What is the WebLesson?
Jacksonville University's Adult Degree Program will now use an 8-week format for all courses. Each course will meet weekly for three hours in the classroom and two hours outside of the classroom. This meets with faculty requirements for the minimum number of contact hours. In an effort to assist faculty of ADP and for the convenience of the students, the two out-of-class hours can be conducted online and called the WebLesson. All courses are automatically given a web site template on Blackboard for the instructor to develop. Students will be given an opportunity to take an orientation lesson and a help desk will be provided with email and phone support. Instructors will be shown how use the discussion board as one of at least two online activities, the other one being a: lesson, assignment, web search project, PowerPoint show, video, recorded lecture and more. In any event, the student should have two hours of contact with the instructor, the instructor's posted materials or an instructor supervised discussion, each using the course web site. Analysis of web site activity will be conducted and reports issued to determine if this objective of two contact hours is being met.
All activities need not be directly on the web site. Some instructors will be content to post assignments or projects that would normally be done outside class. Though the two hours should be contact hours, something like a weekly research topic will also suffice. In these cases, you might use the web site in a limited fashion. In all cases, this two hour component must be in addition to homework, regular term papers, projects and tests and must be a separate section on the syllabus.
How Do I Get Started?
To start, click here: http://bb.ju.edu. You will be brought to a Blackboard login screen. It is recommended that you add the page to your favorites (or bookmark it), though it should not be hard to remember bb.ju.edu.
Click the Login button.
In the login, enter your JU user ID which is your first initial and maximum of 6 letters of your last name. Your password is your student ID number (from your student ID card) with one leading zero, which you should change once you successfully log in. So, if your name is John Williams, your username is jwillia and your password might be 0123456. Since this is a common last name and probably has many duplicates, if it does not allow you to log in, try again and substitute a number for the last letter starting with 1, 2, 3, etc. for each attempt until it accepts it. Such as jwilli1, jwilli2, jwilli3, etc. Should this not work, call the IT Helpdesk at 256-7200 or send an email to email@example.com. Their web site is http://www.ju.edu/administration/supportServices_IT.asp Where you will find much more helpful technical information.
Your login to Blackboard is independent of your login elsewhere, so if you change your password in your login at the campus, it does not change it for Blackboard.
Next, go to the Online Instructor Training web site, when available, which will familiarize you with Blackboard, its features, the WebLesson, how to use them in your class, and their benefits to you and your students. Start by reading the Student section on this preliminary site. Then, sometime in late June or early July the ADP Training link should show up on your login page. This lesson should only take you a few hours to complete and will remain available to you for future reference.
What if I need Help?
Should you need assistance, most problems can be handled by email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Replies are usually sent within 24 hours. Should you need to speak to someone, a special, part-time help line has been set up specifically to help everyone with the WebLesson. That number is 256-7437. The hours that someone will be available to answer your questions are: Mon. - Fri. 5 to 7 PM during the dates Aug. 23 - Sept. 3, 2004. Voicemail is there so leave a brief description of the problem along with your name, phone number (recited slowly and distinctly) and a good time to call back. After Sept 3, you can still call this number for help with the WebLesson, but it will manned only sporadically and you almost always have to leave a message. Check this page for future times of availability of this help desk. Faculty can also reach Dewey DeFalco at 762-1932.