Consider adding more audio and video components to your Bb class. It's easy to do and all that's needed is an inexpensive webcam. I recommend the Logitech 9000. It sells for only $50 and is compatible with both PCs and Macs. If there is not one attached to the work station you use on campus, talk to your office manager about having one installed there. You can also find webcams installed in the Distance Learning Office (Leestown, A-136) or Connie Rine's faculty instruction lab (Cooper, MB 130B).
There are two easy ways to add content. For audio only, use the "Add Mashup" button. It appears in the menu heading of most text boxes such as Announcements, Discussion Forums and Blackboard Messages. Here's a screenshot of the "add mashup" button and selection of "Wimba Voice Authoring":
YouTube now allows users to record audio and video directly from the Webcam connected to a computer. You'll need a YouTube account, which is, of course, free. From the YouTube homepage, click "Upload." Then click the "Record from webcam" link:
Then start recording. You'll need to share that YouTube link with your class--and that's easily done using the add mashup button shown above.
Adding audio and video is an easy way to personalize yourself with your students.
Questions? Need help? Contact the Distance Learning Office.