Your Students are Mobile Learners

In this article, I provide some evidence that our students are consuming online course content on their mobile devices, and suggest that we consider this a reality when designing courses. Blackboard Mobile Learning Blackboard’s mobile apps have gone through a few iterations over the years. They have recently re-named Bb Student to Blackboard and have built an better instructor app named Blackboard Instructor.… Read more →

Learning on the Go: Blackboard Mobile Apps

First, two introductory videos. Then…the good stuff!   Blackboard’s first mobile app, Mobile Learn, was intended to provide instructors and students easy access to their course material on. Since its birth, Blackboard has moved to a persona-based approach in order to provide more specific and useful functionality to users with different roles, so they can accomplish more tasks on the… Read more →

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Submitting Programming Assignments through Blackboard

The Assignment tool in Blackboard is powerful and robust for many instructors on Blackboard. Student upload their materials easy and papers can be graded in your browser. It also allows for a central repository of assignments and grades in a course, easily retrievable by both students and instructors. Reports can be pulled to see if students accessed materials, attempted to… Read more →

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Anonymous Grading in Blackboard

A colleague at another institution recently uttered the words, “We all have those students we don’t love as much as others but they still deserve to be assessed fairly.” I know what you’re thinking. This is just plain false because you love all of our students equally. However, the fact remains that it can be difficult to assess student performance and… Read more →

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On UC Berkeley and Accessibility Solutions

In September 2016, UC Berkeley made news for considering taking down their free MOOCs rather than making them accessible.  The full Department of Justice letter cites Berkeley for inaccessible links, videos without captions, lack of alternate text on images and visuals, poor formatting of documents, and using inaccessible websites. UC Berkeley responded with a statement of their own, claiming that… Read more →

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Blackboard Discussion Boards

Blackboard’s Discussion Boards are a great place to build community among your students and to mimic face-to-face classroom discussion in hybrid or online courses. The asynchronous nature of online discussions allows students to reflect on their responses before posting them and can help more reserved students feel comfortable participating. A Forum is a site where instructors and students can hold… Read more →