submissions (assignments and other forms of coursework) made by students and is of interest to those keen to know the level of originality of submitted work. To know more click here.

August 2008 - UOS Successfully Upgraded Blackboard to Academic Suite 8.0
To ensure UOS eLearning services stay aligned to technology advancements, since August ‘08, UOS is on the latest release of the Blackboard Learning system, release 8.0. The Blackboard learning environment has been substantially improved, with the latest update which includes several enhancements, tools & added features. In addition to the new look of “myBB”, the Blackboard system is pumped up with
  • A Smarter Blackboard Grade Center™ with enhancements to handle multiple sections and views
  • Features to facilitate Self and Peer Assessments and special mechanism to handle student assignment submissions.
 
 Aug 2008 to Oct 2008 - Blackboard Training Series in Fall 2008 2009
As part of the continuous efforts by the ITU, under the directives of the Deanship of Academic Support Services, Blackboard Training series were conducted across the Fall 2008 2009 semester. The first of the series ran in Aug 2008 and the second in October 2008. The focus was to provide customized training sessions in two parts – “Building Your Courses” & “Gradecenter”, to new and continuing faculty members and teaching staff of all UOS campuses, as part of the larger campaign to enhance faculty Blackboard experience.
 
Sep 2008 to Oct 2008 - Introducing Course Genie – Course Authoring tool
In endeavors to facilitate instruction and support instructional design a new course authoring tool has been introduced this semester, called Course Genie. Simple yet effective, Course Genie, part of a broader Horizon Wimba product suite, is an MS Word plugin and enables producing enriched Blackboard courses. As part of the implementation of the project, ITU conducted training sessions in October 2008 at the main campus, encouraging adoption of the tool by faculty and heeding to their feedback.

 
Aug 2008 to Sep 2008 - New & Improved Online CD Resources
With the onset of the fall 2008 2009, the ITU in collaboration with the WPU relaunched the Online CD Resources site with new and improved features. Now users can search CD resources directly from myUOS , or filter them by subject and category with minimum clicks.

 

Feb To March 2008 - Blackboard Training Sessions Series for Spring 2008

The ITU conducted a 3-part series of Blackboard training sessions customized to the requirements of the UOS Faculty and teaching process. The training workshops were conducted with the objective to transfer knowledge on special features of the Blackboard system including the Enhanced Course Design tools, Virtual Classroom , Chat Collaboration tools, Online surveys and assignment tools. In all six English and six Arabic workshops were conducted with participation from over 90 faculty members.

February 2008 - Community College Blackboard trainings for Students
 During the Spring 2007-2008 semester the ITU delivered Blackboard Orientation Sessions for Students of the Community College Branches, covering Dibba, Maleha, Kalba, Khor Fakkan and Sharjah Branches. With the support and coordination from Ms Ruba and Mr Abdellah Baker, the ITU was successful in spreading awareness to overall, more than 300 students attended which we estimated as about 75% attendance. The response was neutral and the students said they look forward to seeing their courses online. The Blackboard utilization success depends on the Faculty to substitute manual work with digital learning materials.
 
December 2007 - Blackboard trainings for Community College Faculty
In the endeavor to spread the usage of Blackboard learning system across the University, The ITU took on the challenge to spread awareness about the Learning system Blackboard to the Community College users.
In December the ITU provided Trainings for Faculty and teaching staff of the Community Colleges with a focus on facilitating the adoption of Blackboard for teaching using online media for their studies. The faculty reactions were interesting and most of the training participants were curious to know more about what Blackboard can do.
The attendance was marked 100% for Faculty trainings which is a very positive KPI for the ITU-Blackboard trainings.
Using a blended approach the ITU conducted Arabic Community College Faculty oriented training sessions, Structure of Sessions was designed to balance content, communication and construction.
 
December 2007 - Student Elections on behalf College of Dentistry
This year, the College of Dentistry - Student Election was hosted online through Blackboard on 9th December 2007 with the coordination of Ziena Keissie from college of dentistry. Using the Blackboard system provided faster and more secured access to results.
 
December 2007 - Upgrade to Arabized version of the Blackboard System 7.3
In December ’07, UOS updated the Blackboard learning system to the latest fully Arabized 7.3. This release of the Blackboard Learning system provides enhanced language support and special Right-to-left alignment feature. In addition to upgrading the Learning system , the Architecture improvisation also took a leap in this project. The Blackboard Learning system now runs within a more scalable and robust database backend. With each new version of Blackboard the system improves and adds features and tools to facilitate higher quality in course management.
View the Blackboard Mailer for more details
 
October 2007 - Courses created for Accreditation Committee
Four Blackboard course sites have been specially created on from college of Engineering. Using Blackboard as medium of for the assigned purpose, gives the Committee members flexibility of use, online collaboration mechanisms, higher level of security, authorized access to documents, and anytime-anywhere access to updates. The courses are managed and updated regularly by the assigned members for Accreditation purpose. Blackboard system is now a proven means of collaboration and document sharing for purposes outside the box of student-teacher interaction. The ITU welcomes more such initiatives to further utilize the benefits of the Blackboard environment.
 
September 2007 - Finance Department surveys
The Finance Department brought in a change in the mode for collecting feedback from the University faculty, staff and students, this year through Blackboard Questionnaires. Upon the Finance Department request, Blackboard hosted the questionnaires with the coordination from Ms. Shaikha Alnaqbi. The questionnaires targeted at Faculty and Staff included Finance Department questionnaire, Human Resources Department Questionnaire, Physical Plant Questionnaire, Services and Purchases Department Questionnaires. Students’ feedback was also collected through questionnaire on the Finance Department.

 
September 2007 - UOS - ITU presented at the BbSummit ME 07
The Instructional Technology Unit (ITU) members with the support of Dr. Nabil Kallas, represented the University of Sharjah at the very first Blackboard Summit Middle east - BbSummit ME '07, which was a 2-day event hosted in Dubai Men’s College in September 2007. The BbSummit ME '07 gave participants the opportunity to attend the opening session and special CEO’s meeting, several parallel Breakout sessions and Post-Conference Workshops.

In all, the team submitted and presented three Papers at the Summit namely:

  • Strategies for promoting Blackboard User Adoption at UOS by Dr. Nabil Kallas & Anjli Narwani
  • Overcoming the LMS Linguistic Challenge By Anissa Bettayeb & Anjli Narwani
  • Blackboard Adoption and Adaptation Approaches by Anjli Narwani & Dr. Mohammed Arif
 
May to June 2007 - Annual Evaluation of Deans and Chairs (Spring 06-07 ) on behalf of the Institutional Research Unit
This year for the first time, the Annual Evaluation of Deans and Chairs, organized by the Institutional Research Unit, was conducted Online through Blackboard.
In all there were 32 Evaluation questionnaires to collect feedback on the Chair of Departments and 14 evaluation questionnaires to collect feedback on the Deans of Colleges. Conducting the evaluations online provided the process advantages in terms of Restricted authorized access to the results, Higher level of Security, Accuracy in terms of results collection and reduced manual efforts for distribution and collection of forms.