This is what your course will look like!

Here is a quick video on what courses will look like after the Blackboard Upgrade!  Check out the Blackboard Blog for more info!

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BB Upgrade first look

When you open your course for the first time after the BB upgrade it will not look very different!


Here is how you add content and here is something new Inline Grading!  Check back for posts on some of the neat new features in BB upgrade!

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BB Upgrade coming!

Some of you signed up for the Pilot but others will have to wait until Summer to take advantage of the new features!  To highlight a few, you will be able to drag and drop grade center columns directly in grade center (you won’t have to go to Manage).

The Calendar has been completely restructured so that anytime you enter a due date for an assignment, quiz or exam it will automatically be placed in the course calendar.

Inline grading, no more download/upload papers with comments, just enter your comments directly.

More real estate!  Check out this link for more info!


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Blackboard Course Purge! October 16, 2013!

Every year old courses are purged from Blackboard. This is done to stay within storage goals and business policy of keeping only two years of Blackboard sites in the production system.  In a few short weeks, Blackboard Admins will be purging the following courses (all of them) unless you submit a request to have your courses saved.

>>>>> The purge date is  October 16th, 2013  <<<<< 

  • 2011 Summer #1 semester

  • 2011 Summer #2 semester

  • 2011 Full Term Summer semester

  • 2011 Fall semester

Click here to find out how to save your courses.

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In case you haven’t been back since Spring Semester 2013

Per ITCS’ Blackboard Blog – Blackboard Learn, Version 9.1, Service Pack 9 (SP9) includes a new look and feel that will enhance the experience for instructors, students, and administrators. Users already familiar with Bb 9.1 will be pleased with the additional functionality that SP9 offers.  Check out this link for more information on the newest features.  One that I know many will like is “auto regrading”!

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Did you take my challenge? Try the Blackboard Blitz!

I offered a summer challenge last week to try something new. Answer these questions about your Blackboard course and try baby steps by making some changes in you BB course!

Have you added a banner?  Have you changed the color scheme, the buttons?  Do you still use Course Information rather than calling it Syllabus.  Do you use assignments for digital receipt of homework rather than email?  How about trying Blogs instead of Discussion Board, Journals instead of word documents.  Have you taken a test online?  Tried Respondus Lockdown browser.

Checkout the training schedule for a Blackboard Blitz of training!

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Something neat to try!

I am stealing from my BB colleagues here at ECU and re-posting their offer!

For your use – a generic sample 5-question quiz

  • If you are interested in adding a short quiz to your Blackboard course at the beginning of the semester to determine if students can successfully take an exam in Blackboard, we have created a 5-question generic quiz. You can use the quiz “as is,” or you can edit the questions.
    • Send an email with the full Course ID to Cindy, Matt, or Allen and we’ll gladly add that quiz to your course. Once you determine if the questions are satisfactory for your purposes, then deploy/add the quiz to the appropriate content area in your course.
  • If you use LockDown Browser to give quizzes and would like a sample quiz, please follow the instructions above. This is a great way to introduce students to using LockDown Browser!
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New BB Features Coming this Summer – Auto Regrading

There are a few but wanted to highlight one of the neatest “Auto Regrading”!

Instructors can now fix problematic questions by simply editing the invalid question directly and having all necessary updates flow automatically to the Grade Center.  Check out the Blackboard Blog for more information on all the new features which include Course to Course Navigation, Improved Activity Reports and more.

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Printing Tests from Blackboard

Need a hard copy of your test?  An easy way to get a clean printing or pdf of your test is to use the browser Chrome and edit the test options to “Open Test in New Window”.  To print, (still in the Chrome browser) click the test as if you were taking it and once it is opened press Ctrl+P (Mac: ⌘-P). You’ll be able to preview the page and adjust basic printer and page settings, before printing such as:

Destination: Click Change to choose the printer you want to use.

  • Select Save as PDF under “Local Destinations” to convert the page into a PDF file.

  • Select a printer

Need assistance contact OET!

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Mash ups or making sure your YouTube link is the right one!

There is a neat tool in Blackboard for adding YouTube videos, SlideShare Presentations or Flickr Photos – the MASHUP TOOL!  When adding the aforementioned content just click on the build content button and select your Mashup!  When select YouTube you can search quickly on a topic and embed directly into your Blackboard site.  Try it out!


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