Category: Announcements, Email, & Messages

Communication features within Blackboard.

The Opportunity Matters – Social Presence in an Online Environment

One area in which we receive a lot of questions by instructors-to-be of fully online and hybrid courses is about communication in online courses. How much should you communicate? What will students expect? How often should I log into my course? These are great questions! When we’re thinking about instructional design, we call this “social presence”. It’s part of a… Read more →

Demystifying Bb Messages, Email, Announcements, & Notifications

What is a Notification? In Blackboard Learn, a ‘notification’ is a message or alert that tells students something has occurred in a course. When an event occurs in the system – such as an assignment is created, a survey is submitted, or a test is overdue – the system automatically creates the appropriate notifications. This requires no action by the… Read more →

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Bb Video Everywhere

The “Talking Head” Makes a Comeback! Video of a stationary person speaking – news anchor style¬†– has been looked down upon by some educators and technologists for a number of years. It is often seen as pointless to record yourself looking into a camera talking, when you can save bandwidth, buffering, and beauty supplies by recording audio only or just… Read more →

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Bb Course Template Change

You may notice a change in courses for future terms. The default course menu template has been modified based on years of feedback from instructors and students. Here is what you’ve seen (and said) for years:     So what? Who cares? Many people found the naming conventions of the default content areas ambiguous. “What is the difference between Information… Read more →