The new Math Editor uses LaTeX to create and display equations in Blackboard. If you’re familiar with LaTeX, you can edit your formulas directly or copy and paste formulas from a library right into Blackboard’s main content editor, but the system also has a very easy WYSIWYG (What You see Is What You Get) Math Editor so anyone can use formulas! Even better, the new formulas created are not Java-dependent, so they will work on any computer or device. And when the images are generated, so is alt-text for the image, making them much more accessible than previously.
To access the new Math Editor, go to the Content Editor and click the Formula (Fx) button.
The new Math Editor appears in a new window. You have an assortment of tabs and buttons to use to build your formulas.
When you complete your formula, click the Accept button at the bottom of the window. This will convert your formula to an image that students will be able to see in Blackboard.
You can copy and paste, move, and add additional text around your formula, and edit it by right-clicking on it and going to Edit Equation.
This new Math Editor is a major improvement over the older one, which required plugins and wasn’t as flexible. For those instructors who use formulas regularly, the ability to write or copy formulas in LaTeX format right into the Content Editor is a great boon.
If you have any trouble with this tool, or any tool, please don’t hesitate to contact Tom or Lily for assistance or advice.