Simple Ways to Save Time Using myLesley

It’s a busy and rapidly changing world. You need tools to help you keep the chaos under control and make sure you have time for the important things. Below are a few ways myLesley can help you simplify some of the course administration tasks, leaving you more time for teaching.

Send Email

Looking up email addresses and setting up contact groups for your students can take a lot of time. Stop doing it! Email your students directly from your myLesley course using the Send Email tool. Email the entire class, groups of students, or select individual students. A copy of the message will be sent to your email address for future reference.

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Are you better at speaking than typing? Try Voice Email instead. voice email icon

Many faculty find they can provide more information in the same amount of time by recording their message.


The Announcements tool is a great way to share time sensitive information to the entire class.

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Use Announcements to kick off a new week, wrap up content and remind students about upcoming due dates. It’s a great way to summarize discussions and highlight key points for feedback to the whole class. Do you need to clarify information and clear up confusion that multiple students are having? Don’t send 15 emails. Send one announcement.

Announcements are visible on the home page of the myLesley course, but check ‘Send a copy of this announcement’ to also send an email to everyone. This will provide students two opportunities to receive important course information.

Create a Course Repository

Even if don’t teach online, having course content in myLesley can be incredibly helpful. Placing your syllabus, links to readings, and assignment information online allows students to easily find information when it’s needed, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Clear organization and instructions translates to less frustration and confusion for students and fewer clarification emails for you.

Performance Dashboard

The Performance Dashboard provides a quick overall view of student activity in the course. The dashboard lists all the students and how long it has been since they last accessed the course. It is a quick way to identify students you may need to reach out to.

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The dashboard also shows students’ discussion board activity. Click on the number in the ‘Discussion Board’ column to access details on an individual student’s posts.

These are just a few easy to apply tips for using myLesley as a time-saving tool. Check out our Faculty Instructional Technology Resources to learn more about myLesley’s features.

myLesley Improvements Coming This Fall

Fall_leavesWhen the new school year kicks off on September 4th you’ll not only be reveling in the fantastic smell of shiny new textbooks, fancy pens, and a clean slate. This Fall you’ll also be unwrapping a completely refreshed and upgraded Blackboard interface. As the leaves start to change and the air becomes crisp here are just a few of the exciting additions you can look forward to using with students in both your online and face-to-face classes:

Inline Grading for Assignments
You can now view, comment, and grade student-submitted assignment files without leaving the Grade Assignment page. This is a very exciting tool and we think you’re going to love how much time and extra work it’s going to save you.

Learn more about this new option via written instructions or video.

New Discussion Board Look and Feel
The discussion board now has a completely revamped user interface. Forums and threads are better organized allowing for a more streamlined experience for both instructors and students.

Learn more about this new option via written instructions or video.

A More Intuitive Text/Content Editor
Blackboard now uses a a text editor based on the TinyMCE platform. We bet you’ll recognize it as soon as you sign in and you’ll be formatting your course text, adding images, and laying out tables like a pro in no time.

Learn more about this new option via written instructions or video.

In addition, please review our Professional Development calendar for training opportunities throughout the semester and check out the complete list of new features on our website.

2012 eLIS Professional Development Survey

Below is a link to a Professional Development Survey our office developed to gather feedback from faculty. Through this survey we hope to ensure that the content and format of eLIS departmental PD opportunities align with the needs of Lesley University faculty members. We ask that faculty complete the survey by December 15th. Thank you in advance for your input!

Click here to begin the survey.

Winter 2012 Events

There are many upcoming eLIS events scheduled for the snowy season at Lesley University. We hope you’ll be able to join us! Below are the details on two that occur in the next few weeks:

The next eLIS Brown Bag on iPads in Higher Education will occur on Tuesday, December 11th, from 12pm to 1pm, at University Hall in Room 3-091. Join us as guest hosts, Marilyn Geller and Linda Roscoe, detail the many iPad resources avaialbe via Sherrill Library as well as some exciting new e-book capabilities. Additionally, sign-up to be an app tester for a new app they are piloting on a trial basis in December!

Join us for a lunchtime conversation about the changing landscape of higher education and online learning on Friday, December 14th. MOOCs (massive open online courses) have become all the rage with EdX and Coursera popping up in daily conversations. What are MOOCs? How effective are they? What does all of this mean? How might MOOCs enhance online and/or residential learning at Lesley in terms of course design, implementation, and scholarly activities? Do we want to try it? Are we ready?

What: Brown Bag: A Conversation on the Future of Higher Education
When: Friday, December 14th
Where: University Hall 3-098
Time: 12pm – 1:30pm