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Summer 2016 Blackboard Upgrade

This Blackboard upgrade will be a fairly minor one – many of the updates are happening on the back end, which won’t impact the student and instructor experiences at all. However, there are a few highlights we’d like to bring to your attention. Tool Changes and Improvements Announcements When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default. This… Read more →

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Tracking Discussion Activity by Student

There are a number of ways to make sure your students are on par with their level of activity/interaction in your course. This article will highlight two ways you can monitor Discussion Board activity levels. Here are two ways you can monitor discussion activity: 1. Performance Dashboard, per Student On the Control Panel, expand the Evaluation section and click Performance Dashboard. On the Performance Dashboard page, you can view… Read more →

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Access Logs for Blackboard Tests

Instructors can view a test attempt’s Access Log for a list of times of various student interactions with the test. The log can help to confirm whether a student began a test or ran into problems during a test. On the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section. Click Tests. Locate the cell for the student’s test that you want to investigate. The cell must contain… 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 →

Grading Assignments within Blackboard – In-Line Grading

In my opinion, the best new feature of the Blackboard upgrade is the new In-Line Grading tool for Assignments. For instructors who frequently have students submit papers and know the pain of downloading, opening, commenting, grading, closing, uploading commented papers and submitting grades to Blackboard, I am happy to report that the workflow is greatly improved! For anyone who has… Read more →

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Changes to the Assignment Tool in Blackboard

One of the most commonly used features of Blackboard on our campus is the Assignment tool in Blackboard. This allows instructors to receive their papers digitally, cutting down on printing and the possibility of losing a physical paper. The options for Assignments are now much more streamlined and provide the option to incorporate SafeAssign into every assignment. Let’s explore them… Read more →

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New Test and Quiz Options in Blackboard

Anyone who has tried to give tests or quizzes in Blackboard knows that in the older version it was difficult to accommodate students with special requirements (like extended time) and that providing timely feedback required instructors to go in and adjust settings after the assessment was completed. These are not problems any longer! Blackboard’s test tool now come with new sets… Read more →

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Updated “Student Preview” Tool in Blackboard

Have you ever wanted to view your course through the lens of an enrolled student, so you could see what they see, how they see it, and what they don’t see? If so, you may have used the “Add Test Student” or “Student View” tools that have been available in our Blackboard system for years. Or, you may be in the habit of toggling off “Edit… Read more →

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“Post First” Discussion Board Feature

A long-awaited feature in the Discussion Board tool, instructors now have the ability to force each student to publish their own thread to a forum before they can see their peers’ threads or reply to them. This prevents the paraphrasing problem that often exists in forums, where students expend more energy trying to figure out how to rewrite what others have written… Read more →